It's great to be able to fish enough that I have a name for a certain school of redfish in the Ozello area because I stop by and visit them so much. My name for the school of reds is "Lessons in Frustration".
I believe the name says it all and I've even threaten to get them in non sporting ways, but I have learned from them and enjoy going to they're classroom.
Some of the things I have learned from these fish is that they are pressured. Some by anglers, some from trolling motors and some from airboats. The best approach to even have the faintest shot at catching one is to drift or pole your boat in. Lesson 1. Don't rock the boat, slam a hatch lid, wear fluorescence shirts and wave a fishing pole above your head. Lesson 2. Try to read the body language of the fish, are they "flashing" meaning rolling against the bottom because those fish will eat. If you make eye contact do they take off to the next zip code because they're boogered up. Lesson 3. Use the right bait, if they run from the shrimp it's pretty obvious shrimp are not going to work. Try a pinfish or a lure till' you have a positive reaction to the right color.
Today at "Lesson in Frustration" my clients and I caught a redfish there and how we did it was with a Eppinger spoon cast where the water was just slightly darker than the surrounding water. You might say hey Capt. Will your a fool for wasting so much time on fish that won't eat. Maybe I am, but that one redfish helped us catch 10 more at another location that came to mind because it has the same slightly darker water. Lesson learned!
Trout fishing has been excellent inshore and out in the Bombing Range. With this weeks tides I recommend starting in the Bombing Range using MirrOlure LIL' Johns and D.O.A. CAL shads on a 1/4 oz. jighead. The rockpiles are holding most of the fish like trout, bluefish, seabass, flounder and spanish mackerel. As the tide moves in, fish the area around the Bird Rack for more trout and then after lunch fish the inside keys to catch some redfish.
High incoming tide this weekend will be around 12pm. Capt. William Toney www.homosassainshorefishing.com