By: Captain Jon Fetter
This past week the fishing really picked up in the backbay. The redfish bite was really good with incoming water around the grass flats with nearby oyster bars. The fish are moving on and off the oysters with the tides and will take cut bait soaking on the bottom. Cut ladyfish on 2/0 circle hooks was the bait of choice. Patience is the key to fishing cut baits as it can take a while for the scent to attract the reds. Set-up with the tidal flow and put out at least three rods to increase your chances. Anglers should stay closer to the oyster bars on high tides and move away as the tide recedes. There has also been a decent red bite along the mangrove islands on high water with shrimp tipped jig heads the go-to method. The sheepshead bite has also picked up around the oyster bars and any blow down near the mangrove islands. 1/0 circle hooks with #3 split shot will work fine, and remember to just use enough shrimp to cover the hook. Anglers will also pick up mangrove snapper with this method. The sea trout bite should start as the water temps decrease over the grass flats in 2-4 feet of water, with Shrimp under a popping cork the best way to locate and catch them. You will also pick up ladyfish, catfish, and a few bonnethead sharks with this set-up.
Gearing Up For Chistmas
Well Xmas is quickly approaching so it is time to get that list ready for Santa. There are plenty of new items out there worth looking at. Rods, reels, and various tackle are always appealing, but this year I am looking at fillet knives. The Bubba Blade is the one that stands out to me. Great blade with a comfortable handle makes a great combination for hours of fish cleaning. They are rather costly, but it will last and hold an edge for a long time which makes it the perfect gift for the angler that has everything. Make sure to put this on your list for this year and hopefully you have not been naughty and Santa will make the stop at your house and drop one off. Leave plenty of cookies and milk for the guy, he always appreciates good grub. Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight!!!
Captain Jon Fetter works in our very own fishing department in Ft. Myers, FL., and has been known to be a reservoir of knowledge in all things fishing related. Please stop by his very helpful page if you would like to learn more at www.catchfishnow.com