Get The Timing Right
Timing can be everything for us when fishing the shallow waters and your typical early morning summer bite is not the best choice until the warmth returns. Many times, in the cooler months we wont even start until 9am with the best fishing reserved for the noonish till dark hours. This gives the water a chance to warm under the sun and the fish to become a bit more active. Keeping in mind that many fish will hide in deeper waters over the cool nights and head to the shallows as they warm up. Look to fish in areas with a mix of deeper holes or canals with shallow water adjacent and add in some mud bottom for good measure. These few things will hopefully up your chances even when the cold and wind beat you down a bit.
One thing you may have noticed is a complete lack of talk about beach launching and near-coastal kayak fishing in this month and the next few. There is a very solid reason for that and it is why I don’t book those types of trips until the April/May timeframe. Of course, you could get a lucky day and maybe pluck a tripletail off the Canaveral Buoy line or even have a blast with some beach blues or Spanish Macks on those rare launchable days. However, those dreams of man size tarpon, big kings, or a swing at some cobia are just that, dreams.
It’s Never Too Early for Prepping
Preparation is the key to success when you’re dealing with large fish and small plastic boats. That preparation should start months before the season and not the night before. Take these “off” months to get ready for the coming flat seas, prevalent bait, and happy predators. Fresh line, reel maintenance, and kayak prep will all pay in spades when the time comes to do battle. Be sure to also check your safety gear, especially the Co2 charge for those inflatable life jackets.