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average air and water temperatures continue to plaque the Sunshine
State the past 3 weeks. Water temperatures remain below 60 degrees on
the flats bringing the challenge of winter fishing to become, ummm------very
challenging. However, a warming trend that started today may bring us
to more typical winter conditions over the weekend.
Trout and redfish will be the
first to make it ultra skinny water to sun themselves. Most often they
will relate to leeward oyster bars and cul-de-sacs adjacent to
deepwater drop-offs and creeks. No sense in rising early as the most
productive times will be mid morning throughout the day. Long cast
with live select shrimp get the nod on fish with a positive location
and slow retrieves with soft-body jerk baits when in search---gets the
nod. These fish often are very reluctant to bite as they are
attempting to re-energize their systems and are low on metabolism.
In the deeper and darker waters of
the rivers) trout, rat reds, and sheepshead will be found around the
deeper pockets, feeder creeks, oyster bars and docks. A live shrimp
barely anchored to the bottom (I prefer a light jig head) will get
best results when the flats are unproductive. As an overall strategy,
efforts on afternoon high tides are best on the flats and inside on
the ebb tides.
Snook are closed till February 1st.
They are the most cold-sensitive fish we have inhabiting our waters.
With the temperatures below 60, they are struggling for life and are
best left alone. If the worst is behind us, they will become active in
just a few weeks as they make their annual trek to the Gulf.
The power plant has been producing some nice catches of trout, a few redfish, scattered jacks, bluefish, ladyfish and small permit. For whatever the reason, it has not been as productive as in years past, but that could easily change over the next few days with the temperatures on the rise. One thing for sure, we know they are there.
weather conditions are well below our normal temps of lows in the 50s
and highs in the 70s. While the cold has been prolonged, in typical
years the worst is behind us by the end of the month. On a positive
note, the current conditions keep the fish hungry and tight. In just a
few weeks we will experience all the benefits of a cold winter and
once again, forget it ever happened.
the meantime, I have offered a picture of Scott and Chris Forey with a
200lb.+ giant tarpon caught with us last spring as refreshing reminder
of what is now just weeks away. If you have been lurking on our site
and considering a trip, now is the time to get anything (something)
for March through July.
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