2/2/17 February Backcountry Islamorada Fishing Report

Got out for a full day with Dan today it was nice weather still on the chilly side but light north breeze this morning that laid out flat by the afternoon.  We had pretty high water first thing back in the everglades this morning and it was already starting to fall.  Fishing was a little tough back there I thought it would be much better with the temperatures on the upswing after getting cold a few days ago.  But it was really just a slow pick of fish but luckily enough for one guy.  After jumping around a few times early we found a few black drum, we caught about 4 and a few snappers in one spot.  After that we hit a few of the smaller creeks once the bugs died down.  Nothing in the first stop, then a little snook and decent redfish off the next spot.  After that we tried a few more areas, and nothing much but some schoolmaster snappers and a few catfish!  Eventually we caught one more nice redfish and that was about it for back there.  We made our way into the gulf to catch the end of the tide for the mackerels.  Found a couple small tripletail on the way and caught them for fun.  The mackerels bit pretty well it took a little bit to get them going, but we probably caught 8 or so including a couple on fly to finish the day up.  So all in all not red hot but enough good fish especially for one angler!  Hopefully it’ll get a little better I think i’m snook fishing tomorrow, may be tough duty but we’ll see.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk