It's always something...
January's cold fronts brought many different changes to Florida fishing, some not very popular. The freshwater industry seen a welcome change by mother nature, possibly doing her best work in years.
Many of you have experienced the abundant non-native species in Florida, especially in South Florida. Allot of these species have become over populated in areas, while some species were less popular among anglers most would agree that overall they were all not very good for the fisheries. The most popular non-native specie is known more specifically as the Peacock bass.
Anglers around the world have come to enjoy this fish and test there skills against the hard fishing amazon native. While this is one of the excepted non-native fish in Florida, that is partly because it was brought here by the Florida Fish & Game Commission. Although they had no intentions of them spreading abundantly throughout the Everglades among other areas. The recent cold fronts in January have hopefully protected the Everglades from the aggressive Peacock bass. The Everglades have been rated one the best largemouth bass fisheries in the country and we would like to keep it that way. On the other hand we have seen that the Peacock bass fisheries that were originally stocked have done well and did not get hurt by the 2010 cold fronts. A combination between the deeper water and being located further east the water stayed warmer and more stable, this many anglers are happy about!
On the flip side, unpopular species like the Blue Tilapia, Brown Hoplo, Spotted Tilapia, Mayan Cichlid , Clown Knifefish , Jaguar Guapote and Oscars took a very hard hit from the cold front. Many of these species were over abundant in our fisheries throughout the state of Florida. Without mother nature stepping in, we were going to be faced with issues concerning the non-natives and how they were affecting the native fish and our fisheries.
So read what you will, but you heard it hear first. The Florida freshwater fishing should only get better in the near future and look for the non-native Peacock bass to make a strong presents in it's original captive areas.
If you have a stakeholder group and would like to be part of developing a black bass management plan and participate in the process contact the Florida Freshwater Fishing Coalition.
FLFFC - "If you use it, you should help protect it"