The weather has been a little warmer then usual for February on the East Coast of Florida but it looks like that is about to change. With a cold front dropping down throughout the south this week look for the overnight temperatures to be in the low forties in the Daytona Beach and New Smyrna Beach area. The front will bring a shift in wind direction which will change the fishing pattern . Look for the water temps to lower from Daytona Beach south into Mosquito Lagoon. With lowering water temps the fish will be looking for warmth from the bottom. The redfish and trout like to gather warmth from the muddy bottoms around oyster beds mud flats in the north around the Daytona Beach and New Smyrna Beach backwaters. Further south throughout Mosquito Lagoon they choose to gather warmth in the sandy potholes located in the shallows. When targeting these species in cooler water temps you need to down size your bait and slow down the presentation. Small baits like shrimp, finger mullet and small soft plastics are a good choice worked very slowly over the pot holes and mud flats. The water clarity is still great making for some really good sight fishing when the winds allow. Once again even when sight fishing these fish a slow presentation is key to trigger a bite.
Capt Patrick Rood
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