Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Outdoors

Captain's Corner: Fronts lead to unpredictable fishing

What's hot: With the fronts blowing in every six or seven days the bite has been all over the map. There is a steady bite before fronts, and trout and feeding well. The days between the fronts are solid as well as soon as the weather pattern becomes more consistent. But what do you do when the front comes on Friday and you are literally blown off the water?

Redfish: Reds are cooperative after a front, providing you can get to them in rough or shallow water. With the wind out of the north, take the bay boat, run to the desired area and wade to them. Mullet are a key factor in finding redfish, which hang out with mullet to take advantage of the bait fish and crustaceans that mullet kick up as they swim and jump. Bigger schools with lots of jumping mullet seem to hold the most fish. Use cut bait soaked in or on the outside edges of the mullet schools. Dead sticking (letting the scent do the work) scented baits in the mullet works well too — a very boring way to fish but it can produce big time.

Tim Whitfield can be reached at [email protected] or (813) 714-0889.

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