January 2012 Winter Inshore Fishing Report on Florida’s East Coast near Orlando Florida
Another year of spectacular inshore fishing near Port Canaveral and Cocoa Beach, Florida. The first cold fronts of the year FINALLY rolled thru and the deeper holes and drop offs held good numbers of large sea trout and slot sized redfish. I knew where the fish would be holding after the first front, but it has been such a mild winter and with the algae bloom in full swing, I wondered if the water would clear and the fishing would be up to par with previous years. This year’s fishing did not disappoint, the water in the Banana River and parts of the Indian River have cleared up and the fish are into their winter mode of hanging in and around their winter holes…
It never ceases to amaze me at how consistent our fishing in Central Florida becomes during the cooler winter months. Fish fall into patterns of going deep during the cold and shallow between fronts, it’s a pattern as old as time itself and can be predicted as if it were a migration of wildebeast in the African plains. Fish seek comfort during the temperature changes and really start to congregate into large aggregates in and around deep water holes.
Banana & Indian River Winter Fishing at it’s Best…
Early in January, the fish were still relating to the flats and we caught many fish on topwater and twitch baits like Rapala’s Skitter Walks and Subwalkers. Long, projected cast produced the most fish around spoil island and sandbars.
After the first cold fronts, it was quickly transferring to jig fishing with my favorite Berkley Gulps in white and brighter colors producing the better bite. Live shrimp and light hooks catch many fish too, but I’ve found the better fishing was simply the artificial jigs and plastics.
The Banana River simply never quit producing during the January cold fronts and for anglers looking to score on our redfish population, it’s a great time to come down and try out our awesome redfish fishery in Florida.
Well, that’s the Inshore Fishing Report for January 2012 for the Banana & Indian River Lagoons. Come visit Florida this spring and try out our red fish and sea trout fishing for yourself.
About the author: I'm a charter fishing captain on Florida's east coast in Cocoa Beach near Orlando, Florida. I spend an exorbitant amount of time chasing fish patterns on the inshore and offshore waters around my barrier island hometown while raising two beautiful and brilliant daughters and enjoying the companionship of my lovely and gorgeous wife Gina.