With the weekly cold fronts rolling through, our water temperatures recently dropped into the 50s. This big change from nearly 70 the early part of last week had the fish confused; it was like a migration every week from warm water refuges to the flats.
Deep holes not exposed to hard north winds are sometimes the best place to start in these circumstances, as well as protected bayous in the river and other estuary systems if you get enough tide to get back into them! Artificial lures have been very effective lately and a productive method of catching fish this year. Cold fronts turn the Snook and Redfish off, as they are temperature sensitive at different stages of degrees, so I've concentrated on catching lots of game fish like the Spotted Sea Trout. Deep grass flats and the edges of these flats, the drop-offs where the sand meets the grass ,and deep residential canals, plus any warm water outflow like the Anclote power plant have been holding fish. There’s a lot of water out there, so you have to continue to locate them; they usually don't move too far, but drastic changes will liven them up to forage for food on the shallower parts of flats. Start where the grass potholes and broken bottom is and work your way up onto the flat to catch them sunning. Work all your baits very slowly in these conditions. At the time of this report the water was starting to warm up into the 60s! Here comes Spring and the migration bait-fish run!