March Fishing Forecast
Captain Jim Britton
Inshore, we are starting to get reports of the beginnings of what promises to be a busy snook and tarpon bite . These reports are coming from southern Flagler county and northern Volusia county and are indicating that both soft plastics and suspending baits will do the trick. Trout can be targeted with your favorite soft plastic on a ¼ ounce jig head or by using live bait under docks and in deeper drop-offs. Redfish should start to actively roam around more as water temperatures rise. Therefore, targeting redfish around oyster bars with gold spoons and top water baits should work well. During March, anglers will still be able to target keeper size black drum and sheepshead. Look for these fish in deeper holes and around structure. Your bait of choice should be either shrimp or fiddler crabs on a jig head or a fish finder rig.
March should provide a more consistent bite from the bridges and the surf, with whiting, pompano, and blue fish showing up in numbers. Brined shrimp or clams, fresh shrimp, sand fleas, or Fishbites artificial bait on your favorite surf rig should yield a nice fish dinner! Large flounder will be on the move in the ocean as well, and can be caught with live mullet or mud minnows.
Offshore reports from the ledge have anglers finding good numbers of wahoo either trolling bait over live bottom or high-speed trolling. It seems that spring will be early, therefore, large dolphin and blackfin tuna will be caught on darker color lures and ballyhoo as well. Offshore anglers who visit some favorite bottom numbers should be on the lookout for large cobia roaming structure. To hook up these curious creatures live bait, cut bait or artificial eels will all do the trick.