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March Tips and Tactics for the Gulf Coast

Capt. Ed Lewis
March 11, 2011
Homosassa - Saltwater Fishing Report

March fishing report
Report Date: March 1, 2011
Best Bets for March
Crystal River/Homosassa, Fl. The Nature Coast
Captain Ed Lewis

March along the Nature Coast of Crystal River/Homosassa has been a much anticipated month. We are coming off a long, cold winter and spring is about to spring and things are starting to warm up. Trout season opens back up and it's time to hit the flats in search of trout. Look for them over grass flats and mouths of rivers and creeks this month. As the water warms, check out your favorite grass flats in depths of 2 to 4 feet. And oyster bars and sand bar drop offs are excellent too.

Big trout are plentiful

Some successful techniques in use for catchin your limit are:
1.( Plugs-like Mirrolure's Top Dog and Top Pup and Catch 2000 suspend baits. Also, Mirrolure's Mirrodine is dynamite… Yozuri crystal minnow in a gold or orange/green color (I like the twitch baits which suspend). You can work them over shallow flats and a self respecting trout can not stand a twitch, twitch, pause type retrieve.
2.) live bait-shrimp under a Cajun Thunder cork fished about 18-24 inches deep. Pop the cork like working a top water plug, pause, then pop it again all the way back to the boat. Trout, Ladyfish, bluefish, pompano and Spanish mackerel all will succumb.
3.) plastic grubs, like the Saltwater Assassins 4 in. sea shad in rootbeer or white with pink tail or electric chicken color, fished on a 1/8 oz. Cotee Jig head under a Cajun Thunder cork.
4.) On the Fly – As trout start to concentrate into good sized schools, get out your 4-6 weight fly rod, tie on a clouser minnow, green or red/white pattern or a shrimp pattern, and even a gold spoon fly and have at it.

For bigger trout, try using a bigger bait, like a live pinfish or finger mullet. Remember the old saying, the bigger the bait the bigger the fish…well, that holds true more times than not. The top water plugs and suspending type baits, like the Mirrolure Catch 2000 will work well. Try early morning and late evenings in low light conditions for best results. And especially a cloudy day is good for top water. Try working them over depths of 1 to 3 feet for best results.

Trout season is Open

As we say goodbye to February, we should start seeing some better high tides to be able to get back in the "skinny water" looking for redfish. , March will be better yet and April will be prime. This is a good time of year to book your trip.

We have seen and caught many big reds this winter and as the water warms, the baitfish return, and the reds become more aggressive, it ought to be an awesome spring. Now is the time to respool those reels with new line, organize your tackle box, clean and oil the reels and get ‘em ready for ol' spotted tail.

Catch big springtime Redfish

As our offshore waters begin to warm with springtime, look for mackerel to be showing up. In past years, we have had good runs of both Spanish Mackerel and Bluefish toward the end of this month. Look for diving birds or "muds" as we call them. A mud or mud slick is caused when schools of Mackerel, Blues, Trout and other fish stir up the bottom rooting for shrimp and other food. It's not uncommon to see a one acre, or more, mud. This is like finding a bed of crappie or bream…you know they are there and concentrated. The only difference, you never know what speices of fish you are going to reel in from one cast to the next. And that's exciting!

March means it's only two months to Tarpon season!! Book now. Drop me an email and I will hook you up for some fantastic springtime action!

Remember, take a youngster fishin'-- cause a child's smile and a good day fishin' is the best medicine for whatever ails ya.

Until next time….."May God bless you and bless our great nation.
--Proud to be an American!--

Captain Ed Lewis
www.Redfishhunter.com /> [email protected]
Ph (352) 629-9684

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Come along with Captain Ed Lewis as you skim across gin clear grass flats and by mangrove islands, inlets, and cays in search of tarpon, redfish, trout, cobia, sharks, grouper and other Florida game fish. Fish the unspoiled waters off Crystal River, Ozello and Homosassa and discover one of Florida's best kept secrets, uncrowded flats fishing at it's best! We will test each fish's endurance, (and possibly ours too) with the light tackle as we match wits with some of the toughest fighting fish.

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