Pompano, redfish, bluefish, flounder being caught surf fishing
Surf Fishing in the winter offers some interesting possibilities. In the last few weeks we have seen lots of big bull reds, bluefish, black drum, pompano and even bonita caught from the beach. This time of year, you never know what to expect. Keep an eye on the fluctuations in water temperature. The past few weeks have seen the water temperature rise and fall several degrees. When you see a rise of a few degrees, watch for the baitfish near shore as the bigger fish will be following. Diving birds are a good sign. That’s the time to go surf fishing.
This time of year you can expect redfish, bluefish, bonita, pompano, whiting, flounder, black drum, sheepshead, and catfish in the surf. Use live or frozen shrimp, sand fleas, or cut bait. Not every day will be productive, but surf fishing in the winter can be amazing.
Bay Fishing has been good with the exception of those high wind days that we can get this time of year. Trout have been biting at the mouths of the bayous and rivers, and in the Intracoastal Waterway. Redfish on the flats have been active and will probably remain so until it gets very cold. According to Capt. James Whitaker, “Schools ranging from 3 to 20 fish have been feeding intensely in the morning hours. It hasn’t been uncommon to see 5 to 10 tails waiving around at once.”
Inshore Gulf offers excellent bottom fishing. While the red snapper season is closed, this is a great time of year to catch big grouper and amberjack within sight of land. They tend to move to the shallower inshore wrecks and reefs in the winter. Our captains are reporting good catches of grouper, trigger, amberjack, and vermillion snapper. It’s time to go fishing.
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