Have you ever wanted to do something cool and exciting? Here’s an idea, take a child fishing. Now that school is out, angler’s of all ages can enjoy an exciting time on the water and catch some fish on the way. During this time of year the early morning trout bite should be very good. Small surface lures, sub surface lures, or a live shrimp or a live pinfish rigged under a popping cork can be a great way to entice a spotted seatrout into biting. Fishing any of these baits along the flats during low light hours will work best. Many of these trout can’t be found near small schools of bait fish along the flats in 4 feet of water or less. When targeting trout, it is important to remember that they can be easily spooked. To overcome this, anglers need to practice a stealth like approach. This can be done by drifting or making long accurate casts. Angler’s will want to use a 7 foot medium action spinning reel combo equipped with 20 pound test braided line and 15 pound test mono leader. This will help one to target fish with ease. During this time of year some large gator sized trout measuring up to 23 inches can be caught throughout our region.
In addition, catch and release snook can also be caught. These hard fighting fish will be aggressively feeding in both inshore and near shore waters. Snook will find it hard to resist bright colored artificial lures such as Bass Assassin’s four inch Salt Water Sea Shad(Mississippi Hippie), noisy surface lures, or even live shrimp. Fishing the baits near structure that is lit up at night or mangrove shorelines with steep drop offs will be best. Throughout my years of being a professional Captain I have found that snook will feed best under a full moon which occurs June 28. When targeting snook, Angler’s will want to use the right equipment. I suggest using a 7 foot medium action spinning reel combo equipped with 30 pound test braided line and mono leader. Some of these catch and release snook can measure up to 34 inches long.
Submitted By: Capt. Keith Mixon
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