How To Catch Trout & Redfish In The Winter (Between Cold Fronts)
When the weather warms up a bit between cold fronts, the fish’s behavior changes.
Instead of hiding in the deep cuts for warmth, they invade the sun-warmed shallows to feed.
And this is a great opportunity for some fun fishing.
In the video below, I’ll show you how I caught lots of trout and a nice red using one lure and a simple approach.
And since the water is shallow and clear, the fish are extra spooky, so you’ll also learn the two things you need to do to approach them without scaring them off.
Check it out below!
How To Catch Fish After A Cold Front [VIDEO]
Here’s the gear I was using:
- Rod: Bull Bay Salt Strong Custom
- Reel: 2500 Daiwa Fuego
- Line: 10 lb. Sufix 832
- Leader: 20 lb. Ande Mono
- Lure: Alabama Leprechaun
- Hook: 3/0 1/8 oz. Owner TwistLock
- Sunglasses: Smith Guide’s Choice Green Mirrored Glass
The Best Lure For Shallow Water Winter Fishing
When these trout and reds come back onto the warm flats, they’re looking for easy meals like small baitfish or shrimp.
And the perfect lure to mimic both an injured baitfish or a fleeing shrimp is a jerk shad.
Retrieve it slowly with a double twitch, then let it settle back down to the bottom.
These fish are cold and lethargic, but if a jerk shad is right in front of their face, they can’t say no.
And one last tip about retrieving your lure here…
Learn the difference between a tap and a thump.
A small tap means that a pinfish or pufferfish has tried unsuccessfully to eat your lure.
But a bigger thump means a trout or redfish has it in their mouth.
There will be lots of taps, but wait for the thump to set the hook because you don’t want to rip your lure out of the strike zone.
Where To Catch Trout & Redfish Between Cold Fronts
When you’re on the flats looking for these fish, you want to look for sandy potholes.
These will look like lighter patches among the darker seagrass.
The trout and redfish will be in and around them, waiting to ambush unsuspecting prey at the break between grass and sand.
So use a good pair of sunglasses to find these holes, then approach them slowly and quietly by drifting or with your trolling motor).
Stay as far away as you can, and make long casts past them, then slowly retrieve your lure through them.
A good rod and light braid will help you cast as far as possible.
As far as how deep to fish, I found fish both on the deeper edges of the flat, as well as the shallow areas closer to shore.
There were lots of smaller fish on the edges, and fewer big fish in the shallower parts.
If you want to catch trout and redfish in the winter between cold fronts, hit the shallow flats near deeper water.
Look for the fish in sandy potholes, and make long casts to not spook them.
Have any questions about catching fish between fronts?
Let me know down in the comments.
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