I start seeing the big weakfish in the seafood markets usually during the early weeks in March.
I have never caught or heard of weakfish being caught around our area before mid-April on hook and line. Plan on early May for any serious action to happen.
Same kind of fishing, bloodworms seem to work well early when the water temps are still low.
Soft plastics will work also but must be fished slow. Look for the water temps to hit the mid 50's, seems 55-58 is when they decided to get aggresive.
What FAR said,last year we caught our first weakfish on 4/14.I started begining of april due to cold winter last year.i always start off putting 1 rod out with bloodworm float,and bucktailin with another.as Far stated SLOW just crawling it across the bottom.i caught fish on bloodworms for 2 weeks,before i got one bucktailing last year,then it was on.Nothing like bucktailing or finess or plastics of choice for catching weakfish,well one thing catching them on a flyrod ,hope this helps Vinny P.S it would really suprise me to see a weakfish before April this year,but we can allways hope but i have seen fish caught in March
The fish are definitely around long before people start catching them on hook and line. Down in the Chesapeake, the netters are getting croaker in their nets in March and we start getting them on bloodworms in early April.
Found this from a post last year (April 10) on another site:
posted on 10-Apr-2003 7:34:26 AM
Just a little snip-it for those interested,
"One Woodland Beach angler stopped at Captain Bones Bait and Tackle over the weekend to show off the season's first hook-and-line weakfish. The early trout were caught on bloodworms meant for stripers"
It Seems that the Weakfish Run starts at different
times each year,and it depends on the Weather and
Water Temps as stated above....I've caught them
in early April and sometimes not until May....
Usually Early in the Season They Hold Deep
and I jig Zooms & Fin-S-Fish on the Bottom,
as conditions improve (warm up)I throw
MirrOlures at them and do very well into June...
Thought you guys might like a weakfish picture to warm up the winter. This 9lb'er was caught on a small surface popper. I was fishing in 3 to 4 ft of water in the marsh in an area where huge schools of peanut bunker were busting water. When I say huge schools Im talking acres of bait. I caught 5 weaks the smallest was 6lbs and the biggest is pictured. I also lost one I would estimate at 12-14lbs. Thanks for the info on the spring run. Catchem-up!