January is a popular time of the year in the 10,000 Islands and pretty much everywhere else in Florida because winter fishery is in full swing and there is an incredible variety of fish available for the picking. The weather is mostly comfortable and mild which makes it the perfect time to get out and go fishing.
Although January can sometimes be considered one of our colder months, it still makes for some great fishing. The temperatures can rise to the mid-seventies, and the warm sun on the cool water is great for both the fish and angler!
If you are looking for speckled sea trout on the flats this month, then you are in luck. You can keep four of these fish per person as long as they range between fifteen and twenty inches in length. One of the four can be over twenty inches. Since these rules often change, you will want to check the current regulations by visiting www.myfwc.com.
The trout can be found in the shallow flats area, and it is here that you will also find bluefish, ladyfish, jacks, Spanish mackerel, and even a few pompanos. DOA jerk baits and shrimp are ideal for these fish. But bucktail jigs tipped with shrimp are also good.
Sheepshead and redfish are also plentiful this time of year, and you can typically find them swimming around the oyster bars. To catch these fish, you will want to use more of a natural kind of bait. Shrimp and fiddler crabs are two excellent choices when fishing for this variety of fish. They may also even be attracted to sand flies.
These fish are much more active when the tide is coming in, so that is when you should plan to head out. It can be a really exciting experience fishing while they are so active!
As always in January, you can also catch and release some snook, catch some speckled sea trout for your dinner, or just enjoy a nice relaxing fishing day out on the water. You will find that there are plenty of opportune times for you to take advantage of the heavy population of fish and you will also learn a lot more about fishing in the 10,000 Islands area that you can use on your next fishing trip.
Hope your New Year gets off to a great start with some quality time out on the water!
Keep in mind that if you are interested in learning more about fishing in our area, it’s best to hire a professional guide before going out on your own to gain local knowledge of tackle, baits, areas to fish, local regulations, and more. Send us an email or give us a call to schedule an “on the water” educational fishing charter. Our specialty is getting families out for an enjoyable and memorable day in the shallow and calm waters here in the 10,000 Islands and the Everglades National Park, Florida. We can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 239-571-1756.
Captain Brandon has been fishing the 10,000 Islands and Everglades National Park as a full time guide for the last 11 years. He grew up fishing these waters and has never left them. He has since been joined by his two sons, who now guide with him. He and his wife opened Everglades Bait and Tackle back in 2012 so his whole family has fishing in their blood.