Backcountry Fishing Report: Jan 2014

Teresa caught a 10 lb. Black Drum in the Edgewater Backcountry with Capt Michael Savedow.
Teresa caught a 10 lb. Black Drum in the Edgewater Backcountry with Capt Michael Savedow.

by Capt. Michael Savedow

Happy New Year 2014 to everyone! My favorite holiday of the year because it means we get to do it all over again. Winter time: schooling redfish on the flats, trout, black drum, sheepshead, and bluefish. Spring: inshore and offshore migrating game fish will return from south Florida. Summer: trout, reds, night time dock light fishing. Fall: mullet run, bull redfish, tarpon. And much more each season of the year. Inshore, offshore, inlet, flats, saltwater, freshwater, we have so many fishing choices here in Volusia county, everyone should try to experience and learn about all of the different types of fun fishing we have right here at home.

The water is the cleanest it will be all year now during the winter which calls for fine tuning some tactics for colder, clearer water. For more bites from your targeted species, downsize your terminal tackle, go with lighter florocarbon leaders, smaller size lures, tie your hooks or lure straight to your floro if possibe. This is a great time to getout and explore areas where you wish to learn what is down there below the water line, if the water gets cold enough, we can see down 6 feet or more here in the backcountry during the winter. Take advantage of the clear water and spend some time exploring. Use polarized sunglasses, get out during the day with the sun shining and you will see holes, channels, drop-offs, oyster bars, sand bars, tree limbs, underwater structure, and see fish swimming down there as a bonus. Use this new found knowledge of fishy hiding places through the rest of the year when our water visibility is much less. This will help you be a better fisherman the rest of the year by learning more about what lies beneath the waters of the Edgewater Backcountry.

FORECAST BY: Capt. Michael Savedow Edgewater River Guide (386) 689-3781