The past several weeks have been off the charts in terms of fish chewing. When the fish are feeding, it has been pretty ferocious! We have caught many different species of fish including snook, trout, redfish, pompano, gag grouper, black sea bass, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, jack crevalle, ladyfish, and flounder…did I say, flounder? Wow! The flounder bite has been the best I’ve seen in years.
Flounder ranging from 10-inches all the way up to door mat size in the low-to mid-twenty inch range have been caught on several different lures. The CAL Shad has produced the majority of the flounder, when rigged on a quarter ounce CAL Jighead. The MirrOlure soft plastic Lil’ John XL brings up a close second. A new bait from Bass Assassin that I’m trying called the Elite Shiner shows some major promise as well. The slender shad style body has excellent action and has been taking its share of big flatties.
Redfish are on the move and in some areas big schools of giant reds are showing up. While we have caught some oversized redfish on Eppinger Rex Spoons, most our fish have been in the upper slot around 26-inches, and for those looking for a great fish on the grill, there’s hardly anything better.
We’ve been losing dozens of jig heads lately to some toothy critters. Bluefish have really taken over and some of these blues are the largest we’ve caught in the past 10 years or so. Blues ranging up to nearly 6-pounds have been caught on CAL Jigs and MirrOlure Soft Dines. The new Soft Dine has been highly productive and while it’s king of combo between and hard and soft bait, it’s proving to be very durable and has been standing up pretty well to the attacks of these mauling mackerel and blues. But the bottom line is that they are catching fish!
With the water heading down into the 70’s this past week, the action has fired up and top water lures are making a huge splash. Fish have gotten much more aggressive and are blasting baits on top big time. The new Pro Dog Jr. series from MirrOlure have been outstanding and everything from snook to tarpon are eating them. Redfish and trout can’t stand to not hit the Mossy Green Trout color pattern. This kind of action will only improve over the next month or so until things really chill down. Some of the best fishing days of the year are just ahead, and I can hardly wait ‘til they get here. ‘Til then…I’ll catch ya later!