The last week has featured consistent winter fishing in the upper Bay. Things are not hot and heavy, but I am picking up a steady 3-5 schoolies an evening, and one night I even caught 13 fish. Most of the fish are running 15 inches up to near keeper size. It's a vast improvement over what was going on in mid December. Credit cooler weather and dropping water temps with moving a lot of fish into their winter locations.
Some clear patterns for success have emerged. All of the action has been after dark with early nighttime producing better than later. All of my fish have been taken on Zoom flukes mounted on 3/8 oz. jigheads. The smaller flukes (3 inches) have outscored the bigger ones. I've also had very good success on a new color, white ice (see photo). That sparkly white fluke seems to score better than the ole reliable albino color. The retrieve should be slow and right along the bottom.