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Catch More Fish During Florida Winters

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Well it's winter in Florida and the water is getting colder and colder by the day. Most anglers stay home when its cold not because it's cold but because they haven't had much luck fishing this time of year. For the next few months there is no need to set the alarm clock, yep go ahead and sleep in. Winter is the one time of year when the fishing is better in the afternoon then at six in the morning because the sun has time to warm up the flats and this gets the fish moving. But just because the fish are moving doesn't mean it will be easy to get them to bite, the fish are still sluggish from the cold so it takes some looking around to see just what is going on below the surface.

When I say "see whats going on below the surface" you need to find out what the fish are feeding on and the first thing you will notice is the redfish, trout, and black drum switch from eating 75% fin fish IE: mullet, pinfish, pigfish and mud minnows to eating almost 100% crabs, baby horseshoe crabs, shrimp, snails and even sea horses. The reason behind this is the shrimp/crabs and so much slower moving than the mullet/pinfish making them easy meal

 

So with that in mind everything you do on the flats needs to slow down as well. I like to use soft plastic lures or flies this time of year like the D.O.A shrimp and the Exude crab and the Gulp shrimp and for a good go to fly try a closer. When using any of these baits make sure to work them the same way the real thing would move in the water so don't jerk a crab like a jerk bait or twitch a shrimp like a twitch bait. I also like to use some sent products like Bioedge in the shrimp or the crab sent, in fact the crab sent on the Exude crab is my favorite thing to use this time of year because you can rig it weedless and use it to find the fish that have there heads in the grass looking for crabs and such to eat. Look for the edge of floating grass or the sand holes on the flats, both are good areas to find fish waiting for a meal to swim or crawl by. This should help you find and land more fish this winter. Oh yeah don't forget to use sun screen or a buff to keep the sun off you.
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Charles Levi Jr

Charles "redfish chuck" is a life long fisherman located on Florida's Space Coast that at thirty-one years old he prides himself on being a well rounded angler. From freshwater to saltwater and open ocean fishing, Charles not only builds his own rods but he also ties his own flies. Charles is also a Pro Staff Member of Yakangler.com, Jackson Kayaks, Yeti coolers and Handler Fishing Supply.

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