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Whats The Bass Fishing Like In Florida Gulf Coast Area Like In Late Febuary-Early April?

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thinking of taking the wife to the siesta key area, she wants white sand and a resort setting. however I get to take a few days to go fishing but not sure about the fishing that early in spring. I understand the fishing in general should be good in most florida waters but I don't want to waste to much time looking around for fish if its not going to happen. plus might also swing by further south towards Miami for some peacock bass, as I understand it they are a good fight and abundant in the canals, any hints or tips towards local charters or groups who could spare some time and share some info or a spot or two for an old guy from out of town.

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If you're gonna be on the west coast on the beach, why not surf fish??? It is some of the best surf fishing around! I go all the time in the summer and catch nice size Snook right off the beach! Also catch sea trout, blacktip shark, a stingray if you're lucky (tough fight!) and a ton of catfish (not the kind you'd like to eat lol).  I don't know about the bass fishing there, but come February, we should have some good bass fishing in Southeast Florida if you come over this way.

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All I can say is 2 things. 1. Siesta key is gorgeous. We vacation there every summer with the kids. 2. March and April are very good months for fishing in SE Fl. Weather is nice and the fishing can be down right crazy. Enjoy your trip!! 

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thnx for the replies,, I would love to fish from shore but I think my rods are too small, maybe my catfish gear but doubt I could get a good enough cast, have to do some better research on that. still working the wifey on the idea for a day or 2 around Miami so I can find a charter to take me around the canals and such I really want to check off a peacock bass off my bucket list for fish.


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thnx for the replies,, I would love to fish from shore but I think my rods are too small, maybe my catfish gear but doubt I could get a good enough cast, have to do some better research on that. still working the wifey on the idea for a day or 2 around Miami so I can find a charter to take me around the canals and such I really want to check off a peacock bass off my bucket list for fish.

Try to get hold of Capt Shane. He is a member here on Bass Resource and a guide here in South Fl. He can put you on Peacock bass. Very nice guy and never hesitates sharing his knowledge.

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thnx for the replies,, I would love to fish from shore but I think my rods are too small, maybe my catfish gear but doubt I could get a good enough cast, have to do some better research on that. still working the wifey on the idea for a day or 2 around Miami so I can find a charter to take me around the canals and such I really want to check off a peacock bass off my bucket list for fish.

 

I use a 7 foot med hvy to fish from shore in FL. live bait rig/bottom bouncer with live shrimp will catch every thing that swims, my suggestion try and use google earth to find a sand bar and fish off the back side of it, if you go to Miami Peacock and Snakehead!!!! Keep and eat the Snakeheads! 

 

PS you can always wade out and cast and walk back to shore :)

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bass will be huge this time of year. Pre spawn will be at its peak. I live near tampa and ive already caught a few females that have began their "Pre Spawn"

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When I fish from the shore in Sanibel, I throw a cast net at the bay near the bridge for greenies, and other small bait fish.  Anything small works, and just about everything is heartier than the greenies.  They work awesome though.  I walk out and cast past the sand bar and walk it back.  I also keep a rod in front of the sand bar for snook running close.

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