Well the weather this week made it for a super tough bite around Anna Maria island. Cold and windy days dropped the water temps well into the 50s and never really got any warmer. Our charters this week got the true meaning of tough conditions and a even tougher bite. That being said we still managed productive trips catching Sheepshead, Black Drum, Redfish, and Jack Crevalle.
Mess of Sheepies
The tides this week during our morning trips were pretty much nonexistent, that mixed with cold water temps meant we really had to slow down. Once the sun burned the low clouds off the bite seemed to turn on. Our charters really had to downsize our tackle, dropping down to 15 lb fluorocarbon with a #2 VMC bait hook, and the lightest split shot possible. rigging just pieces of fresh shrimp, enough to cover the hook seemed to work best.
The only benefit of our afternoon charters was experiencing a stronger tide, because it surely never warmed up. Even though it was still a grind and we really had to work for it, our guest did very well filling the cooler for fish tacos.
Looking forward to next week, the forecast looks absolutely phenomenal with temperatures getting back into the mid 70s. We are expecting a pretty productive week on the water, so come by Island Discount Tackle to book a trip or just stock up on all your fishing needs. We will see ya out there, catch ’em up.