FEBRUARY FISHING FORECAST 2014
February will be much like January for the how and when to fish. A few exceptions to
species is late in the month there could be a few spanish and people will be preparing to
catch cobia which start in March. I do not know of anyone actually catching a cobia in
February even though the full pull did have a chance at one they spotted on February
27th several years ago when we have a very mild winter.
Fishing in winter months especially January can be very weather dependent, look to fish
on the days just before a weather front comes in. Lets say we are supposed to have a
rain event on a Thursday and cold temps rolling in Thursday night after the rain. In that
scenario tuesday and Wednesday should have the warmer temps and a southerly flow
of wind making them the better fishing days. Normally those days leading up to the
passage of a front have warmer moist temps with a south to southeast wind. This is
especially true for surf fishing and bay fishing. If I was looking to go bottom fishing for
Amberkack and Mingo Snapper normally the days after a front seem to be better
because od sea conditions. In our earlier scenario of w weather front on a Thursday
most likely Friday would be very windy and rough but starting on Saturday the winds
would start to diminish and Saturday, Sunday and Monday should in most cases be cool
but have relatively calm sea conditions making for some nice days to get offshore and
find some bottom fish
Throw jigs, sand fleas or shrimp from the jetties or pier. Bottom fish with sand fleas,
shrimp or fiddler crabs from the surf.
Bottom fish the pier or surf with small hooks and fresh peeled shrimp in the shallows.
Fish the pier, harbor and bay with grubs, Berkerly gulp and live bull minnows. For boat
fishing in the fall use bull minnows or live shrimp fished on the lee side or reefs or
wrecks, around the sea bouy and just outside the pass.
Use live shrimp under a popping cork drifted across the flats.
Try a live shrimp free lined with just a split shot around boat docks.
Cast Yozuri Crystal minnows, Crystal Shrimp or live Target Pinfhish and Mullet lures on
flats, deep water docks and mouth of bayous. Berkeley Gulp work as a good sub for live
Bottom fish with shrimp, Berkeley Gulp, or grubs around bridges, bayous and harbor.
Fish live shrimp, fiddler crabs and oysters on a fish finder rig around bridge pilings,
jetties, pier and docks.
Use live shrimp or menhaden to bottom fish around bridges, jetties, bayous and docks.
Cast hard baits, grubs and Berkeley Gulps in the harbor, bayous around docks and
flats. Also jig 2oz spoons in the pass and around the Destin and Midbay bridge.
Vermillion Snapper (aka Mingo Snapper )
Use a 2 hook bottom rig with small circle hooks about the size of a nickel and one
ounce of lead for every 10 feet of water. Fish reefs, wrecks and natural bottom with cut
squid, cut northern mackerel or fish bites.
For you rig us a circle hook about the size of a half dollar on a 5ft 80lb leader and a egg
lead one ounce for every 10ft of water. Fish reefs, wrecks and natural bottom mostly in
water 125 to 400ft depths. Best spots are on the southwest edge or just beyond. As for
bait live and frozen cigar minnows, herring, threadfin herring, northern mackerel and
hardtails. Butterfly jigs are a great option.
bait live and frozen cigar minnows, herring, threadfin herring, and northern mackerel.
Butterfly jigs are a great option.
Troll small Islanders and Soft heads with or without ballyhoo, Zuker feathers, cedar
plugs and Yozuri plugs. Fish the spur, squiggles, steps and rigs. Jigging with butterfly
jigs works good around rigs and chunking at night while chumming on the spur also
does good. Fishing the rigs will be the most productive during the winter months.
You can catch them from the surf or boat, using a 5ft or longer steel leader with a large
circle hook. The best baits are northern mackerel, cut ladyfish, bonita chunks or
This Fishing Report was submitted on 1/13/2014 5:30:27 PM by Seamus.
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