I have been blessed with a lot of bay trips lately, and the clients have been real happy with the fishing conditions. We have been catching a ton of spotted bay bass on the Berkley Gulp! 3″ Shrimp in “natural” color. We’re fishing those on 10 pound braid with a 15 lb “topshot” and 1/2 oz leadhead. The bass are all over right now, a lot of spotted bay bass are coming from the flats in around 13′ of water on 3″ swimbaits as well.
Halibut are biting sardines on a dropper loop rig in the deep water, and then 3-5″ swimbaits in brown and green colors on 1/2 oz. lead heads with a 17 lb. topshot. We are getting at least a few nice ones each trip right now.
Bonefish are coming in 8-13′ of water on light line (6 pound) with a 1/4 oz sliding sinker on a 2′ leader, or on the drop shot. Ghost Shrimp are still the preferred bait for the bonefish.
The bay sharks are coming on 40 lb. test rigs with a 2 oz. sliding sinker and 3′ leader with a dead sardine and squid.
As usual, a moving tide activates all of the fish in the bay, an optimum swing being one 3′ or bigger. The water temperature has been rising every day and is up to 68.
I can’t say enough about the bay, it’s a perfect place to take your whole family – little ones to the elders – and everyone has fun catching fish.