February is not normally one of the better months to go fishing either inshore or offshore due to the weather which is sometimes pretty cold and the wind is sometimes blowing a little more than usual. Also, we cannot keep any snapper, amberjack, trigger fish or gag grouper. Although, sometimes February is pretty good for inshore fishing when we have a warm winter because the king mackeral and spanish mackeral will show up early like they did last year in 2017.
Off shore fishing during February usually is real good if you are able to go a long ways because the fish are all in the deeper water due to the water temperature. However, there are plenty of fish to be caught it’s just a matter of you can’t bring them all home but there are plenty of fish that you can legally bring home. The other thing you will have to watch for in February while offshore is the wind and the seas. If you can pick a good day, there are plenty of large fish just waiting for your bait. We have to get February out of the way before we can get into some good spring fishing in March, April and May.
Don’t forget to file a float plan, and let somebody know when you are going to return.