1/19/18 January snook fishing in islamorada

Got out for a 3/4 day with Peter, Bill, and Sam who were visiting down from up north, and Bill lives in ft. lauderdale.  It was chilly as we had another major front a couple nights ago, where it got down into the high 40s in key largo the night before…. brrr!  We braved the ride into the everglades, it was cold but the wind wasn’t too crazy.  Water temperatures were down in the low 50s, very cold for here.  There were a few boats back there already, we got on a spot that I like that can be very good some times.  It wasn’t red hot action this morning, but we did catch a few black drum, a nice redfish, a snook, and a sheepshead there.  So a nice mixed bag and slow pick of fish but at least we were catching.  The bite quit and we made a move towards another area.  There were a lot of boats here unfortunately, 6 to be exact!  We slid in and worked a spot that we could get near, and got a black drum but nothing else.  Saw a few boats catching snook.  I knew the captains and we eventually were able to slide in near them.  We were able to pick a few snook from that spot and caught probably 5 or so, including a nice 10 lb fish for Bill!  That fish made the day for sure.  After that it was time for us to go since we just had a 3/4 day, I heard the bite stayed on there for another hour or so until the tide got high and ripping in.  Anyways glad to have caught some fish in some extreme conditions!  We’ll be on a warming trend throughout the week, still suppose to be a little breezy but not too bad.  I’m booked every day except this Sunday for the next week and then going out of town after next Saturday.  If you wanna go fish on Sunday give me a shout, otherwise I’ll be back at it in early February if you are around then.  I’ll have another report tomorrow back on the grind.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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