2018 is off to a historic cold start for much of Florida. Fortunately, for us down here in Southwest, Fl, it has only bolstered our winter time fishery for redfish, trout and black drum. Many of the deep pockets and holes are loaded with schools of trout. Shallow grass flats and shoals are holding some of the larger trout in 2 ft or less. There is a variety of methods to attract these winter time favorites but hard plastic suspending twitch baits for the spinning guys and darker hued ep flies for the long rod enthusiast has proved consistent on my trips the last month.
The good thing about water temps being very cold is the opportunities to chase laid up redfish and snook in very shallow mud flats. These fish will migrate to warmer flats as the sun gets comes up and is the perfect opportunity for those new to fly fishing or sightfishing to get the bug of casting at beautiful fish only a couple rods length away. Presentation is key in this style of fishing but the rewards of seeing an "eat" is what really drives anglers to love this method of stalking fish.
I anticipate a few more good cold snaps that will keep these fish in the shallow clear water ove the next month and half. Now is the time to get a trip booked with your desired date. If you have any questions on fishing this area or fishing charters I offer please do not hesitate to reach out.
Until next time.... Got to make that cast !!
Capt. Mitch Wozniak