2018 Starts with the North Winds Blowing.
Over the last few days the deep freeze that has much of the country shivering has made it's way south. Much of Florida including Tampa Bay is bracing for a cold front. It has been in the high 40's to mid 50's during the day but the winds have been so strong that the wind chill has been near freeing in some places.
The next few days of this weather is sure to put the fish off for a bit.
I have still been out about every day recently and have had to change tactics with each progressively colder day.. I had started last week fishing the negative low tides on the beautiful flats in warm water in the lower bay. The action was pretty good and the Trout bite was pretty hot in some places. Snook were also pretty active in the afternoons. Below are some great shots of Rich and Marty on the hunt.
By weeks end the flats were getting cold and the wind had the water to a froth. The last few days I have been hitting residential canals and heading way up into the rivers.
These locations has lessened the effects of the wind and put us into some warmer water.
Overall this approach has been getting us some fish but it is a long way from the fast action of the last month.
I expect the fishing to be tough for the next week. We are forecast for a return to normal Florida weather over the weekend. Starting Saturday air temps are expected to be back in the 70's and sunny. A few days of warm sun should put the fish back on the feed.
I am not taking any booking through the end of the week. I will be resuming both Fly Fishing and Light Tackle trips Monday 1/8
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