Winter Fishing !

A buddy and I need to get out of Minnesota this winter. What is the best fishing vacation available south US or other country. We hate mid winter here. We’re very experienced in MN freshwater fishing, need outlet for winter/

If the main object is the best fishing in the mid winter months in the United States without a doubt the preferred destination is the Florida Keys. You will of course encounter a type of fishing that is not like that in Leech or Mille Lacs Lake. Saltwater fish pound for pound fight much harder than a Pike, Musky, Bass or Walleye do. I have fished Minnesota for over forty years but regard the Florida Keys as the fishing capital of the country. If you plan on boat fishing in the Keys you need to have the right boat for the type of fishing you will attempt. Many people view Florida in terms of deep sea fishing. You can catch a number of large fish, some well over one hundred pounds fishing in three feet of water in the grass flats on the Gulf of Mexico side of the Keys. This type of fishing is typically done in skiffs that are made to travel by push pole if necessary in water as shallow as a foot deep. This is stealth fishing where a quiet approach and presentation is the key. Typically you catch Bonefish, Tarpon, Permit and Redfish in these waters, all from a boat not much different than a bass boat used in a small lake in Minnesota. If a different type of fishing trip is your style rent a larger boat in the twenty four foot range and try you hand at fishing the wrecks off the Atlantic side of the Keys. You will need a depth finder and preferable a chart that shows wrecks you can anchor from and catch a variety of species including sharks.

Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

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