Fishing Report – February 2017
February Fishing Report
February is the perfect time to come out of the hunting woods and start getting in on some fantastic fishing. If you’re looking for a fishing report for February, you in luck. February is the perfect time to really get into some good Speckled Trout and Redfish action as well as some awesome offshore and beach fishing.
Fish the local rivers and creek mouths and you will find an abundance of Speckled Trout, White Trout, and Hybrid Bass. These fish seek deep water when the water temperatures dip to winter lows. These habits should make it easier for you to find them. If your fishing the flats in the sound/ICW, target the deeper points, creek mouths and water runoffs. I personally stay away from the docks, unless the end of the dock is in at least 10’ of water. Use smaller baits like a Zman Fishing Products’ new EZ Shrimpz in the natural and fried chicken colors as well as the Scented Curly Tailz, Swimmin’ TroutTrick, and the Big TRD. Stick to natural colors such as Bad Shad and Pinfish colors or anything that would match the type of baitfish they would be eating in that area.
Amberjack, Red Grouper, Scamp Grouper, and all the local species of Snapper are open for season expect the Red Snapper. The Federal and State Governments have not said when they will open the season up for that species yet. You can find these are many of the reefs, artificial and natural, in the gulf at the time. You can catch these species using traditional bottom fishing methods.
If beach fishing is your thing, the Pompano are starting to run nicely along our beaches along with the occasional school of Redfish, Whiting, Blue Fish, Sheepshead, and Flounder. Fort Pickens is always a hot spot to find these fish and the desolate beaches from the Portofino Condos to Navarre Beach. Use live shrimp, fiddler crabs and sand flees for bait unless your hunting sharks, then use cut bait such as mullet. Anything bloody will be best for Shark fishing.
As always, here is a link to the state of Florida saltwater fishing regulations just to keep you informed. http://www.eregulations.com/florida/fishing/saltwater/