fishing is awsome
Capt. Craig Lahr
December 6, 2013
Clearwater - Saltwater Fishing Report
The flats have been on fire with big trout and lots of Florida redfish of all sizes. With the water temps staying consistant, fish have moved to the shallower flats with broken bottoms and potholes. What has kept these predators on the flats is lots of small whitebait. Artificials have worked the best. The number one lure at this time has been the Saltwater Assassin 3 inch shrimp with the color being olive and bone, and also the clear and silver Mirrodine. These baits have produced the bigger fish.
The trout have averaged 22 inches, up to as big as 30+ inches. The redfish have been from 14 inches to 24 inches. The larger ones have been on the docks.
Dock fishing has been very productive this month for redfish, black drum, and sheephead. With the water temp down in the 60s, the fish have been around the docks that are in off colored water which warms faster. The docks that have been holding the most fish are those which have good barnacle and oysters.
The recent warm weather has made fish think it spring with water tempsin the mid 60s. With this latest front look
for fishing to get back to normal with the persistent north winds,will have the redfish scattered on flats. This will
have the reds back to forageing for small shrimp crabs and bloodworms. My favorite baits are live shrimp mangrove crabs
and saltwater assassin cocktail shrimp in green pumkinseed or a dark brown grub with a 16th once weedless jig .
Next would be the mirrodean clear with silver sides and also the zara jr. topwater in the red fish pattern.
Fall offers a large variety of different styles of fishing.
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