Early Spring Fishing For Reds and Specs
This month’s “Parson’s Perspective” features legendary angler, Captain Lee Parson’s perspective on early Spring fishing for Redfish and Speckled Trout.
Captain Parsons is well known across the Carolina’s and beyond for his detailed and many times cutting edge knowledge based on his many years as a fishing guide and outdoorsman. The Wilmington North Carolina native has spent a lifetime fishing the coastal waters, both offshore and inshore with overwhelming success. Today, he shares that knowledge as one of the Coastal Carolina Fisherman Online Magazine’s Legends of Saltwater Fishing.
Though Spring fishing can be challenging, you can still find success with the right approach. With frequent changes in water temps, you have to be ready to make changes on nearly a daily basis. Even so, I take advantage of the clear water by trying to get a visual of where the fish may be. Usually, I start around docks since the Redfish like to move up and down, under the docks, staying in the shadows for protection. If I can’t see the fish, I look for puffs of mud that indicate they were recently there. While some anglers like to come up and intentionally spook the fish to determine their location, I think this is a mistake. I take a more quiet approach.
This time of year, I prefer to use shrimp with a light jig head, like one from Blue Water Candy Lures. My go-to jig head is about 3/16 of an ounce. This lighter weight makes for a quieter cast and less spooking of the Reds. This is also why I don’t use a popping cork. Once you cast be patient. Don’t move the lure. Just wait. Remember, even if the fish are a bit spooked by the splash, they’ll return in a short time.
When the Pin Fish start to show up, I change my bait over to cut Mullet and use the same tactic. If you can’t find the fish around structures like dock’s, then try moving to an area with oyster rocks. Again, avoid using a popping cork to avoid spooking the fish. This kind of spot is a great place to use artificial baits. I prefer the Flukes bait, watermelon red or root beer gold. Using a 3/0 worm hook.
Fishing for Speckled Trout can be good this time of year as well. I prefer my old stand-by favorite, the MirrorLure. The larger swimbaits, some call them paddle-tails, have recently become my favorite. Using a Blue Water Candy Lures 3/16 or 1/8 ounce jig.
In closing, you can still have fun fishing prior to the arrival of the warmer summer days. So don’t count out the early days of Spring!
See you next time with the Parson’s Perspective.