As the mercury begins its migration south, the Gulf's flounder bite begins to heat up.
On Donner, Blitzen, Dancer and Prancer. On bunkers, pogies, croakers, shrimp and squid.
They rise majestically from the bottom like mountain ranges found in the continental US. However, these "mountains" aren't found on dry land — they're found in the depths of the Gulf of Mexico.
Marinas are easily overlooked winter hot spots. Few fishermen give them a second thought, however, rest assured—they're fish magnets. Fish gravitate to marinas because: 1) they're deep; 2) there's ample structure; and 3) there's little or no fishing pressure.
Bridges offer ample angling opportunities for the salt enthusiast. No two bridges are the same, as such, they can perplex fishermen, presenting them with an seemingly unsolvable puzzle.
Twenty on-the-water "pet peeves" that most boaters and fishermen can agree with.
Catching slower, less aggressive fish means switching up tactics. Next time out—give sight fishing a whirl.
If you find the fish are resisting your best presentations, try dead sticking.
For those ready to move their fishing up a notch, I offer you a challenge. Next time out—give sight fishing a whirl.
Understanding weather and the nature of fronts is the key to understanding what the fish are doing.