Typically we see a slow migration of several different species of fish move inshore during the winter months, but like they say, “every rule has its exception”. This year (with the moderate temperatures we’ve had followed by the sudden prolonged cold snap) will no doubt send the vast majority of “Game Fish” in the region scurrying for warmer water, virtually overnight.
Unfortunately, the fronts bring wind, which makes fishing tough. On the other hand, after the fronts pass, the fishing will be very good.
Look for the Speckled Trout, Red Fish, and Snook around the inshore points, pot holes, oyster bars, and especially the Progress Energy Discharge Canal.
The Grouper will be moving in also. Best bet is to fish the near-shore wrecks and reefs less than 30 miles offshore. This time of year pinfish or frozen sardines are the baits to use.
Speaking of Grouper… better get-um while you can. The Fisheries Department has scheduled another comment meeting for January. Looks like they are thinking of reducing the catch limit again.
For information contact: Peter.Hood@noaa.gov
docket # NOAA-NMFS-2010-0168