In November, fishing Inshore with mild temperatures, the speckled trout action could not have been better. Using a variety of artificial baits, limits of trout came fast. From nose hooked jerk baits, your favorite plastic under a popping cork, or just a "Miror Lure" Little John on a 1/8 oz jig head, they all provided good action. As the water cooled slightly going into December, the trout moved into the deeper pot holes and cuts that scatter our coast here in Citrus County.
Along with the trout, the Red fish bite was still going strong ! With fish ranging from 12" to 30" all scattered over the rocky points and creeks between Chassahowitzka and Crystal River. Live shrimp is always a go-to bait, but artificials like; gold spoons, top water baits, and shallow running crank baits all worked well.
Offshore, the grouper were hungry, and did not refuse almost any offering. From live shrimp and pin fish to frozen bait, as well as your favorite deep running plug that you cast over the shallow rocks or troll over the deeper holes and ledges. On the same rocks, you will find grunts, sea bass, mangrove snapper, Spanish Mackerel, and blue fish.
Towards the end of December, the sheepshead have started to show up in numbers, and will continue thru March. Back inside during December, the Pompano have been filling up the holes and deep cuts in the mouth of the creeks and rivers. A light jig head and a small shrimp supplied most of the action, but small plastics also did the trick.
I want to thank all of my guests for a great year in 2016, and for the memories. Here's to another great year of fishing and making memories in 2017 ! Capt Mark