Keaton Beach

Keaton Beach January Fishing Report

#1 Debbie Barstow of North Ga. with her first-ever speckled trout caught November 27, 2020

Just about everything is on time,¬†as today is December 10 and our Gulf water temps were 54.2¬†to¬†57.8‚ÄĮ degrees¬†this afternoon,¬†and I caught my trout on a Catch Junior and a¬†MirrOminnow,¬†both in the #11 pattern by¬†MirrOlure¬†in 2.2¬†to¬†2.6¬†I¬†nches¬†of water. Exactly what I talked about in last month‚Äôs article. If the water warms to 60+ degrees, the lipped baits, like Bite-A-Bait fighters, Bomber Long A‚Äôs and Cordell Redfins will be the ticket. We didn‚Äôt get much of a fall season,¬†with only a couple of weeks with decent topwater action,¬†and now we have crashed into the 50‚Äôs.

January will see mostly the suspending series of¬†MirrOLures. Besides the Catch, Catch Jr. &‚ÄĮCatch five,¬†there‚Äôs the¬†MirrOMinnow¬†and four sizes of¬†Mirrodines.¬†(My favorite is the #27, middle one.)¬†Of course,‚ÄĮthe Paul Brown Devils,¬†FatBoys¬†and Originals,¬†as well as the Soft-Dines in both sizes, are¬†the baits of choice for winter trout. Learn to s-l-o-w down your presentation of these baits and you will have a blast in January. Expect days with mid-afternoon¬†high¬†tides,¬†to produce best,¬†as the falling tide will make for better winter trout bites. Catch a three-day warming trend;¬†go on the third¬†day, and¬†HANG On!

Redfish will be moving into the creeks, although you will still encounter some nice reds on the flats, which will slam your suspending baits. Throw something with gold in it if you want to target reds in January. Second choice? Bone!

Meanwhile, Let’s Go Fishing!
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