Fishing in January is all about the weather. Recent cold waves have the surface water temperatures down to the high 40’s, which is very cold for our area. As quickly as it cooled, it can warm back up with a few nice days, and the fish will be hungry. Sheepshead and spot tailed porgeys should be biting at the inlet jetties. Redfish will also be at the big rocks, and in the ICW and its feeder creeks. When fishing the creeks, try to fish the mid afternoon incoming tide. The exposed mud flats act as solar collectors and will warm the rising water attracting the cold blooded fish.
Black drum tolerate the colder water well, as do yellowmouth trout and bluefish. Speckled trout will also be in the mix. Be sure to fish the deep holes at creek bends. The warmer water will be deep in the winter, attracting trout and drum. Croakers are another species that are available in colder water. The roll down areas of the river channel can be productive. Fresh dead shrimp are the best bait for croakers.