Inshore has seen the return of Pompano. They are being caught near the passes and on the grass flats near those passes. They come in with the tide, feed on the flats and then move back outside the pass. The bite is better when the water is clearer. They feed by sight and smell so use something colorful and tip it with shrimp. Pompano jigs are the most popular method. Let the jig bounce off the bottom. Pompano tend to feed on the bottom and are attracted to the “puff “of sand when the jigs hit the bottom.
Spotted sea trout are closed until January 2012, but the catch and release action has been very good. The trout tend to like the cooler waters and can be found feeding on the flats and in pot holes on the lower winter tides. Shrimp or artificial shrimps like DOA’s and Gulp are my baits of choice for the winter months. I have found lots of Ladyfish in the same areas as the trout. If you find the Ladyfish there will likely be some trout nearby. If you have kids, the fast action of ladyfish can be great fun.
Snook can still be found around the canals and mouths of freshwater creeks. If you can find some bait fish, the snook will be close by. As the temperature drops they will be harder to find. Look in areas with dark muddy bottoms that get lots of sun light. These will be the warmest waters for the Snook to wait out the winter. Lets hope for a warmer winter and no Snook kills this year.
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