Conditions on the coast have been windy preceded by lots of rain. Despite not the best weather some fishermen are catching some nice redfish and seatrout! The water temperature is still mild allowing for too many trash fish (any small fish that can steal your bait). When fishing a drop and trash fish are overwhelming try fishing out and deeper. Redfish and sea trout often can be close to where trash are but likely not mixed in. Fishing out and deeper could result in some nice fish!
Despite strong winds the sea trout bite has been strong for some fishermen! Ideally in rough conditions if don’t have to search for your fish that’s best. Putting the wind at your back can make fishing easier. Sea trout and redfish can be found schooling this time of the year but not necessarily. If you find schooling fish, enjoy the bite! Areas with higher salinity and relatively close to the sound seem to be more productive.
The whiting bite looks pretty good. We fished three or four hours on an incoming tide and caught 40 to 50. Many of these fish were over 10 inches. Whiting are a relatively small fish so you might want only those 10 inches.
Shrimp right now looks plentiful. The fall bite looks pretty good and will likely improve as conditions improve. As tides build next week to the 9 foot range fishing could be challenging. On big tides often the best bite is later on the outgoing tide.
I hope this report is of interest and help! Keep only what you want to eat and release the rest!
Capt. Jack McGowan
Coastal River Charters