Florida should be where anglers go to enjoy their sport in the winter; but there’s been one cold front after another lately – and yesterday may have been the coldest I’ve ever experienced in Florida during mid-day.

It was 55 degrees in Ft. Myers early. but felt even colder than that with north wind later as I was shivering in a light jacket at noon. Crazy Alberto Knie drove to several freshwater areas that didn’t produce at all as the fish must have also been too cold to respond.

Alberto finally found a county pond where there was some largemouth bass action casting artificial worms. My only catch was at least large enough for Alberto to take a photo before release.

Kevin Markow of the Surf Kings in Sea Girt reported 53 degrees and a north wind in Key Largo that didn’t turn off the snook as he released three at a pier.

Mike Monte thought he heard the fat lady sing this morning at the Belmar surf as there were no hits in good conditions plus no sign of bait.

The Ocean Explorer from Belmar had poor blackfishing Friday, and it wasn’t much better yesterday except for the huge 14-pounder released by “Howard” who wasn’t in either the daily or seasonal pools.

There’s some great weather coming up for tog anglers as the forecast is for 5-10 knot west winds through at least Tuesday.


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