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In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb?
And so it has begun. While Mother Nature will continue to attempt to have her way with occasional cold snaps, Father Time will prevail with reason in March. The Vernal Equinox will occur on the 21st of March. The hours of light and dark will balance on that day and the biological time clock of fish will sound the sounds of spring.
Trout fishing will remain strong through the month in our immediate area. The fish have been under unprecedented pressure with continued exposure in several media outlets. Pin pointing fish in the same area over and over in today’s modern era is simple irresponsibility that benefits no one and particularly not the resource. Savvy anglers have been staying off the beaten path and working a little harder to mimic results that were just what once was.
Redfish have been on the edges of flats all winter. The rivers and creeks are usually the first at releasing winter redfish back onto the spring flats. Most often these fish are not huge, but instead, slot fish perfect for harvest. Hard sand, flat rock and oyster bars get the nod, as these areas are quick to warm up during the day. The tides are now producing more water on the flood, thus making these areas accessible to both the angler and the fish. Soft jerk baits, jigs and a fresh shrimp are all working.
Snook are always the last ones to venture from their spa oasis of winter. They can be found from their entire east-west migration haunts at this time. Many of the fish will be scattered and that is what you are looking for. Too often when snook are spotted by the human eye and formed into tight schools, be it summer or winter, it is for a reason. Usually that reason is not to feed, so no need to waste your time casting for a bite.
Late winter snook are opportunistic feeders. I always examine the stomach contents of the fish I filet at the table. At this time of year you will more likely find one of two things in a snook’s stomach:
While the water is still cool and things are just starting, a slow moving jig is all that is needed to produce snook. I chuckle when I see people spending their entire day trying to acquire scaled sardines, while long-time experts know only a few will bite anyway. Experts will get those fish by hitting the prime spots before anyone else gets there and then moving off to do other things before the un-experienced angler finally decides that he can not catch “bait”.
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Last Update 27FEB06
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