February can be a difficult month to fish due to high winds and cold weather but despite that, my trips during this month went well. On the few days calm enough to get offshore, the fishing was great. Many Red Grouper were caught with the largest being 27 inches on a light tackle rod. What an incredible fight it was to watch.
While offshore we boated a large number of Snapper and Mackerel along with a few good size sharks. We were even graced with the presence of an 8 foot Tiger Shark that followed a Grouper up to the side of the boat. Though the shark did not eat the Grouper, seeing the Tiger stripes up close made for an everlasting memory.
When the wind picked up and we were unable to get offshore, we fished the backwaters for Redfish, Snook and Sheepshead. On more than one occasion we were able to find a nice group of Redfish looking for a free meal. Large Shrimp fished with a split shot sinker 15 inches up the leader seemed to do the trick. On a few trips I was able to find great live bait which made the Snook fishing that much easier. A few good size fish up to 27 inches were caught and released. Looking forward to a warmer and not so windy month of March.
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