Keaton Report Feb 22

Trout have recovered nicely over the last week as we had our limits Sunday, Monday and Tuesday with larger fish showing up in the creel once the water temps returned to 66 degrees by late Tuesday afternoon up from 59 degrees early Sunday. We fished live shrimp under Back Bay Thunders each day, throwing back 50 –70 shorts on the way to limits Sunday and Monday, while Tuesday our ratio of shorts to keepers improve to 2 : 1 so we didn’t have nearly the throw backs.

3.5 to 4 feet has been the magic for my charters and everything has come in over grass. Can’t seem to get those rock eating devils to feed and have caught less than 4 trout while up around the rocks while looking for reds. 3/4 of our Keepers were coming in on the incoming tides then the balance took the first hour of the fall. Then Tuesday, we had our limit in under four hours all during the incoming; but the extreme low combined with a 15 knot east w-i-n-d delayed our start ‘til 10:00 a.m. we were done by 2:00 p.m.

We also caught a few fish on Assassin’s 5” in the Limetreuse and Arkansas patterns earlier in the week, while Tuesday saw a couple of trout taken on plugs.

This weekend should be specktacular with predictions of 80+ degrees Highs look for plug action to improve and more of the larger trout to warm back up and become active like they were a week ago.

DON”T Forget to come by and see me at the Tallahassee Regional Boat Show , Tallahassee Fairgrounds, ( March 1 –3 ) I will be giving Trout and Redfish seminars at the Coastal Angler Tent Saturday, March 2 at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.