East Bay Fishing Report

What's hot: Fishing the deep edges of the flats on the low tide has produced a mixed bag of redfish and trout. Most trout are in the 15- to 21-inch range, with an occasional fish pushing into the upper 20s. Top baits recently have been dark bodied shad tails bounced along the bottom and through the pot holes. If you can find some mullet, you're in the right spot.

What else: Sheepshead seemingly have been on every dock I have come across. The bite has been good as well, with some fish pushing 5 pounds. I have been using 14-pound fluorocarbon leader with split shots, and a No. 4 circle hook with shrimp for bait; use splitshots until you find the right weight and get the bite. They are tricky: You let them nibble against a taut line, then when the rod tip bends and the bend deepens, bump and reel. I have recently found that sweeping the rod to the side, to set the hook, seems to put the hook in a better spot to retrieve it.

Pro tip: Don't be afraid to fish on the anchor. The sheepshead will move to it and sit right on the rope.

East Bay Fishing Report 01/15/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 1:53pm]

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