Last yr we were busting the black drum, redfish, snapper, sheep head and a couple of real nice shook and grouper. The 1st one is of a nice grouper that my brother n law caught and released (closed season on grouper) then a couple of reds and a black drum and a couple of mangrove snapper.
But we've kept enough for 2 good meals for 8 people and still froze some fish. Our last trip was pretty good with my youngest son getting a real nice red and I caught a nice black drum, and we caught several snapper and some trash fish.
Wish me luck. I do feel for all the hard water fisherman up north that doesn't have good ice. The wife and I spent the first two weeks of the year in the Keys, we were expecting to have “more typical” Florida weather (after the past two winters spent in Ohio).
Glad we packed some long sleeved wear, had only two days out of our stay that allowed for sun and fun. Cool and cloudy with many rain showers and sporadic sunshine. Granted, there's not a lot of sympathy shown for anyone spending time away from NE Ohio and the usual winter cold.
Today turned out to be a great day for fishing. Of course out on the water with strong NW winds my down winter coat was a great asset.
My youngest son and me went and caught some black drum a few snapper and my son caught a real nice 33" redfish that had to be released. I had one get off and another large fish broke my 30# braid after a long battle.
Then my son lost 2 nice fish after a short battle they just came loose. I'll post some pictures later.and yea it's been cool for Florida but still much better than freezing temps.
Last year the temps were in the upper 70s to the mid 80s just about the whole time we were here. Wish me luck. I do feel for all the hard water fisherman up north that doesn't have good ice.
When I saw the title of the thread I expected to see pics of guys in lawn chairs, holding fishing rods in one hand, and tall mixed drinks in the other! In mid Jan My wife and I spent a week in Marco Island, the weather was similar to what You're getting, although a tornado had hit the week before and one hit in nearby Naples while We were there, had an offshore charter scheduled but the captain cancelled due to rough seas, We did catch a few Sheep head, Lane snappers and them nasty salt water cats in the gulf.
You've still got to admit that temps have been mild for you guys up north this winter. And yes 38 isn't that bad for a low but here in Florida it's a little on the cool side.I've done my share of ice fishing in Indiana many yrs ago.
I remember one time I went out ice fishing and the wind got strong and it just kept getting colder. I finely gave up and walked back to the truck.
I started the truck and it came over the radio the temp was 17 below and the chill factor was something like 40 below. When I first started ice fishing I didn't have any cold weather clothes.
And when I started I bought an old spoon type auger that took 10 to 20 minutes to drill a hole depending on the depth of the ice. As time went on I did upgrade to coveralls and Mickey Mouse boots.
And were not setting in lawn chairs and our drink of choice is a bottle of water. Don't do the hard stuff anymore, but did my share of that back in the day.
My older Sis and BIL live in Melbourne, Fla. On the Atlantic side. My younger Sis and her husband went down there a couple of years ago, and every day they were running hither and yon to one attraction after another! My Sis did tell me that it's not all that hot down there this time of year.
Hope the rest of your trip is good and the weather cooperates, although the cold blast that is coming for us will probably end up down there sometime. My older Sis and BIL live in Melbourne, Fla. On the Atlantic side.
My younger Sis and her husband went down there a couple of years ago, and every day they were running hither and yon to one attraction after another! My Sis did tell me that it's not all that hot down there this time of year. Usual highs are in the mid-70's, which sounds delightful about now, especially considering what's headed our way.
If it's warm enough, I might want to spend a day just lounging by the pool, or on the beach, soaking up that warmth! Hope the rest of your trip is good and the weather cooperates, although the cold blast that is coming for us will probably end up down there sometime.
But the rain and wind has been what has kept us off the water.here is a few pictures from our trip on Monday. We took pictures of the big red my son caught with his phone but haven't figured out how to get them on here.
We took yesterday off and I need to take my brother n law to the doctor today, and we'll be fishing tomorrow. My brother n law is sick with a bad chest cold, and went to the doctor today.
The highs were around 60 with a north wind about 15 to 20 mph coming across the water made it feel much colder. Look for it in the App Store and Google Play for iOS and Android.
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