Now with the absence of bottom grass
around Sebastian Inlet following the severe die-off two years ago, it has become necessary to locate holes, sharp drop-offs, boating channels or any submerged structure that will hold crabs, shrimp and baitfish.
Many depthfinders will not show short bottom grass
, like shrimp grass," Grigsby says, "But that stuff holds a lot of fish offshore, and the down scan finds it easily.
Sinkers in the 1/4- to 3/8-ounce range are preferred; you want that sinker digging on a steady retrieve, banging smoothly along the bottom in relatively open waters, shell bars, or over short bottom grass
(like early season hydrilla, Shrimp Grass, Baby's Breath, or other deeper vegetation).