February will look to heat up just a touch, as we prepare for a sweet transition into “spring time fishing” and with that, more favorable weather and fishing patterns. Spring is hands down my favorite stretch of months with the most incredible fishing opportunities in Florida, thanks to the great weather and aside from the tropical showers.
From February-May we are blessed with an unbelievably active fishery here in Tampa Bay. Spring offers monster snook coming out of hiding and making their way into the passes and beaches getting ready to spawn with the new and full moons beginning in April. These months also offer a continuingly solid redfish bite, as they remain schooled up and moving across the flats.
Cobia will be making appearances around the buoys and power plant as bait becomes bountiful again with the water temp warming and a new hatch of bait flooding in from January through September. The tides also stabilize between the negative lows of winter and the flood tides of summer leading up to and after the summer solstice.
You can easily spend an entire day this time of year inshore, fishing snook in the passes and redfish in the mangroves. But don’t forget you can also make an amazing day out of checking green and red buoys for cobia while on your way to soak blue crabs at the bridges for schools of the massive black drum that are infiltrating Tampa Bay.
Before we know it tarpon will be here to kick off summer, but for now enjoy the awesome mixed varieties of fish that this spring weather brings.