Submitted by Will Drost
Open water reefs of bays and the grassy shorelines of marshes are continuing to hold schools of sea trout and redfish; anglers should key in on bird activity and slicks, while also looking for surface activity of ribbonfish and ladyfish. When found, various topwater lures will work well. Schools of redfish and sea trout are beginning showing in good numbers around the passes, beaches, along our coast and just offshore among the shallow water rigs and platforms. Tripletail, cobia and mackerel will also prowl the same structures and will also be found around near shore grasslines. A short run further offshore will yield red snapper, grouper and amberjack, all of which can be fooled with live hard tails and jigs.
Pelagics; yellowfin tuna, dolphin, wahoo and marlin continue to be active along the shelf. Fish the deepwater floaters and platforms while keeping an eye peeled for current breaks and grasslines. Blackfin and yellowfin tuna will make a strong showing while fishing floaters at night – live bait, diamond jigs, and chumming will be effective.