Inshore fishing should stay pretty good for the month of February, especially for sight fishing for redfish on the shallow flats and creeks. I like the last three hours of outgoing and the first three of incoming tides. Try smaller baits like shrimp and jigs with 15-20lb fluorocarbon leader and be very quiet when you target these fish! For black drum I would fish docks, bridges, deep creek holes and the inlet with live shrimp, fiddler crabs or clams. Flounder bite should stay pretty good this month, try fishing the creek holes and the mouth of the creek. Use 1/8 oz jig head with a live mullet or mud minnow and drag across the bottom.
Surf & Inlet:
Use shrimp, fiddler crabs and clams for black drum and live or dead mullet for redfish. Pompano, sheepshead, trout and bluefish can also be targeted with pompano rigs, spoons and
gotcha plugs. Use a knocker rig with live mullet or mud minnow for flounder. Make sure you have enough weight to keep the bait at the bottom.
The wahoo and sailfish bite should be good at the ledge. If the weather allows it, high speed troll your favorite lures with darker color patterns for these fish or a rigged ballyhoo. For bottom anglers, the trigger fish bite could be good with occasional cobia on the reefs and wrecks.
Note: Snook Season
Snook Season opens February 1st. Slot is not less 28” or more than 32” total length Daily bag limit is 1 per harvester per day; zero captain and crew for- hire limit.
Tight Lines and be safe out there!
Captain Tim Jarvis