The inshore bite has been good! As tides and wind subsided the bite has really picked up! The seatrout are being caught on soft plastics and live baits. Its a little early to talk about the fall bite but bait can be found in the head of the creeks. As bait pushes in seatrout and redfish wont far behind. Seatrout can be found in the sounds as well as the creeks and rivers. As summer wind down and more bait pushes in the bite well get hotter!
There still lots of fresh in our waterways. Don Adams, Adams Bait House said a few without rain will bring salinity up and likely a plus for the inshore fishing. So far the rainfall doesn’t to be deterring the bite. Whiting appear to be more abundance this year. Sharks normally thick in sounds are not as numerous. Although there are plenty of larger sharks that on the beachfront and in the sounds. Schools of pogie and mullet are becoming plentiful as fall approaches. School of ladyfish are thick. Ladyfish are typically thought of as fun fighting fish with no or little food value. Ladyfish do make a great bait for large and small fish. In the last few years we’ve began seeing more croakers. This small which once seemed scarce is now abundant. Seeing a fish gaining in numbers is sign of healthy environment. Another sign of a healthy fishery are large mature bonnet head sharks. We have plenty of bonnet heads. Bonnet heads will pull about as hard any fish out there. While it legal to keep this shark. Releasing this fish or only occasionally taking one is good idea.
The bite looks good! If you’re not catching try fishing a new spot. Community or well known drops get a lot of pressure. Sometimes the difference in having good catch could be as simply as getting away from the boats and trying sometime different.
The fish are out there! The numbers look good! Keep what you want to eat and release the rest!
I hope this of interest and help!
Capt. Jack McGowan