We have compiled a handful of tips and tricks to get the most out of your Florida winter fishing expeditions.
5 Tips for Winter Fishing in Florida
1. Find warmer water
If you can find a pocket of warm water, that will be where you are most likely to find the fish hanging out. Areas with a darker bottom will absorb the heat from the sun, causing the water to be warmer. You can also look for spots where smaller bodies of water, such as creeks and rivers, feed into a larger area. Creeks and rivers tend to be warmer and fish will congregate where the warm water feeds into the cold water.
Deep water tends to resist temperature changes. If you have a depth finder, use it to find deep spots and cast down to the bottom where the fish will be to avoid the colder water above them. Also, use your depth finder to find shallow areas that warm up quickly in the Florida sun.
2. Head out between cold fronts
Keep an eye on the temperatures and listen out for what the local weather forecasts are saying. Cold fronts carrying storms and windy conditions come through in rapid succession during the winter months. Time your next outing for the lull between cold fronts and you will find yourself in the midst of a feeding frenzy. Fish will be more active due to the temporary warm-up and will likely be hungry after not moving much to find food during the cold blast.
3. Start later in the day
Heading out midday is your best bet for optimal fishing during the winter in Florida. Following the theme of the previous two tips, this is because the water will warm up as the temperature for the day reaches its peak. With warmer water comes increased fish activity. We know you are used to hitting the water as soon as your eyes open, but take some time to enjoy your morning coffee and maybe grab lunch at The Island Dockside Grill, Harbortown Marina – Canaveral‘s full-service restaurant and bar, before heading out on the water.
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