Posts tagged ‘target species’

Redfish 

Redfish are pursued year round. In the warmer months when a lot of bait is in the area and the water clarity is down, live baiting is the most effective tactic. Full and new moons, however, offer excellent sight fishing in the grass this time of year. As long as the water is not too hot, these fish can be fooled with flies and weedless soft plastics. They can be stalked by foot and commonly caught just feet from the angler. As the water cools the bait begins to thin out, waters begin to clear, and fish begin to gather in groups along the flats, shell bars, and in creeks.

Speckled Trout 

Speckled Trout are pursued from spring through the early winter with the peak of action in the fall. They can be caught with a variety of different live baits and artificial lures. They typically associate with moving water that is clean. Oyster points, current breaks, and submerged structure are just a few of the many places where they gather. These fish are commonly just a pound or two but can reach in excess of 5 pounds in this area. These fish are also suckers for a lit up dock at night that attracts bait. Custom night trips can bring a lot of fish to the boat, especially with a fly rod as your weapon.

Sheepshead 

Sheepshead are targeted year round. Some of the best Sheepshead fishing can be in February and March on the numerous nearshore wrecks and reefs. The larger females will go to the deeper water during this time. They are typically caught using fiddler crabs as bait, but will hit oysters, clams, and live shrimp as well. The jetties offer excellent opportunities for big fish as well. These wild looking porgies make excellent table fare. Sheepshead are anywhere from a pound up to more than 15 pounds.

Flounder 

The summer flounder is a left eyed flatfish. The eyed side always blends in perfectly with the sea bed. There is usually a scattering of 10 to 14 eye like spots on the body. As in other flatfish, the blind side is white and relatively featureless. The teeth are well developed on both sides of the jaws. The dorsal fin has 85 94 rays; the anal fin has 60 63 rays. There are only 5 or 6 gill rakers on the upper limb of the first arch and 11 21 on the lower limb.

Bonnethead Sharks 

Bonnethead Sharks are a blast on light tackle. They can be caught from mid spring through the summer. They will cruise the very shallow water looking for shrimp and crabs similar to redfish with their fins out of the water. They are an aggressive feeder, put up a great fight, and are surprisingly good on the table. They can be fooled on fly with a little help from some scent or chum and provide a worthy opponent. These fish can also be targeted in the deep holes between creeks and can add an extra bonus while waiting for the grass to flood during a redfish trip.

Page 1 of 2 1 2