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One Extreme to Another
does not take long for things to change in Florida. Weeks of Artic air
can be quickly repressed by warm sub-tropical air as a stubble
reminder of what we often take too much for granted in living here.
For near two weeks now, daytime highs have reached the near 80-degree
mark. The water has warmed and exceeded the average temperature of
late winter. Baitfish sprinkled on the edges of the flats and along
the beaches. Gator trout in both some impressive numbers and sizes
were first to show, followed by small pods of tailing redfish. It
seemed that spring was now upon us. While we needed that to get the
temperatures to a fishable medium, it too was coming on way too fast.
Just in time-- a front will pass the state on Saturday and act as a
buffer to keep March from happening in late January. It’s all good.
More fish were spotted than caught, but after the past few weeks of frigid temps----that was good enough for me. Best result came an hour after the tide ebbed and we staked out on the points waiting for them to drop out. This ambush technique has always been the best method in achieving success with reds that are just too spooky for my anglers on ultra low water. A half dozen was a good day, but accompanied with the hot trout bite, blue skies, some heat and great company, it was some of the best winter fishing we have experienced in several months.
days now are becoming noticeably longer, but the ratio of light to
dark has not been significant enough to push the snook out of the
security of their winter spas. That too is fine with me as each year
all I ask is for normalcy in movement patterns. Perhaps this year we
will be right on track. Trust in today’s modern angling world---they
appreciate the break.
the front will act to keep things in check and offer perhaps a short
term slow down in this week’s action, it will take things just a few
days to recover and return to more typical conditions.
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