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#12625594 - 02/13/18 10:54 AM The importance of water temp and depth?
Rockportreds Offline
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Registered: 08/07/17
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The recent weather has been keeping the water temps in my usual spots in the mid 50's all day as well as, there is hardly any water in the bays. My question is at what temp do you see fish start becoming more active and what depths are they having to hangout at to get to more stable water temps
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#12625960 - 02/13/18 02:11 PM Re: The importance of water temp and depth? [Re: Rockportreds]
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Registered: 08/21/13
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Well, .. if the sun would come out from behind the clouds - that'd help warm that ol' SaltH2O up some.

Fish some areas with deep drop offs or the edges of the shell where it meets the mud around some deep shell pads.

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#12626157 - 02/13/18 03:48 PM Re: The importance of water temp and depth? [Re: Rockportreds]
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Fish are cold blooded they can’t feel hot or cold. All they do is eat.

When it’s overcast clear water and some current is holding bait. When the sun comes out the dark mud will have plankton blooms which attracts the mullet which pulls in the gamefish.

Always follow the bait.
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#12627019 - 02/14/18 04:31 AM Re: The importance of water temp and depth? [Re: Rockportreds]
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to a certain extent these are true comments but the fact is that their metabolism is correlated with the water temperature, eg. at low temps their metabolisms are subsequently low (requiring less feeding and energy expenditure). There is no set temperature at which "they" become active but around here itll start picking up when things hit ~70
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#12627288 - 02/14/18 08:22 AM Re: The importance of water temp and depth? [Re: Rockportreds]
karstopo Offline
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Registered: 05/22/16
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Loc: Brazoria County
If the water levels are low and the water cold, I’m looking to fish in or near guts or channels lined with shell. Edges of drop offs, edges of reefs. Then when the weather warms a bit or the water level rises, I might look to other shallower structures not too far from the cold water refuge spots. The fish might be in or at the edge of the hole in the morning only to move later out onto some shallower structure with a little sun or warm air.

Rivers and creeks can be good in the winter in my experience. I like channels and areas right off the ICW and other deep water like that. I seldom fish the deepest areas, but like the edges of the channel.

Find a hole in your area and then think about how the fish might travel to and from it. The hole or gut or channel is the hub and the surrounding structure is the spokes. Sometimes, the fish are right at the hub and sometimes they radiate from the hub.

Water in the mid 50’s doesn’t curtail a bite especially if it’s been cool for a while, that is what I’ve found. Like others have said ad nauseam here and in countless other threads, fish follow the bait. Look for upticks or bait behaving differently. Bait hugging a shallow reef. Let the bait guide you. Stay still and slow down and watch the water. There’s a signal and there are generally clues to follow. Don’t be the guy that races from one internet hot spot report chasing to the next. Personally, I seldom fish in a spot unless there’s evidence from the bait or there’s sighted fish. I will fish a structure that looks promising, but there’s almost always something that piques my interest. I just don’t do blind casting to whatever.

But this is just me. Others have their own ideas. That’s what is good about forums, lots of ideas and on the water experiences being shared.

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#12627898 - 02/14/18 01:31 PM Re: The importance of water temp and depth? [Re: karstopo]
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They’ll feed like a pack of wolves in 50 degree water if the bait is present. We beat them hard working clear water current on reefs two weeks ago.
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#12627978 - 02/14/18 02:25 PM Re: The importance of water temp and depth? [Re: Rockportreds]
Rockportreds Offline
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Awesome info, I'm still learning what to look for and how to fish the circumstances that are present. I figure I'll ask the dumb questions so others don't have too haha
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#12628079 - 02/14/18 03:25 PM Re: The importance of water temp and depth? [Re: Rockportreds]
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Only dumb questions are the ones not asked.
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#12639417 - Yesterday at 12:42 PM Re: The importance of water temp and depth? [Re: Rockportreds]
TXMako2201 Offline
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Registered: 10/26/16
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Went fishing in POC last weekend. Found TONS of bait. Found several areas with color streaks in shallow and deeper water with mullet flipping all over the place, but came away with 2 small reds after fishing that kind of 'promising' stuff all day. Even had birds working over the bait, and tried everything from live shrimp to plastics to topwater and corkies. One red was caught on shrimp (wife), the bigger was 18" caught on DSL. What's the deal here??? What would yall do different?

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