January continues be a challenge with cold fronts and windy days. Water temperatures have been anywhere from the fifties to near seventy with the swings in the weather. Plan your trips carefully this time of year. Cooler water will send the fish to deeper areas to keep warm. Sunny days will find the fish in shallow water enjoying the sunshine. Be willing to change your tactics to catch more fish!
Pompano fishing has improved with the colder water. We are catching some nice pomps in the river now. Sheepshead and snapper fishing continues to be good around the area. Any structure will be holding fish now There was a good croaker bite over the weekend for us. Will and Jean found a good croaker and whiting bite until the sharks moved in and kept biting the fish off on them.
They also caught lots of snapper and sheepshead to add to the catch.
Dave, Sam and Henry were out with me over the weekend. Each of the boys caught a nice pompano to top off the day. Croakers, snapper and sheepshead rounded out the morning. Captain Joe Ward was out with me this week. It was a relaxing morning of catching a variety of fish, but the bite was slower for croakers with the dip in water temperature. We did get a nice pompano to end a good day on the water.
This time of year a few degrees in water temperatures can make all the difference. Watch for areas where the water might be slightly warmer and try your luck there. Fish will tend to migrate to those areas to keep warm. Usually deeper cuts are great areas to fish. Make sure you are dressed for the weather. Layering your clothes will help you cope with the huge temperature swings this time of year and stay comfortable.
Remember, fishing is not just another hobby….it’s an ADVENTURE!