It's (kind of) cold again here in Florida

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January

Floridians get funny when it gets (kind of) cold. I asked Jeff Klinkenberg, the state's best culture writer, who grew up in Miami and has been at the Times for longer than I've been alive, what we might do when we're not dodging iguanas and praying for fruit. Here's what he said:

Sometimes it's a good time to fish for spotted seatrout. They won't be in the shallows where you'd look for them in warmer weather. They're going to be in the deep holes adjacent to the shallows (which we call the "flats"). Drop your bait (something live like shrimp) or a plastic-tailed jig to the bottom. Work it v-e-r-y slow. A few times in the past I hit everything right.

Winter is also the time to fish for sheepshead. They're beginning to school up before the spawn. If you see people bundled up on the bridges clinging to fishing rods that's what they're fishing for. Sheepshead like to eat barnacles from the piles. Barnacles are a good bait, if you can figure out how to put them on your hook, but a lot of oldtimers use fiddler crabs or blood worms.

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