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Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 61-70 F Water Temp: 61-70 F Clarity: Gin Clear

WOW!!  What a special New Year 2016 has been.  Spotty beautiful weather has led to some interesting fishing days but the true headline for 2016 has to be that the Inshore fishing along the Nature Coast is the best I have ever seen to start a New Year.  Great catches of Speckled Trout, Sheepshead, Black Drum and Huge Redfish are just the start.  With the Nature Coast experiencing warmer than normal temperatures to start the year many anglers are finding great Gag Grouper catch and release action along many of our shallow rocks, wrecks, and reefs as well as good schools of Permit sunning themselves along many of our shallow oyster flats.  All in all it appears that 2016 is going to be one of those Epic fishing years that anglers are not going to want to miss.

Nature Coast Permit are rare to say the least but Permit in general outside of the Caribbean and Central America are the true needle in the haystack fish.  Widely known for their keen eyesight and sense of smell Permit are one of the most challenging fish in the world to target on both spin and fly.  During the winter months ranging from December through early March Permit can be targeted while sight fishing for other species along many of our oyster flats that we have scattered along our coast from Homosassa to Yankeetown.  Targeting areas of current with sharp drop offs are great areas to target and normally once you find one Permit in an area chances are there will be many more along the same flat.  Chumming with small shrimp and crushed crabs is ideal for drawing these challenging fish in closer for fly casters.  Considering that most of these fish are smaller in size compared to their Caribbean counterparts casting bonefish flies like the Bonefish Slider and even Crazy Charlie’s will put anglers in the game.

As unusual as targeting Permit in our shallows seems for this time of year, the true gem of our shallow water fishing will be the large schools of giant Redfish roaming around our flats.  Some of the largest schools of Bull Redfish have inundated our local waters early this year.  Normally the months of August and September are widely known as our big Redfish months but January and February have already yielded a number 12-15lb fish and a true whopper weighing in at close to 18lbs.  As Awesome as our Redfish Action has been, to step up the excitement level a notch we have actually been targeting these fish in gin clear waters less than 8” deep while sight fishing with small live shrimp and crabs.  The key to targeting fish in this shallow water is the presentation.  Long casts with little to no weight is the key.  A 1/0 live bait hook with a 15lb Fluorocarbon leader has been the rig of choice.

With so much great skinny water action it has been an after thought to venture out along our near shore waters as of late.  But as good as the skinnies have been, the fishing that anglers are finding in that 5-7ft of water range has been equally as impressive.  Speckled Trout normally head way offshore or way inshore this time of year.  However, with our water temperatures taking their time to reach that drastic 58 degree mark, Speckled Trout have been found and targeted along some of the deeper grassy areas as well as on many of the same sand flats that are widely known for Pompano and Flounder in the fall.  Its these deeper sandy areas that will hold an abundance of shrimp and bait fishing this time of year due to the fact that sandy areas with limited amounts of current tend to warm faster than areas of deeper water with lots of current.  The beauty of targeting Speckled Trout in clear water with sandy bottom this time of year is that normally you can watch a school of fish fight for your Shrimp, Gulp or fly.  This is truly a rush to watch!!

With some of the best winter fishing that I have ever experienced going on right now I really can’t wait to see what the spring will have in store for us this year.  Could Sharks, Tarpon and Cobia arrive early this year?  Could the Tripletail come in a few months earlier?  I for one cannot wait to see where this great Action takes us as the New Year Progresses.

Capt. Kyle Messier

(352) 634-4002

kylemessier@yahoo.com

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Average: 5 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 61-70 F Water Temp: 61-70 F Clarity: Gin Clear

Happy New Year!!  And boy what a new year it has been.  With the start of our new year featuring record high 80-degree temperatures many of our fishing days in recent weeks felt as if we were fishing in early October instead of January.  And as most visiting anglers have found out the fishing action has been just has hot as the weather.

The early warming trend of the New Year has since gave way to the chills of January which attributes to the great Florida Fishing that the Nature Coast is known for this time of year.  72-degree water is running up and down our river systems and all of our local game fish know exactly where that warm water is located.  That being said most of the best fishing action along the Nature Coast is located in close proximity to our river mouths.  Huge Schools of Redfish, Speckled Trout, Sheepshead, Jack Crevalle, and Snook have inundated our rivers and river mouths in recent weeks.  Targeting all of these species in the same day requires versatile lures, flies and baits and I for one have found that Mirrolure Little Jons, Mirrodines, and Berkley Gulp! Shrimp have been great all round baits for targeting all of these species in the same areas. 

