Crews reported tons of Spanish and some kings at 3–9 miles out. We hooked up a few kings in the passes as we fished for pomps and caught squirrelfish as a bycatch, but they busted off—typical. Grouper action is getting better everyday as close as 5 miles out. Tripletailers hooked up grouper around the carb pots, kings snagging pins, shrimp and small trips on the way up.
Happy hookers dragged plus 10–15 lipped plugs on the bumps from 3–12 miles off and caught nice kings as well. The close marks at 3–5 miles out are holding snapper, grouper, cobia, grunt, and all the usual suspects. You can toss Sabikki good baits around the reefs or use cut mackerel. Spoons, shallow running plugs, and flies all took a share of the macks. Cobia are still a hot target with pins, carbs, and bait-dressed jigs all good-to-go offerings.
Backbay: Keep up on the tides. Tidal creeks are holding a nice mixed-bag bite, reds, snook, sheepies, even some baby poons. Scented plastics and flies are all taking a share; big winter shrimp work across the board. The bite is consistent all along our region. Shrimp underacork, shiners, cut ladies, and scented softies all took a share of reds. Fish the later half of the incoming and the first half of the outgoing and you'll be in the game around the bars and bushes.
Trout are perking up on the southern end of our waters and are red hot on the north end. Pins under a cork on the flats near the oyster bars are a good pattern for big trout and reds. Snook are thick in the creeks and livebaiters are beating them up; debarb your circle hooks sports!Crews found good numbers of pompano in the passes on either tide; shrimp tipped jigs were the easy-peezypattern. The passes also had some fun mixed-bag action with sharks, macks, trout, ladyfish, snapper, black drum, and reds; good easy fishing.
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