Monday, October 19, 2020

Fishing Forecast for February 2018

FOLLOW THE FISH


PJ and Cody with some nice pompano. Photos by Capt. Pete Rapps

PJ and Cody with some nice pompano. Photos by Capt. Pete Rapps

If you find yourself in the 10,000 Islands region of Florida during the month of February, then you are in for a big treat and some great fishing. But as with anything in life, it is always better to prepare and know what you may experience.

February is met with similar temperatures to what we experienced in January, when it comes to the overall temperature of the air and the water. There may also be a reduced occurrence of the cold fronts we experienced in January, which means the temperature could reach anywhere from the high 50’s to the mid and upper 70’s with the water temperatures hovering around the 60-degree mark.

The Delcharco boys with their catch on a Capt. Rapps charter.

The Delcharco boys with their catch on a Capt. Rapps charter.

Pompano and speckled sea trout are boasting of their presence in the grassy and sandy areas of the 10,000 Islands area during the month of February, which means they may be a fruitful catch for you. For these fish, it is recommended that you use a bucktail type jig and the more glitter, the better.

During February, on the same flats you will also find an abundance of Spanish mackerel, jacks, bluefish, ladyfish, sharks and more. For these fish, it is recommended that you utilize light casting gear with a 10-pound test line and two feet of 20-pound fluorocarbon leader.

The Gerard group with a mixed bag of fish.

The Gerard group with a mixed bag of fish.

If you prefer fishing in the backwater bays and rivers in this area, then you can also find redfish, black drum, snook, and mangrove snapper.

You typically will see an increase in the size of the bait shrimp during February. They are going to be a bit bigger than what you would typically see in the warmer months throughout the year. The larger shrimp means you can easily cut them in half to increase your bait and get more for your money in the process; so, make sure to take advantage! The large shrimp are especially helpful when you are looking to reel in sheepshead and snapper.

 

 

February is one of our busiest months because it is a very comfortable and mild month here in the 10,000 Islands. 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.

Captain Rapps’ Charters & Guides offers expert guided, light tackle, near shore, and backwater fishing trips in the 10,000 Islands of the Everglades National Park, and tarpon-only charters in the Florida Keys. Capt. Rapps’ top-notch team accommodates men, women and children of all ages, experienced or not, and those with special needs. Between their vast knowledge and experience of the area, and easygoing demeanors, you are guaranteed to have a great day. Book your charter 24/7 using the online booking calendar, see Capt. Rapps’ first class web site at www.CaptainRapps.com, or call 239-571-1756.

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