Hi friends! I would first like to say that I am hopeful that you are all safe and making it through these strange times. We will get through this together for sure! I am also happy to let you all know that Capt. Brian Caudill Inshore Fishing Charters is doing business as usual! There is no better way to escape the news, crowds and negativity than to be on the boat, fishing and smiling as you reel in your catch! The only thing you will have close, multiple contacts with is fish! And I guarantee they are virus free! That being said, I am taking precautions by disinfecting my rods and boat surfaces everyday so we can all feel protected and safe while on the boat. Also, many people have had trouble traveling from other parts of the country which is totally understandable. However, if any of you are local or have made it to Florida from elsewhere and are looking for something to do with the family and kids, don’t hesitate to call or email to book a trip! I have openings available over the next few weeks. It is a great way to get out of the house and experience the outdoors and stay somewhat isolated. So that being said, here is what is going on out here!
Warm temperatures have helped to stimulate several species of fish in north Pinellas County. The trout bite is still consistent in St. Joseph Sound, however snook are starting to appear beyond the mouths and creeks of the backcountry. They are transitioning to some of the islands on their way to the beaches. Although they will not inhabit the beaches in full force until late spring, it’s interesting to see them this early in the year approaching to the west from the mainland. Scaled sardines are spotty, but when cast netted, can attract an aggressive bite from snook looking for an easy meal after hibernating through winter. Clear waters have resulted in tying lighter leader material to get bites from these crafty and finicky fish. Redfish are making a strong appearance also. The tides have not been very strong or high this week, so perimeter fishing around oyster bars and docks have provided high numbers of redfish. Live shrimp, or cut pieces of pinfish have been my first choice. Larger fish are definitely preferring the pinfish while smaller fish are taking the shrimp. Nearshore fishing has been productive as well. Spanish mackerel are starting to show up, chasing schools of threadfin herring within 3 – 5 miles of shore. If the weather stays mild, we will see kingfish appearing in better numbers very soon providing lots of rodbending action when fishing inshore is overcrowded or slow.