For everyone who thinks being a charter boat captain is a dream job; consider making your living with the weather we’ve experienced recently. If you’re from other parts of the country I understand that 50-degree temperatures may be pleasant. But for homegrown Florida folk, this has been down right frigid. Add wind to the mix and any time spent on the water has been a challenge. Planning successful outings can require being an amateur meteorologist to take into account air temperature, water temperature, tidal flow, wind direction and velocity, plus more. Add to the equation a lack of fish in many fishable areas due to the Red Tide outbreak not long ago and the job just became more difficult. Now is the time to keep it light, and keep it simple. Go with what you know, but don’t be afraid to explore and try something new. Best bets include sheepshead, snapper, and trout. Shrimp is the preferred bait to maximize the species list, but artificial lure enthusiasts will do well also. Above all, fish with confidence to achieve success.