FEBRUARY 2020 Fishing Report and MARCH Forecast

Fishing Report FEBRUARY 2020

Capt. Rick Davidson, Editor (grassflats2@yahoo.com)

Sea Hag February Report

The amazing fishing continued this past month in Steinhatchee. The mild temperatures have continued to keep the trout and redfish on the flats and they’ve been hungry. Several big tournaments were very successful this past month, including a pro redfish tour event. Especially notable were the catches of giant trout. I can’t remember any previous year with such a large number of 25+ inch trout caught. The redfish were schooling as well, although the really large bull reds have likely moved offshore.

Sea Hag March Fishing Forecast

We’re still having moderate temperatures and the fish are still being caught on the flats. The forecast for the first ten days of March show only one one day with a high in the 50’s. The fish will continue to be eat heartily. The water temperatures are still cool so continue to work your lures and jigs slowly. Look carefully 100 yards or so from shore when the water is glassy for schools of redfish. And the sheepshead spawn on nearshore structure is coming, if it hasn’t already started. I’ve not heard any negative or positive reports from Steinhatchee but many sheepshead were caught last week at the Gainesville Offshore Fishing Club Sheepshead Shootout at Cedar Key….so they will be on our structure soon. In last month’s forecast I posted a link to some hints about sheepshead fishing, and it’s easy to get to the Steinhatchee Reef, although much of the structure has deteriorated over time. Several of our guides do sheepshead trips which is a great way to get some nonstop catching.

Here are some upcoming fishing-related events at Steinhatchee:

March Trout Madness  – submit pictures to The Sea Hag, taken same day during the month of March for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate. No entry fee

IFA Redfish Pro Tour, March 7 and 8

Steinhatchee Community Fishing Tournament, March 21

UF Salty Gators Inshore Classic Fishing Tournament, March 14

Ira Carter Lodge #150 Fishing Tournament, March 28

Kyle Richardson’s trout, almost 6 pounds, was the winner in the Fiddler Crab Festival Tournament.
And Rob Monica’s redfish, just short of 8 pounds, was the big winner in that category.

Michael Neu with a beautiful redfish.

Paul Creamer scored this fine trout on the flats.

Maylee celebrated her 9th birthday by catching this redfish.

There are still a lot of overslot redfish around; just ask Chase Norwood.

Monika Russo caught one of the trophy trout of the month.

Lily Steele with an excellent redfish.

Chase Wilder with a nice keeper trout.
Ashley Chapman fished a shoreline and caught this nice redfish.
Zach Bunkley fished offshore and caught of bunch of these mangrove snapper.

Roger Rountree pulled this red out of a school near shore.

Adelynn Graham from Live Oak caught her first redfish and it was a nice one.
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