Captain Rich Knox, a very successful and extremely knowledgeable fishing guide with Absolute Florida Flats Fishing, reports great year-round fishing is improving with Sheepshead, Spotted Sea Trout, Redfish, Ladyfish, Bluefish, Black Drum, and even Snook, just to name a few species. Thanks to the cold fronts that are now falling down into, and passing on through to the south of, our West Central Gulf Coast Florida area gives us an even balance of cool downs and warm ups. They are starting to become milder and more evenly spaced in their intervals, which the fish are used to, so the fish feel less leary to come out of their deep winter haunts; this causes them to bite even stronger as they feel more comfortable moving to "feeding stations" as they are more active with the milder water and air temperature fluctuations.
Although the fishing has been great the past four weeks, it is improving tremendously; my anglers don't haveto put forth as much effort by working jigs and other artificial baits. Now, the fish are more than happy to exert the energy to charge andeat live bait, such as pinfish, live shrimp, and even the magicalwhitebait that has begun to become available. While fishing these baitsunder a cork, free-lined, orwith a small lead split shot in certain scenarios, it helps keep these offerings in the ambush areas of these feeding stations. These techniques produce explosive, fast, rod-bending and drag-screaming strikes on my 1/2 and 3/4 day charters.
While 1/2 days arelong enough for some to get enjoy life-long-lasting memory-packed fishing trips, you can’t go wrong getting in another two hours on our beautiful gin-clear water flats fishing tripsthis time of year!