Florida Gulf Coast Fishing Report

Indian Winter

We have all heard about the late Indian Summer heat that continues into the Fall season, well welcome to the year of the "Indian Winter". I cannot recall a warmer Winter than the one we have been having this year. So far I have had only one day of weather under the thirty-two degree mark. The water temperature today is almost up to the seventy degree mark. That is causing a lot of fish to get an early start on Spring. Trout are starting to bite good on the grass flats and normally lethargic redfish are attacking bait, both artifical and live, with abandon in the backcountry. Even snook are hitting top water plugs and other artifical baits around the grassy points and oyster bars. If the mild weather continues look for the migratory species to show up three or four weeks early this year.
I sited Manatee the first week in February in the Withlacoochee River that normally would show up around the middle of March. Gators are out sunning on the banks of Bennett's Creek. Tarpon, spanish mackerel and cobia can't be far behind if we don't get any more cold weather.
It's a great time to get out on the water. Days usually only require a light jacket in the morning and short sleeve shirts in the afternoon. Break out your fishing equipment and check over the boat if it has been sitting for a while or better yet call your local guide that has already got a jump start on the Spring fishing.

Tight Lines,
Capt. Rick
E-mail: captain@ospreyguides.com