Fishing in February

Author: Captain Keith Mixon | Posted: 02/03/2009
Pictured, Lorie Mixon with a nice Blue Fish
Pictured, Lorie Mixon with a nice Blue Fish

<p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-indent: 0.5in" class="MsoNormal">As a Florida native who has grown up fishing around this great state, I realize just how blessed I am to have the opportunities to wet a line practically any day of the year. During the month of February, weather along Florida's East coast can either consist of calm or breezy conditions and even an occasional rain shower. This is due to cold fronts that can come and go in just a few days.  Most anglers should be able to find some type of protection from Mother Nature and still be able to fish when she doesn't present her best. For example, spoil islands, creeks or even bridges are a good source of shelter for anglers from most of the elements. The average temperatures for this time of year are highs in the 70's and lows in the 50's. During this weather, the water temperatures can near fifty degrees. When water temps drop many game fish and even bait fish will seek warmer water. As spring time approaches bright sunny days will help warm the water. As a result, many fish will return back to the flats to feed again.


Calm days, clean water, and abundant sunshine should make the perfect combination for me to guide you when sight fishing for trout, reds or black drum. In low light conditions, gator trout will be willing to bite small top water lures when fished slow around structure in two to three feet of water.  Storm's 3/8 oz. "Rattlin Chug Bug" should produce plenty of action. A wide variety of jerk baits or live shrimp will be enough to bring them to the boat.  Remember to fish these lures slowly, because during this time of year the cold water will make fish lethargic. 


When we're fishing in or around the "No Motor Zone" black drum will be an excellent fish to target. Many schools of these fish will be found around spoil islands, channels and grass flats in search of shrimp and other crustaceans. When sight casting to these fish, it will be important not to spook them. Fishing lures should be presented in front of a fish or near the outside of a school. Once you are hooked up hold on tight, since some of these fish can weigh up to fifty pounds


If you are in search of some "reel" screaming fun, then let me take you fishing around Port Canaveral. It is here where you can find some very aggressive and large jack crevalle. These fish will be in search of all types of bait and will bite practically anything that is put in front of them. For example, Rapala's "Skitter Walk" will provide some explosive top water action when these jacks hit them. In addition to this, fishermen will be in search of flounder near sandy bottoms and the channel opening of the port. Most flounder will feed on a piece of cut mullet or even jerk baits fished on the bottom.


Don't forget! February 14th is Valentine's Day. A guided day on the water can make the perfect gift for the one you LOVE.

About The Author: Captain Keith Mixon

Company: Mixin Work With Play Fishing Charters

Area Reporting: Indian & Banana Rivers, Cocoa Beach, Fl

Bio: Captain's Bio: Captain Keith Mixon I am a Florida native who has fished all over this great state for 35 years. My specialty is fishing for redfish, trout, snook and flounder on light tackle. I am USCG licensed and insured and will provide you with a friendly, professional & fun guided day along Florida's Space Coast. My sponsors are: Bass Assassin, PowerPro, Ocean Potion Sunscreen, The Ledger & King Sailfish Mounts. Contact me @ 321-212-8484 or

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