Ribbonfish are a pain.
These strange-looking predators will rarely take a hook but they will kick up baitfish just like speckled trout do. If you see ribbonfish chasing baitfish make a couple of casts just incase trout are below them and then leave. You are wasting your time. The vast majority of the time when the big ribbonfish are in the bays they don’t hang out with trout.
That is unless the trout are after them.
If you see smaller ribbonfish jumping out of the water, by all means stop and fish. Big trout love ribbonfish and will target them with great focus. Pay extra attention when glassing across the bay for birding action because you can waste a lot of time seeking out trout when ribbonfish are what is kicking up the baitfish. Pay close attention to those flashes of silver.
What is your experience fishing around ribbonfish?
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