National Fisherman


The start of December combined with colder water starts a change of season for many of Bradenton's charter captains.
 
Many will put down the fishing rods and reels with clients while picking up mullet nets and crab traps to make a living during slow fishing times.
 
Not many clients want to fish with guides this time of year. The fishing can be difficult with cold and unpredictable weather, making it hard to schedule days for clients in advance. For this reason, captains turn to commercial fishing to make a living, mainly selling roe, mullet or stone crab claws.
 
While most rod-and-reel anglers prefer a mild winter and calm weather, fishing for mullet is better when the weather turns. Changing weather gets them moving in large schools and out in areas to be caught.
 
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