By Capt Kelly Kofmehl
I know I’ve said this before, but March means one thing to me: big trout and lots of them. The water temperatures of the Nature Coast will warm and the trout bite will be on fire. Trout will leave the headwaters of every one of the Seven Rivers of Citrus County and drop out to the near shore flats. They’ll be on the hunt as soon as they reach the flats, looking to fatten themselves up before they head offshore to spawn. While gorging themselves, they will hit almost anything you can throw at them, from hard to soft plastics, live to cut bait. While cleaning a big trout last year I even found a mangrove seed inside of one! Findings such as these prove the fact that these are some hungry fish looking for any type of quick meal.
For the fly fisherman, it is the perfect time of year for some sight fishing. For the family, oldest to youngest, this is the perfect time to get out, enjoy the beautiful weather, and take advantage of prime fishing conditions. Some of my clients ask me about bringing their kids. I always tell them that March is absolutely the best time to keep them busy and also put an excellent fish on the table. At the time of writing this fishing forecast (mid-February) the trout bite has already turned on. The weather is a much larger factor now than it will be in March. The days will be much milder in March making a day on the water a must for the whole family. If you want a fantastic day on the water give me a call.
Inshore and flats fishing