By Phillip Houston of The Dawn Patrol
The fishing on the beach is on the verge of picking up with this abnormally warm winter. There have been catches of black drum and whiting up and down the coast with an occasional pompano. However, look for March to start picking up for pompano and redfish. Use shrimp and fishbites for your best bet. Be on the lookout for sand fleas to start showing up soon.
Squid action is picking up on the piers. Sheepshead, flounder and bonitas, with an occasional Spanish mackerel. Middle part of March, everyone will be looking for the elusive cobia, which will be in full swing come April. Squid jigs will catch those squids for you. Jigs with cut bait and live bull minnows for your flounder. White jigs running across the top of the water will get the bonitas’ attention at a high rate. Live shrimp and fiddler crabs for those sheepshead.
The redfish bite has been pretty consistent thus far. Try the flats around the Coast Guard station and around the bridges. Most definitely, look for sheepshead this time of year, and the trout are still in and around deep water docks. Swim baits and live shrimp for those redfish. Popping corks live shrimp for your trout, and live shrimp and live fiddler crabs for those sheepshead around the bridges.