Barb and I will be heading to Port Charlotte in a week or two. Thought I'd start my fishing reports now seeing that I'm checking the conditions daily.
Conditions: Water temps will rebound this week. Winds will drop too. There will be mid day low tides with good moving water
Bait the fish are feeding on: some whitebait in the upper harbor, pinfish, ladyfish, shrimp, crabs
Species to fish for this week: Seatrout, Redfish, Jacks, Spanish, some Snook
Fishing Tactics: Cold water tactics – fish deep water and banks until the mid day warmth heats up the flats.
My fly fishing tip of the week: Cold water requires fishing slow and deep. Might need to swap to an intermediate or sinking line. Maybe even weighted flies for the holes and edges.
My spin fishing tip of the week: Still fishing with bait and popping corks or slow retrieved jigs in deep water early then move to the grass flats as the water warms.
7 day outlook: A cold front move out Monday and the winds will drop and shift into the southeast. The weather change will bring a few showers. Temps will rebound to seasonal levels allowing the water to warm up.
This week's forecast:
Sunny, with a high near 70. Wind chill values as low as 35 early. East northeast wind around 5 mph becoming south southeast in the afternoon.
Partly cloudy, with a low around 52. Calm wind becoming east 5 to 7 mph in the evening.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. East wind 5 to 8 mph.
A 30 percent chance of showers after 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. East wind around 5 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
A chance of showers, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 8am. Cloudy, with a high near 72. Southeast wind 5 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Cloudy, with a low around 62. East wind 3 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Cloudy, with a high near 69. Northeast wind 6 to 10 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 8pm, then a slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 50. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 63.
Mostly clear, with a low around 46.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 68