The bite is good! Some fishermen are experiencing a strong seatrout while others are finding a strong redfish bite. In general early fall is usually the time for redfish and the latter fall the seatrout bite reaches its peak. Overall, the has been good and looks promising as fall progresses! As water temperatures continue to fall small bait steelers will become scare. Currently the water is hovering around 60 degrees. The tails on redfish have a bluish color. This is sign of feeding fish and potentially an aggressive bite. Redfish can be found schooling close marsh edges and oyster rakes. Fishermen can target this fish at any stage of the tide but typically the best bites are on the lower tide stages.
With cooler water we’re seeing black drum and sheepshead showing up. These are eddy fish, fish that like gentle currents. These fish are typically targeted when currents are slow moving. The whiting bite is still surprising good! It has not been unusual to catch several while float fishing for seatrout. Whiting while a small tasty fish that can make a welcome addition to when keeping fish.
The seatrout bite has been a little up and down but overall good! The bite has been wide spread from the sounds to the inland rivers. The seatrout will likely get hotter as fall progresses. Some fishermen say when you see tassels on the sea marsh the seatrout will be on. The seatrout looks good and likely will be getter better! Large female seatrout now have looks like pre roe forming. Seatrout can spawn multiple times a year. A mild winter could mean spawning throughout the winter and more seatrout. A winter time spawn would be a bonus. Its possible.
Bait shops are still finding local shrimp but anticipate bait to become scarer as fall progresses.
Hope this of interest and help! Keep what you what to eat and release the rest!
Capt. Jack McGowan