Fishing on the coast has been good! The seatrout in recent weeks has produced some of the best catches of the year! That said, fishing on coast can be temperamental. Tides and weather can quickly change. Conditions can change in day from ideal to challenging. Nonetheless in all but worst of conditions fishermen will be to find fishable water and likely some nice fish!
When tides are large to due to wind or full or near full moon fishing often will be better on the outgoing tides. On days with big tides water can sweep in fast limiting the opportunity to catch fish.
Bait shrimp has been relatively difficult to come by. Those throwing a cast net can find bait but its taking more time and lots of the shrimp are on the small size. When fishing smaller bait down your hook size from 1/0 to to 2’s or even 4’s. The best catches of larger seatrout has in deeper water ( 8 to 10 feet depht). Soft plastics such as Glup shrimp on a 1/4 oz. jig has been very effective! The seatrout bite has been good!
Redfish that are scare on one day can be up on flats the next! And seatrout that were biting on every cast and vanish the next. In nature there are many varibles. Fall is a fun for fishing but flexibilty is likley the key. If seatrout aren’t biting, look for reds. I quote my dad, “when in doubt move a pawn”. In chess it means you’re not sure what to do build a defense with small moves. In nature if the bite is not happening and conditions are not favorable looks for small moves. How can you better fish the water in front of you? Likely there will be several fishing opportunties right in front of you!
I hope this of help when fishing in poor or adverse conditions.
Capt. Jack McGowan