By now everyone’s heard about the huge “fish kill” the recent record cold weather has left us with.
Although the short term saltwater forecast for our region looks pretty grim, I have no doubt that in the future fishing in the Gulf of Mexico will be as good as it ever was. It may take awhile, but everything happens for a reason, and I believe it’s all just a part of the “master plan”.
Meanwhile we need to adapt to these adverse conditions. Best bet for the near future is to target Redfish or Trout in the skinny water. Recently I had a report of a huge school of Reds near “Eleven Prong” in about 12” of water.
Unfortunately, they would not bite.
Areas like these are going to be the place to be, but your gonna need an airboat or kayak to get there.
Several of my saltwater clients are now going Bass fishing. That’s one way of adapting and fortunately the Bass have been on.
Trout season re-opened on March 1, and hopefully the weather will turn around. The first day of spring is just around the corner.
Remember, God Loves A Fisherman
This Yankee Town, Florida Fishing Report is from Yankeetown Florida Fishing Guide Captain Nick
Salt Water Fishing Report
for Crystal River, Yankeetown, Cedar key and Levy County- 12/23/08
Fished the “Progress Energy” Hot water Discharge Canal last week. Had several reports of good numbers of large Spotted Sea Trout, as well as Snook and Cobia being caught there, so I thought I’d give it a try.
Got a late start, then had to make our way through the spoil islands and skinny water in fairly heavy fog.
Finally made it over there about 10 A.M., just in time to catch the bottom of the falling tide. Typically, the best tide to fish in this area, especially for Redfish, is just before, and after the high tide…Oh well, shut-up and fish…………
Didn’t set any records, but the fish we caught were nice. Large Spotted Sea Trout, Black Drum, and Redfish, along with several Jack Cravelle’s. Not bad considering the tide.
Also, good numbers of Gag Grouper are being caught off the Citrus and Levy county coasts fairly close in.
Now is the best time of year to target them.
Speaking of “time”…
We only have a few weeks left until the new Gag Grouper reg.’s …
As of Jan. 1/09, a 2 fish limit on Gag Grouper goes into effect as well as several other regulation changes.
February 1 thru March 31 the season is closed…Don’t forget to update your “Law Sticks”…
Hope everyone has a Very Merry Christmas..
This Crystal River, Yankeetown & Levy County Fishing Report is from Yankeetown Fishing Guide Captain Nick of Slick Charters.