Well we are back in the transitional month of March. Where the water starts to heat up rather than cool. Many of the migratory and pelagic fish will be heading this way up the coast to spend their summer in the Northeast Florida region or just passing through. In the past, I have seen Spanish mackerel, Jack Crevalles, and Bluefish show this month, however it will be temperature dependent. The Blues will be dependable. These hard fighters will take anything you through. Great for our fly and young anglers to get some rod bending action!! Use a heavier than normal fluorocarbon leader or a small piece of wire, however, you will get less hook ups with wire. In the heat of things a # 00 or 1 Clark spoon trolled around the mouth of the river and deeper cuts with bait and current will get some takers on Spanish Macs. In the past, I have had anglers catch them to 27 inches although not common. Smaller fish are In large schools and you can have big number catches which it happens often. Trout will start making a stronger presence. Years before we have had them to 9 lbs. Again water temps this month can have the most influence. Mullet imatations catch there fair share. Standard float rigs and jigs prove successful.Bait, moving water, and some sort of structure, you have a potential hot spot. Bring your lures with the current for best success. There are still some redfish in the backcountry shallows, however as the water dirties with the return of bait and more rain, redfish schools will start to diminish however Standard jig and bait combos will still produce. Edges of the intercoastal where bait pods are cruising might be your best bet for a good refish.
Capt. Tony's expert insight on what you should look for on the water and how to get the most out of the current fishing season.