Winter is kinda hanging on here in mid March. I hope it is the last of it. The fishing however has been great. Sheephead showed up right on schedule, the Speckled Trout have been plentiful and large and the next few weeks should be real good for the Porgie fish.
As water temps rise Specks will take up residence on the flats. If the cool nights continue I think they’ll stay close creeks and deep water access. Same thing goes for Redfish, except it seems to require a south breeze and sunshine for them to bite.
Fishing the cooler water temps a Saltwater Assassin plastic will do the job very well. Use a light jighead, like 1/16oz Assassin so that you can work it slow. I like anything with pink in it for clear water. In slightly dirty water I put on a Chicken on a Chain and it worked as well. Ms. Lisa Hayes caught the real nice Trout in the photo with it.
Well now that we got the election out of the way, let’s talk about fishing in Steinhatchee.
Water temps have dropped and the water continues to clear.
Speckled Trout bite on the flats has been real good and I expect it will continue until the water drops to levels uncomfortable for the fish. Shallow (3 ft or less ) and cut bait is the strategy I have used. Light jigs such as the Saltwater Assassin 1/16 oz, or Pro Elite with a Saltwater Assassin 5″ Electric Chicken or Pink will work very well if you like to feel a bite as opposed to working and watching a cork.
Redfishing continues to be disappointing, for me any way. I’m not sure what to say, accept that I enjoy looking for them, and this time of year you can count on being rewarded with some real nice +20″ Trout. Rest assured, the Reds are somewhere, just not in the usual place I fish. They’ll show up in better number sooner or later.