Cold Water brings the Sheepshead
Cold weather conditions may run off a few species, however, redfish, sheepshead inshore - spanish and king mackerel offshore are a great bet for winter fishing. Not to mention with any luck some mangrove snapper and flounder hanging around inshore structure and near shore artificial reefs.
Recently I have been catching plenty of redfish, not to many in the slot, but lots of great light tackle action. On most trips out I have not had a problem finding reds using live shrimp for bait. These little guys are really chewing, must be a growth spurt because they bite like crazy. Good thing is they grow like a weed so anytime now they should be in the slot. I also found a little spot that some big ones are hanging out at, if they stay for awhile there is some great action to be had.
Sheepshead and blackdrum have made it to the live well using live regular sized shrimp for bait. These fish are looking for small shrimp and crabs to munch on and a little warmth from the sun. Keep structure in mind to find them, oysters, mangroves and docks are a sure bet.
It's been a great year for fishing and hopes of a new year will bring the same.
Merry Christmas and a safe New Year to all.
Tight Lines & Good Times, Capt. Terry Frankford
Reelin & Chillin Charters Inc.
Karla's oversized redfish
About The Author: Captain Terry Frankford
Company: Reelin & Chillin Charters Inc.
Area Reporting: Sarasota
Bio: Fishing experience in the Sarasota area for over thirty years - mostly salt water inshore and nearshore. Became a full time guide in November of 2003 after retiring from Verizon Communications as a Network Planning Engineer. U.S.C.G. licensed Master #1125021 – includes Commercial Assistance Towing. Completed Auxiliary boating Skills & Seamanship course. Certified in Senior Lifesaving, Advanced First Aid, CPR, and Open Water Scuba Diving.