Tampa Fishing Reports
February 2014 Tampa Fishing Report
During a normal year in West Central Florida, the winter season will test the best fisherman's skills. Cooler water and inconsistent weather simply make catching fish a more challenging proposition. As a result, Tampa Fishing Guides learn to catch whatever swims and don't necessarily target just the most popular gamefish. Make no mistake though, there are plenty of large seatrout around during this time and these fish will bite dependably when the right weather and tide cycles present themselves. Tampa Fishing Charters scheduled on days with strong tides and warming trends almost always produce limits of big trout but when just one of these variables is amiss, the difficulty factor starts to rise. The worst culprit is a cold front. When a front passes and temperatures drop 15 - 20 degress in a 24 hour period, it's simply time to do something other than fish...clean the boat, prepare tackle or attend a local event like the Gasparilla Parade, a favorite event in January....as post cold front days represent the absolute best days to get skunked.
While targeting trout, there are numerous other species that will appear from week to week. Fish such as bluefish and pompano will mix with the trout and and are considered a welcome addition by most Tampa Fishing Guides.. Pompano is regarded by many as a fine eating fish. The same can not be said for bluefish. The redemption for the bluefish however is that it pulls very hard and often shows up in numbers so that a slow afternoon can be rescued by a group of 2 - 3 pound bluefish. They are likely to eat anything that moves as well....from shrimp to a broad range of artificial baits...but will unfortunately do irrepairable damage to most soft plastics due to their sharp teeth and jaw strength.
Over the course of the last month, a few more redfish have started to make an appearance but, winter being what it is, they too can be particular about eating. In the warmer months, the general theory is that Tampa Fishing for redfish is simply a matter of finding the fish, because, once located, they will bite. Not so in the winter. There are days when even their favorite winter food, the shrimp, will be ignored. Also, many of the fish are small. The best news in all of this is that January is histroically the coldest month of the year in Florida...and it's OVER. February always seems to be the month where redfish start re-appearing inside of St. Joseph's Sound and by month's end, are starting to think about eating regularly again. Not only will more fish start to be seen, but larger groups will begin to appear and, once mid March arrives, the possibililty of again finding larger schools of fish is good..
Tampa Fishing in February will remain trout focused with more attention being directed at the increasing redfish population. While pursuing redfish, several other fish will be encountered...one being the redfish's cousin, the black drum. These small black drum pull hard and are much better to eat at this size than when full grown. They'll be caught around residential docks, rockpiles and, occasionally, in potholes on the grass flats. Flounder and sheephead are also encountered on Tampa Fishing Charters at this time of year and again, typically while targeting redfish. Until baitfish populations return to the shallows, shrimp is the best bait for all of the above.
As February arrives, the temperatures promise to head north of 70 degrees for a few days and the tides are strong so, before settling in to view the Super Bowl, get outside for a little freash air and a few fish. In no time at all, March will be here and yet another year of great fishing will be underway. Good luck and good fishing.
Last Updated (Friday, 31 January 2014 12:32)
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