By Capt. Adam Morley
As we navigate the waters of Saint Augustine and its surrounding areas, one thing becomes abundantly clear – fishing success is a dance with nature’s variables. Tides, moon phases, cold fronts, and winds are all players in this watery symphony, and how active the fish are depends on how well we can read the notes.
Recent Conditions and the Cold Front Shuffle:
With a recent cold front sweeping through, conditions have been like a complex rhythm challenging even the most seasoned anglers. Leading up to the front, reports hinted at successful outings, but as the cold settled in, the fish seemed to take a pause, recalibrating in the aquatic dance floor. It might take a day or two for them to acclimate to the new beat.
Record-Breaking Day Before the Front:
Prior to the cold front’s chilly arrival, we witnessed an exceptional day on the water. Elon, breaking his own record, reeled in a remarkable 20 Redfish, including a 24-incher. The Fishbites Dirty Boxer in the color they call “Counter Punch” proved irresistible to these feisty fighters. The Redfish were primarily short in the holes, teasing anglers with their presence, while the larger slot Redfish sought refuge deep in the shallow tidal creeks.
Black Drum Beat and Sheepshead Symphony:
Reports indicate a strong Black Drum bite, adding bass notes to our maritime melody. The Sheepshead, always a crowd-pleaser, are putting on quite the show. Locating bait can be a challenge, with fiddlers flying off the shelves, but for those with an adventurous spirit, live sand fleas remain a viable option. Frozen fiddlers and sand fleas have also proven effective for those willing to try something new.
Adapting to the Changing Tune:
As weather conditions continue to play their part, adaptability is key. Whether you’re chasing after the elusive Redfish, seeking the deep tones of Black Drum, or enjoying the lively Sheepshead dance, stay attuned to the changing melody of the waters.
Remember, somebody somewhere locally is always catching fish, and with a bit of patience, a dash of local knowledge, and a sprinkle of experimentation, you might just find yourself in the midst of a piscatorial symphony.
Wishing you tight lines and a harmonious angling experience!
Capt. Adam Morley
Genung’s Fish Camp.