by Capt. Greg Stamper
Things are super busy now as March begins the first of the warming months. All the snowbirds are here now enjoying excellent weather and catching some fish! The fish we can now target begins opening greatly now, as we begin the transition into Spring.
Weather now becomes a crap shoot as the cold front tails start to hit us less and less. The gradual warming of the water is going to start trending toward fantastic fishing this month. For guides it’s full speed for a while and that’s great as lots of memories will be made.
One of the best parts moving into March is that we get to target both the transitional fish that visit us during the winter as, well as the resurgence of our Summer quarry. It is also the end of the strong cold fronts overall, and the beginning of Spring. Our prey will be everything from sheepshead, trout, and pompano all the way to the beginning phases of tarpon season.
As we begin seeing fewer cold fronts effecting our water temperatures, the warming trends begin. At first its nothing considerable, but as we approach April it becomes apparent. Some days especially toward the end of the month we may even feel that first hit of higher humidity in the early morning hours. This is when we start hearing about permit, tarpon, and other species starting to move back into their timeshares.
Pompano fishing along our beaches and certainly in our local passes will be good. Jigs, small flies that mimic sand fleas or even small crabs will work well. Mackerel, ladyfish, bluefish, whiting, and even small sharks will be bi-catch during this time. The back-bays will be full speed for redfish ranging from 16 to 35 inches and found all over as bait schools work their way to the North. Snook now begin back in water temperatures they like and will be very targetable. Sardines, small mullet, and hand-picked shrimp won’t stand a chance as snook begin to move back out of their winter haunts.
The offshore bite will continually get better and better. Anglers will have more chances to get out with less wind caused by cold fronts. This pattern gives anglers a lot more opportunities to catch mangrove, yellowtail, mutton, and lane snapper, as well as red grouper, kingfish, permit, and cobia. When running out to those offshore areas, don’t forget to stop around those shrimp boats posted up, as you never know what’s hanging around.
Tight lines, Capt. Greg Stamper
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