January 2021 Venice Jetty Fishing Forecast
Snook will be more plentiful in canals, deep in the bays, tributaries and rivers as the water gets a bit colder. As the water dips cooler some fish run into the intercoastal to warmer water. So fishing the lighted docks at night for snook in the intercoastal is also a good choice.
You may find reds along with big trout concentrated in holes, along the edges of bars or where yaughts dock at places like Crows Nest or tailing on shallow grass flats on negative low tides this month.
Also triple tail and mackerel at the right conditions. Don’t target snook after cold fronts especially if the water temp dips below 60 degrees, fortunately for us the water temp rarely gets that cold.
Also trout, blues, Spanish mackerel, pompano and more on deep grass flats can be good depending on tides.
Jennifer with a beast red at the jetty
Mackeral bite has been crazy this time of year too.
When the barometer is bouncing from the Florida pattern storms it makes the fish go wild. Been using a twitchin mullet lure parallel with the rocks and the snook have been hitting and the twitchin mullet lure has been working off the beach as well. Also using white bait being caught with a cast net and dropping it off the tip of the jetty has been working good to for snook and snapper. A white paddle tail has been working when the waters a little churned up, white paddle tail also working for reds and trout locally.
Snook will be around the lights in the ICW, still can’t keep any till May of 2021. Along with red fish and trout.
The variety of cast bait is also called Mahara and Sand Perch but the old jetty dudes just call it white bait.
Tarpon still out there on the beachside
To catch the pompano get yourself a silly willy and a teaser (pink and white jig with a green/yellow teaser work goood), tie them in a loop knot and cast it out as far as possible. Wait for it to hit bottom, count to 5 then start working it in.
Frank caught a spotted ray
Snook, reds and spotted seatrout remain closed to harvest on the west coast of Florida. The Florida FWC has extended a temporary modification of regulations for reds, snook and trout, in the areas affected by the recent red tide. The area extends from Pasco County, south to the south bank of Gordon Pass in Collier County. Reds, snook and trout are catch and release only in that zone until May 31, 2021. Full details including exact boundaries can be found at https://myfwc.com/news/all-news/extended-cnr-220/.
Guided kayak fishing available at Jetty rentals at the North Jetty on the south end of Casey Key. 941-525-0117.