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Winter time fishing

  1. Species: In Florida Bay during the winter, you can typically find a variety of species including snook, redfish, trout, tarpon, and sheepshead. Some species might be more active in certain areas or under specific weather conditions, so it's good to research what's biting before heading out.

  2. Locations: In winter, fish tend to move to deeper waters due to cooler temperatures. Look for channels, drop-offs, and deeper pockets within the bay where fish might congregate. Additionally, mangrove shorelines and flats can still hold fish, especially during warmer parts of the day when the sun warms shallow waters.

  3. Baits and Lures: Live bait such as shrimp, pilchards, and pinfish can be very effective during the winter months. If you're using lures, try slow-moving soft plastics or suspending twitch baits to entice sluggish fish. Lighter colors might work better in clearer water, while darker colors can be more visible in murky conditions.

  4. Tides and Weather: Pay attention to the tide and weather conditions. Fish are often more active during incoming tides when water temperatures are rising. Additionally, warmer days following cold fronts can trigger feeding activity as fish become more active in search of food.

  5. Regulations and Conservation: Always make sure to check the current fishing regulations and any seasonal closures in Florida Bay to ensure compliance with local laws and to promote sustainable fishing practices.

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