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Capt. Mike Barkley at Fishermen's Den in Sebastian said the snook, south of Wabasso along the mangrove shorelines, and the redfish that were there before the cold snap, should begin to feed a little bit as the water warms up again. Topwater plugs worked slowly along the trees will get bites in midday from snook. Jerk baits worked slowly or live shrimp will get bites from redfish. Offshore, the zone for bottom fishing was 60-90 feet. As the seas allow, expect red snapper fishing to be good, although the grouper have moved deeper.
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Capt. Joe Ward of Capt. Joe's River charters said The Moorings flats and the channel at Harbor Branch are places to find trout this week. The bigger fish will be in the channels early, then as the day warms up they will move onto the flats. Offshore, the sailfishing has been steady with boats rigged for trolling sighted fish in short blasts of activity. Plus the seas are a very comfortable 3-5 feet. That's a good sign for the ladies fishing today's Pink Ladies Billfish Tournament to benefit the fight against breast cancer.
Capt. John Meskauskas of StuartFlyFishing.com reported that the cycle of cold fronts changes the fishing patterns each week. During the warm stretch prior to the last front, his charters recorded five slams (snook, trout, redfish) in five days. Jacks, ladyfish, bluefish, Spanish mackerel and an occasional pompano make for good January targets when fly fishing. Plus on one recent calm day offshore, his charter saw a right whale in 15-20 feet of water. Boaters are reminded to remain at least 100 feet away and report right whale sightings, date and location to 1-888-97-WHALE.
Speck fishing has drawn the seasonal visitors back to Okeechobee, just not in the crowds of previous years. The fishing is good and the weather is fantastic, but high fuel prices and a challenging economy have dampened travel plans for some seasonal residents. Still, those that are getting out are finding large specks still taking live minnows over deepwater structure and where there is a little current. Plan ahead if going by pontoon boat. Ramps in the area are becoming a sticky point as water levels continue to be low and are easily affected by wind speed and direction.
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