Keaton Beach Fishing Report April 15,16, 2016
We had some great fishing days, some good fishing days and some fine days on the water depending on the direction of the w-i-n-d.
Water temperatures moved around, from 64 degrees early to 70 late when it cooled off, then jumped back to 67-68 degrees in the a.m. to 74-75 in the late afternoons.
The best "trout bite" has been the last hour of the incoming tide, at least this past week. Look for that trend to shift this weekend , as the early mornings will hold the incoming tide so the "bite" may be early...say the first hour-and-a-half of the tide.
We had 12 trout and three reds Monday for Pete Giddens and Kay Willingham of Ocilla, Ga. then I took Andy and Jed Jackson with their friend Chris Menhennett all of Live Oak, Florida out Tuesday, and they caught their limit of 15 trout and 6 reds to 23 inches. We fished live pinfish under Back Bay Thunders each day, while I caught three nice keeper trout on Kopper's Live Target soft shrimp ( glass shrimp pattern) under the Cajun Thunder while fishing in 4 - 5 feet of water Monday.
The trout have preferred the w-i-n-d from the South; but we have had more days with a "West" prescription and on those days look to fish 5 - 6 feet early in the tide and move up in 4 '- 5' later on.
Reds have been here today, gone tomorrow, moving around running from the too-fresh water in the creeks and shifting with the w-i-n-d directions. All ours have come in on live pinfish under Back Bays this week.