Winter Fishing Forecast
by Tom Greene
We are in a time where we see the first real change of weather and it’s a great time of the year to fish. Oceans are calm for the most part and we’ve been experiencing good weather conditions. Tourists go to the west coast to catch trout and redfish, come to our coast to catch Spanish mackerel, bluefish, jacks, and snapper, or go on the reef and catch sailfish. Freshwater fishing has come back, largemouth bass fishing is good again, and even clown knifefish are being caught.
On the reef in 60-90 feet of water you’ll find yellowtail and mutton snapper in abundance along with some grouper. You can go out with some silver side minnows, shrimp, or cut bait and bring in a lot of fish, enough for 4-5 days of good eating.
At our annual Christmas Party I fed over 400 people with swordfish. The bite offshore in 1500-1700 feet of water is good, you can catch them in daytime or nighttime. This time of year we’ll have over 100 tournaments along our coast from Palm Beach to Miami, a lot of these being sailfish tournaments. There’s a lot of money involved along with pressure and prestige. For info, call us here at the shop.
Wahoo fishing is also good. Recently a rather famous TV personality told me she caught 75 wahoo in one month down in the Keys with several weighing in at 40-50 pounds each. Remember, the best time to catch a wahoo is the start of an outgoing tide, early morning if possible.
Kingfish are also biting. A friend of mine recently was using a goggle eye as a 50lb king came up and sky-rocketed 20 feet in the air. Kings are known to do this this time of year.
Tight lines and good fishing!
Call Tom or his expert staff to find out what’s biting, and where.
954-781-5600. 1835 NE 25th St. Lighthouse Point.