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Daily fishing report
By ROB GORTA
Published March 2, 2006
Redfish were the target the past week. Thick fog in the mornings, lasting into the afternoon, set up decent redfishing. The hardest thing was trusting where the boat was positioned. The fog led to long transit times. Runs that normally took 15 minutes under blue skiestook an hour in the fog. With safety the No. 1 issue, GPS became the navigation source. Low tide with exposed sand bars and channel markers were the biggest things to avoid.
At my desired location, it took time to figure out where to fish. Flat, calm water and poor visibility made it challenging. Listening for activity was the key. I finally located mullet jumping in the distance and started to push pole where I could hear them jumping. Blind casting quarter ounce jigs with glass minnow tails was my lure of choice. We made long casts around the mullet, working the jig slowly over the sandy bottom. When the jig falls and makes a puff of sand, it imitates a shrimp or baitfish trying to get away, which drives redfish crazy. Because of the fog, redfish seem to let their guard down, making them easier to catch on artificial lures.
I was able to get to our location because I have been that same route hundreds of times. Take your time in thick fog and have a navigation unit and compass to keep from getting lost.