As we approach the edge of the winter months in the Ponce Inlet area of central Florida, it’s time to get excited for the new opportunities we will be presented with our changing seasons. Clear water and new species of fish are the theme of the coming 3 months.
Around Ponce Inlet, big redfish and giant black drum will fall into their winter patterns and some of the larger fish we catch all year will be landed. Tarpon and snook will be either in overwintering areas or migrating to avoid winter temperatures but they will be back next spring.
It’s tough to get off the beach this time of year for nearshore fishing off Ponce Inlet due to the seas and wind on most days as well as most of our nearshore species having left the area for the winter but that’s ok because some of the best inshore fishing happens during the winter.
Inshore flats fishing in Mosquito Lagoon will enter its peak season with clear water and good sight fishing shots at reds, black drum and sea trout on fly and light spin tackle. The lagoon looks good this year with good sea grass coverage and active fish doing what we want them to. It’s always fun to spend time in the back country of the lagoon chasing shallow water fish.
Cooler temperatures are knocking on the door as we head into the latter part of fall, bringing another change in the seasonal fishing patterns. Warmer water species hunker down while new species arrive from the north.
In the Ponce Inlet area, redfish and big black drum will be the mainstays of the early winter season. These species tolerate cooler temperatures well and give us great targets even on the cooler days. Snook are still around, but become considerably less active as the days get colder.
Mosquito Lagoon looks good and is already getting clearer from the mild algae blooms we had in some areas with the first couple fronts past us. We should have a great winter sight fishing season this year. Big schools of black drum will be arriving in the coming weeks, giving us some great flats fishing opportunities.
As with the others seasons, east central Florida has great fishing at all times of the year. Don’t miss out on the opportunities at hand!
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