I hope you and your family had a great holiday and that you are havin’ a very Happy New Year. Also I might mention that there was snow in Florida along with freezing temperatures here in Central Florida. Are you kiddin’ me? It’s been a long time since it snowed in Florida.
Anyway, it’s cold so I have no conceivable idea if the fishin’ is gonna be good or not. The cold front that came into town may affect the fishin’ but it will cool the water temperatures in all the lakes. The cooler weather will definitely help the speck fishin’.
I’m gonna share with you what was goin’ on with the fishin’ before the cold front, but all bets are off until after this cold snap has ended. I did hear that the shad are movin’ into the St. Johns River and they are catchin’ some trollin’ with a shad-rig. A shad-rig is a spoon with a buck-tail jig tied on the back. You can also try fishin’ a small lipless crankbait, Road Runners, or small swim-baits.
I don’t know if the wind will let you get on Lake Monroe or Lake Woodruff but these two lakes will produce some nice stringers of specks. You need to drift open water with jigs tipped with a minner, if the wind isn’t too bad. Just be careful when you are on the lakes.
The bass fishin’ will be kinda slow durin’ the cold snap, but afterward it should pick back up. The best thing to do is get some shiners and cover a lot of water.
One of my co-workers went bass fishin’ on John’s Lake. They caught only five bass up to 3 lbs. each. With the weather bein’ as bad as it was, that wasn’t too bad of a trip.
I wish I could give y’all more information on some of the lakes but the weather in Florida will dictate how the fishin’ is gonna be. All that said, if you want to go fishin’, go fishin’. Just don’t take any chances if the wind gets up. There will always be another day to go fishin’. Again, Happy New Year, and I’ll see ya next week.
Tip of the week: stay warm.
Save a few and good luck!