By CAPT. DOUG HEMMER
COLD WATER: When water temperatures drop into the 50's, fish become lethargic and slow to eat. They will move into deep holes that have a sand bottom and residential canals that have little or no water flow. Look for canals that have deep water and old docks. The best docks to target will have moorings for a large boat. The water under the boat will be deeper and warmer. The dock will give the fish protection from dolphins that feed in the canal.
BAITS: A live shrimp or jig worked slowly along the bottom will draw the most strikes. Cast to the seawall and drag the bait down the side of the dock. Then you'll want to make a few casts under the dock. Work the docks on the sunniest side of the canal. The water will be a few degrees warmer where the sun shines on the surface.
PRO TIP: When we talk about working the bait slow, we mean really slow. Turn the reel a few times then stop. Let the bait sit for a few seconds then reel again. The strikes will be soft and hard to feel. When it feels like your bait is stuck on the bottom, set the hook because it may be a fish. The best time to fish is during the warmest part of the day.
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