by Captain Charlie Conner
Winter is well established, and you can expect weekly cold fronts to blow through the area bringing windy days and cool temperatures with them. The winds of winter have arrived in full strength! It will be blowing most days and make it a challenge for anglers to get out fishing. Water temps will fluctuate this month and you must adapt to the changes for better success.
Pompano can be found along beaches, in deeper areas of the grass flats and in channels. Doc’s Goofy Jigs are great for pompano with live shrimp and sandfleas good choices, too. The sheepshead and drum have arrived early and are plentiful out there. You can find them hanging under docks or along channel edges. Live or dead shrimp always works well. It has been a good bite so far. Mackerel, jacks, bluefish and ladyfish will all be coming in with the tides and small shiny lures will work best for them.
Look for redfish around docks and mangroves with a DOA shrimp. Snook fishing will be best at night around the bridges and jetties. Live bait or a DOA Bait Buster will be good choices. The trout bite has picked up and we are seeing more sea grass growing on the flats. I like to use a DOA Deadly Combo when looking for sea trout.
Fish tend to be sluggish in the colder water. Be willing to fish deeper water if the temps drop below 68 degrees. Working your lures or bait slower along the bottom will give the fish more time to react to it and will result in more bites for anglers. We have enjoyed more normal winter weather and the fish bite has been good for us. Winds will still be blowing, and the water will begin to gradually rise in temperature. Have fun this month and get out fishing.
Remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!
Captain Charlie Conner