Hopefully we won’t see any more cold fronts move through the area this month. Water temps should start reaching mid- to upper-60s. Visibility should still be good, 30-to 50 feet, depending on the weather and winds. With the temps coming up, the fish should be on the move. Flounder are moving from wreck to wreck making their way back to the bays which makes them easier to see and find. Sheepheads are going to be everywhere so happy hunting. Also, lobsters are on the move in the hard bottom areas as well. Mangrove and white snappers will be plentiful on all the wrecks and hardbottom. Remember to start high on the up current side of the wrecks. Most fish will point their head into the current because it streamlines them making it much easier for them to hold position, and the food comes to them. Be ready for them to turn and use the current for a quick getaway, usually under the wreck, so stay high and very quiet. Be patient after you make the first kill. Other fish will return very soon after you clear the area and you may be able to get one or two more. If you hunt in teams, I’ve found that as soon as you shoot your fish, there is a sudden rush of curious fish headed to your kill. Help your buddy out by letting them shoot one of your looky-loos.
As always, Plan your Dive and Dive your Plan!
Thanks for reading.
CAPT. JAMES TEW
Kitchen Pass Dive & Fishing Charters