12/29/16 December Florida Keys Fishing in the Gulf of Mexico

Got out with Vince and his son Lucas today and we had a blast!  Winds were light northeasterly, died out mid day, and then kicked up slightly out of the west as we have a cold front coming in tonight.  Fishing was very good we had plenty of action in the AM with big jack crevelles, spanish mackerel, pompano, and mangrove snappers.  We also caught half a dozen look down (moon fish) which were very cool to catch.  Eventually some cobias popped up and they actually were following the mackerel around that we had hooked.  Luckily my anglers were paying attention and were able to catch a couple by simply throwing our shrimp out near the mackerel that the cobia were following.  We caught a double header cobia and then landed a single one later.  One was a nice keeper fish of 18 lbs or so.  After that we tried to goto the cape to catch some drum or snook, but the bugs were horrendous with it being calm and hot so we didn’t stay long.  We chunked up some mackerels and caught big stuff after that – black tips, nice bull shark, and a mud marlin (sawfish).  We also caught a nice triple tail while we were chasing one of the sharks down, saw a few more but didn’t get them to respond.  All in all a fabulous day here fishing in the gulf of mexico.  I got booked tomorrow, may not be as nice with the front coming in but who knows… a little cool down could really turn on the winter time fishing as we have hardly had any cold weather yet this winter!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk