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  1. It has been a “Florida winter” so far as of early 2019, plenty of chilly nights in the 40’s with a few down to the upper 30’s, throw in several days from 75’ to 80’ and it’s a nice cool to mild winter pattern. Water temperatures have ranged from mid 50’s after the chilly spells and up to the mid 60’s after a few warmer days. Clear water is the normal in winter, more clear when cold, cloudy up just a little with warmer temps, schooling fish is the winter pattern, Seatrout schools are common along the drop offs and sloughs in the backcountry and lagoon, a paddle tail jig or live shrimp are a sure thing hook up on the schooling trout. Find the right spot in winter and the fish are bunched up together, not unusual to catch Trout, Reds, and Snook in the same spot, Black Drum and Sheepshead can be there too. On a sunny day schooling Redfish go shallow for a little sun warmed water, slow and stealthy is the way to get close enough for a cast to reach them with a live shrimp or small soft plastic lure, Seatrout can be right in there with the Reds on a winter flat, here I am with a nice winter Seatrout off a 2 feet deep flat with an artificial lure…………………… Young Adam from Ohio caught a few Black Drum on a mixed bag variety trip with lots of other species caught also…………………… Lots of Pompano have been in the waters here in the intracoastal waterway as well as their usual haunts of the ocean surf line, Matt from North Carolina with a nice one he caught out with me recently………………. Black Drum are one of our main target fish in the backcountry and usually catch a few or more most trips among the variety of all the different species we regularly catch, Dan from California with another average size Drum………………. Our Snook population has been coming back again after a winter freeze a year ago which lowered the local numbers with some Snook not able to survive very cold water temps, we are regularly catching a few on most trips into the backwaters, Bob from Orlando with a fun size linesider from a recent trip…………………. Longtime regular local client Patty with one of the Black Drum she landed out again recently ……………….. Fun Friendly Light Tackle Fishing Adventures Closest Saltwater Fishing to Orlando at New Smyrna Beach Calm Water Indian River Backcountry CHILDREN ALWAYS WELCOME – FAIR PRICES CALL OR TEXT ME ANYTIME 386-689-3781 https://EdgewaterRiverGuide.com/orlando-fishing-guide Capt. Michael Savedow Edgewater River Guide, Inc. Since 2003 386-689-3781 https://EdgewaterRiverGuide.com/orlando-fishing-guide
  2. Enjoying the start of winter now December 2018, water has cleared with the dropping temperatures which are in the low 60’s F on the channels and as low as the mid 50’s F on the flats on cold mornings. Cold water fish like Sheepshead and Bluefish are starting to come to the boat, our year round fish still biting too, Seatrout are schooling in the holes and channels, catching them on shrimp and deep running artificial lures, Redfish are getting into winter schools, on the flats they come during the day for sunshine to warm them, more on the edges and drop offs on cloudy days, Snook still bite too in chilly water, the smaller ones also school up on drop offs in winter, Black Drum are widespread through the backcountry in holes and deeper channels edges. Was a great late fall season before the chill arrived recently, sending many sub tropical species south for the winter, we had lots of schooling Jack Crevalle with surface attack action, always have the chance of surprise big fish hookups in the backcountry, first time client Chris from Orlando had one of these encounters with me in the back waters and an epic battle and CPR, catch, photo, release on a 42” Redfish, estimated 25 plus lbs in weight………………. Had the pleasure of multiple trips recently with Joe from Seattle and many of his family and friends who were here also during their Florida stay, on their trips we caught lots of all the usual variety of fish, on one of the trips, young Kaylee was along and had the good luck on many fish, one of the favorites being a fun size Shovelnose Hammerhead Shark which came aboard for a quick photo before release…………… ……….Kaylee also with one of the Trout from this trip………………. Lots of my charters happen when locals have family visit from out of town, such the case which brought Fred from Ormond Beach and his crew catching a “slam” with Trout, Redfish and Snook along with others of the mixed bag of species…………….. Longtime regular Bonnie and her husband from Iowa were out again this fall on a fun trip with lots of fish including a few good Black Drum……………….. Winter is Sheepshead time, in cold water we catch them every trip out, usually good numbers of smaller ones, but there are always a few bigger ones lurking in the back waters, Brian with a good one……………. Jack Crevalle are mostly southbound to escape the winter’s cold water, we had many great fall battles with them before they left, lots of sight fishing surface striking schools of 5 lb’ers, white water attacking baitfish, cast into the action for instant and multiple hookups, Phil from Colorado had fun with this one……………... FUN FRIENDLY LIGHT TACKLE FISHING ADVENTURES Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon Backcountry and Flats Fishing CHILDREN ALWAYS WELCOME – FAIR PRICES Near Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach, and Orlando, East Central Florida CALL OR TEXT ME ANYTIME 386-689-3781 See my website https://EdgewaterRiverGuide.com Capt. Michael Savedow Edgewater River Guide, Inc. Since 2003 386-689-3781 https://EdgewaterRiverGuide.com
