Monday, January 17, 2011

Florida Gulf Fishing

Wow this winter has really been crazy. Florida being the only state in the Continental US that has not yet had snow this year. We have had some cold snaps but overall the weather has been great for fishing. With temperatures hovering in the 60's and 70's this makes it pleasant for a day of fishing in the Gulf of Mexico.

Along the Nature Coast of Florida we have been seeing and hearing of good action coming from Red Fish and Sheepsheads and Trout. Most of the reports have been that they are feeding on Shrimp. We have had our best bet with shrimp also. The reports have been circling that large Drum fish have been seen in the 1 to 2 foot of water range and on oyster bars and muddy bottom areas. Sheepshead tend to steal your bait so keep a tight line and be ready to set the hook. Chumming for these is also a good way to get them to start feeding. As the water temperature drops we will be seeing more action from the Sheepshead and the Drum Fish.

Reports and sightings are saying that in the back waters and back creeks and coves have been reporting good trout fishing and Red Drum fish. Live bait and minnow like lures and white jerk shad have been working great on these. Big schools of mullet have been reported with large Red Fish mixed in the schools of mullet. 

We are heading back out this weekend if the weather permits and I should have more updates from our trip. In future blog post I will do more reporting of fishing in the nature coast of Florida for you.

The good thing about fishing the nature coast is that you never leave the area without fish. Every time we head out we come home with fish of some sort.



Florida Red Fish


 Speckled Trout

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