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ods of time. You can keep visiting and expect good success without a lot of searching as long as bait is present and conditions are similar. If they seem to feed better on an incoming tide and a southeast wind, pick an afternoon that has such a forecast and get after them. Remember some of your good spots from last winter and, when the condi- tions become right, go check them out. What drew fish to these spots last win-


ter will do so again this winter. Just be careful not to tell too many of your fishing buddies, or there just might be a crowd on your next visit. Winter fishing can be very reward- ing as long as you employ some solid strategies and use your head. Know when not to go. If a front just blew in at 50 mph and it is spitting freezing rain at 36 degrees, stay home. No fish is worth freezing to death. Fish close to


sunset, but get in before dark. Spending a night on the water in July may be annoying and induce a lot of mosquito bites, but doing so in January might have a much worse ending. Tell someone where you will be. One of the great things about winter is the total absence of crowds on the water, but that makes it tough to flag down a passing boat if you break down or have an emergency.


Be patient. Fish will only feed for short periods during the day. Follow a solunar table and fish during a peak activity period that corresponds with the afternoon warmth. Grind them out, be more stubborn than they are. They will eventually eat, and that makes the reward much sweeter. What you learn about fish in the winter will help you catch them better all year round.


Brian Holden has spent the majority of his life chasing fish in both fresh and salt water throughout North America. He now focuses his energy on the central Texas coast where he has been guiding and teaching anglers for the past two decades. He is also the general manager of Redfish Lodge in Rockport, Texas. For more information or to make a reservation, visit redfishlodge.com.


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