Despite mild conditions the seasons are changing! Temperature no doubt is significant but there are other factors such as the photoperiod or the amount time each day for sunlight that can trigger change. Drops that were producing sea trout nearly cast in a week or even a day ago could vanish. The calendar is marking the beginning of winter on December 22nd. During the winter typically fishermen will find sea trout in deep holes, redfish can be on the flats and sheepshead around structure.
Redfish are on the flats. These fish can be wary in gin clear water. Fish that are normally easy to catch are spooky. Shadow from fishermen on cloudless days can even panic fish. Long casts and the lighter tackle are the rule.
When fishing for winter sea trout fishermen are typically fishing holes, deeper spots in the heads of creeks. A favorite winter tide is low water fishing a live bait deep. Bites can be subtle with corks barely moving. This type of fishing is slower but can be productive.
Sheepshead a winter favorite will pack on calories before heading for their offshore spawn. James at Stewart’s Bait & Tackle says sheepshead are already stacking on some offshore reefs. The sheepshead bite looks good but like with any fish keep what you want to eat and release the rest.
Fishermen fishing the flats with traditional tackle and methods could good find catches due mild conditions. Bait shrimpers are having to travel further south to stock their tanks. Enjoy the mild conditions and the available bait but remember the seasons are changing!
I hope this report is of interest and help! Merry Christmas!
Fish On! Capt. Jack McGowan