There are many unique conditions an angler must consider when fishing in the Florida Keys. And whether you are an experienced or a novice angler, or fishing in a familiar location or a strange one or even targeting a prey you have caught before, there are several keys you need to consider to even marginally achieve success.
Preparation is one of the many steps to a successful fishing strategy. And one of the key steps of this strategy is to know your prey and their comfort zone or environment. And how outside influences affect them.
Most fish species don’t achieve longevity or size by being fooled easily. Their environment is one of familiarity. And any unusual or unnatural condition raises a concern for their safety.
All natural underwater environments contain certain sounds and vibrations. These sounds can originate from structure, feeding activities, travel of other aquatic and non-aquatic sources or just a natural flow of above ground vibrations from greenspaces or surface encumbrances.
So the anglers first step of preparation is to know how each of the discussed conditions affect the species you’re targeting in their underwater environment.
Anglers should also know feeding patterns, temperature preferences, travel highways and how tidal changes affect your target.
One component not discussed but must be considered: How will your presence affect your prey when fishing from the shore or boat?
Most anglers just grab a rod and bait bucket and head to the nearest bridge or pier and expect a great catch. Sometimes this works but others times especially in aggressively fished areas where your prey is wise to anything unusual, preparation is the key.
Tackle shops are a great resource. But the best strategy is to study your prey and develop a comprehensive strategy. It will definitely improve your catches.
A good friend once told me, “More fish are caught the night before”.
Until next time – Tightlines. Capt. Tony