For the last four months or so, the fishing in our region of the state has been somewhat — well, let’s just say it’s been less than stellar. Wintertime fishing in Southwest Florida has always been the most challenging time of year to consistently put fish on the deck. We fight with extreme low tides, colder weather and windy days — not to mention the fact that most of the big-time gamefish (tarpon, sharks, kingfish, mackerel, snook and redfish) leave the Harbor in winter to search out warmer waters. This leaves us with trout and sheepshead as our primary targets, at least inshore.
I’ve been complaining about the wintertime weather every year since I was a young man, and this year is no exception. The big difference this year is that the fronts, though not all that strong, just seem to keep coming and coming — pretty much every five to seven days. Every time the bite really seems to get going, another front comes along, monkeys with the barometric pressure, and gives the fish a bad case of lock-jaw. At least that’s what I’ve been noticing, so I guess I have a reason to complain.
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