Cold Water Fishing
<p>We also got into jacks, trout, and ladyfish in open water adjacent to grass beds and deeper channels. I have been using live shrimp on troll rites near mangroves and jigs as well. Fish have been deep. Also, lots of groupers in the deep rivers. Plenty of gags and Goliath. Remember there are new laws and these fish must be released. Trout is open and there are tons of mackerel for eating and fun on fly and light spin. Fish the deepest water possible and you will score. This is the best time for sheepshead, drum, and mackerel.
Park rangers and other guides have reported plenty od dead fish due to cold snap however; this always happens and fishing should be very good in the coming weeks.
South Florida has finally seen some strong cold fronts creating challenges for the fisherman and vulnerable fish in shallow water. And unfortunately, the cold water temperatures have definitely made certain species of fish go belly up. Snook, tarpon, and Goliath grouper have been the ones mainly affected in the shallows of Everglades National Park. There have been some reports of bonefish fatalities in the Keys as well. In urban areas of Miami peacock bass have been found dead as well.
On the positive side winter in south Florida gives us an opportunity to try new things with fishing. I think the key is finding optimal water temperature for the species you are seeking. Take the snook for example, this fish needs around 58 degrees Farenheit or warmer to live. Imagine what prime feeding temperature must be? If you are a die-hard snook fisherman like I am then seek warm water. This means going deeper to jetties, large cuts, or further inland into brackish water where temperature retains warmth. Fish the tide change on an afternoon or into the evening to allow the heat from the day to encompass the fishing grounds, especially on the shallows. The biggest tactic and wisest is probably just to slow down your retrieve. Bounce the bottom slowly with coldwater snook.
Please call me to book a trip or discuss fishing. My number is (305) 431-6936. I plan to offer some special competitive rates for certain trips during 2010, call for details. Looking forward to a great fishing season.
About The Author: Captain Ariel Cabrera
Company: Captain Ariel Fishing Guide
Area Reporting: Flamingo, Everglades National Park, South Florida
Bio: Veteran fishing guide and boating author offering light tackle charters and instruction. If you're looking for an Everglades charter boat fishing specialist or an experienced and qualified Everglades wildlife guide, you've come to the right place. Captain Ariel Cabrera has dedicated over two decades to constantly exploring the vast expanses and innermost reaches of the Everglades via skiff and canoe. He gained his initial experience as a mate on sport fishing yachts. He later earned a P.A.D.I. Divers certificate, which led to years of underwater exploration in the South Florida area and the Florida Keys.