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Inshore Winter Time Tactics

I suspect the inshore patterns to start to shift after this weekend with the cold front coming. What are some of y'alls strategies for chasing fish when it slips off and gets cold?

I rarely get out much after bow season but I plan to spend less but more effective time in the woods this year. This should result in a few more trips for some winter Reds, Trout, and Flounder!!
Genesis 27:3 - Now then, take your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field and hunt game for me.


  • jandersonjanderson Posts: 256 Officer
    Sadly, My winter time inshore trips consist of taking my wife to the hot water canal in PC and letting her tug on schoolie trout all morning. Not exactly a lot of help, I know.
    Captain. Josh Anderson

    Lite the Nite Charters

    Guided flounder gigging and bow fishing in Port St. Joe, Panama City, Destin and Gulf Breeze


  • donald811donald811 Posts: 479 Deckhand
    janderson wrote: »
    Sadly, My winter time inshore trips consist of taking my wife to the hot water canal in PC and letting her tug on schoolie trout all morning. Not exactly a lot of help, I know.

    I've pulled a lot of good trout out of that ICW in years past. I like to hit the creeks myself, but it's best if you can go during the week. Weekends are awful with boat traffic.
    Life is a lot simpler when you plow around the stump.
  • Panhandler80Panhandler80 Posts: 8,801 Moderator
    I've never done much inshore stuff into the actual winter. but before I picked up the bow 5 or 6 years ago I would fish right through mid November without changing a whole lot. I'd say you have two more weeks of normal tactics... but of course my normal tactics are little bit different... lots of live bait. that being said I would recommend you keep doing what you're doing until it stops working.

    don't forget Birds out in the big bay for the month or so after fish leave the flats and holes... at least I don't do that if you want action. I have taught everything under them from slot Reds to monster trout to sail cats to keep ur grouper and flounder.

    personally I have tried twice ever in the dead of winter for fish up in creeks and I got bored with the size.... I'm also admittedly not very good at it.
    "Whatcha doin' in my waters?"
  • Split ShotSplit Shot Posts: 6,193 Admiral
    When it's cold I wish I was in the woods, and when it's mild in the woods I wish I was fishing. Reds are not as affective to cold as trout but they seem to hang in deeper water with a slower retrieve as for the flounder. If use live bait it will be shrimp unless there's something to throw a net on. I start with a shrimp tipped buck tail and then tipped with a strip of lizard tail. Hope the weekend allows me to get out.
  • RedhunterRedhunter Posts: 435 Deckhand
    I generally do not get out after Thanksgiving until end of February. Actually have not gotten out much this year at all. Been working to much. I may try a little this year isnce last spring was so cold, it gave me a chance to try winter time tactics. The intercoastal seems to do real well for fishing during those times, or that is what I hear.
  • kanakakanaka Posts: 343 Deckhand
    Deeper water or water with black bottom that warms up faster.
    Check out shallow water, 2-3 ft, in the afternoons. You'll be pleasantly surprised to see what's roaming around. Great time for flyrod sight fishing action then.
    Of course, that's if the water ever clears up in the bays.

    I'm going to try slipping out the pass and see whats laying off the beaches this winter.
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