It is January 11th and I can actually say it is cold outside! Here in the Tampa Bay/Sarasota Bay area we have had a unusually warm Fall/Winter. Before this strong cold front had pushed through Florida we were fortunate to get on a solid snook bite in the day as well as night time!
Snook sensing the impending cold front started to eat anything that was put in front of them. Fishing deep cuts on mangrove shorelines with large profile baitfish patterns on a 40 pound flouro- carbon leader has worked well. In one day we landed over 25 snook ranging from 18-26 inches.
The red fishing in Tampa Bay and Sarasota Bay has also been a safe bet. Redfish recently have been on a feeding frenzy before/during/and even after the most recent cold fronts. Redfish are a very hardy fish that can handle cold water temperatures and extreme conditions.
The water clarity in Tampa Bay has been pristine, with gin clear water anglers have had to step down tippet size to entice the redfish into biting a fly. A 14 pound flouro-carbon bite section has been the recent go to in order to feed the wary redfish small baitfish, shrimp, and crab patterns.
The next few months should provide more opportunities to sight fish snook and redfish in the back country habitats of Tampa/ Sarasota/ and Charlotte Harbor.