So far the 2017 season is off to a great start, with terrific fishing throughout the Ten Thousand Islands and Everglades on most days. The month of February looks to be just as promising with minimal, mild cold fronts and warmer than usual water temps. Water temps are peaking in the mid 70's, so our Spring-like trend are in effect. Water clarity has been good to great on calm days, making it ideal conditions for the sight fishing opportunist.
The last several weeks have been stellar for those on the hunt for quality redfish on both fly and spinning gear. With our winter negative tides, coupled with easterly winds, we've been able to take advantage of the low water sight-casting opportunities in the back bays. Along the mud banks, oyster bars and creek spills, we've had days with numerous shots at quality fish. Lots of over-slot 'pumpkins' have been caught and released to be fought another day.
Snook fishing has been per usual for this time of year but some of the trips this month have yielded great shots at sub-30 inch snook with some close to 40". The last half of the falling tide has been key and finding clean water is also crucial as these lunker linesiders can be quite finicky in the ultra shallow water.
Trout fishing remains excellent. We'll often spend a little time jigging through some hard bottom holes looking for these tasty adversaries as we wait for the tide to line up. Pompano, sheepshead, jacks and large lady fish have all been fired up and waiting to take a properly placed offering of jighead with shrimp.
We patiently await the arrival of our beloved tarpon. The typical migration suggest the middle of march but our warm water temps are pointing to them showing up a bit earlier. If you haven't had the chance to tame one of these prehistoric & magnificent creatures, the time to do it is on the horizon. Call today to book a trip as spots will be filling quickly. Until next month...Make that Cast!
Capt. Mitch Wozniak