WATERS CONTINUE TO WARM AND FISH MOVE DEEPER!
Well fishing friends, the waters will soon begin to warm up on the flats and therefore start to push the trout out into deeper waters seeking the cooler temperatures. There have already been reports of good limits of trout being caught in 7 to 8 feet of water between the Econfina and Aucilla Rivers. Fishing the soft plastics on bottom will usually do the trick in the deeper depths for trout and the black sea bass. Although these fish will begin migrating into the deeper waters that doesn’t mean to automatically bypass all waters in between. You may still want to stop and test the different depths just to make sure you’re not missing fish that may not have started to move out yet. At the end of May there were still a lot of fish being caught in 4 to 7 feet of water.
Reds are beginning to be seen in larger schools with reports of these being caught in the 30” to 36” ranges. Some of the larger schools are still being seen down around the beach area and back up towards Spring Warrior. These larger fish will soon be moving on though leaving the slot fish behind for the anglers to prey on. Fishing in shallow waters using the top water and suspended plugs like the rattling red fins, skitter walks, super spooks and so on will produce some of the larger slot fish early in the mornings before the sun gets overhead. Fishing the deeper holes in the creeks that are not filled with grass using live shrimp will produce the lower end of the slot reds.
Good reports of lots of mullet being seen up and down the coast line and that’s good after not seeing many during the run season. Those that like to spearfish for the mullet will love that and l’ve already heard of folks kicking into gear with the spearfishing and getting plenty. I prefer the cast net method (it seems to keep me out of the jaws of what else might be lurking out there) for my fish. But whichever method you prefer the reports are definitely good on mullet right now.
Best bets for the trout would be to start testing the deeper waters fishing on bottom using the soft plastics. For the reds use the top water plugs early morning and then fish the deeper creeks using live shrimp or cut bait as the tide rises. Don’t forget to drop me a line or contact me through my website to report on recent fishing trips or to book a charter at www.bullredcharters.com. And always remember to include the kids in your outdoor plans and BOAT SAFELY!!