Spanish Invasion (Macks that is)
Report Date: March 10, 2011
Wow! What a difference a few degrees in water temp can make. Once the water hit about 67 degrees the fish that love the warm water seemed to come out of nowhere.
Last week I was very pleased to see lots of spanish mackerel arrive on the deeper flats around Crystal River. They were chasing schools of threadfin herring that also found the warm water flats. The trick has been picking a day that the wind allows us to get out to the hungry macks. Before this week's cold front arrived with 20 mph winds, we were picking up 25-30 macks per trip with several in the 30 inch range. There were also a few bluefish mixed in the bag.
Even when the winds keep us in close to shore, the trout bite has been very good for those anglers throwing GULPs or jerkbaits in and around the shallow grass flats. Most of the larger fish are coming from 2-4 foot depths.
Redfishing has been fair to good depending on how persistant an angler you are. The reds should get more active within the next week or two as long as it stays warm.
The next couple of months we will see some of the best fishing the gulf has to offer when everything from cobia and tripletail to tarpon arrive for the party.
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