Can hardly believe it's February with the 80 degree weather forecasted for this weekend! The early spring weather is going to make it easy to get out and enjoy the outdoors and if the weatherman is correct the winds are going to be mild making it pleasant for those fishing in the bay as well as those heading offshore.
Inshore the redfish bite is already in full swing and I would not be surprised if I start getting reports of specks following them onto the flats. White trout are all over 3-Mile and the Garson Point Bridges with bull reds mixed in feeding on the trout. Sheepshead are still around the deeper docks and bridges so be sure to flip a few fiddlers or small shrimp around your favorite piling. Stripers are still making a pretty good showing in East Bay and Blackwater Bay first thing in the morning around the mullet schools. The most productive results are coming from folks targeting them with top water plugs, but a few are also being caught using shallow diving X-Raps and Yo-Zuri lures.
The surf is finally starting to clean up some and as the water clarity improves the fishing has as well especially for folks fishing from the Navarro Beach. Pompano, redfish, black drum and whiting have been the top catches, but due to the higher water temp the catfish have also moved in. Those shark fishing from the beach and the pier are also doing pretty good with many a bull, blacktip, and sandbar shark landed this week.
Offshore amberjacks will be the most target species this weekend. The wrecks and reefs in 150 to 250 feet of water are thick right now with them. Closer in the flounder bite is still going strong on many of the near shore wrecks. Many of the reefs are also holding good numbers of mingo snapper and red porgies. You will however have to deal with the multitude of triggerfish that are on the same reefs if your wish to target them. Looking for a little more action? The oil rigs are a great spot to target tuna this time of the year and the amberjack out there are of Jurassic proportions.
So as you can see there are a lot of options out there to get out and get in on this early spring bite!
Until next week, tight lines!
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