Friday, December 3, 2021

February Fishing Forecast for the 10,000 Islands

Follow the Fish

Photos by Brandon Acosta


 

If you are planning your next fishing trip to the 10,000 Islands area in February, you will definitely find some great fishing opportunities awaiting you. February has weather similar to what we often see during January.  

The temperature in February is often between the mid 60s and upper 70s. The water temperature averages approximately 65 degrees. 

During this time, you can find pompano and speckled sea trout. Try fishing in the grassy and sandy areas if these are the fish on your list. If so, use a bucktail jig tipped with small piece of shrimp for greater success.  

For speckled sea trout, try shallow water fishing. Trout are considered a targeted fish in February and love to hang out in the shallow water grass flat areas. You can also find Spanish mackerel, jacks, bluefish, ladyfish, and sharks in the flats. You want to use a 15-pound braided line for any of these fish types and two feet of 20 to a 30-pound fluorocarbon leader. 

If you would rather fish in the backwater areas and the bays, you can find a good number of redfish, black drum, snook, and mangrove snapper swimming about. A bucktail tipped with a shrimp works great for all the above mentioned species as well

 



 

The shrimp, for example, will be much larger. However, this also means that you can cut the larger shrimp in half and take advantage of the extra bait! 

Need more of a challenge? Then go for the redfish. Check shallow water areas. They are sure to put up a fight and make your next February fishing trip much more challenging.  

Keep in mind that February in the 10,000 Islands is also one of the busier months of the year because of the mild and more comfortable temperatures we experience. If you want to take advantage and come for a visit and some great fishing opportunities, consider an educational fishing charter.  

We can get you and your family out to see the area while also filling you in on some valuable knowledge pertaining to tackle, bait, and the best areas for the greatest fishing success. This will set you up for even more success when you choose to go out later on your own.  

So, what are you waiting for? Plan your next fishing expedition in the 10,000 Islands today.  

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, FL. We can be reached at www.captainrapps.com or shoot us an email at captainrappsatyahoo.com or 239-571-1756. 

 


 

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