Tips: February is a tough month; the fish seem to move in and out from winter to spring patterns. The trick is to catch them as they transition back and forth and try to fish the days preceding the fronts. Days with southerly winds and overcast skies are the best.
Targets: Redfish, trout and sheepshead are easy targets during peak tidal movement the day before a front. Offerings varying from live shrimp to soft plastics are sure-fire baits. After the front passes the blue skies and UV rays are intense for anglers and fish. My choice under these conditions is usually redfish. They tend to be the least affected by high pressure. Deep water reds seem to be the most willing targets. Live bait reigns supreme on these days.
Tim Whitfield can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (813) 714-0889.