Winter Fishing for Redish, Trout and Sheepshead in Tampa Bay, Florida

Posted by Hamza on November 10th, 2018

Tampa Bay anglers will take pleasure in catching Redfish, Trout and Sheepshead this winter season as Florida is expecting moderate winter season weather through January of 2019.

Sheepshead are always among the most respected targets in winter season, and they will continue to be a leading bet for anglers who desire tasty fillets. They're mainly pan-sized fish 12 to 14 inches long, however, they have a lot of delicate white meat on them, and with a constraint of 15 daily, it's possible to feed a large household a number of times on a day's catch.

Sheepshead are generally found in rocky domestic canals, business harbours and in ICW cuts in winter season. They typically hang near challenging structures where barnacles, mussels and oysters grow given that those are their favorite foods. They use their sheeplike teeth to grind the shellfish off the pilings.

Fresh-cut shrimp in 1-inch pieces is all the bait required for sheepshead, though they also like fiddler crabs, mussels and tubeworms very well, for those who make the effort to capture these baits. All are best fished on a size 1 to 1/0 circle or octopus hook, with just adequate adequate weight to get the bait to the bottom.
Trout and redfish tend to be discovered in deep holes, domestic canals and larger troughs on the flats in winter season, moving further inland if we get a few nights listed below freezing. When the water temperature levels drop significantly a number of these fish will be discovered gathering together near the power plants in Tampa Bay where there is a warm water source for them. In any occasion, this migration happens every winter season.

One approach of finding these fish is to slow troll the canals and much deeper locations of rivers like the Alafia, Manatee and Little Manatee with swimmer-tail quarter-ounce jigs about 4 inches long on trolling motor power. Where you find one trout or red in winter season there may be 50 more, so if you put in the time, you're most likely to ultimately strike it rich.

Fish tend to collect in particular in turning basins at the end of canals, in locations where two canals fulfill, or where a canal has opened a spring circulation undersea. In the rivers, the deep holes that often make up on the outside of a bend can be prime.

While casting jigs or small swimbaits like the 4-inch Tsunami split tail typically finishes the job on winter season trout and reds, there's no question that live shrimp does even far better. Tailhook a whole shrimp on a size 1 or 1/0 circle hook and stroll it slowly along the bottom in the holes, or where there's strong tide circulation merely let the existing moving it. A DOA 3-inch shrimp is a close 2nd to the genuine thing where there's moving water.

All this action is particularly attractive due to the truth that it's very simple fishing, with no distinct casting abilities needed, so it's an outstanding household pursuit.

However, for those who desire a bit more difficulty, wading the flats in winter season can also produce all 3 types considered here. Both redfish and sheepshead "tail" in shallow water, especially when northeast winds integrate with a spring low tide around the new or moon. Virtually the whole east coast of Tampa Bay offers excellent action when these conditions take place, as does the east coast of Sarasota Bay. There are similar chances in the northern bays letting go Charlotte Harbor.

Trout do not tail, however, some big ones do prowl the holes and runouts in the flats in winter season, and they progressively wreck plastic or live shrimp fished unweighted, as well as shallow-running jerk baits like the Mirrodine.

All of this action needs a terrific eye to recognize the fish and remarkable casting capabilities to put the bait near them without alarming them. But for those with a desire for the supreme challenge of the inshore flats, this is it-- and the clear water developed by winter season chill produces the prime-time program to try it.
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