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Florida Fishing Report - Week of 01/05/14

January 05, 2014 by

January kicks of the cooler months of the year for fishing in this area. Sheepshead, Trout and Redfish will be the main fish to target. We should also see large Jacks moving in which provide a great fight on light tackle.

Sheepsheads bite has started to pick up. We have been catching quite a few up to five pounds. Target Docks and Bridges with lots of barnacles and oyster buildup on the pilings in order to catch these fish. Use shrimp or fiddler craps pinned to the bottom.

Trout can be found on the grass flats in deep holes. Use a Savage Gear 4” TPE 3-D Manic Shrimp and fish it slowly along the bottom. You can also use this bait under an oval clacker styled cork. Make sure you pop the cork and pause, the strike of fish will always be on the pause.

Look for Redfish on the grass flats at low tide and on the mangrove shorelines at high tide. You can use live shrimp or fresh cut bait like mullet on the grass flats. When fishing the mangrove shore lines I like to use the Savage Gear 3-D Shrimp on a ¼ ounce jig head. You can skip it under the mangrove and cover a lot of ground with this method.

When fishing Jack’s they are generally found in big schools in open water over the flats. Target them with your favorite top water plug, the noisier the better.

Remember the water temperature is very cool so slow your retrieve down in order to increase the number fish you bring to the boat. Wishing everyone a fantastic New Year filled with many great days on the water. Call your favorite guide to book a trip this year.

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