Two perfect days, temps, no wind and fish, does it get any better??
If you were fishing the Virginia Forest, Tiger Shores beach in the morning I know you were in the Pompano, sand fleas and clam were the favored baits. This week the beach has been spotty, times varied as did the species with no pattern. Weeds started the week, not sure where they came from but there were plenty, then gone. Cool mornings would be perfect for Blues but they chose the afternoon hours and the Pomp’s were the early bite, I guess they didn’t read the chapter on preferred water temperatures. Look for the Blues early, cut bait will locate these fish, after the sun warms the edge for two hours you will notice the Whiting will move in if they have read the reference to water temperatures.
Trout and Red Fish for the river anglers, good catch’s reported from north of the power plant to the inlet using soft rubber baits and live shrimp. Most reported have been in the top of the slot with the red fish bite being better in the early afternoon. Docks along the west side of the river have been holding nice reds as well as trout too. Twitch baits and the Bomber Badonkadonk in the suspending and topwater versions have been a great choice. Lots of talk of skipping Pompano over the last week, and finally some talk of catching over the weekend. Good numbers in hells gate, sailfish flats and the crossroads. Jigs have put a hurting on them, 3/8 to a ½ ounce in chartreuse or pink will get bites. Bridge anglers have been reporting a nice mix of drum and sheepshead around the pilings, live shrimp or pieces of dead shrimp have been the bait of choice. Days like this remind me why I chose to live in Florida, sunshine and great fishing! Till next week…….