1/14/17 Mid January Backcountry Islamorada Fishing Report

Had some fun today and mixed things up a little bit with Tony and Rob down from Miami.  We hit the gulf first as I didn’t want the pressure of trying to catch fish at the cape with the weekend crowds back there.  It proved a good bet, we had to wait a half hour or so for mackerels to show up, but when they did it was game on.  We probably caught about 2 dozen or so in an hour and a half.  The falling tide and northeast wind made it fairly nice out there too in the gulf.  After that we headed towards the mainland cape sable area.  There were quite a few boats fishing the areas that have been crowded throughout the week, but not as bad as I thought it’d be.  We got in their on the end of the falling tide and caught the start of the rise – an ideal time to be there.  We tried a couple areas that were good the last few days, and not much luck there.  So we tried a different stretch of creek that sometimes gets good when the water is cooler.  It paid off and we caught about 8 snook, 1 red, and 1 black drum.  A few nice size snook for the boys too was a real treat.  After that we tried to catch a shark at the canal mouth, but no luck with that the water is still a little chilly and the sharks are usually not too happy then.  After that it was time to go home, all in all another fantastic day fishing in the everglades and gulf of mexico out of islamorada!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk