The weather has been fantastic and the fishing has been good throughout the area. Some days have been very productive, but the bite is slow on others. Be ready to try a variety of lures, baits, and locations on slow days until you locate fish. The Gulf waters are warming quickly and fish are starting to follow their summertime patterns.
Trout fishing is very spotty the past few weeks. The best bite has been in 2-4 feet of water on a high tide, and in 9-12 feet on a lower tide. I did a few night trips last week and did well on calm nights with surface plugs. White Rapala Skitter Walk and Heddon Super Spook Jr lures were very productive.
Look for the best redfish bite to be early in the morning or late in the day when conditions are cooler. We have had best results around a high tide and have had a few snook in the mix. I like to work a rocky shore line with a top water plug with the trolling motor. Sometimes fish will “blow up” on my plug but not aggressive enough to eat the plug. When this happens, I like to anchor up and free line pin fish or white bait to the area.
The tarpon are still hard to locate from Aripeka to Chassahowitzka. We are seeing some fish but they are very spread out. I have heard reports of tarpon being spotted off Pine Island and Chazzahowitzka, but they have not officially arrived. Hopefully the next few weeks will bring better numbers of big silver kings to test our tackle.
With these awesome weather conditions it is time to get out on the water and enjoy what our area of the Nature Coast has to offer.
Good luck out there and tight lines!
Capt. Keith Tomlinson runs Bulldog Fishin Charters out of Hernando Beach. Contact him at www.bulldogfishin.com or (352) 238-3581.