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The Destin Inshore Bay and Flats Redfish Bite is ON!

Posted by Capt LW

The Destin Inshore Bay and Flats fishing has arrived in a big way. The redfish bite has bite has turned on really nice on the Destin Inshore Bay and Flats.  The reds are around the deeper water docks in excess of 5 feet but are also on the Destin Inshore Bay and Flats.  Also if you’re seeing mullet in this same environment, it’s a sure bet that the redfish are lying underneath them.  Live baits of choice for these redfish have been live shrimp, pinfish and finger mullet. On the artificial side of things, Jerk Baits have been slaying the reds in the greater Destin Inshore Fishing area. On a recent Destin Inshore Fishing Trip, my client Ray just had his way with the Redfish, hooking and landing a total of 6 really nice Redfish and 3 Speckled Trout (See Picture).  I am very proud to report that my little guy cast to and landed his first legal redfish, all by himself (See Picture).  He’s pretty much taken advantage of the great Destin Inshore Bay and Flats fishing and can now add this legal slot redfish to his resume of Speckled Trout, Flounder, Sheepshead and Catfish.  Can’t wait to have him as a tournament partner one day.

Nice Rack of 22 through 24 inch Redfish along with Speckled Trout.

Nice Rack of 22 through 24 inch Redfish along with Speckled Trout.

Speckled Trout have fully turned on around the Destin Inshore Bay Flats. During early spring, I prefer to throw artificial bait imitations of the surrounding fingerlings that these trout are gorging themselves on.  Mirrodine’s in your favorite color seem to elicit quick strikes from these hungry trout.  I’ve also caught several nice trout with Topwater lures, which happens to be my personal favorite way to catch fish on the Destin Inshore Bay and Flats. Destin Inshore fishing with topwater lures is an early morning or late evening affair. Also if you like live bait, you can’t go wrong with live shrimp, either free-lined or as my clients seem to favor, under a popping cork.  Either method will get you positive results.

As a Destin Inshore Charter Fishing Guide, I tend to be very picky with my live shrimp, and I look for bait shops that keep their live shrimp in natural saltwater.  These type of shrimp are very hardy and tend to live much longer, even living in excess of two weeks in a simple aerated live well at my residence. An added bonus, is you can introduce Bay or Gulf natural saltwater on these shrimp without it placing them in shock. The Salty Bass Bait and Tackle store is one of the local area bait shops, that sells and maintains their live shrimp utilizing natural Gulf saltwater.  No need to risk the bait shop running out on you or spending too much of your hard earned dollars buying new shrimp when you can keep the extra ones alive for your next trip.  If you’re interested in taking advantage of great Destin Inshore Bay and Flats Fishing with IntraCoastal eXperience Guided Fishing Charters, give us a call for the latest report and reserve a fishing adventure for you and your group.

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