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Old 10-26-2012, 01:22 PM   #1
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I typically offshore fish and plan to start more inshore fishing. Most of my inshore experience I fished the grass flats in the summer. During the winter I fished the river mouths a few times, but never the bay or sound. Do the specks and smaller reds stack up in deep holes? Not looking for specific spots, just general type areas to target?
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Old 10-26-2012, 01:24 PM   #2
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My favorite place to fish in the winter inshore are the bridges, lots of redfish, sheepshead and black drum waiting for an easy meal when the tide goes out.
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Old 10-26-2012, 02:34 PM   #3
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During the winter, redfish will act like bass. That means fish brush, shoreline, docks, any place a bass would hide. You can also use the same lures as bass, spinnerbaits, rattle traps, crank baits, spoons, stuff of that nature. I find reds are 10x easier in the winter than during the summer. Specs will stack up on drop offs and deep holes in the rivers.
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So should I be using weedless or a Doa shrimp? I have a fish finder and its showing me fish in much deeper water. Now Im new to having a fish finder. But Ive had it say there were over 30 or more fish but for some reason I cast and catch nothing. Ive used the plastic shiner minnow, weedless spoon, DOA shrimp on popping cork. Nothing except one redfish too small to keep. Anyone got any ideas? Maybe I need to work on my retrieve technique. With the minnows I toss them out using a jighead let them sink to the bottom then jerk let it die reel in a bit and do that over and over as to mimic a dying minnow. The popping cork and DOA shrimp same as anyone would. Now I have yet to try live bait so Im gonna give that a shot next time out.
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We usually slow troll gulp shrimp on the bottom through the holes, that or live shrimp work best.
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any of you guys know where a good winter spot for bank fishing? at 3 mile the homeless peeps bug me so i stop going there and driving all the way to narrare starting to cost alot
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You can catch Trout in just about any canal or bayou. Use live shrimp or gulp and fish them very slow.
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You can catch Trout in just about any canal or bayou. Use live shrimp or gulp and fish them very slow.
What he said!! Tyler was dead on fish slow!
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Old 10-31-2012, 05:25 PM   #9
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I'll be down there along 30A near Santa Rosa Beach over Thanksgiving with my kids and a canoe. Any suggestions for places to try?
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You can catch Trout in just about any canal or bayou. Use live shrimp or gulp and fish them very slow.
Will trout hold in the canals all winter on the south side of Santa Rosa Sound?

I thought they moved to the bays and near the rivers?
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