Fronts continue to mess with our spring fishing. Baitfish are still not as abundant as they usually are, so expect to earn any minnows you find. Water temperatures have warmed up to the magic numbers; snook and tarpon are available if the weather cooperates. The mackerel are around when Gulf waters are clear, and it’s safe to venture outside. Kings are farther offshore because the nearshore waters don’t stay clear long enough to let us find them. Some threadfin schools are showing up on occasion, but no dependability because the winds whip up the waters. Everything is ready to pop when the winds stop stirring the Gulf into the suspended silt mess.
It’s past time for the fronts to stay north of us, but I have seen them move in as late as May before. Since we can’t control this, we have to figure out how to use this to our advantage. If you have the flexibility; just fish hard when the winds are down. Make sure you try the south winds just before the fronts. Those extreme tides move fish around dramatically. Migratory schools of fish are overdue. The challenge is to get fair weather and your days off to match up.
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