THAT WAS FAST!
It wasn't that long ago, I was writing this report and the inshore waters were freezing. Buddies of mine were talking dead or stunned fish South of Beach Blvd off the ICW. Dead or stunned fish in the Lake in Queens Harbor neighborhood. And I marked a river temp of 48 degrees on the surface, on a 20-25 knot morning. We lasted only 2 hours out on the river in Mayport, that day.
The river water temp is up, and it happened super quick. The red-breasted Robins, are pecking around in my yard. (I know that's a sure sign of... "something"?) I'm going with, "the water and air temps are going to rocket into USDA grade summer, in no time flat!"
So what's all this mean to Y-O-U? The boater/weekend fisherman?
Everything, can now pretty much be had.
- Black Drum and Sheepshead Nassau Sound area
- Whiting in the surf
- Speckled Trout, in the ICW and the St. Johns
- Redfish in the shallows
- Big Redfish in the deep
It's game on!
Yesterday, with some customers... on Feb. 25th, we sat on a falling tide in the river catching a few Sheepshead and the river water was a solid 68 degrees. That's a far cry from that 48 that we experienced not long ago.
Fiddler Crabs for the Sheepshead are still a good bet. But they are turning on to my live shrimp while Float-rig fishing for Trout and Reds, too!
So go have yourself some fun. But remember. It's other people's weekend, too.
IT'S GONNA BE A BUSY ONE. MARCH 3RD IS THE EL CHEAPO SHEEPSHEAD TOURNEY.
So, if you want peace and ''somewhat” quiet... go fishin' on Sunday!
Captain Dave Sipler