As Spring quickly approaches, the biggest change in our water temps here in Charleston brings back one of the most used bait by anglers. Shrimp disappear naturally during the winter, and personally I do not use shrimp while they are gone.  Luckily, and surprisingly enough, little brine shrimp began to appear a month and a half early the last week of February.  That being said, these shrimp are no more than an inch and a half. Forget a cast net. If you are going to throw frozen shrimp, you need to cut your bait into pieces that match the ones naturally in the environment. Only an inch and a half. The redfish and trout, and others that eat them, have not seen a full size shrimp in almost 4 months. It is only a matter of time before warming waters help these shrimp grow, and other larger shrimp start showing up. We are lucky to live where we do, and have an abundance of both bait and fish to catch all year.  Be sure to “match the hatch” all year long for continued success. Luckily for the shop, we will also have live shrimp for sale a month and a half early!

Tight Lines and Bent Rods…