Spring is the time for cobia and red drum beach fishing. It can be really good in the clear water of early spring. Several things come clear in the early spring. So, springtime beach fishing can be really an exciting thing to do for anyone.
The main thing for me is the water. I’m not sure what makes the water stay so clear, but it seems that we have more days of clear water in the spring than any other time.
This is good news for those of us fishing the beaches outside the breakers.
Warming water in the springtime brings baitfish – mainly menhaden shad (pogies) and the clear water makes it easier for us to see predator fish that may be feeding on this bait. It’s time to head out and do some springtime cobia and red drum beach fishing.
Catching cobia and red drum for the springtime beach fishing can be really a fun, especially if you know how to do it properly. But, if you are in intermediate level in fishing, then you might see this article first and have a good idea in springtime fishing. So, I guess this guide will really be helpful for you.
Simply cast ahead of the ray and bring the bait – working it slowly – across in front of the cobia. Nine times out of ten, you will hook up on the cobia you see.
I judge how far off the beach the pogie pods are running. Sometimes they are farther off the beach than others. Then, I anchor right in the path of the pods. These pods are migrating north along the beach, and every few minutes, a pod will come through where I am anchored.
Depending on how things are going, I may or may not use chum. While chum will help turn on the reds, it also turns on other fish – like sharks – and I am not one that enjoys shark fishing.
Lots of you love shark fishing, and this is a great way to catch some; but, it’s not for me. If I do chum, I have a cutting board on the gunnel of my boat, and I will begin cutting pogies up and pitching them over.
The fish oil slick, chunks of pogies and small pieces of food will trail behind the anchored boat. Fish locate this scent trail and come back up-current to find the source. That’s when they find your live pogie sitting on the bottom with a circle hook across its nose.
Sometimes I will free line a live pogie and get more strikes. It just depends on how the reds are feeding on this particular day.
Predator fish can sense a troubled or weak baitfish and will usually seek them before striking the school. If a big red if following the school, they will usually hit your bait first.
But – it has to be alive. We change bait frequently because pogies are notoriously feeble when it comes to staying alive after several casts.
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