Wind not withstanding, had to find some locations to get away from it. Seems that is the task at hand more so than not in the winter months down here in the "sunshine state". Luckily, she holds many secluded waterways, creeks and canals that we can escape to.
One such location is in western Palm Bay called Three Forks Recreation area. Mainly accessed by airboats, there are times when the water is high where you can get into some pretty amazing bass fishing. There's a diverse section of water where just about every structure known to hold bass exists and taking the time to weave your way back into it is well worth it.
Of course there are a myriad of locations similar to this, flooded agriculture fields with limited access providing homes to lurking monster bass, crappie, bluegill and the like. Three forks just happens to be the one that is beginning to call me back over and over. My last trip I stuck to my fly rod and it paid off in spades (as it usually does) with five nice bass and a monster at 26". Sorry no weight here I have never carried a scale on my boat, I've never cared about the weight or much about the size unless I am keeping a fish. I keep the experience in my heart and forgo the lesser things.
So after 17 years in Virginia, I've spent my first year back on Florida waters and it's been a great change enjoying the warmer weather. The past few months have provided me experiences on the waters I grew up on, targeting the many inshore species that I have loved. 2019 brought a much needed change in the water quality in the Indian river and even though there is still much needed help on the rebirth of the seagrass and cover on the river, the water quality and clarity has shown good improvement. Grass has started to come back north of the 192 causeway in the 5 to 6 foot range and seatrout fishing has been consistent all year. If the water management continues to go in the right direction, nature will take care of it's own. Shallow water has still been not shown any grass increase but hopefully that will also change. That's not to say you can't spot fish up shallow but they are still skittish without the needed cover. Little at a time and hopefully we can see the grass come back.