Cold weather: Strong winds and cold temperatures change species' eating habits. Venturing out between cold fronts is key for inshore and offshore species. We call this "fishing on the back side of a front." Once high pressure settles in, it takes about 48 hours to get back to normal. When the wind blows out of the northwest, stay home. Out of the northeast, opportunity opens.
Another tip: Don't rush to use equipment that was a holiday gift. Let things warm up. Maybe start at 9 or 10 a.m. The days are short, so picking the highest sunlight angles increases your catch.
Dave Mistretta captains the Jaws Too out of Indian Rocks Beach. Call (727) 439-2628 or visit jawstoo.com.