The last week of July brought us a lot of tropical moisture which resulted in a lot of rain. Before this system pushed through the fishing was phenomenal! We were getting limits of kings on a daily basis and fishing was easy.
No fewer than four species of fish are being looked at for changes in the law. Along with the new Shark rules that went into effect this past July 1st, these new laws could have major implications for North Florida. They are now looking at Spotted Seatrout as the next fish that might have changes. And that will affect North Florida in a major way.
We've had a lot of things working against us this summer… the live bait has been more scarce than in years past and THE WIND has been absolutely brutal for days in a row. We've been fishing in 3-5 ft seas almost daily. It has been the most steady and hard wind we've seen in any June that I can remember!
April is turning into a great month for redfish here in Palm Valley. Large schools of redfish are holding off the main channel of the ICW. These schools can be found cruising the banks visually or when casting live or artificial baits drifting.
With the changing water temps and weather being more stable the fishing will get fired up. Look for schools of slot reds to bunch in the creeks through-out the month as schools of small pogies and finger mullet start finding their way in. Target the deep holes at low outgoing and the first of incoming.
An alternative Winter Fish Species… besides Sheepshead!!!
"Redfish's ugly cousin". Yep, that's what I've always called them. The Black Drum. A favorite winter time species for me. Not all that glamorous. But you have to look at the positives. And look beyond their appearance. To have them in your personal favorites list.
This time of the year between October and April, we are in the Fall/Winter/Spring transition so the ocean is changing a lot. But if you can catch the weather right, the longer trips are best if you really want to fill the freezer.
This time of year, the offshore fishing can be a little tricky because of the weather. As you know, we don't have true seasons in North Florida, we just have frequent cold fronts which bring wind and rain.