Well so far this winter has been kind of a rollercoaster ride. We have a couple days of cooler than normal weather. Then we have a few days of warmer than normal weather. Sprinkle in a few days of our normal winter weather, and you have this years winter. As a guide trying to find some consistency to keep my clients rods bent has been interesting. For the most part my day consist of staring at water temps and playing chess with mother nature. During the warmer periods we have been able to catch some nice snook. Our numbers have not been what we do in the spring, however for January its been solid. The big female snook haven’t started to feed good, but we are getting a few shots at some solid fish. When the mercury takes a dive due to a solid cold front we slow things down and chase sea trout. The cooler water schools these guys up in deep cuts and creeks. Sometimes it may take a little patience to locate a school of fish. When you do the rewards can be worth it. Often times these areas can hold large numbers of fish that are willing to bite.
This is also a good time to find redfish in potholes on the flats. Getting to these holes can be tricky. If you don’t mind a little cool water wading can be very rewarding. You may even see some fish tailing. With the closures still in place on the big 3, snook, reds, and trout, sheep head are a prime target if you’re looking for table fair. This time of year these guys school up to spawn. Large structure will attract this well known bait thief. Areas such as old crusty docks, seawalls with rocks and bridge pilings. Small crustaceans are the preferred baits fished right on the bottom.
As we move along further into February hopefully our weather will start more of a consistent warming trend. The more consistent our water temps are the better the fishing will get. When the roller coaster ride is over and things slowly start to trend up our fish will become more active. For know keeping an close eye on water temps will help to keep the rods bent. Just keep in mind our local fish are like the local people. The warmer, the more active.
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Capt. Dave Stephens
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