Florida Fishing Report: Florida Fishing Charters
Florida Fishing Report
Winter patterns have set in along the Gulf Coast. Inshore, trout and redfish are the bread and butter species of winter. Warm afternoons on the flooded points, cul-de-sacs, bars, and creek mouths are the theaters of probability for these species. On low flood tides, redfish can be sight-fished as they reveal their tails while their heads are rooting the bottom for forage. The larger “gator” trout will be mixed among them as well. School sized trout can be found on the edges of the Intercoastal and just off the bars on the barrier islands. Soft jerkbaits get the nod in the shallows while jigs work best in the deeper water. When all else fails, a live select shrimp rarely gets snubbed.
On cooler days, pompano, permit, cobia, bluefish, ladyfish and jacks can be found along the edges of the warm water runoffs of the area’s power plants. During warming trends these fish will cruise the open flats and will sometimes move as far as the passes and beaches. It has been an excellent winter for pompano. Considered a rare catch and a fine delicacy, pompano require some angling finesse, fight hard and are second to none on the dinner table.
Nearshore, if you can get out to the more productive reefs, bottom fishermen in 30 to 50 feet of water are taking grouper and a few snapper. The larger ledges and rocks have been well picked at this point in December. Savvy reef fishermen are working smaller areas of live bottom that are harder to find for the average angler to make ends meet (pun intended).
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Last Update 17DEC05
Florida Fishing Report:
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