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December 1, 2005

INSHORE:

Can you believe it's already December??? The holidays are already upon us. The weather has been more cooperative this week for a change. Some wind and rain, but nothing to keep an angler off the water. The water has been clearing up somewhat and should continue to improve if the winds hold off for a little while longer. Round Island and along a lot of the eastern shorelines are looking cleaner. The flats have been productive in spite of the water conditions.

Snook have been the best bite this week on the flats. I tried the new MirrOMinnow shallow water lure this week. The snook were all over it from the first cast. Fifteen snook later, I was a believer! If you can find the new 19MR lure, fish it along the mangroves and let it sink under them and hang on. All the snook this week ran from 18 - 24 inches on the flats. Reports are still that some night snook are being taken around the north bridge and around Taylor Creek area. Only a couple more weeks until snook season closes on December 15th.



We are still getting some redfish up on the flats. Some up to 27 inches are hitting gold spoons and top water in the mornings. As the water warms up, the redfish will become more active on the flats during the day. Also around the docks and mangroves will be holding some redfish. The flats around Round Island will generally hold redfish this time of year.

Trout are hitting well in the mornings, even though the season remains closed through December. Some up to 20" are hitting spoons, live shrimp and soft baits in the mornings in 2 - 4 feet of water. Try a popping cork with your live shrimp. Just release any trout you catch. Try top water at first light for a chance at a feeding trout on the flats. Bear Point and Harbor Branch is always productive for trout.

Jacks are still roaming the river and doing what jacks do best.......attack the baitfish! Top water, spoons and jigs will produce some fun action with some nice size jacks just about anywhere in the river right now. Light tackle will provide even more excitement to your day. Enjoy yourself and have some fun!

Still hearing of flounder being caught around the inlet and bridges. Live shrimp is always the best choice along with live pinfish or mullet. A hungry flounder will also attack soft baits and spoons if presented their direction.

Tip of the Week:

With the continual fronts working their way through the area this time of year, now is the time to prepare for changing your tactics. As the water cools off, fish will head to deeper water where it's warmer and become slower moving. Working your baits slower will help make your trip more productive. As the sun warms up the water, the fish will also move into shallower areas to feed. Make sure you are ready to try something different. The fish are out there and still need to eat. Be willing to try different methods this time of year. And above all.......have FUN!!

Have a safe weekend. Remember, fishing is not just another hobby.....it's an ADVENTURE!

Good fishing and be safe,
Captain Charlie Conner

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