December Backcountry Fishing Islamorada

Hello and Merry Christmas everyone from Fishing Islamorada!  Today I fished a half day in the islamorada backcountry charter boat, the seacraft!  The water is still very cold, low 60s, from the recent front we had a few days ago, though things will be warming up throughou the week for some good christmas week fishing.  Winds were northeast this morning, and east by this afternoon.    Fished around flamingo this morning but did not have much luck, picked a few redfish.  Decided to make a move fairly early further out west towards east cape, unfortunately many of the spots I wanted to hit had boats sitting at them – so I just bit the bullet and went all the way to the big canal.  Not something I normally do on a half day islamorada fishing charter, but when the water is this chilly it can be a very good area to fish.  We had the end of falling current at flamingo, and start of incoming at the cape which is ideal.  We fished in the deeper water and just picked at fish, but got a mix of redfish, black drum, and sheepshead.  Likely another 15 fish or so in total, including a couple nice black drum and sheepshead which made the day!  All fish were taken on live shrimp, about the best and only bait to use when the water is that chilly during a december islamorada fishing trip.  Well looks like a very busy christmas week here as usual in Islamorada, Florida Keys.  I don’t have any time available except for a few afternoon half days, so if you want to get out on the water give me a call ASAP – those slots will likely fill up quick!  Happy holidays, and hopefully your enjoying december florida keys fishing!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk