The winter cold up north drives many people to Florida in January and February. But what they may not realize is just how good the fishing can be during these two months of the year. Our lagoon waters have cooled off into the upper 50 to mid 60 degree range and has become so clear it looks like you could drink in in some areas. This make the redfish and speckled trout gather into small pods at first and then into larger schools as the water stays clear in the shallow flats for extended periods. Most of these are slot sized redfish (18 to 27 inches) and 15 to 20+ inch trout. We cast live shrimp to these fish on most days and have good results. When they get into a pre-frontal aggressive feeding frenzy, Saltwater Assassin jigs or plastic shrimp will catch good numbers of them. Polarized sunglasses are a must if you want to see the fish that you need to cast to so make sure you buy a pair for yourself before you climb aboard. The fishing in the Daytona, Cocoa Beach, Titusville, and Sebastian areas east of Orlando are going to stay this way for another 8 to 12-weeks, so now is your chance to join in the fun and catch some fish.
Until next time….Catch a memory!
Captain Jim Ross