Hubbard's Marina: Clearwater Area Report
Inshore: The sheepshead and black drum love this milky water that we've had this past week behind that super strong cold front. These fish seem to thrive in that muddy, chilled, and turbulent water as it flows in or out of the passes. Cut oysters are still our favorite bait, but barnacles, fiddlers and small pieces of shrimp work too for the sheeps. For the big drum, our favorite bait is a small crab and often dead seem to work best sitting still and stinking on the bottom. The trout action is still focused at night along the dock lights or street lights of the bridge and the live shrimp are the best bait choice there unless you like to throw artificial then it's a DOA Shrimp or Mirro-Lure Mirro-Dean. Snook are a little more sporadic due to the dirtier than normal water but Christian Piccon found some using his Glad Snooker Jigs or Gsj's that are basically a modified large buck tail lure bounced along the bottom.
Nearshore: The bite behind this front has gone to complete crap near shore. These cold fronts get the fish excited as they sweep down and across the gulf but once through the wind, waves, and temps all go nuts. This stirs up the waters and gets fishing moving, but the muddy waters left in its wake takes time to clear up, pressures take time to stabilize and fish take time to get used to the new temps. Unfortunately when we get strong fronts it can day 3-5 days or more to settle out. Well this past week's strong front we had 20+ foot waves and the water is taking its time recovering and then we get another front? The fishing will not recover till the chocolate milk colored water dissipates, hopefully early or mid-week next week! Basically this week's near shore fishing report is one word, JUNK!
Offshore: We haven't been offshore since our 39 hour last weekend since the Flying HUB 2 is out of the water getting new jack plates, bottom paint and more adjustments. However, this past weekend's 39 hour went very well. It was a little bumpy ahead of that super strong front but we beat most of the weather and still caught a nice pile of fish. It wasn't like our 44 hour when we filled all the boxes but it was a steady bite and the more experienced anglers on board had no problem filling their snapper and amberjack limits. Even the beginning 39 hour anglers had a great catch with tuna, red grouper, kingfish, mangroves, vermillion, yellowtail, and some big amberjack.
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