By Capt. Brylee
Special to the Pioneer
Last weekend’s weather left most anglers land locked with high winds, rain and a cold front. While the weather was not favorable the water temperatures have risen to reach the low 70s and the upcoming forecast shows sunny and warm days for the upcoming weekend and should be great for anglers.
Reports from Carrabelle, around Lanark Bay, have the trout hitting very well and Spanish mackerel ripping rigs apart. Richard Holley of Lanark Village reported being forced to rig a wire leader to keep his jigs on the line as the spanish mackerel were biting right through his monofilament. Once changing his rig, he started landing spanish mackerel as well as trout.
The spanish were running with the smaller trout, mostly around 13-14 inches. The best advice Richard could give was when you catch several shorts–move.
The larger trout were schooling together and once he hit the grassy patches in the bay that produced larger trout he stayed in that area by drifting across with the tide and then repositioning his boat to make the pass again.
The red fish action has been limited but still hitting around the islands and in the marshes, if you have a boat that will get you up in there. Jigs and live shrimp have both done well in this area.
Cedar Key is still reporting lots of trout being caught on the flats. Waters are still a little tainted from the Suwannee but not to the extreme they were this time last year. This past week’s rains did not help the waters to clear any so be sure to use very visible baits. Captain Jimbo Keith with Saltwater Assassins Charters reported candy corn colored jigs working well right now as well as the pale yellow Paul Dinkum’s shrimp lure.
As well as in Lanark Bay, Cedar Key has reported the spanish mackerel on the flats so rig your poles with braid or a steel lead to prevent frequent line break as they have a mouth full of sharp teeth.
The action in the fresh water has been doing well too.
Steve Jarboe of Williston reported fishing in Lake Henderson, just outside of Inverness, last week and catching several bass off of live minnows around the lily pads. Rigged with a pole and a straight line, he dropped his bait in and around the lily pads looking to catch pan fish. To his surprise ,the bass and warmouth would not leave his bait alone. One warmouth caught, he said, was a big one weighing well over a pound.
Lake Henderson is a large lake with several sections to it. You can easily get lost in the what seems to be never ending canals that connect the various sections. Fishing the lilies and grass lines that are prominent almost everywhere in this lake you should do well fishing in depths of three feet or more. Live baits are producing fish as well as artificials. June Bug colored plastics, which are deep blue with specks, have been the go to bait in this dark water.
As spring continues to make its warm temperatures known the fish activity should be increasing as many of the fish are in or finishing their spawn.
Please obey all local and state laws and remember to catch and release. Good luck catching.