Although it doesn’t feel to much like winter around these parts, the fish have finally settled down into the winter patterns. Water temps are fluctuating drastically with the last few cold fronts that we have. One benefit that we have with the warmer water is that white bait has been available on most trips. This is crazy unusual for February but I will take it.
The Trout fishing is about as good as it can possibly be. With the exception of the day right after a cold front, Easy limit of big trout are the norm. Our trout are running from 18” to 22” but we have caught a few big girls over the 25” mark. Most of our fish are being caught near some of the spoil islands of St. Josephs Sound but we are starting to get some big fish up shallow. This is one of my favorite way to fish for trout. Nothing tops site casting a school of 50 Trout in 12” of water. Look for there to be a big push of shallow fish after this next moon. Of course white bait is the go to for catching these big trout, Shrimp as also working well. But is throwing jigs is more to your liking, now is the time as these fish will feed aggressively when presenting artificial baits to them.
Redfishing has been a little off this winter. We are still catching them but not in huge numbers. I have started to see some positive signs in the last week and also think they should really start showing up after this next moon. The Redfish have been a little reluctant to hit a moving live bait but have been eating shrimp and cut bait really well. We have also been catching some on artificial baits.
Believe it or not, there are still a ton of Snook around. Although they have not been feeding aggressively, as the water warms throughout the day, we have been able to get a few to eat. It is looking like it is going to be another banner year for Snook. Based off of the fishing last year and the amount I am seeing right now, I can’t imagine how good our spring and summer fishing is going to be.
Don’t wait to book your spring and summer trips. As most of you know, I am a firefighter as well as a charter captain. Well, that is all about to change as I am leaving to fire department to pursue guiding full time. What that means, a ton more days on the water for me and the time and knowledge to make your next trip memorable. I have am almost completely booked in February and spring and summer dates are quickly filling up. Snook season opens in less than a month and Tarpon season will soon follow. Don’t wait to book your prime dates for Tarpon season.