What makes this entire Transitional Pattern special is what happens when winter all the sudden shows up again... and we get those 40 degree nights and 50 degree days. Now all that bait once thinking it was spring is forced back into their winter stomping grounds and the BIG SPECKS are just sitting there waiting to ambush and feed heavy. Not to say you cant get a BIG one during the warmer days, the pre front has also been a great time to target the larger females.
Artificial Lures or Bait? On my Charters you can expect to throw lures 100% of the time unless you specifically tell me otherwise. Regardless of skill level I promise you that you can learn and do exactly what I do ( as long as you can cast ) Now as far as what exact lures I'm using.... its a long and extinguished list, but they all resemble a fin fish of some type. Now many say a slow retrieve is necessary to get strikes this time of year. Thats simply not the case especially this year with the warmer water. Lots of limits are being caught mid day all by way of reaction strikes. Find one fish and sometimes you found them all casting into the same spot over and over again until the limit is reached is not uncommon.