Florida has more people struck by lightning each year than any other state of the Union and more people are killed by lightning in Florida than any other state.
It feels like spring has finally arrived. The poinciana blossoms have begun to show and that is a surefire “visual” cue that the Snook have arrived for the spring spawn. This is the time of year when you catch seriously big fish. Although we had a longer winter than normal, it was mercifully mild for Florida. Snook season was permanently closed for three years to let the population rebound after our horrible freeze several years ago that all but wiped them out. Now there is a lot Snook everywhere and there is a lot of slobs too.
Well, I have finally given up on my computer. It seems that talking into my cell phone is going to be the way that I'm going to have to write my articles from here on out, at least for a while.
Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) fishing is always an adventure on the water. The first few times I went I took my board inshore. Paddleboarding is definitely more difficult when adding extra gear to your board and moving around. It took a few SUP fishing trips before I was used to the feel of reeling in fish, and felt more coordinated with my fishing gear. Once I had the hang of it, I wanted something more extreme so I decided to go out into the Gulf. Following the first golden rule of trying a new paddling adventure in the water, I took a paddleboard friend along.
Florida can’t seem to make its mind up this year: Sunny paradise or cloudy cold place that feels like Michigan.
Winter is here again, and Atlas, christened by the Weather Channel, ushered in the winter season with a four-foot blizzard that went roaring across the mid- and northwest part of the country. And Boreas is raging across the Great Lakes. What does that say for Florida’s weather? I don’t know, but I can tell you this, my dogs and cats are putting on some serious weight!! We could escape a severe winter if the jet stream stays north of us. When it dips down is when we have the problems. Since weather these days seems to be a little amped up, anything that gets produced usually has a punch of some sort whether it’s ice, wind, or precipitation in the form of snow and rain. Either way at this point, it’s a wait-and-see. During that time I plan on doing some fishing here in the backwaters of Pine Island Sound. The elements, short of temperature, usualy aren’t a problem for a kayaker. When fishing from a kayak you can fish some pretty secluded water that are protected from wind and weather that you can’t get to in a flats boat. Shallow water fishing is it in winter!
Fall is here and so is the fishing. The waters all up and down the West Coast are finally clearing up and cooling down.
I was recently reminded that southwest Florida is part of the Everglades. That means this is wild jungle-like country.
The rains were persistent the last part of the summer and now we are creeping up on the fall fishing season. The run-off from the interior has the salinity up and down but we really haven’t had a good flushing since the hurricanes of 2004-5. It’s a give-and-take scenario and the folks down here are trying to get a handle on the direct dumping of water on the east and west ends of Okeechobee. I won’t beat a dead horse on this one.
As you have probably heard, and anticipated, the opening of Snook season is finally here! It has been a long three years.
We had plenty of rain this year and the inland areas are inundated with fresh water. Snook don't mind the fresh water but the bait fish do. Granted there is plenty of mullet to feed on, but I am willing to bet most of the bait fish are out further.