Targeting large areas of structure where strong currents are present will yield the best results.  Oyster bar cuts, rocky points in rivers, and open water shorelines are great places to target the plethora of species that are available at the moment.  The key to fishing this time of year is to find the areas of warmer water.  Warmer water leads to more active fish and active fish feed actively.  Fish that tend to stage in areas of current (i.e. Snook, Reds, and Trout) are fish that feed on a regular basis.  Fish that are found in areas with out current are more apt to feed during opportune times.

In recent weeks the warmer weather that we have been experiencing along the Nature Coast has led to some extremely uncharicteristic catches including large Sharks, Spanish Mackerel, Pompano, Permit, Tripletail and even Gag Grouper.  All of these species are normally targeted and landed during the warmer months of the season.  With so many different species still roaming our local flats and opportunities to target a variety of species our anglers have had a ball targeting the most challenging of species for this time of year.  Big Sharks in Shallow water?  Tripletail along the Coast?  Gag Grouper staging along our shallow rocks, wrecks and reefs?  This great weather has been a catalyst for great fishing!

As great as this weather and fishing has been the best fishing opportunities of the season have went by the wayside due to all of the possible late season options.  Typically this time of year is known for its FANTASTIC Backcountry Redfish Sight Fishing Action and Shallow Water Sheepshead Fishing.  Both of these species are extremely fun to target on light tackle and fly and both of these fish will be readily accessible over the coming months.

So if it’s food, fun, or the experience that you are looking for Florida Fishing Adventures has the options for you.  Sight casting, light tackle Action is our game, but putting anglers on a once in a lifetime experience is makes our name.  Florida Fishing Adventures is here to showcase the Best of the Nature Coast and we will be looking forward to guiding you during the 2016 season!

Capt. Kyle Messier

(352) 634-4002

kylemessier@yahoo.com

WWW.FLORIDAFISHINGADVENTURES.COM

WWW.CRYSTALRIVER-FLYFISHING.COM

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Average: 5 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 71-80 F Water Temp: 71-80 F Clarity: Gin Clear

Every year along the Nature Coast there is one month out of the year that becomes the month to remember.  For the most part every month out of the year leads to a number of great memories while fishing the waters off Crystal River and Homosassa but it has been the recent stretch of weeks dating back to the middle of November until the present that have led to some awe inspiring moments.

The beautiful weather and variety of wildlife that have been taking refuge along the Nature Coast has been truly special this month.  White Pelicans, Bald Eagles and Rosette Spoonbills are just a few of the migratory bird species that we have encountered during our days out on the water.  With so much going on in the air sometimes it has been hard to keep our focus on the water but with late season feeding frenzies happening on our local waters this month, the action above and below the water is something to see.

Diving birds are what most anglers are look for this time of year as they’re a great indication that there are tons of bait and predatory fish nearby.  During the cool down period of December you really never know which predatory fish are swimming by as most if not all local species are feeding like crazy before the winter season (if it ever gets here).  During one week earlier this month while running and gunning from feeding frenzy to feeding frenzy my anglers and I were rewarded with some fast Action while catching Bonita, Spanish Mackerel, Jack Crevalle, and Ladyfish cast after cast.  As Awesome as this was it just so happened that our last feeding frenzy of the day would be the most epic as we ran across a large School of Giant Black Drum in 10ft of water.  Armed with our fly rods and high hopes we ended our day by landing three Monster Black Drum all over 30lbs on Fly!!  Life is Good!

As great s some of our fly fishing Action has been in recent weeks, our backcountry Redfish and near shore Grouper Action throwing Plugs has been the real talk of the town.  Most anglers think that to catch any Grouper at all anglers will need to travel long distances to target these hard fighting fish on heavy tackle.  What if I told you that we not only catch Grouper in close proximity to our backcountry Redfish grounds, but we also catch very LARGE Grouper close to our Redfish grounds?  Targeting both backcountry Redfish and near shore Grouper in the same day are a common occurrence this time of year.  Although our Gag Grouper season commences on December 3rd we still target large Grouper to catch and release using Large TopWater Lures and Casting plugs aimed at dredging the depths of 5-7ft of water.  To say the least if you have never landed a Redfish and Grouper on Topwater lures in the same day you do not know what you’re missing.

With our local weather forecast remaining extremely promising and still plenty of available fish species to target, now is a great time to enjoy the best fishing of the Nature Coast.  Whether it’s a backcountry adventure out of Crystal River or near shore Grouper trip out of Homosassa Florida Fishing Adventures can customize a first class trip for everyone to enjoy.

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Capt. Kyle Messier

(352) 634-4002

kylemessier@yahoo.com

WWW.FLORIDAFISHINGADVENTURES.COM

WWW.CRYSTALRIVER-FLYFISHING.COM

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