First Report for 2023 by Ed Valitutto

I went out yesterday (1/18) fishing the mangroves with a guide I used last year in a 16′ bay boat. We’d had some ‘Florida cold’ weather (50-60) for the last few days that put the fish off their feed. Fortunately, today was warmer and the waters went from 55 yesterday to almost 70 which improved the fishing but it still needs more time.
After several short mangrove snappers and sheepshead, we decided to try for speckled trout. Almost immediately I caught two nice keepers. Fl allows 3 keepers each, but the guide doesn’t count and cannot keep any! I like that rule. Didn’t matter since I couldn’t hook another.
We then decided to fish along the docks as we slowly returned to our launch point. What a surprise to hook into a keeper redfish! What a fight on light tackle! Even better was the keeper sheepshead caught a few docks later.
It was a fun time and great eating!

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