  3. We have had our first cool fronts of the season lowering the water temperatures to the low 70’s, north winds play a big part in the water temps dropping early in the season as cooler water from further north is pushed down Florida's coast. Fishing patterns change as the water gets colder, less baitfish in the water as most goes south for the winter, local Lagoon game fish begin to school up, including Redfish, Trout and Black Drum, some of these schools we find in shallow water on sunny days as the skinny water warms a little, others are bunched up in holes and off the edge of drop offs and channels. Winter fish Sheepshead and Bluefish become more numerous as the water gets colder giving us some different fish to catch in the cool months. The subtropical inshore game fish Tarpon, Jack Crevalle and Ladyfish have mostly already moved south, still catching a few but noticeably less the last couple weeks, when we have had big schools of Jacks about 5 lbs surface striking with white water crashes on baitfish making for great sight fishing cast lures or bait and instant hook ups. A few large Redfish make their way in to Lagoon Backcountry after spawning at the inlet near the ocean in the fall, Brian from California caught one with me last week at 38” a great battle on my fun light tackle used in the back waters…………….. Repeat clients Pam and Candy from Indiana were out again on a variety mixed bag trip, catching Mangrove Snapper, Pompano, and more, Candy with a nice Spotted Seatrout…………… ………..and Pam with a good size hard fighting Jack Crevalle………………… New clients from Georgia had a great time on a trip recently catching several Black Drum, Pompano and others, mom Leah with a nice Drum…………….. Shawn from Orlando had fun with some of those 5 lb. Jack Cevalle which are great drag pullers on light spinning tackle……………….. Tony from Iowa also caught good Jacks on artificial lures along with the other usual backcountry mixed bag variety species we catch on most every trip here……………….. Fun Friendly Light Tackle Fishing Adventures Closest Saltwater Fishing to Orlando at New Smyrna Beach Calm Water Indian River Backcountry CHILDREN ALWAYS WELCOME – FAIR PRICES CALL OR TEXT ME ANYTIME 386-689-3781 https://EdgewaterRiverGuide.com/orlando-fishing-guide Capt. Michael Savedow Edgewater River Guide, Inc. Since 2003 386-689-3781 https://EdgewaterRiverGuide.com/orlando-fishing-guide
  4. We are already getting east breezes off the ocean early in Autumn 2018, this starts the process of clearing the water in the Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon Backcountry after a long Florida summer with the usual cloudy warm water. Easterly winds push in more clear ocean water at nearby Ponce Inlet on each incoming tide which filters through the intracoastal waterway resulting in clearing water through the fall. The fall mullet and baitfish run is going strong this year with a flood of finger mullet schools moving south through the area with game fish in tow feeding on the bait fish, schools of good size Jack Crevalle, Bluefish, Ladyfish and Spanish Mackerel to name some, also Tarpon of varying sizes from 10 to 20 lb. teenagers up to 50 plus lb. adults are also in with the baitfish schools. The Jacks and Blues frequently are surface attacking mullet in the morning as they push mullet up to the surface and strike in white water splashes making for great sight catching, a bait or lure cast in the action is usually a sure thing, multiple hook ups are common with these schooling Jack attacks, Wayne from Ohio caught some this way, lots of fun on light tackle………………….. Black Drum have been a regular catch here all year in the backcountry, catching them on shrimp, sizes from pretty little ones of 1 lb. up to nice drag pulling 5 lb. fish which are a good battle on my light tackle outfits, Timothy from Georgia with a nice one……………….. Seatrout are also a year round, almost every trip target species, they school up more in the cool months and are more scattered in the warm months, we catch smaller school size specks on shrimp and small lures, larger ones usually on live bait fish and larger lures, Stephanie from Orlando with a nice Mosquito Lagoon Trout…………. My backcountry variety mixed bag catching trips always have lots of different species, it makes it interesting never knowing what will bite next, on a recent fun trip with a family from Atlanta, Katie caught and released a nice Redfish………….. ………..and her brother Cray with a fun Jack Crevalle which was surface attacking with it’s school first thing in the morning on our trip………………… Had a group of guys from South Dakota recently, they had a blast catching all the different fish, Riley got the highlight of the trip with his Shovelnose Hammerhead Shark………………. This has been the summer of Pompano here in the back waters as we have been catching them all year, not the norm for here, they usually move north for cooler water in summer most years, has has been a nice addition to this summers species list, Isabel from Orlando with a nice one……………….. Fun Friendly Light Tackle Fishing Adventures Closest Saltwater Fishing to Orlando at New Smyrna Beach Calm Water Indian River Backcountry CHILDREN ALWAYS WELCOME – FAIR PRICES CALL OR TEXT ME ANYTIME 386-689-3781 https://EdgewaterRiverGuide.com/orlando-fishing-guide Capt. Michael Savedow Edgewater River Guide, Inc. Since 2003 386-689-3781 https://EdgewaterRiverGuide.com/orlando-fishing-guide
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