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Fishing is Hot! Weather is Not!

Weather permitting, the fishing has been fantastic here in Northeast Florida. “Weather Permitting” being the key words. For the last month the weather has been downright miserable; rain, excessive winds, cold, or a combination of all three. If you get a window to fish it is never much more than 36 hours and sometimes far less.

When the fishing is doable though it has been fantastic. I have been on as consistant a trout bite as you can get anywhere. They haven’t been big but they are consistantly 16 – 19 inches with a few bigger and a few smaller thrown in. These trout are all extremely healthy too, with most being fatter than their brethen from other areas.

The redfish bite is nothing short of stellar with multiple trips recently catching 8 to 10 redfish all in the upper slot range and some over. The reds though know about as much of what is going on with the weather as the local weathermen so they don’t react well sometimes to the consistent changes.

There are your typical late winter early spring runs of fish happening all over also. With Blackdrum, big ones to 90 pounds, cruising our area waters ready to be had, especially around full and new moons. You need a stout Overboard rod and the patience to jig a quartered crab slowly with the current in your yak and they will come. Also around are sheepshead, and all the 1-3 pound bluefish anyone could ever want to catch.

We have also had an incredible triple tail bite this year. For those of you that don’t know, triple tail are top 5 eating fish in the sea if not the best. they will be followed very shortly by the Cobia, thick center cut porkchops of the sea, moving in closer to the shore for our residents coupled with the migration north from the transients.

With tarpon not far behind and redfish getting more and more agressive with each rising degree of water temp. The weather may be sucking but the fishing is hot and only gonna get better in the next two months.To book a trip give us a shoot at nativeangler3@gmail.com or phone at 904-556-0049, and go check out our facebook pages and webpages at

Capt Sean Abbey
Native Angler Guide Service
Overboard Fishing Rods, LLC

Max Piet of Knoxville, TN with a nice trout in some fairly rough waters.

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What to do when the wind has been honking for days and its either pouring rain or frigid?

Need your fishing fix and you just can’t justify going out in miserable weather, there is plenty to do that will curb that itch and make you better for it when the weather clears.

Turn on some of those dvr’d fishing shows and try some of these:

Tackle maintenance: There is nothing you can do to have you more prepared to fish than readying your gear. Clean your reels and lube them, from deep cleaning to just a good surface hit, take care of your reels. Also a great time to get your tackle box back in order and organized, maybe even change out some treble hooks, or at the very least, give them a good once over with a sharpening file.

Tie some flies: Tying flies in miserable weather while watching the Spanish Fly or Flip Pallot or pretty much any fishing show is a right of passage for a fly fishermen. So stock up on those flies for the next trip and maybe tinker with a new one.

Catch up on your Journal: As I have gotten older I wished I would have kept better records of my fishing adventures. A fishermen’s journal is an incredible tool, especially to those of us that may not have the sharpest minds anymore 🙂

These are just some of the many things you can do and all will help you to be a more prepared fisher person. As Captain and working guide it is a must that I am prepared at all times. Nothing can ruin a trip more than a guide who is not prepared and readied for what the day may have in store.

Capt Sean Abbey
Overboard Fishing Rods, LLC.
Native Angler Guide Service

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