Workup rumours are running wild right now, they usually do at this time of year, and some nice are snapper being caught amongst them. The amp is certainly being turned up, but have we started the spring thing out there?
Yes, and no.
Some good weather sprinkled into the mix of the normal blustery conditions of late has meant many more have been able to head out and target some fresh fish. It is early days right now, perhaps just a week or three too early for the real deal but the signs are all pointing towards a big influx of snapper and then the workup scene will be set. So just because there are gannets diving and several boats all frantically heading in one direction chasing after mirage-like gannets, does not necessarily mean there are fish that we want to eat under them - gannets eat baitfish, not snapper. Although usually fishing in the same rough vicinity as active gannets is a good place to be, lately the top of the Firth has provided this type of scenario, also out by The Pigeons and random spots in between.
Drift fishing the out areas of the gulf 46m and deeper you can readily achieve snapper limits over a few hours of drift fishing with well presented lures hard on the sea floor. Snapper, gurnard and even the odd kingfish are lurking, no birds, dolphins or anything else needed, light tackle helps a lot and make sure your hooks have a new sharp point as a lot of takes from fish have been very subtle and require an easy hook set.
The anticipation is huge right now, everything seems to be lining up for an early, and excellent fishing season ahead, we are under starters orders and simply await Mother Nature to give us the thumbs up, it won't be long.
Enjoy your fishing. Espresso.