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Kayak Fishing in January

Kayak Fishing in January

Kayak Fishing in January | Navarre Kayak Fishing

The water temperatures have dropped and some would say the fishing has slowed down.  However, we are hear to tell you that January is one of our favorite months to be on the water.  The cold weather keeps recreational boaters at their houses and the hunters are in the woods.  This opens up the water ways and allows angler’s a quiet approach into some of the best fishing Northwest Florida has to offer.  Winter has set in and the fish are settling into a pattern.  What do you want to chase? Continue reading “Kayak Fishing in January” and let us help you catch more fish.

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Striped Bass

Striped Bass are no longer able to reproduce naturally in our waterways but the Blackwater Fisheries Research and Development Center has been raising and releasing fingerling’s since 1987.  They spend their summers up river in deep holes, but once the water temperatures drop they move down the rivers and feed aggressively.  Striper are lowlight feeders and the bigger fish feed primarily at night, on large Mullet.

The majority of anglers target these fish in the Escambia River, the Blackwater River, and the Yellow River.  They can be caught in a variety of ways but we prefer to target them using topwater lures, right before sunrise.  Catching large Striped Bass doesn’t come easy and often comes down to being in the right place at the right time.

Angler’s often relate large Striped Bass to terrible weather conditions and January usually does a great job at providing cold, wet mornings.  If you want to catch a stud, there’s a good chance you’re going to be pretty cold.

Are you up to it?

Kayak Fishing in January

Speckled Trout

The cooler weather will concentrate large numbers of Speckled Trout in highly predictable areas and these fish will feed on slow moving baits.  It’s important that you work your lure slow and ensure it looks just like a dying baitfish.  A MirroLure MR17 is one of the best winter time Trout baits and always get the job done.  When fishing these it’s important to count the lure down and pause it for large durations.  If you think you’re going slow, slow down some more, and wait for the bite.

Trophy Trout are more likely to eat baits with a larger profile and we liked to target them using large swim baits like the Jackall Rhythm Wave.  Targeting large Trout is a blast!

Navarre Kayak Fishing Charters January


Redfish are fun to chase while kayak fishing in January and can be caught in a variety of ways throughout the year and during the coldest months of the season they are still willing to chase down prey.  They are easily caught throwing soft plastics like a Matrix Shad or Zoom Fluke in areas that warm up quickly and hold bait.  Redfish often stage around drainage areas and feed on small crustaceans.

Kayak Fishing in January

Staying warm is the most important aspect of fishing this time of year. As the temperatures continue to drop throughout the month, do not be afraid to fish during the middle of the day. Unlike the months prior, the best times to fish in January are often during the warmest parts of the day.

This link will help you stay warm while on the water –

Kayak Fishing in January | Navarre Kayak Fishing

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