Fish The December Tides and Catch More Fish!
Fish the December tides!
I caught this redfish fishing on a late afternoon incoming tide with a Z-Man shrimp rigged weedless on a hook my neighbor Shawn Smith gave me to try. The redfish was VERY shallow. I saw him feeding. “Humping” with his whole back arched out of the water. He was so shallow I had to Power-Pole down and wade about 30 yards to him until I got close enough to make a good cast. I got lucky on the first cast, he bit and I got him hooked up. However, he was in a little pool and as soon as he realized he was hooked he ran up on a hump, on the edge of the pool and beached himself. He was completely out of the water, just sitting there still. Like he surprised himself with what happened. I had to drag him off the hump into deeper water and then the fight was on!
I brought him home and we had some blackened redfish for dinner. 🙂
The following photos show what lures the fish were caught on. The Mirrolure Mirrodine Mini has been killer on trout and I even caught my first redfish with one! I have always liked this lure and it has been one of my favorites for a long time. It is the bait I use to located fish. I had a redfish swallow this bait when it was just drifting in the current near the mouth of a cut on an incoming tide.
I like them even more now that I have them rigged with single hooks. I have to thank Jerry McBride for the idea. The single hooks make them so you can fish them very slow and even drag them or let them sit on the bottom without getting fouled. I have ABSOLUTELY no regrets with removing the treble hooks. I have now removed the treble hooks from all my lures and I remove them from every new one I purchase. 🙂
The links below the tide charts will let you read, print and download the December, 2013 tide charts for the Panama City Channel Entrance and Alligator Bayou so you can fish the December tides. The Alligator Bayou tide chart is closest to Hibiscus By The Bay.
Fishing according to the December tides can give you a better chance of being successful. 😉
Light winds, calm waters, and tight lines!
Mike and Vivian Foate
St. Andrew Bay – Alligator Bayou Tides
St. Andrew Bay – Channel Entrance Tides