12/14/13 Everglades and gulf december fishing report in islamorada

Fishing was very good yesterday on 12/14/13.  The day before we had a minor front chill down the backcountry.  Fishing that day was a little slow though we managed a few reds, handful of snook, and some other trout, ladyfish, jacks, and such.  It was blowing 20+ mph so we didn’t venture into the gulf to mackerel fish or anything as it was a multi boat trip and they wanted to stay in calm waters.  On the 14th we started the morning spanish mackerel fishing.  The wind had swung around from the south/south east – a much warmer weather condition.  Caught the end of the falling tide and they were chewing!  We caught probably close to 30 macks, and our limit (15) of nice 12″ mangrove snappers.  All on jigs and shrimp with some chum.  After that we went into the everglades and fished around some flats for snook and redfish.  It took a little while to get things going, but we caught 6 nice redfish on shrimp, and over a dozen snook in the 4-6 lb range.  The snook fed better on live pilchards which we caught that morning.  As you see a day can make an incredible difference with the fishing.  Christmas week is coming up and we are slammed busy, I do still have a couple openings if people are looking to go, and before christmas can be great too!  Drop me an email!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk