March and April are great months for inshore fishing, however this time of year does have its challenges. There is nothing better than that first stretch of warm days when we can break out the short sleeves again. The Trout bite heats up, Flounder start to show up again, Redfish can still be caught on mud flats and structure, and the bait schools start moving into the creeks.
Spring is a transitional time of year though and one day the air temperature can be 75 degrees and the next can 50. With the cold fronts comes the wind, thunderstorms as well as dramatic air pressure changes. March and April typically are the windiest months of the year. Not only are the weather patterns changing, but so are the fish...especially the Reds. During the Winter Redfish will be on the flats staying warm and safe, but once the water temperature increases the large schools break up and move to their pattern of pursuing food around structure, grass lines and in the marsh grass. This change in behavior can make pinning them down more difficult until they settle into their Summer pattern. Fishing the flats and structure as well as mixing in different baits, lures and tactics will increase your chances of a successful day in the Spring. There will be a spring trout bite once the bait shows up and they become more aggressive. Quite a few Flounder can also be caught in the Spring.
|the Leah's with a Spring Redfish caught on a flat (3/18/2013)|