12/31/16 New Years Eve Fishing in the Florida Keys

Got out for a half day this morning with Jim and his son and daughter.  We had a good time it started out with a light breeze out of the northeast but after a couple hours started to swing more south and picked up to about 20 mph.  We fished the patches this morning and had pretty good action, a lot of bar jacks and mutton snappers, along with a few porgies and yellowtails.  We fished a couple spots and more or less the same thing on both spots, then the winds chased us out of there.  We had caught some pilchards first thing so we tried a couple local spots for snook, but with the high wind and swelling waves, it didn’t look too good.  We tried for a bit but no luck.  After that we finished up in the bay since the kids didn’t want to get beat up and wet on the ocean side, and caught a few jack crevelles before calling it a morning!  Going for fun with my dad tomorrow hopefully we will have a good report, I heard the backcountry really lit up today funny how things can change in a day!  Happy New Year everyone stay safe out there and hopefully you’ll get to come fishing with me in 2017!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk