12/28/12 December Backcountry Islamorada Fishing Report

Another fabulous day fishing in islamorada!  The snooks were biting near flamingo as well as east cape.  Large shrimp hooked through the horn on 3/8 oz jigs were getting the good bites!  Caught half a dozen nice snook and lost a few nicer ones around a few islands early in the morning.  The pup drum were also biting pretty good in the deeper water as well, which is normal this time of year when the water temps drop below 70.  We had fun for a few hours in one spot not having to move!  Later in the day we hit the deeper big canal at east cape.  We worked our way through the major number of boats, caught one decent snook.  Then went around the bend towards the big open lake.  Here we found an area where the current was not running quite so hard, and set up for some fun islamorada backcountry fishing.  Lots of redfish as well as some juvenile snook, black drum, and sheepshead here.  We were fishing 1 oz weights with a 4/0 circle hook with just big chunks of shrimp, letting it sit on the bottom for the most part.  I love fishing islamorada in december.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk