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Updated: 03/13/2014 02:59:25PM

Wave bye to winter

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The sheepshead season is winding down, but you can still catch come big fish at the Venice jetties or Ponce de Leon Park in Punta Gorda, where the Man on the Pier caught this brute.

WATERLINE PHOTO BY MATT STEVENS

Consistently hooking sheepshead is a skill that takes patience to learn.

Matt Stevens

the man on the pier • matt stevens

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The sheepshead season is winding down, cobia are starting to show up in Charlotte Harbor and the weather, for the most part, has been fantastic. It looks like we’ve survived another Southwest Florida winter, so pat yourself on the back.

Last Thursday’s cold front was in all likelihood the finale of winter, and the fishing patterns, they are a changin’. Spanish mackerel are making a strong early showing, pompano are on the move, snook are starting to pop as the water warms and cobia have already been reported as far up as the U.S. 41 bridges in the Harbor. Sheepshead are scattering from certain areas and stacking up in others in advance of the spawn, which generally takes place in March and April.

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