WINTER WONDERLANDS
Christmas Comes Early This Year for Florida Fishermen!

by
Allen Applegarth

Allen Applegarth
author1@gte.net


Allen Applegarth is the author of the recently published book, Florida Fishing. He lives and writes in St Pete, Florida
Meteorologist and other proficient experts reveal that El Nino will be a whopper—foreseeing a much cooler, earlier, and wetter winter. That’s just fine if you are a Florida fishermen!

The earlier and nastier winter is up north, the earlier the bait train arrives down south. An influx of bait will make a mad dash for warmer water— pursued by their predators. We will see a vast smorgasbord of bait moving in—from reef-lines to ankle deep oyster bars.

Reports of large bait schools (including silver mullet) have been a month ahead of schedule, making their way south—with no cold front in sight. It is a well-known fact that creatures of all kinds can detect weather changes far before we can. Presumable, these fish have detected the presence of El Nino and are getting the hole shot to warmer water—pushing far ahead of their comfort zones.

Winter months are an excellent time to target fish. With the fall/winter migration from North to South, inshore to offshore, as well as the fishes' capabilities in detecting 1/100th degree in temperature change—anglers can target the comfort zones and migration runs, allowing them to zero in on the hot spots.

Flats' fishermen throughout central Florida are right in the thick of things to come. Central Florida rides the coat-tails between the cooler north and warmer south waters—putting us in the comfort zone. As the fall water temperature slowly drops, inshore fish will begin to move slowly in front of this bulwark of cooler water. The first long winter spell will spark tremendous action.

Snook will become fired up as they move to their winter fortresses—inhaling large hearty baits along the way. Redfish will pave a clean trail as they pick every available bait in their path to their winter cove. Trout will follow the two, bingeing heavily as they move in to fill the remaining territory. Cobia will stir up some action as the smaller ones school up and work their way to a warmer harborage.

Along the way, deeper pot holes on shallow flats will hold many migrating fish. They will also venture to nearby mangroves, creeks, back water canals, marinas, and anywhere that provides warmth and dining.

Eventually, when the water temperature drops below the comfort zone, fish will scamper to water that provides constant warmth. Warm water runoff from power plants will draw in fish from afar.

Tip
Applies to winter & summer spots

Read up on ideal conditions for your prospected fish. Learn the comfort zone, best winter baits, line setup, and presentation. Once you have read the fishes diary and know the secrets—utilize Thomas Clifford Allbut’s invention (Thermometer) to scout for the comfort zone. Make sure to check the temperature at three different depths—top, middle, and bottom. I’ve seen many fishermen frustrated from hours of no action—simply because they were fishing in water too hot (out of zone). Many fish will not leave their comfort zone—even if you present a juicy bait several feet away. Find the zone and present your bait at that depth.

Do your homework and I’ll guarantee that you too will catch your limit!

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