Blue bird skies and high pressure has made it a little harder to get a strong bite going over the last few days on Clearwater Fishing Charters. Clear and calm waters makes it easy to spot fish in, however, they can see and feel your presence as well. Especially in the shallow, more vulnerable depths where redfish and snook are so commonly found in the winter months. Downsizing tackle is imperative to success. I use 10 – 15 lb braided line, 20 lb fluorocarbon leader and smaller #1 hooks in general. And most importantly, position yourself for the longest cast possible, with winds behind you for the most distance. As long as the fish are unaware of the presence of a boat or even a wading fisherman, they are more likely to react naturally in pursuit of a meal.. As sardines and other baits are harder to come by, artificials and live shrimp are the preferred baits. Topwater lures are best in the early morning or late afternoon while the light is lowest. Mid day sun prevents most fish from wanting to come to the surface and risk exposure so deeper diving soft plastics with a 1/8 – 1/4 ounce jighead is necessary. With live shrimp, using a cork with a few feet of leader below is very effective. Trout have been holding in St. Joseph Sound but are very finicky on calm days. Freelined shrimp on the bottom have worked best. Redfish are also showing well around the rocks and oyster bars in the backcountry. Again, patience is key as they are extremely cautious.
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