Fishing Report by Captain Dave Lear -December 17, 2014
Despite weaker tides and cooler overnight temperatures last week, the inshore bite was surprisingly good.. Tidal creeks held quality trout, redfish and a few flounder and the fish readily gobbled down a variety of artificial lures. The biggest trout and reds (up to 22 inches on the trout and 26 for the reds) were caught on suspending plugs, including DOA Bait Busters and Paul Brown Fat Boys in gold glitter/black and Hall ‘em In Rippers in white/red head. DOA shrimp in gold/glow, root beer/gold flake and orange crush all produced trout and redfish as well. The first couple hours of the in-coming tide was the most productive period.
This weekend looks even more promising. The new moon on Monday will trigger negative low tides at daylight, followed by a swing of more than 3.5 feet by lunchtime. That much water movement should stimulate a feeding frenzy through the morning and early afternoon. The Gulf water temperatures are still below 60 degrees, so a slower, methodical presentation is called for. But put a lure in their face and you should be rewarded with a solid strike, followed by a good fight.
Near shore, the black sea bass are chewing most anything and there have been reports of schools of cooperative bull reds as well.
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