Visiting from the North
Hi everyone. I have a couple of questions I’m hoping someone can answer. I’ll be coming down from Minnesota with my family in December to spend some time with my wife’s grandparents near Orlando, and I’m toying with the idea of bringing down my boat and trying to fish. I’ve fished for redfish and snook around Sanibel island once before but otherwise my experience is concentrated in the Midwest, Canada and western mountain states. I’ve read some about the Indian river lagoon system, and the species that can be found there. Sounds interesting but also extremely large. I’m not looking for anyone to give any favorite spots or anything specific really, but would love to know if this time of year I should be looking for certain depths, or structure types, etc. and any help narrowing down where might be a good place to launch from, or if there are other bodies of water that anyone would be willing to suggest it would be greatly appreciated. Also any general information on technique (live bait, artificials, flies, etc.) FYI I would be catch and release fishing only, just wanting to get out and explore a new area of the country and catch some fish with my kids. I’m also not looking to catch any specific species in particular, but would love to add some new species to the list, so brackish and saltwater are more appealing in that regard.
Lastly, I’ve read that the water in the Indian river system is shallow in the winter, but haven’t yet seen what exactly that means. Not wanting to get stuck anywhere or damage my boat, so if anyone could expand on that it would be extremely helpful. My boat is 20’ fish/ski runabout with a 150 merc outboard, minimum draft is 15”. Am I likely to get stuck if I don’t know the area, or should I be able to navigate safely this time of year? I do have a Garmin echomap plus that I’ll be using to navigate as well.
Thanks in advance for any information you’re willing to provide!