While offshore anglers rely on satellite resources to set their strategies, inshore anglers also benefit from this valuable information. Capt. Jim Ross covers the inshore waters of the central Florida coast, looking for cobia, tarpon, redfish and speckled trout. He says water temperature plays a critical role in finding fish.
On the flats, a degree or two difference in water temperature congregates bait and fish. “In summer, cooler water holds more oxygen and fish,” Ross explains. He knows rainstorms cool the water, or he looks for fish in deeper areas. In winter, warm water is key. “The warmest water is on top of the flats or the lee of islands,” he says.