take 331 south to 98, go left(east) go to 2nd light, make another left. (i forget what the name of the road is, but if you go right it takes you to seagrove) follow it to the end. it is a shell ramp in the icw. just a couple hundred yards to the mouth of the bay. there are two cuts around there, just do some riding around there. i put in there many times.
I'm reading this Sunday AM and I am hoping that you motored toward the East after launching. It is super shallow if you go to the East. Travel East, and stay in the middle of the Channel (that would be just to the starboard of the pilings. Then head for the ICW and spit the two channel markers (poles) and then stay to the starboard of that third pole on the edge of the ICW.
Yes, I have caught reds in the ICW but to tell the truth I don't fish it as much as I fish the river. Usually the ICW is a "last stop" for me. If I'm not having any luck around the river I try the ICW. I target trout and pick up a fair number of reds. If you are fishing for reds I suggest West Bay. You in a boat, canoe, kayak?
How far up the rivers will you fish? I have started at the mouths of a few of them and have given up after about 100yds with no bites. Just doesn't feel fishy to me, but I haven't tried it a whole lot.
I have heard West Bay is really good redfishing. I have tried it once, but picked a bad weather day. Couldn't do what I wanted to do. Plus, its an hour drive for me to get over there. Kind of hard to drive that far when I don't know a whole lot about the area.
When fishing the rivers in the winter there is no telling how far up the trout might be. Just watch other fisherman. One rule is always drift or troll down river, then motor back up and troll down with the current. There are lots of guys that do well in the ICW. Same rule in the ICW troll or drift with the current. For a starter go up the Mitchell river a mile or so and troll down. Of course now (Jan 26th) the river is up and muddy. I'll probably try West Bay just to scratch the itch. It could warm up some and maybe the trout or reds will move into some shallow dark bottom. :usaflag