I managed to get out for a couple of hours today around midday when there was enough water. Chokoloskee Bay was basically dry for most of the morning due to the tide and wind so there was no place to launch without dragging the boat through the mud. After not getting out for the last few days because of the weather I had to get out today and check things out for myself. I had to see how the area has been affected by the recent cold weather. The news is not real good, just as is being reported from all over Florida. The water temperatures are still in the forty's here and although I only saw a couple of dead snook there were a lot of other dead fish pretty much anywhere I went. I covered a couple of miles searching some small bays and coves for fish and tryed fishing some deeper areas to maybe find a trout and I didn't have a bite. The only fish I saw alive were a few mullet, catfish and needlefish and they were all struggling. Today I talked with a couple other guides who were able to get out over the last couple of days to fish and everyone had similar stories. Other than a couple of redfish caught out around some barrier islands no other fish were caught.
There is supposed to be a warming trend over the next couple days and I guess all there is to do is hope for the best and that conditions get back to some kind of normalcy.