Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Timing Can Be Everything

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Timing Can Be Everything

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FISHING IN SUMMER

It feels as if I'm preaching to the choir at times because I know a lot of anglers out there are at least or more knowledgeable than I at the art of Florida fishing. Then again, there are many newcomers to the Suncoast.

There are two environmental extremes that can negatively affect a successful day of fishing in the sub-tropics more than anything else. Extreme cold and extreme heat not only are hard to take by the angler but most finny critters react similarly. When the water temperatures become uncomfortably hot or cold, most fish will hole up deep where the ambient temperatures are more stable. Their metabolism will slow and their need for food diminishes as well.

Inshore species, in particular, will venture out to shallow water in search of food primarily between dusk and dawn. During hot and sunny days they will retreat to the cooler depths of holes or to the shade of mangroves, docks and bridges. When these conditions prevail, placing a bait in a likely area and leaving it lie will usually result in more takes rather than moving it a lot, forcing the fish to chase it down. …

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