The last few weeks have been fantastic on the flats off Dixie and Taylor counties.
Limits of Speckled Trout and Redfish are common, and considering the Red limit doubling to two fish per person with a boat max of eight fish, I have wondered if I would need a bigger fish box on the boat. We have managed fine with the 80 quart engel fish box. Of course we still have a day when things are tough or it seems like the only Trout biting are 14 31/32″ or less. On the flip side I have had a couple days moving out of large Trout was the only way we would complete a limit catch for the day. This is what we refer to as a luxury problem!
Redfish are bunched up as usual this time of year. On a calm day they are pretty easy to find. With a ripple on the water they can be easily missed by a couple of boat lengths. Salt Water Assassin, Gulps, and cut bait will do the job.
We also have Spanish Mackerel, Black Sea Bass and Cobia catches being reported. The end of April and into May we should see larger, keeper size Cobia on the flats.
May is the time of year that you can catch the most different species in a day. The record for my boat is 17 different species in one day! Another fun challenge to keep up with when you spend a lot of time on the water.
GOD BLESS, Good Fishing and Be Safe
This Steinhatchee Fishing Report is from Steinhatchee, Fishing Guide Captain Steve Kroll