10/26/17 October Cold Front Everglades Fishing

Got out today after the cold front came in yesterday.  The temperatures dropped dramatically and it was in the low 60s this morning, brrr!  I don’t remember the last time it got this cold in October it’s been a long time.  We prepared for some ‘winter time’ fishing and got some shrimp and caught a handful of pilchards.  The everglades creeks were our destination.  We tried a few areas first where I had good fishing a few days ago.  However today there wasn’t much there.  We tried 3 spots in the area, and all we got was a few catfish!  Conditions looked reasonably good in one of the spots too.  After that we bailed and headed back towards another spot we passed by.  Here we found some fish!  It wasn’t a red hot bite, but we got a few snook to start with, one about every 5 minutes.  Then we got a few reds, including a double header red and black drum.  We proceeded to ‘pick away’ at the fish for another hour or so.  I think all in all we probably caught about 15 fish here.  Things dried up and we tried some other smaller creek areas which are normally good in the winter.  However it was tough fishing in there, we caught one more little snook and a sheepshead in one spot, and then nothing else anywhere.  We probably hit about 7 or 8 different spots in there too… just power fishing for 5-10 minutes a spot and moving.  Hopefully things get a little easier soon.  Seems that’s been par for the course – you can get lucky and find one good spot a day, but if somebody beats you there you might have a tough day!  Anyways glad we made it happen.  Back at it tomorrow.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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