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The Bite in the Bay December 2011

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On: Tue, Dec 6, 2011 at 9:26AM | By: Captain Woody Gore

With all the residential canals and inshore reefs, bay anglers are truly are blessed when it comes to fishing in December and it seems you never have to run far to find what you are looking for. Fish seem to acclimate themselves to the lower tides and feed all day with little or no concern of weather. Fishing around the grass flats also begins heating up, with plenty of respectable sight fishing. Live baits are occasionally unnecessary, especially with all the artificial lures available in today’s arsenal of fishing tackle, although it can be helpful when you’re looking for larger fish.

Snook: If Snook is your species of choice, the bay and its tributaries offer plenty of excellent fishing. There are so many areas that hold this prize species it’s hard to take the time to find new ones. This coming year I intend to concentrate on learning new unlikely areas for Snook. For some reason the grass always seems greener on the other side of the street and same holds true when it comes to fishing. So many times we’ve seen tournament anglers make fifty-plus mile runs to catch the same fish they are running past; doesn’t seem to make any sense to me. Some of the Snook fishing is located right in your own backyard, so to speak, so why not take time to learn what you can about those areas and the hows, whens and where to fish.

Redfish: This month Redfish are found mainly on the flats as it is time for them to school. Lots of big fish in skinny water, but locating them does require a bit of investigation. On both sides of the bay start by looking for healthy, shallow, grass flats with lots of bait and mullet. Find a big school of mullet and they are usually frequented by schooling Redfish. One of the keys to finding fish is looking for shallow flats with narrow cuts, potholes, and sandy bars. This type of flat can be dissected and studied during low tides. Find the access flow points that funnel water onto and off of the flat and you will know where the fish will come through on the rise and fall. The drop offs and deeper holes are where the fish are holding on the low tides. The trick is learning exactly where to be and at what time. You can’t just pull up to the bar and start throwing chum. Live and dead baits are great, but you can catch plenty of fish on jigs and jerk baits, for the simple reason of having the ability to cover more water. My color preferences are for Gulp are new penny, camo, and white.

Trout: Sea Trout fishing has been off the wall this year especially around deeper rocky bottoms and lush grass flats with sandy potholes. Windy overcast days, incoming water are a favorite time for avid trout anglers. Live greenbacks, shrimp or artificial lures will do the trick. Early morning grass flats with a MirrOlure’s Top Dog Jr. will produce some awesome sized fish including the occasional Snook.

Inshore Gag Grouper: The inshore grouper bite will pickup especially as the water temperatures cool down. Fishing should be good when we can avoid the northerly cold fronts and high winds. Lots of near shore and inshore bay keepers should show up in the 15 to 25 feet of water. These guys are awesome fun especially on light tackle and trolling.

Kingfish, Spanish Mackerel, Bonito, Bluefish: Cold fronts should bring the traditionally high winds. As the water temps fall with each passing front the near beach Kingfish bite should improve. Tons of bait should bring the Kings, Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish, and Bonito within a mile or so of the beach or inside the bay.



Stephy21 | 11:23AM (Tue, Dec 6, 2011)

great article

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