Winter Freshwater Fishing In South Florida
The bite is picking up!
The Miami peacock bass bite is starting to catch fire here at the end of the month. We had a cold weather snap about a week and a half into the month, and it really dropped the water temps and in turn shut off the bite. However, warm weather for two straight weeks has in turn caused the bite to improve almost daily and we are even beginning to see some spawning fish.
One problem we are dealing with right now is an insane amount of underwater snags due to cleanup work from Hurricane Irma. We are constantly losing fish right now that are smart enough to take us deep into cover. As we get snagged we are sending these snags into deep water and relocating them, but a big key has been beefing up our tackle. Upgrading from 20lb Bullbuster Braid to 30lb has seemed to make a difference here when putting a bit of extra heat on these fish or trying to full them from a snag. With this in mind, we have started converting on more of these opportunities.
Fish are deep right now, and the spawn will really kick off in about another month from now. For now, slow working live or artificial presentations at deep depths is going to be key.
The Largemouth bite is still on and off, but is finally starting to return to normal post Hurricane Irma. The water levels are slowly but surely receding and the fish are happy for it. Gambler Big EZs and EZ Swimmers have been a big time successful bait for me thrown on top of heavy cover with 65Lb bullbuster braid. For open water situations or along weedlines, I have dropped it down to 40lb Bullbuster braid. For all of my bass fishing applications I use only the Bullbuster green color.
The clown knife bite is still good and consistent up in Lake Ida. I made two trips this month and caught clowns on both occasions. Continuing to work these fish deep at twilight hours is essential. That combination is a simple ticket to success right now when hoping for a clown knife.
Thatâ€™s all for now and thank you for taking the time to stop by and tune in to read whatâ€™s going on in the freshwater of South Florida for the final days of 2017. Hoping 2018 brings in a fantastic new year for everyone with great health, happiness, and most importantly of all, big fish!
Capt. Scott Rose
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