Mother Nature! As you can surmise, thereís nothing to report! Nada! Zilch! Nothing! The weather has been terrible to say the least. If people are fishing in this weather they sure as heck arenít admitting it. Yes, there may be a few who roam the waters, but they are few and far between and when that happens, the fishing reports dwindle into nothing, kind of like mid- February.
But as suggested, there are always some delusional examples, I mean, fishermen who make it out no matter what the elements, and surprisingly enough, they catch fish. Sometimes, they even catch more fish than usual because they donít have to fight the weekend fair-weather fishermen for a spot to tie up and soak a bait. So while fishing in thunder and lightning is not at all recommended, fishing in a little, or a lot of rain, as may be the case, isnít necessarily a bad thing.
Inshore, the water is dirty, very dirty, and it doesnít look to be clearing anytime in the near future. Dirty water calls for special tactics, namely smelly baits. And thereís no more smelly bait than a natural one, however this too may prove difficult to catch. But if you manage a dozen or two lively minnows, then the best bet is sitting in a deep creek or near a dock and letting them soak on a Carolina rig. Flounder and red drum have all been reported coming from these areas the past few weeks so thereís no better place to fish than there. The inlets have also produced decent numbers of fish but with the amount of water pouring out, fishing may prove difficult to say the least.
Cut shrimp has also been working lately with plenty of black drum being reported coming from the same areas and also along the bridge pilings. Bridge and dock pilings have also been holding some decent-sized sheepshead for those who know how to fish for them. Live fiddler crabs and One-Armed Bandits are the lures of choice, along with heavy braid or mono setups to prevent cutoffs from the barnacles.
Off the beach, the seas have not been friendly, therefore there have been pretty much non-existent reports from the past week. This is the time of year, however, the dolphin and sailfish meander into the nearshore water around the 10-mile mark, and sometimes even closer. Itís unknown if that fishery will develop in the coming days, but if it does, make sure you are prepared to experience it.
Hopefully the weather will have pity on the poor fishermen in the coming weeks, allowing them some ample opportunities with moderate sunshine and light winds. If the pattern holds, I would suggest that anglers and friends alike seek refuge in their shelters and tie ample rigs and tackle, for when the clouds finally break, there will be fish to catch!