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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.

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Fancy boat payment........ya got that right!

Yeah, but with the pressure, can ya imagine the competition level Rick?

Its bad enough in towns that don't have "lines of tourists", these days.

Hope all that TWICS card and stuff shags a few away.

I know a few "weekend wannabe's" who gave up their tickets already because of all the hassles, so they said.

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