This season has certainly been weird as nothing has really been on schedule. The Tripletail showed up a little later than normal and never really were that impressive. The Tarpon fishing was good but never got really good. The Cobia run was a dud. Bull Redfish just sort of “sputtered”. The good news is that the Trout fishing has been strong and should continue to be strong.
Thanksgiving week will have some brutal tides but I expect that a few days after the flood tides we should see some of the best Trout fishing of the year. Right now we are still catching Trout anywhere from 15 feet deep right up to 2 and 3 feet of water. I really enjoy Trout fishing when you can still find fish in a variety of depths but as it gets colder you will see them start to gather in deeper water.
The good thing about the fish moving deep is that usually once you find them, you find ALL of them and you can hammer them in a hurry. The bad thing is that sometimes you will fish several spots with no luck before you finally land on some fish. It’s nice to be able to pick away at the fish and at least pick up a few at each spot, but the colder it gets, the more concentrated the fish will get.
Typically we will also start to see a lot of Sheepshead as the water temps drop. As it gets colder we will start to look for Trout around docks, rocks, and laydowns more and more, and there you will also find the Sheepies. This is when I like to use a light carolina rig with a live shrimp and pitch around the structure. The tide needs to be moving fairly slow or not moving at all for this to really work, but it can be an effective way to put a nice mixed bag in the boat.
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