Fishing inshore this month we can expect lots of sheepshead, snook, redfish, black drum, triple tail, jacks, & snapper. Fishing shrimp will work best on the bottom for a variety of species. Live lining mullet or pilchards will be your best bet for larger snook, jacks, redfish, & seatrout. Pompano are being caught on jigs drifting along long sandy flats near local inlets an bays. Sight fishing tripletail is always fun during winter months, casting live shrimp is a sure fire way to coax a hungry tripletail into a strike near the surface.
Nearshore fishing remains strong for Spanish mackerel, bluefish, pompano, cobia, & snapper. Fishing close to the beach will be your best bet for pompano, Spanish mackerel, & bluefish. casting jigs and shiny lures with a fast retrieve will yield lots of bites from macks and blues. Slow down your retrieve an work a smaller jig closer to the bottom for more pompano and snapper bites. Cobia fishing will be better slightly further out around nearshore artificial wrecks, work larger jigs down 20-30′ for desired results. Snapper fishing will be good around these wrecks as well. Smaller cut bait works wonders for lane snapper & mutton snapper this time of year.
Offshore fishing remains strong in between fronts for migrating sailfish which is to be expected this time of year. Nice mahis and bigger blackfin tunas are mixed in as well when trolling for sailfish in depths of 90′ or greater. Live bait fishing is also an excellent way to target pelagics by either kite fishing or slow trolling live baits behind mylar dredges. Bottom fishing is good on 6 or 8 mile reef. Lots of larger lane snappers & sea bass will be invading the reef in coming weeks. Chicken rigs on the bottom will yield bites from a variety of species.