March is finally here! I’m happy to see it, because in my mind March 1st means the end of winter and the beginning of the spring fishing season. Yes, I know that the International Astronomical Union says that the spring equinox (the first day of spring) will not be until March 20th this year — but what do a bunch of overeducated scientists know? If they would stop watching the stars and pay more attention to the fish, they would realize that spring is already here. There are cobia on the bars, mackerel in the Harbor, snook and small schools of redfish on most of the flats, pompano in the surf, ‘cudas on the nearshore reefs and tarpon (yes, I said tarpon) popping up all over the place — not to mention all the flounder, sheepshead, black drum, tripletail, jacks and ladyfish that people are catching. I don’t know about you guys, but that sure does sound like springtime fishing to me.
Spring is without a doubt my favorite time of year to fish. Everything out on the water seems to come alive. It’s truly exciting to experience the transformation from the doldrums of winter fishing to the madness that spring has to offer. As schools of greenbacks and threadfin herring move into the nearshore Gulf and Harbor, predators like mackerel, jacks and ladyfish (just to name a few) also move in to feed on them. These small predators are followed by much larger ones such as cobia, tarpon and sharks. Nature at its finest — gotta love it.
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