Hey Bay County, Capt. Nate here to report some great fishing going on right now throughout the bays and along the beaches. Inshore the trout and redfish bite on the flats has been pretty solid for the couple hours leading up to high tide as well as the first couple hours just after the water starts to fall. Look for most of the fish during high water to be right up along the shoreline especially around flooded reedbeds, marsh sloughs, and around the mouths of bayous and creeks. Once the tide starts to drop out look for alot of those fish to congregate in deeper potholes, drop offs, and channel edges outside of creeks and bayous where a decent amount of water is flowing. You can also find good amounts of fish on point flats where the water typically speeds up as it goes across the shallow point. If the high water happens to be early in the morning or late in the afternoon the topwater bite has been very productive. If not jigs, weedless spoons and flatlined soft plastics have done very well picking up the slack.
Bridge fishing has been very good lately with a wide variety of fish to target. Probably the most targeted fish at the bridges is the big bull reds and for good reason. They are a blast to fight on light tackle and they are willing to eat an assortment of different topwater and surface lures. A few that have been working very well of late are Storm Chug Bugs and Rapala Skitterwalks. If you are unsure of whether you can get it done with artificials you can always opt for natural baits. Live mullet, pinfish, and crabs are all great choice and are sure to get you hooked up. In addition to the redfish there is lots of mangrove snapper, red snapper, black drum, jack crevalle, and even a handful of tarpon hanging around.
If you are just looking for some fast action maybe to keep the kids entertained there are a ton of ladyfish, bluefish, blue runners, small jacks, and spanish mackerel running the deeper water just off of the flats behind shell island. These fish are cool for anglers new to artificial lures as well becaue they will eat just about anything and will give you the confidence to start trying to use lures for other, more scrutinizing species of fish. I like to use small spoons, soft plastic jerkbaits, and jigs as they only have 1 hook and they are extremely effective in getting aggressive fish to eat.
Good luck and as always if you have additional questions about what's biting, how to catch them, or you would like to book a trip I encourage you to give me a call or shoot me an email.
Capt. Nathan Chennaux