February 2016 has been one of the most challenging months to fish I can remember in a very long time. Extreme weather conditions accompanied by the heaviest rainfall totals ever recorded in February has let to a double whammy of red tide and extreme water releases from Lake Okeechobee.
Water temperatures have ranged from 57 degree’s to about 70 briefly on a few days and at this writing, 68 degrees. Cool nights are keeping the temps from crawling up into the low 70’s. Despite the conditions and freshwater, snook have turned on markedly in the last week. A few tarpon in showing up in the mouth of the river. I fish Tarpon Bay with Tarpon Bay Explorers during the weekend’s where catches of trout have been steady, with some over 21″ers showing up. Soft Plastics and shrimp on a popping cork are go to baits. The soft plastics are great for covering large areas and pinpointing the schools.
Contact Capt Paul Primeaux to book your trip. Book early for Tarpon Season!