Here at Destin Inshore Guides we finished off February with a bang. All week we battled with mother nature dealing with high winds forcing us to stay in the back bay. With non-consistent weather all winter and the water still being dirty from all the rain created some of the toughest fishing conditions. This didn't stop us from getting on the water and putting in 110% effort.
What a variety of fish we were able to capture this week. Out of three trips we were able to capture almost every species in our bay. On the first trip we had some experienced anglers on board and spent the morning throwing artificial lures. We managed to catch half a dozen trout, a lady fish, and several under slot redfish. The next two trips we used all live bait and what a variety of fish that resulted in. This time of the year all the fin baits are too small to catch in a cast net so we mainly use live shrimp. On these trips we caught bluefish, black drum, redfish, trout, and sheepshead. Under the conditions we had to work with the results were well worth the effort.
In the next few weeks fishing is going to improve every day. The water temperature has reached the magic number earlier this year then it has in the past several years. This makes everything happen, bait fish show up and behind the bait fish come all the predator fish. The spanish mackerel and king mackerel should make their appearance any day now. Along with the sheepshead bite firing up as they begin to spawn. As always, you can't catch them sitting on the couch so get out there and see what happens.