- Fri Dec 04, 2020 12:00 pm
These fronts with the strong winds and colder air temperatures are enough to keep me off the water. My wife asked if I was fishing today. 47 degree air temperature at 0930 and wind around 15 knots, are you freaking crazy!? Fish might and should be stacked 6 deep in some deep gut or channel and willing to eat, but I don’t want it that bad.
Now tomorrow, that’s a different story. Winds forecast to be 5-10 kts last I checked. Slightly warmer air, too. Water levels somewhat depressed below astronomical tide predictions from the offshore flow. I don’t believe the fish will have escaped too far from the gut and channel hidey holes. Water will be falling all morning tomorrow into the afternoon and likely very low, could be easy pickings, in the right place.
Even this afternoon could present some opportunities if the wind tones it down some, maybe a channel edge with some fringing mud and shell. ~18”water.
Fish, I do believe, eat in just about any conditions. If there are any shrimp left in marshes, the redfish will gorge on them in these guts and drains. Some of the marshes shrink by huge percentages when the water gets blown out, practically no place for the predators or prey but a deeper drain, but they aren’t, in my experience, randomly distributed in the drains and it’s very specific and targeted presentations that get results.
The trout ought to be in some of the bay guts and channels or some creek or river ambushing things. I once watched a guy out in the old ICW, this was over a decade ago, catch a keeper trout every cast for many many casts. His boat mates barely caught anything. Same lure, same boat, same fish, but there was subtle difference in his presentation. The spectacle made a big impression on me. Presentation can make all the difference. Since then, I’ve seen this presentation make all the difference play out repeatedly, especially in wintertime fish concentrations. Fish from the same boat with fishermen of different experience levels and it becomes obvious how important presentation is.