The spring has started off pretty good. You always fight the weather this time of the year but the trips that do go off are well worth the effort.
INSHORE - After a winter like we have not seen since the 80's, everything is running a little behind. The redfish have been a constant and with some fish beginning to gang up on the deeper water oyster reefs in the big bays. There are still plenty of reds in the ponds but several more moving around in other places. There have been a few trout showing up here and there, not enough to leave the dock saying that they are the target but they are on the way. Last week I saw my first small trout of the year chasing a very small shrimp across the top of the water. There were small trout in the lights behind the house this morning. The shrimp should start moving with this full moon in April and that for sure will bring the schools of trout.
OFFSHORE - This is where the weather is the toughest this time of year but if you are able to pick your day this is truly the "you never know unless you go"environment. We had a trip recently where we were only 23 miles from the dock and hit tuna heaven, 17 tuna all on top water and all before noon. It really is a good time to head offshore. Word from the docks in Alabama is that the cobia have arrived on the Alabama coast that means that they are only days from showing up here as they make their migration to the west. Its time to get on the water and stock the freezer with fresh fish.
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