Winter (December, January & early
A Snowbirds delight. Cool days are
in the upper sixties (day time highs average mid 70’s) and night time lows rarely
reach the fifties. Cloudless skies and north winds are the norm.
The fishing most days does not revolve around the “glamour” species.
Think lots of shots, lots of fish and plenty of fun.
these months, the cold fronts that push their way through the
Keys often provide
numerous opportunities to
catch barracuda and jacks. Permit are also generally active
especially during the warm-up following cold fronts. A couple
of warm, calm
days can certainly bring large tarpon into backcountry basins
where they will “lay up” soaking up the rays
of the sun. Bonefish provide action on warm days. Cobia are
occasional target as they follow stingrays and sharks onto
Everglades: This can be
a great time to fish the waters of Florida Bay. Redfish and
Snook are often active except on the
very coldest of days. The Bay can also produce some very good
early season tarpon fishing.
The Spring (Mid
February, March & April)
Blue skies, warming water and hungry
fish. Some years it’s
warmer and others a bit cool, but the fish always feel the change.
Everything seems to come alive – it’s spring.
Keys: This is often a wonderful
time to fish the Keys as cold fronts began to loose their severity.
The permit fishing is at
its peak, until the fish move offshore to spawn in the first
half of April. This can also be some of the best tarpon fishing
of the year, especially for truly large resident fish many
larger than 100lbs. Bonefish are also a target, although they
take a back seat to the permit and tarpon.
Everglades: Redfish and
snook are excellent targets in Florida Bay. Tarpon also make
a strong showing during this time of the
year as the weather moderates and spring takes hold. Some
of the earliest tarpon will make their appearance here in some
the many secluded basins.
The Early Summer
(May & June)
The best time of the year, period. Great weather, great skies
and hordes of fish. What more needs to be said.
are the primary focus. May and June are the peak of the one
of the greatest
in nature – the tarpon
migration. Permit also begin to make their way
back onto the flats, particularly during the
month of June.
Everglades: As in the
Keys, tarpon are the primary focus. Calm days seem to produce
the best fishing. Redfish are also
a target if the tarpon are scarce.
The Rest of the
Summer (July, August & early
Who doesn’t love summer? It is hard not to feel like school
just ended this time of the year. The crowds of May and June
have disappeared. The weather is hot and humid, the winds are
light and the fishing is easy. It’s hard not to feel like
a kid again.
- Keys: There are still quite a few large tarpon laid-up and the
baby tarpon fishing is nothing
short of outstanding, often
found rolling on the edges of basins on early,
calm mornings and swimming mangrove shorelines during the day.
reaches its peak at this time of the year. The
permit fishing is also fantastic. In our opinion, this and
times to fish the Keys – fewer anglers and superb fishing.
- Everglades: Like
the Lower Keys, the tarpon fishing is outstanding. Numerous
small fish and
occasional giants in excess of 120lbs
are possible. Snook can be caught on the flats
and Gulf beaches. Redfish are active on the flats throughout
day. The calm
conditions also make trips from the Keys to the ‘Glades
Fall (Mid September, October & November)
Yes, we have a fall here too. High
pressure systems build, skies clear and the water begins to
cool. With the exception of tropical
events (fingers crossed) you can’t go wrong. Some of the
best permit fishing and none of the crowds.
- Keys: The tarpon fishing, especially
for babies (less than 30lbs), is still consistent unless
early cold fronts slow the
action. Permit, as well as bonefishing, remains
strong. The cooler water often encourages the bonefish
to tail any
time during the
day. The permit also respond to the change of seasons,
sometimes feeding aggressively as they move across the flats.
- Everglades: Tarpon are still a common target, as well as redfish. Snook
fishing in Florida Bay improves as the waters begin to
cool and can still be found cruising Gulf Beaches.
Triple Tail can also be found hanging around the numerous
crab and lobster
trap buoys found around the perimeter of the Park.
If you noticed that every season seems to offer great fishing,
you are right. Good weather means good fishing, no matter what
the calendar says.