Q: How much impact do colder temperature have on fishing in the winter?
Kavin Austin Blake: No one single factor is more important than water temperature. In the Lower Florida Keys, it can change drastically with the seasons. The typical range is from 50 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit, which is significant given the tropical marine environment. As a result, nearshore flats fishing in this area is definitely affected from November to February.
Q: What happens to fish once the weather grows colder?
Kavin Austin Blake: In late November and early December, the majority of tarpon, permit, and bonefish leave shallow water. However, several other types of fish will move towards the lower Florida Keys. Chief among these is the redfish.
Q: What are some tips for fishing during the winter months?
Kavin Austin Blake:Before worrying about the color of your lure, it’s generally a good idea to downsize the bait if fish aren’t biting. Redfish are a consistent presence in the water throughout the winter, and they regularly dine on shrimp and crabs. Adapt to their eating habits by presenting lures of a similar size.
Q: Is there a specific type of lure that works well in the wintertime?
Kavin Austin Blake: A terrific winter lure for fishermen would be the DOA shrimp. It will rarely be ignored by redfish, and also works for a variety of other fish. When tossed out to large trout, it will likely turn into a successful outing.
Another suggestion is to slow the retrieve. You cannot possibly move your lure too slowly but you can definitely move it too fast. Fish are cold-blooded creatures. When water temperatures fall, their body functions and metabolism are slower. Fish must conserve their energy, so they won’t typically chase a quickly moving bait.