Flats and fly fishing on the coastal waters of Southwest Florida.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Cold Front Redfishing
It's that time of year again, when the chilly air and high winds from the north push down and blow the water off the flats during the lowest tides. I really don't enjoy fishing in these conditions and I even cut a full day charter short yesterday after it became a lost cause with 30 knot gusts around 11AM. But this doesn't mean you can't catch fish before, during and after a nasty cold front and the photos above show just that.
Just remember that the reds will stack up in the potholes and channels right outside the flats that they frequent during ideal conditions. The fish in these pics were landed in three foot holes near Smokehouse and Buzzard Bay at the bottom of the negative lows. Dropping Gulps into any good looking pothole is a great way to haul out a slot-legal red or really big trout over the next few months. If you use live shrimp or cut bait you'll be even more effective but expect more than your share of catfish, too.