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January Kayak Fishing Forecast

Inshore Kayak Fishing

January targets should be pompano, spanish mackerel, sheepshead and bluefish. Fishing the beach and the intracoastal near inlets will be your best bet. The more cold fronts we get the more fish will push into the river and intracoastal. Try fishing for pompano along channel edges near your favorite inlet. Launching your kayak at Sawfish Park in Jupiter will put you in good vicinity of some good channels. Pompano jigs, DOA Lures 2.75” shrimp and a good ole bucktail jig are a few of my favorite lures. Spanish mackerel can give you some nonstop action on the beach and on the inside intracoastal. Finding the schools and throwing spoons and bucktail jigs will entice a bite.

Offshore Kayak Fishing

Prepare for being cold and wet when going offshore this time of year. Get a good pair of bibs or light waders from Frogg Toggs to keep you dry launching and wave splashes while out there. Sailfish and kingfish will be the most common catches with a random mahi and wahoo in the mix. Slow trolling goggle eyes and blue runners 90-250 foot of water will be your best bet get a bite. Don’t forget to grab a few Yo-zuri crystal minnows to troll as well if bait is hard to come by. I like to run a deep diver and shallow runner to cover more of the water column.

Freshwater Kayak Fishing

Peacock Bass and Clown Knifefish will be chewing this month. Launching at Lake Ida West Park is a good place to launch your kayak. Try fifteen to twenty pound Yo-zuri Topknot Fluorocarbon leader and a 2/0 circle hook casting in and around structure and weed lines to get onto a few Clowns with finger mullet and shiners. Look to fish mid water column and below by adding a pinch weight to your leader and get that bait in their face.  

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Brian Nelli


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