Winter Fishing Terra Ceia Bay

The tropics bring favorable weather in the wintertime.  Sunny skies, mild temperatures, and low moisture make subtropical areas an ideal place to vacation and stay.  But even these ideal conditions can become challenging for the fish.  This changes how anglers approach their day, and what we do to adjust to winter fishing Terra Ceia Bay.  

When nighttime temperatures cool, mornings become a period of revival.  Reduced water temperatures, late sunrises, and early sunsets create the perfect pattern for temperature-sensitive predators to go deep.  Species who can acclimate to the cold will shift their energy use toward survival, potentially going dormant for longer periods to preserve energy.  

We are fortunate when it comes to winter fishing Terra Ceia Bay because although weather predictions will limit species, our geography won’t.  Mangrove lines, deep holes, docks, bridges, pylons, and grass flats combine for the perfect combination throughout the coldest months. 

Species we have caught most recently, with fluctuating water temperatures between fifty-eight and seventy-four degrees on the surface include:   

  • Sea Trout
  • Sheepshead
  • Snapper
  • Black Drum
  • Red Drum
  • Snook 
  • Spadefish
  • Pompano
  • Mullet
  • Catfish
  • Shark
  • Spanish Mackerel

We’re catching them with spears, live bait, cast nets, and lures, and here are a few tips on how we’re doing it. 


  1. Pay attention to water temperature.  Changes in water temperature will affect the way each species of fish acts.  Larger predatory prey will move into deeper waters leaving hearty, cold-resistant fish inshore.  These species are equally as delicious and well worth the challenge.  
  2. Change your location. The fish that remain inshore will take shelter near habitats and feeding grounds where they can survive limited food and fluctuating weather patterns.  Learning where they go and being willing to change your location will be key to finding them.
  3. Don’t forget shrimp.  These are the bait that every fish agrees to.  They are sightly and delicious, and when resources are limited, a welcomed surprise.  Local bait shops know these secrets and aim to keep you stocked on live and frozen shrimp until more bait options become available.

Because the act of fishing rarely falls short of a lifestyle, there is a good chance you’ll be fishing when you come to Florida despite how cold locals claim it to be.  We want you to be successful when you arrive, which is why we have travel spots right on the water.  You can winter fish right along with us by throwing a line out, day or night.  Locals and on-site guides are happy to answer your questions, get you out on the water, and point you in the right direction.  

Here at Fisherman’s Cove Resort, we understand the benefits that come with winter fishing Terra Ceia Bay.  This is why we’re excited to offer “travel-only” RV spots throughout the winter.  As weather changes and you realize you have a weekend free, book a spot and cast away to ‘Old World’ Florida where leisure and fishing are part of everyday life.  

We look forward to seeing you soon! 


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