Tuesday was another dismal day on the fishing scene. While nothing was taking place as far as recreational fishing goes, there were some encouraging signs of a good season ahead.
Glass minnows, which start the food chain production early in the year, seem to be all over the place. I have seen them in large concentrations lately at night as they tend to be attracted to overhead and under water lights. One of my more recent successful fishing trips was around lighted areas where the little silver fish were concentrated by the thousands.
When you see this, you know that the predator fish are not far behind and that was the case.
One of the baits that was successful while fishing on the perimeter of the concentrations was a small white jig that resembled a glass minnow when retrieved. Glass minnows will be found in shallower areas or around deeper waters along piers, bulkheads and docks.
One of the best ways to attract this little fish is to use lights at night. Like menhaden or shad, they are attracted to lights shining down on the water or the underwater green lights.
Our next sign to look for is migrating bait and one of the tell tales is shrimpers working close to the beachfront during the spring.
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