WONDERLAND on THE FLATS in SOUTH FLORIDA

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Photo Location: Loxahatchee River in Jupiter, FL.

South Florida’s moderate climate does not offer much disparity from the seasons compared to many areas of the country that are in snow and freezing temperatures right now. When Floridians talk about the change of season they are more likely focused on hurricane season, love bugs and manatee or sea turtles seasons. Don’t get us wrong, South Florida does get a few brisk mornings with chilly breezes, but we don’t have to shovel snow, we don’t have to “winterize” our boats and we are able to fish all year round, if you catch my drift!

Snowbirds flock to South Florida for the winter months and fish still enjoy the mild waters and have the need to feed as the changing conditions occur, but even in the coolest months of the year there is plenty of potential to keep you hooked!

The Flats:

Flats fishing can be the best kind of fishing for the entire year, depending on your location. In South Florida, redfish, trout and snook hide in the potholes and deeper depressions on the bottom floor. The flats areas are normally the shallowest, so you must rely on local knowledge and experiences to navigate through the waterways by bay boat or small skiffs. Anglers can also fish on kayaks or stand up paddle boards, and stealthy approaches are a must to tempt game fish.

Due to the full and new moon phases the tides are influenced and with the winds that blow through, it is more than likely to find a real fishing hole. Also, the mullet have already left the areas, so the lethargic fish are more interested in shrimp or small crabs, imitating these with a very slow appearance will be an easy catch. You may even catch a acrobatic Tarpon!

Some local professional fisherman told their secret hot spots are popular in Hobe Sound and Singer Island, Florida, among many other secret nooks and crannies.

Inshore fishing can be so good during the cooler months in South Florida. “If you only remember one thing, remember this. Shallow water game fish will concentrate in areas that provide the greatest thermal resistance and steadiest food supply. All you need to do is find a promising hot spot and you can be sure the fish you seek won’t travel too far from the safety and comfort of their chosen winter retreat.”

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