Best Florida Fishing In February

James Lee
• Monday, 30 November, 2020
• 7 min read

Once hooked, these fish take immediately to the air, make long runs, and fight all the way to the stern. But it’s also hard to beat Miami Beach and the Keys for epic sailfish action.

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Florida -strain large mount bass will try to spawn all year round on the new and full moon phases. You can fish out of Belle Glade, Lewiston, Moore Haven, Lakeport, or Okeechobee with about equally good odds of landing a 10-pounder.

I like to be a homebody the first month of spring, and stick to my home waters of the Indian River Lagoon. The world record spotted sea trout, which weighed in over 17 pounds, was caught near Fort Pierce.

But the Indian River Lagoon is about 130 miles long, and you can catch bunker trout from Titusville to Jupiter. Most of the shook action takes place from Sebastian southward, although plenty of fish are caught in the northern end of the lagoon in years when we don’t get any freezes.

Give Jodie Lynn Charters a call, and they’ll put you on fish for sure. I would not feel like I’d lived that year if I had not pursued tarpon with a fly rod from the vantage of a flats' skiff in the shallows.

But there are plenty of other ways to target the Silver King that accommodate all skill levels. Water clarity in the backcountry estuary environments is at a peak during the cooler months of the year, making it easier to locate sea trout on the grass flats near sandy potholes.

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One of the best rigs for winter trout fishing is a soft plastic shrimp lure on 15 to 20-pound fluorocarbon leader beneath a popping cork. Target winter redfish along mangrove shorelines up in brackish spring-fed rivers, around bends or deep holes, where the water temperature tends to stay more constant following a cold front.

You can use a soft plastic shrimp, or try the Ned rig, which is most commonly used for winter bass fishing, but works equally well for targeting redfish during the cooler months of the year. Black drum can be targeted in bays or estuaries around rocks, deeper holes, and pilings as well as offshore around structure near mud, sand or she'll bottom.

Found nearshore and offshore from central to south Florida triple tail are most often spotted around channel markers and crab trap buoys. Debbie Hanson is an award-winning outdoor writer, women’s sport fishing advocate, IFA world record holder, and freshwater guide living in Southwest Florida.

A February Lake Ida Fishing Charter is all you need for a great day on the water. Warm sunny weather with light winds has created the perfect match for urban peacock bass fishing.

Stable South Florida weather has fired the fish up putting them in a feeding frenzy. Being South Florida natives, getting out fishing on the Lake Ida Chain is one of their past times.

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After several cooler days here in Delray Beach, the water temperature on the chain dropped to 81 degrees. Sandy and Jay had a blast catching peacock bass all trip long.

One of the blessings about this fishery is that you can also catch large mouth bass, clown knife fish, cichlids, and tilapia to name a few. John and Decker started out the day catching large mouth bass in the early afternoon hours.

As the sun lowered in the sky, the peacock bass started to aggressively bite. The best tackle to get this job done was using a 10-pound braided line with a 12-pound fluorocarbon leader with a 1/0 owner mosquito hook.

Late February has been a productive time to not only go fishing but also enjoy the sunshine here in Florida. Bring your whole family along for a fishing adventure of a lifetime along with this urban canal system.

An exciting place to explore for anglers, here you’ll find a colorful variety of fish in the area, including bone fish, tarpon, and shook. Sitting south of Cedar Key is Seahorse Reef, a popular area for experienced Gulf Shore fishermen.

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Covered with long and lush seagrass, Cedar Creek is considered one of the best launching points in the Big Bend area. Boasting an abundance of guides and ship captains for hire and a variety of other land and water-based attractions, Key West is an ideal destination to visit with the entire family.

A large fountain with a jumping sailfish sits in its town square, marking the centerpiece of the area’s 15 marinas ready to take out fishing and charter boat fleets. The fishing potential of this coastal village is abundant, as its untouched natural beauty is appealing to those looking for a peaceful on the water.

Spring is the most popular season for catching underwater treasures, as the seagrass grows wild in these months making it an ideal time to spot Redfish, speckled trout, and sleepyhead. With over 140 vessels that cater to anglers, you have the chance to catch grouper, amber jack, snapper, mackerel, sailfish, Yahoo, tuna and even a blue marlin in this emerald Gulf of Mexico waters.

Those looking for a more leisurely experience can cast a line off the pier, as this city pairs laid-back vibes with crystal clear beach areas. It’s also a great place to go fly and kayak fishing, and if you’re with the kids, you might want to check out the chance to hand-feed tarpon at nearby Robbie’s Marina only a few miles from the park.

Fly and spin angling might win you saltwater game fish, while reef fishing is ideal for reeling in snapper and grouper. With both resorts and campsites peppered around the lake, visitors can stay overnight, as the area has plenty of guides and charters to direct you to the best spots.

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Here you’ll discover a city listed on the National Register of Historic Places and old fish houses that date back to the original families, where both shrimp and grouper are sold to local restaurants. For those who rather go stargazing and appreciate the outdoors, head to Anastasia State Park to find 139 full-facility campsites that sit alongside the Atlantic Ocean.

Less touristy than its South Florida counterparts, here visitors will find an underrated gem with crystal clear waters stemming from the Gulf of Mexico. The area is famous for spotting an array of colorful redfish, flounder, tarpon and sea trout, and if you venture further offshore, it’s not uncommon to see fishermen reeling in king mackerel, blue marlin, tuna, and cobra.

Located on the southwest coast of Florida facing the Gulf of Mexico, Sarasota even has a handful of hotels that provide guides for hire. Catching shook, redfish, trout, grouper and Dorado is common, while the area’s offshore activities, from its vibrant arts scene to the stunning Siesta Key beach, are sure to keep the entire family entertained.

Often referred to as “The Fishing Capital of the World,” here you will discover an abundance of freshwater and saltwater hotspots to keep your vacation itinerary full, from the emerald waters in the Panhandle all the way down to the Florida Keys. December through February is prime time to catch Sailfish plus some Dolphin, King and Spanish Mackerel and many other species.

March through June : Dolphin, King fish, Sailfish, Swordfish, Cobra, Bonito, Shook, Tarpon, Jack Crevasse plus several other species. July through September is our normal summer fare of King fish, Dolphin, Bonito, Black fin Tuna, Barracuda along with some Sailfish and Cobra.

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October and November : The Dolphin fishing is very good along with King fish, some Tuna, Swordfish and increasing Sailfish activity. The Black fin Tuna makes an occasional appearance providing great action and is excellent to eat.

Two of the most famous residents were Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, who both owned winter homes there and often fished together. There is also excellent Bone fish, Permit, Pompano, Redfish, Spotted Trout, Tarpon and Shark fishing.

Our fishing reports are provided by Captain Joey Burned on Daniel and Captive Island. You can check out Captain Joeys home port located at the Castaways Marina on Daniel Island through his webcam by using the link below.

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