June 10-12: Tropical Storm Colin Aftermath
Weather & Tides…
The weather remains the story this week, as Tropical Storm Colin made landfall earlier in the week just to the north of region and our region experienced the effects of the outer bands. Combined with coming off a new moon, strong westerly winds created rather high, flood-like conditions on our waterways. In addition, the water has been stirred up with all the rain, wind and debris from the excessively high tides. Be careful this weekend of floating debris that may have been pushed out of the countless mangrove islands, along with floating dock debris such as coolers, chairs and dock boxes.
The forecast as of this writing, has a bunch of rain in the forecast beyond our normal summer afternoon showers and the forecast is changing hourly this week, so be sure to get a good feel for the weather prior to your voyage this weekend. Winds will be moderate out of the SSE most of Friday and Saturday, turning westerly come Sunday.
Tropical Storm Colin’s wrath on the region was mild from a named storm barometer, however, we are in serious post front conditions, with what should be dingier water, so it will certainly take a bit for everything to settle back down. Water clarity should return fairly quickly due to the lack of boat traffic in the area now that season is in our rear view mirrors.
I would target the backcountry this weekend with a two-fold “seek and destroy” method. While I am a big advocate of not fishing “history” and exploring new water, your high percentage go-to areas for redfish and snook should be in the playbook this weekend. The adverse conditions will have the fish in a bit of a funk and pushed up a little higher due to the high water, so fan casting with dark hued soft plastic swimbaits, such as a DOA CAL in Morning Glory color or similar is a good bet. Adding scent to the mix such a Pro Cure or a Berkley Gulp Paddletail swimbait will also work well.
The snook are still in there typical spots, but the beach side bit should take a hit this weekend until conditions improve. If you want to target the beachside snook this weekend, concentrate on the many laydowns around Kice Island and Cape Romano and the trough and laydowns in Keewaydin. They are still there, but will be extremely tight to cover so casting accuracy will be at a premium if you want to hook up to a linesider. Prior to the storm, the snook fishing has been good to great, with several fish over the 3 foot mark being reported being caught inshore.
Redfish may be your best bet this weekend, as they seem to be more cooperative in less than ideal conditions and after fronts. Fresh cut live bait, in the ladyfish and threadfin herring variety will be great options this weekend and concentrating on shallow bays that have a bit clearer water adjacent to the many deeper passes in the region will be key. Before leaving the aforementioned snook spots, make a few casts with these cut bait offerings tight to the laydowns and you way motivate a sluggish snook or stingy redfish with cut bait.
The permit are still biting and will hold tight to cover if the water was dirtied offshore on the nearshore wrecks, so as the conditions improve this weekend, it is certainly worth a try as they have not been pressured all week with the storm in town. The Kidd would be a good choice to make a short nearshore run to check on any permit activity this weekend, as it traditionally is one of the better wrecks that has a higher relief. The tried and true blue crab drifted through the top and sides of the wreck is your best bet.
Until next week, tight lines and screamin’ drags….
Captain Steve Dall