Well folks we finally made it to December of 2020. We may have slid in bleeding, scratched from head to toe and out of toilet paper but we made it, LOL. This month can be a crazy transition month for our fishery also. The way this years been going I hate to even speculate, but lets try anyway. Over the years of me guiding this month has had some major ups and downs. Probably the best up would be our snook fishery. Other than spring some of the best snook fishing I have had has been during the month of December. Mother Nature plays a very big role in this. For the new anglers that have started fishing these wonderful game fish I’ll give you a little crash course on behavior. Snook are considered a tropical fish, this means that cold water will cause them to go into a dormant stage. Usually when our water temps consistently drop below 70 degrees these guys seek out deep water, and prepare for winter. However if we have a slow cooling winter with no major cold fronts to drop the water temperature drastically big snook will feed very well. This is due to the fact they know winter is coming, and a fat reserve is very important.
Florida has a very fragile ecosystem, and a lot of our fishery depends on what mother nature has in store for us. If we get some major cold fronts that push down we just have to adjust to what we are dealt. It doesn’t mean we stop fishing, we just have to change up what we are doing. We have a great fishery of fish that the cooler water temps don’t effect as much. One of those being trout. Actually during the winter months the trout fishery can pick up. After a major front pushes through South West Florida these guys tend to school up in deep water making for a great day of fishing. I know last month we spoke of our waters beginning to clear up. Well 2020 struck again, and dumped a large amount of rain on us. This caused our local creeks and northern counties to send a lot of rain runoff our way. So I promise next month we will talk a lot more about fishing water that is clear, unless mother nature and 2020 has one more trick up her sleeve. I hope everyone had a great thanksgiving, and look forward to fishing with ya’ll soon.
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