This is your weekly fishing report for the week of January 10, 2022.
· Redfish – There are plenty of slot redfish around. Bull redfish are in deeper water. Free-lined shrimp, free-lined live mullet, and cut baits (mullet / ladyfish) work best.
· Speckled Trout – Anglers report good numbers of speckled trout on free-lined shrimp.
· Flounder – Flounder are not as plentiful yet. Live shrimp and artificial lures are best.
· Black Drum – Look for the dirty water and target channel edges. Free-lined shrimp and dead shrimp are best. Black drum are in schools.
· Other: Anglers are catching Pompano, Sheepshead, Tarpon, and Spanish mackerel at the jetties. Live shrimp is best for all species. Tarpon will hit free-lined mullet and Spanish mackerel love gold and silver spoons.
As Captain Larry Bell of Artificial Action says, this is the time of year to work on your artificial lure skills. Live bait will become less plentiful. This is prime time for artificial baits, especially Down South paddletails, Corkies, and Burner Shad. Top waters are good for early morning. If you are not sure of your artificial lure skills, rig your favorite popping cork with a paddletail, D.O.A shrimp, or Berkley gulp. In this way, you are combining the best of both world, the sound of the popping cork, the vibration of a lure, and the scent of the lure.
Target Areas: Water temperatures remain warm for this time of year, although the temperature will drop with the arrival of more cold fronts. The water levels are lower, so target deeper drop-offs, shorelines, and the edges of the flats. The winds pick up this time of year, so look for the wind protected areas. Tidal movement is important, but you do not want to target areas where the current is moving too strong.
Duck season is still on going, so if you see decoys, move on. You do not want to disturb the hunters and give everyone a bad day. If you are on a boat, you are more mobile than they are.
Fish Activity: Pay attention to your major and minor tides movements. Work your trip around those tidal movements. The fish activity forecast is very low to start the week. The fishing activity improves to average as the week progresses. Saturday is the day with the highest predicted fish activity.
Forecast Wind Conditions and Air Pressure:
Monday (10) –NNE gusty winds – Pressure rising
Tuesday (11) –NNE moderate winds – Pressure falling
Wednesday (12) –NE moderate winds – Pressure falling
Thursday (13) –E light winds – Pressure falling
Friday (14) –S gusty winds – Pressure falling
Saturday (15) –NE gusty winds – Pressure rising
Monday (10) – Waxing Gibbous – illumination 75.5%
Tuesday (11) – Waxing Gibbous – illumination 59.4%
Wednesday (12) – Waxing Gibbous - – illumination 68.7%
Thursday (13) – Waxing Gibbous - – illumination 77.2%
Friday (14) – Waxing Gibbous – illumination 84.6%
Saturday (15) – Waxing Gibbous – illumination 90.7%
Sunday (16) – Waxing Gibbous– illumination 95.3%
Sources: Fishing Points App
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