front after front
Capt. Craig Lahr
December 30, 2012
Clearwater - Saltwater Fishing Report
The recent winds and cold fronts has been droping water temps in the mid 50s to low 60s. Inshore fish are
moveing to deeper flats as well as canals and around docks with good water flow. With the tides being lower
than normal with the persistent north winds,has the redfish scattered on flats. As the weather stabelizes look
for the reds to forage for small shrimp crabs and bloodworms. My favorite baits are live shrimp mangrove crabs
and saltwater assassin cocktail shrimp in newpenny or bone diamond with a 16th once mustad peg hook.
Next would be the mirrodean pro series redfish pattern and also the zara jr. topwaters.
With the water temps dropping, bait will start thinning out. Shrimp will become the go to bait for most of the
inshore species. The trout have started to move to the spoil islands up in St. Joseph sound because
of the shelly and rocky bottom. This is one of the first areas where trout congregate. The deeper docks
will be holding redfish, sheaphead and blackdrum. The best docks are one with lots of oysters on the
pilings with good water flow.
Silver trout have invaded the hard bottom areas off the beaches. When the day warms up the trout and reds will
push there way on to shallower flats to seek that warm water. This is where you will catch your bigger trout.
They will be laid up in the potholes or right on the edges. Make sure you find flats with lots of mullet. The redfish
will be in with the mullet as they stir up the shrimp and other Crustateans.
Fall offers a large variety of different styles of fishing.
silver trout redfish sheaphead; speckeld trout and more
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