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BACKWATER

Front brings gusty wind then first seasonal cold snap; a.m. air temps 40s early week then moderate. Water temps to near 62 mid-week. Winds variable gusty foul water. Tides moderate both ways following full moon. Chance cold snap will initiate sheepshead invasion. Work deeper spots, structure along river, outside edges both tides with tad shrimp; cut crabs. Spec trout active tight to seagrass beds Johnson Bay approaches, Calhoun Channel (ICW) working shrimp just off bottom 4-6,’ incoming best. Seeing black drum structure edges, docks Hurricane Pass, Keewaydin docks on slower tide periods taking sheepshead baits. Reports scattered redfish Upper Addison islands on high water with freelined shrimp to shallows.

NEARSHORE

Unsetttled conditions until late week. With clearing water state bottom action Walton and Five Mile Reefs should hold seasonal size sheepshead, black drum. On shrimp, cut crab with vertical lift technique. Dependent on bait population chance pelagics could show top water late week. On tipped jigs over chum.

OFFSHORE

Selectively pick your best conditions. Mid-range reefs, wrecks (with bait) will produce action on lane snapper as well as resident sheepshead working shrimp rigs just off structured bottom. With surface flat keep eye on crab pot markers for sunning tripletail. Work with silent approach tossing tipped jigs.

More: Fishingcast: Conditions for Marco Island, Dec. 29-Jan. 4

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