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?
Sounds like you were close to the fish. Itís hard to know without seeing the scene to know what I would do.
I always try to know as much about the structure Iím fishing. Some structures are really big and the fish might be concentrated on one or two areas with a few stragglers in between.
Along drop off country, Iím really careful about putting my offering in the right zone as it can be very small and thin and oriented to a particular depth. Same thing with reef margins. Too far away from the reef means no fish. You might have to adjust the jig head to something heavier or lighter to hit where the fish are.
A broad flat or shoreline, the fish might still be fixated on a certain part and depth, but they might be spread out more and you may have to cover more water by wading or drifting through.
People paddle and boat by fish all of the time and even fish a zone that has fish, but donít quite hit it right. Iíve seen this too many times for it not to be true. Just because the fish are there doesnít mean itís automatic they will be caught even using live bait. A lot of fish can be in a really small area with just a few outside the prime spot. Iíll move around a bunch trying to find the concentration of fish if I really believe they are there. Many times it takes some time and often it pays off.