Capt. Fred Everson
3418 West Shell Point Road
Ruskin FL 33570
Go January 13, 2011
Water temperature seems to be locked in at 57 degrees in the bay this month. That makes for slow fishing, but it should creep up the next few days. The forecast is for air temps in the mid 60s with light winds until Saturday, then we get our weekly cold front. It’s supposed to arrive Friday accompanied by strong winds and heavy seas. Until then we will have milder weather and light winds, so Thursday looks like the best day to fish. Friday and Saturday it gets cold and windy with a good chance of thunderstorms. Low’s will be in the 30s and 40s.
I’m going to try the flats between Apollo Beach for redfish and bonnethead sharks ahead of the front. I like to throw half-ounce pompano jigs at the redfish, and squid or shrimp at the sharks. With water being gin clear and cold, I like to make long casts to fish I can see. The trick here is not to cast too close to the fish, because they are very spooky on the low tides of winter. Fishing ahead of the fronts is usually productive.
I heard a couple of reports from power plant anglers in Apollo Beach this week. There were some cobia seen, but nobody I spoke with had put a hook in one. There were also the usual array of jack crevalles, blacktip sharks and ladyfish. I like the blacktips. They are great gamefish in their own right. Heavy wire leaders are required for these sharks because they are toothy. I ran out of wire one day and tried 100-pound monofilament, and they cut through it with ease. Even light wire won’t do.