Fishing is a year-round sport here in Florida. As the Fishing Capital of the World, we see new saltwater species each season, and Spring is in the air! Despite the unusual state of our Nation, we are highly grateful because the fish are still biting here in Terra Ceia Bay, and fishing is still open.
On a typical year, temperatures warm, the water heats up, the bait return, and the fish are feeding. Sharks return to shallow estuaries where they breed before returning to sea. Large predators come out of the inlets, and offshore species excite us with their arrival. These are signs of a great fishing season to come, and despite the rumors, you hear about Florida being too hot, buggy, or intolerable – this is one of the best fishing times of the year.
COVID-19 was a bit of a twist at the end of the tourist season this year. Boat ramps closed, beaches closed, and many businesses were forced to close their doors. But the one thing that didn’t close is fishing. And thankfully, the fish are still biting!
The fish don’t care about our viruses or our problems. They have their problems to worry about – eat or get eaten. And because they are still running and biting, those of you who enjoy fishing should be out there too! During this time of year we are catching:
- Jack Crevalle
- Mangrove Snapper
- Sting Rays
- Spanish Mackerel
- and more!
Bait shops like Skyway Bait & Tackle are still open seven days a week with live bait, and charter services such as FishLikeUs.com are still running. We’re still accepting reservations for campers and locals who need to escape and soak up some rays. Bonus is, we have a private fishing dock, boat ramp, and hundreds of miles of preserved land and water around us. (In the instance that you’re concerned about traveling somewhere new, or infecting others, please refer to our article on why RV’ing is the best quarantine.)
Here at Fisherman’s Cove Resort, we aim to make nature a focus for our campers. Located at the top of Terra Ceia Bay, you’ll find no shortage of time, fish, or motivation to get outside and better your health. We have “travel only” spots available for monthly bookings, and a welcoming community with an understanding of the need to quarantine – freely. RV’ing is the safest form of travel. And even though you won’t be traveling far from home, it may be a nice break for the better.
*NOTE: All events are canceled, and social distancing guidelines remain in effect for all high-traffic areas. But RV’ers are loud, and friendly, and don’t mind striking up a conversation from a seven-foot distance (the length of most fishing rods). Stand any closer than that, and you may get hooked!
And speaking of hooked, congratulate Dan for entering the 40″ club with one of our resident Snook! He has more photos to share, and we invite you to share some of your own summer fish tales by joining us.
We hope to see you sooner than later. Stay safe out there and don’t forget – the fish are still biting!
Written by Janel Jungels @ FishLikeUs.com