| Spring | Summer | Fall
(December through March)
Summary: Redfish are
easy enough to locate during the cold months but can be very picky eaters.
Advantage: Some sight
fishing for tailers on low tides. Redfish can also be found around
dock lights at night.
target in the winter, needs several day warm-up period after cold front
passage. Even with a warm-up, requires delicate presentations in shallow
Outlook: Good to excellent.
(April through June)
Summary: Fish should
be prevalent around oyster bars and mangroves. Fish the under mangroves
edges and the oysters with baitfish and shrimp patterns early in the day.
Later, as light levels increase, do some sightcasting in the mangrove bays.
Smaller flies and accurate presentations come into play here.
Advantage: Reds should
be getting more and more active as the water warms.
start a little on the slow side but should get progressively better.
(July through September)
Summary: Look for
the big breeders of summer to show up pushing wakes and eating everything
in sight. Fish a variety of flies including bait, shrimp, attractor and
topwater patterns. Try oyster bars, shorelines and open grass flats around
Advantage: The fish
average big and they’re fairly easy to catch.
are too big and have to be released.
(October through November)
Summary: Look for
the big breeder reds to be on and around the shallower flats until the
water cools off. Use a variety of bait shrimp and crab patterns. Look for
head wakes along shorelines and shallow grass flats as these fish are willing
to please if you get a fly in front of them.
lot of hungry reds feeding in preparation to go offshore for winter along
with the 29" and smaller resident fish.
Mostly oversize fish above limit, catch and release.