Text & Photos by Patrick “Tupat” Eichstaedt // @TheRealTupat
When you think of winter you think of cold, but this winter here in Florida has not been so cold. Even though the temps have stayed rather warm, the fish have been biting relentlessly! One thing for sure is the feeling fishing gives your soul is something no one can ever take away from you!
Florida Fishing in March
I grew up fishing with my dad, brother and friends. It was always a family affair with a ton of fun! These days I like to take my son Ethan and my daughter Adelynn fishing. Adelynn calls the river “The Jungle” and I am “Captain Daddy.” She is so passionate about her river time! Family is so important to me and sharing how I grew up with my children and friends is such a blessing! Addy was able to catch her first fish and it was a 12-inch redfish. Ironically, that is the size she was when she was born 110 days premature. The look on her face holding her fish just says it all… Complete gratitude. Ethan is 10 years older than Addy and has much more experience in the river and has caught numerous fish in the past three years.
My Uncle Gary and the rest of our family used to go clamming on the regular and nowadays he’s loving the stand up paddleboard fishing. His son Garret has been on a roll with multiple redfish, trout and mangrove snapper catches! Here is the father/son combo on a pair of beautiful redfish that fed our entire family blackened redfish sandwiches!
If you’re wanting to share time in a peaceful zone with your family, I highly recommend taking up fishing in the river – it will set your soul free!