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Reading The Water….

was all Jim Hogan and I could do as the water clarity has now settled to its darker tannic color. At times we could see a redfish lying around an oyster or swimming but the trick to sight fishing was actually reading the water. We could see the reds pushing  wakes in the early morning hours while fishing St Augustine and surrounding flats. We used live shrimp and mud minnows but this time of year the reds would eat just about any lure that swims past their nose, some of my favorites are gold spoons, Fishbites soft plastics and Sebile stick shadds.

Captain Chris’s Fishing Tips

Start early and beat the wind, smooth glassy early morning conditions is a great time to wake the redfish up with a topwater lure. Zara spook Jr., Top Pups and Skitter walks are great surface walkers that will attract the fish by their “click, clack” sound produced. Remember not to set the hook until you feel the weight of the fish as redfish will consistently miss the plug.