Red fish are on fire when you can find them. A few going into the 30" class. I've been doing best on the lower tides that have good current. Shrimp, shiners & cut bait has been working for me. The schools can be from ten to fifty.
Fishing reds on the flats can be a casters' dream. On the lower tides, they become very visible with their tails sticking up in the air. Fishing for tailing reds is great fun! The trick is being there when they are feeding. Try working the edges of the sand bars and oyster reefs. When poling the flats for reds, move very slowly and watch for wakes, tails and boils.
When fishing the mangroves, fish the top end of the high tide and get your fly, bait or jig underneath the mangroves as far as you can. This technique will also produce a few snook. A great way to cover a lot of water and it can be very productive. Flies, artificials and bait all are working well for these beautiful strong fighters. Try bait fishing them with pinfish, shrimp or cut bait. Flyfish them against the mangroves and on the flats with a earth tone colored clouser and for some real excitement try top water on the overcast days. Average size about 18" to 30" with some larger ones around. Watch for those TAILS!!!
Snook have fired up due to warming waters. You can find them in their normal areas, near mouths of creeks, passes, canals, pot holes and points. A few in the 20lb. range. White bait, shrimp, cut ladyfish, flies and jigs all will work. Fish them on a tide with good current, I prefer an outgoing tide. A well placed shiner or fly will result in a violent fight that you'll remember for a lifetime.
Tarpon: A few early arrivals have been spotted. With the warming waters more will be here soon. TIME TO BOOK YOUR TARPON TRIP! When they are here we do best with live baits, fly and cut baits. These critters will range from 40 lbs. to 200 lbs. with the average being around 100 lbs. The Silver King is a fish of a life time, very strong fighters and jumps that will out do any marlin. Either bait or fly, you owe it to yourself to fish for this species.
Jacks, mackeral, cobia, grouper, sharks and more! These fish and others are common on the flats and back-country. When encountered they all are a lot of fun with tackle or on the fly.