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.
A few years back, Mike Dixon and I made the run and I caught a 73-pound dolphin. 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. 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.
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.
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.
In addition to celebrating our sweethearts and honoring our past presidents, you may want to plan a trip to Florida and go fishing in February. Depending on the weather and water temperature, bass fishing in February can be some of the best you'll experience all year long.
Black crappie, also known as speckled perch or specks, are a favorite cool-weather species of many Florida freshwater anglers. You'll find that schools of Black crappie generally move from deeper water into shallower areas (from 3 to 8 feet) to nest during the winter months.
Sebastian Inlet and Mosquito Lagoon can be two productive places to catch big spotted sea trout and sleepyhead during this time of year. Look for sand holes on the edges of grass flats, and then use light spinning tackle to free-line a live shrimp in the current.
For example, if you search online for FebruaryfishingFlorida Keys,” you'll find plenty of information on sailfish, king fish, and Spanish mackerel -- just a few more reasons to buy a Florida fishing license and hit the water! Debbie Hanson is an award-winning outdoor writer, women’s sport fishing advocate, IFA world record holder, and freshwater guide living in Southwest Florida.