The month of January has been interesting to say the least...With temperatures ranging
from 25-80 degrees on the Mosquito Lagoon and the surrounding area.. This has a
dramatic effect on how our inshore species will behave. Feeding aggressively in the
shallows during the warmest parts of the day, to sluggish and lethargic on those extra
cool mornings..Paying very close attention to water temperature is key when these
winter COLD fronts move through..Starting your trip a little later in the morning can
make all the difference..
Iʼll give you an example, the other day I ﬁshed a rather large school of redﬁsh on the
north end, these ﬁsh were a bit tricky to get to with the extremely low water, but with
some determined poling we reached them at about ten in the morning..(The outside air
temperature was a balmy 39 degrees) They were ﬂashing and churning in a vast white
sand spot with broken grass..My customers were able to catch a few ﬁsh casting Gulp
Alive and live shrimp,letting the lure fall slowly and just dead-sticking it. Sometimes not
moving the bait for 5-10 minutes Most of these ﬁsh were slot reds with a few 30” guys
mixed in. After a dozen bites, not hook-ups mind you, we moved to another
location..The ﬁsh were very slowly eating and some over-reactive hook-sets resulted in
a few missed ﬁsh..Two hours of talking ﬁshing, drinking coffee, and wishing for the sun
we moved to another location after landing 4 nice slot reds.
Two days later and 30 degrees warmer, I decided to check on those same slow and
lethargic ﬁsh..After poling in I noticed very FEW ﬁsh in the big depression, however the
were easily three or four dozen reds tailing in groups of 2-4 ﬁsh all over the grassy edge
about a foot shallower than the sand spot...These ﬁsh were responsive to a shrimp and
were eating with a fervor, sometimes slurping the shrimp off the surface as it was being
retrieved back to the boat making for some incredible surface takes.!! We managed to
boat 12 reds in less than an hour! The largest ﬁsh was right at 32”.
It just goes to show that matching your presentation to the ﬁsh AS well as conditions
and timing pays off! No matter what, life is short, GO FISHING!
Tight Lines and Stretched Leaders.