March 4, 2018 | by Mike Farmer
Well Sports Fans it’s that time again !! March is finally here and Spring will officially be upon us on March 20th when the Spring Equinox arrives. This is the moment in time that the sun stands directly above the Equator and day and night are approximately the same. But in simple terms it means that Winter is over in the Northern Hemisphere and Astrological Spring has finally arrived. Dawn will soon be a tick earlier each day and Dusk will fall a tick later each day. What does all of this mean ? It means Spring Fishing Season in Steinhatchee is about to begin !
Winter came a little earlier than what we have grown accustomed to last year but it seems that Mother Nature is making up for it and February has had quite the Springish feel for most of the month. Oh but She can be brutal and play some mean tricks too so I might should not brag too soon. Many migrational birds have shown up already, some have been here for several weeks. As you ride through the woods you will see Red Bud Trees, Dogwoods ,Wild Plums and many other species of trees in full bloom. God is painting a beautiful Spring picture all across our landscape.
Fishing has been great the last few weeks and a Spring Fishing pattern is beginning to come into full swing. Groups of smaller male trout are grouping up together and Big females are starting to group up as well. Spring is in the air and things are happening. If you want to join in on the fun you can book a trip right on my website or just give me a call. Don’t miss out on the fantastic spring fishing action.
Also still plenty of openings for scallop season if you want to book a trip. Don’t wait too long as the lodging in town for scallop season is limited and disappearing quickly.
Capt Mike Farmer
February 5, 2018 | by Mike Farmer
FWC has officially anounced that the scallop season for our area will be June 16th – September 10th
It is time to book your scalloping trips now as they will be filling up quickly !!!
Well our Winter started showing up late in the Fall season and now February is here and it seems like it may be a mild month. Looking at long range forecasts there aren’t any real signs of Harsh weather headed our way. But who knows this may change, life in North Florida prepares you to wear coats and shorts during the same week and not be surprised when it happens.
Hopefully this is the sign that we will be seeing early Spring patterns taking shape by the end of this month. But for now look for fish to move back and forth between the flats and nearby creeks. Some nights are still dropping down into the 30’s and this requires the fish to look for a little bit warmer waters. As it warms up each day there should be movement out onto the flats adjacent to the river and creeks.
The Salty Snack from Saltwater Assassin Lures should be a great bait of choice for this month. This bait is so versatile that it can easily be fished in 18″ of water with an unweighted hook or then fished on a jig head while probing the deeper holes. No matter what depth your fishing, the secret to this bait is to fish it very slow and not try to impart very much action. Just a slow retrieve with an occasional pause it all this bait needs to perform at its best.
This month is also the time of year when Steinhatchee puts on its annual Fiddler Crab Festival. Lots of fun and entertainment to be had, even including a fishing tournament. check out the website for the Steinhatchee Chamber for more details. www.steinhatcheechamber.com
I hope everyone has a great month and it’s time to start booking your spring season trips so visit my site to book or give me a call. this should be a great Spring season so make sure you get your trip booked before the dates are gone.
God Bless you all and I hope to see you soon !
Capt Mike Farmer
January 18, 2018 | by Mike Farmer
So much for global warming huh ? We have had quite a few days so far this winter that have reached the 70’s but we have also had some of the down right coldest days I can remember in a while now. I had hoped for some consistently cool weather with a few cold days thrown in. This would have stabilized a good winter pattern for us here. But instead it seems we get nice warm days much like springtime or else it’s frigid COLD. January started off with an ice storm. In Florida ? What the heck !!
All I can say is musical chairs. If you regularly read my writing here or the various other places that it appears then you know exactly what I am talking about. Constantly changing weather patterns equals constantly changing fishing patterns. This can be very confusing at times, but follow the pattern that goes with the water temperature and not the air temperature.
Many times, we have a warm up or a cool down period that doesn’t really change the water temperature all that much. Until that happens things really don’t change that much. Immerse your brain and thoughts down into the water column to figure out what is going on. This time of year, it can be really hard to predict in advance what the fish are going to be doing. Just rely on Mother Nature and follow the fish.
The Pink or Pink Ghost Salty Snack bait has really been my go-to bait for the last several weeks. Give this bait a try for yourself. It is very diverse and can be fished ultra-shallow when the fish are up on the shallow flats or can be rigged on a jig head and fished in deeper waters as well.
I have my boat out of the water until about Mid-February for some planned maintenance and upgrades so I will not be booking any trips until she returns to the water. But it’s time to go ahead and start booking spring season fishing trips. These dates will start filling up soon so now is the time to plan your trip.
In February the FWC will give us the final decision on dates for Bay Scallop Season so stay tuned for that info as these trips will start filling up quickly as well.
Capt Mike Farmer
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December 7, 2017 | by Mike Farmer
November was a bit cooler for the most part compared to the weather patterns we have been dealt during the last several years. Personally I don’t like cold weather and would rather it stay nice and toasty warm all year around.
But….. The cooler weather we have seen and the forecast for the first few weeks of December is creating something magical. The winter fishing in our area has potential to be pretty awesome, but there are several scenarios that decide how it plays out. Our estuary has several creeks and the Steinhatchee River that feeds into our section of the gulf. Best case scenario is a year that we have a cool November and then a pretty cold December, following this would be a cold January and February. What this does is push Speckled Trout up into our river system where they will remain for the Winter IF the weather continues on a cold Winter pattern.
We haven’t seen this in its full potential in several years. It seems that when the Trout start moving in then the temperatures climb back up. Once the gulf waters become warmer than the river and creeks it pushes the fish back out. Once they start coming in we need the water temperatures in the gulf to remain low and keep them happy in the confines of the river.Historically if they are in the river before Christmas and the temperatures stay cold on through New Years then the fish will remain in the river. If it warms back up before the middle of January and they leave then they just don’t return in full force during that year. What you end up with is a few fish in the creeks and rivers, a few on the flats and some will go offshore to deeper waters. If it stays cold then we get tons of fish spending the majority of the winter in our river and creeks. That creates some amazing fishing for all of us to enjoy.
Let’s see what this year brings but so far the pattern is building to have an awesome season of Winter fishing !!
Give me a call if you would like to book a trip !
Capt Mike Farmer