March is here and the fishing should continue to improve as each week passes. As the water warms, our transient fish – such as ladyfish, jacks, tripletail, and spanish mackerel – will make an appearance. The massive spawning black drum will show up in area inlets and rivers this month. In my boat we release all the big ones to continue their life cycle. Smaller drum up to about twelve pounds make good table fare. Both red and trout fishing should improve as their metabolism speeds up with warming water. Artificial lures will become more effective for the same reason.
Surf fishing should produce some nice whiting, trout, drum, reds, and the occasional pompano. I’ve even caught the big 40-50 lb. drum in the surf while fishing for whiting. The sheepshead bite should improve this month with many large fish being caught as they congregate to spawn. Our recent sheepshead tournament produced a mammoth 14 lb. fish which broke the tournament record by a couple of pounds.
Other fish which are occasionally caught in March include yellow mouth trout, bluefish, flounder, and croakers. The wind can sometimes be challenging this month, but you can usually find a protected shoreline to wet a line and enjoy our north Florida salt water fishing.
Capt. Bob Cosby