Nice weather, great fishing: Thanks to the mild winter, February fishing should improve. When you talk about January and February, we usually are talking about really cold weather and water. This year, the water temperature has never really dipped below 62 and now sits around 64. If this continues, expect phenomenal spring fishing.
Trout improves: The trout bite is hitting full stride again like it was in December. It slowed a bit throughout most of January but really turned back on last week. Deeper holes are holding the biggest numbers. They are schooled up and you can easily catch your limit with live shrimp. If hooking the shrimp in the head is not producing, tail hook them. In the super clear water have at least a 3-foot fluorocarbon liter on. Smaller redfish are all over most docks. Docks that have good tidal flow make good ambush points. Bigger ones are laid up in sand holes on shallow water flats.
New regulations: Don't forget about new regulations and closings going into effect Wednesday. Trout will now be open year round. Redfish bag limit increases to two fish north of Fred Howard Park. Anything south is still one. Grouper will close Wednesday to March 31 on all species in the gulf.
Mike Gore charters out of Tampa Bay. Call him at (813) 390-6600 or visit tampacharters.com.