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And the Song Remains the Same
Not much has changed with the weather situation; thus not much has changed on the fishing scene as well. Across the state, Im sure not many are enjoying the present situation. We have been spoiled by very mild winters the past 11 years and have grown accustom to the soft breezes. There has been much publicity in the effort to fill the ego and be the knowledgeable one in pertaining to the effects on Florida fish in these very cool conditions. A more positive outlook is what lies ahead.
In a nutshell, when the water drops below 60 degrees conditions will be tough. For the most part the fish will be off the flats and in the rivers, creeks, springs, canals, holes and powerplants (particularly around and under structure). Many species will be reluctant to bite early in the morning, yet come around a bit as the day warms up. Redfish, trout, sheepshead, jacks, and ladyfish will be the primary catches. It is completely possible to "kill them" on one day and be a fool the next.
Though this dip in the jet stream has existed in our weather pattern since Thanksgiving, eventually it will recede and we will return to more "normal" conditions. On the positive side, warming trends will see the fish immediately returning to the edges. Often this will occur in very shallow water as the fish seek a suntan and forage. These days will offer the finest in winter fishing. Redfish, trout, pompano and jacks will be the first to test the waters. More neo tropical type species will remain tucked in and reluctant to stick their heads out until the first signs of spring.
Looking into the future and based on past history, the spring prospects to be a good one. Fish that are migratory to the area are gone (where they should be) and the resident fish are huddled in the backcountry (where they should be too). When the suns angle begins to rise from the Southern Hemisphere, the days get longer, and the moon comes, there will be an exodus of hungry fish to the outside. It will be then that the winter of 2001 will be all but forgotten.
Many of the long time reputable guides have been off the water during these harsh conditions (we are in the quality entertainment business). Most have prepared all year for anything that goes with the variables in the life as a full time fishing guide. For now, we get our ducks in a row for what is just weeks away. The time is under appreciated as it is spent preparing for tax day, scheduling and doing maintenance for a time when we dont even know what day it is. This should not discourage outdoor enthusiasts, recreational anglers (of any level), or those in the guide business (who are not in with both feet) from getting out there. Fish will be caught and you wont know unless you go!
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