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weather has been nothing short of spectacular. Clouds of bait pods are
sprinkling just offshore and all over the local flats. The vernal
equinox has passed and the lower than low tides of winter have now
yielded to spring flood tides. Inshore species are feeding in an
unguarded fury. The time has come, the time is now.
Multiple West Coast slams (snook, redfish, trout) are the daily norm aboard the Bounty Hunter the past two weeks. Not just your everyday “slam”, but big slams with reds exceeding 35 inches, trout to 28 and snook to 39.
Snook are popping where they can be found. I’ve had to put in some extra time (definitely not banker hours) and scrape my way into to some of my "off the mainline" spots to get them this year. Each year it gets a little tougher with the species that was once my bread and butter. As of recent, coming up with a half dozen has been par, with an exceptional day seeing a dozen. I have excepted now that yesteryear is now just that. I hold dear to my heart and count my blessings on all I have been fortunate to experience in our tiny neck of the woods. They may very well never happen in this area again. We can only hope the new state regulations will help this most valued prize, but in non-spawning mecca such as ours, I remain uncertain.
During the full moon the cobia that played a Houdini after the last significant cold front seemed to filter back in to some degree. Anglers drifting the open flats for trout, while chumming for bait or while fishing your favorite swash, should be prepared for cruising fish at all times. Otherwise, the old stand by of anchoring up, chumming and floating suspended baits, as well as cruising the flats/beaches and fishing by sight, gets the nod.
The flats have been exceptionally busy the past two weeks. While the information on “how to” experience the most exciting fishery of the flats is abundant, often some teachings of ethics are overlooked. Without sounding like an old school teacher, there is a lot of water out there------spread out, give wide berth and use common sense. While rights to use the water belong to everyone, the rights to ruin it for anyone is not. Respect it as a sanctuary, and we will all get what we’re looking for…enjoyment.
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