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East Bay Fishing Report: Redfish, ambush points

Fishing the past couple of weeks before, during and after the fronts has been tricky. The bite has been anywhere from excellent to adequate. The fish were, as always, tough to catch after the front with the high pressure and blue bird skies.

Fishing the flats and sight fishing the redfish was tough, the water was gin clear, the fish were spooking out before the bait even hit the water. To combat the high pressure and blue skies, we made our way to the nearest creek; the deeper dark water provides a safe haven and a relaxing environment for trout, redfish, snook and sheepshead.

The first five casts resulted in five keeper trout. We banged out several more fish bumping jigs on the bottom, dark jig bodies on a one-eighth ounce jighead were the trick. Making our way deeper into the creek we found some small but feisty redfish and several nice keeper-sized sheepshead.

Three structures for ambush points combined almost always holds fish, this day it was four: a sand bar, deep trough, mangroves and shell bottom. Three dozen shrimp went in less than an hour.

Tip: Ambush points combined are great place to hunt fish. In a new area, find multiple structures together, and you will find fish.

Capt. Tim Whitfield can be reached at (813) 774-0889 or

East Bay Fishing Report: Redfish, ambush points 01/12/12 [Last modified: Thursday, January 12, 2012 3:30am]
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