On the verge: We are sitting on the edge of darkness looking into the light. That is about the best metaphor I can think of to describe the state of the fishery in the East Bay area. The fishing is on the verge of explosion. Snook are staging to their spring spots and feeding on sardines during the warmer periods. The sardines are thick on the flats during the same times. Then, as quick and as violent as the snook strike, Mother Nature allows for yet another cold blast to extend its reach down to our area.
Redfish: The upside is redfish will grind under the high pressure systems; they seem to be the least affected by the weather and often feed well under adverse conditions. They tend to enjoy shrimp and small crabs. Look for them around the dock pilings in creeks, rivers and residential canals. The older the dock the better.
Snook: If you are a fly fisherman, in my opinion, the snook are about to explode onto the scene. On several occasions recently we have had the snook looking and on the verge of blasting our flies.
Tuneup: While waiting on the next explosion, now is the time to service your reels and your outboards, check all bearings on your trailer and check your livewell pumps to make sure everything is in working order so that when you have your day out on the water it will be as awesome as you hoped.