12/13/18 December Florida Keys Backcountry Fishing Charter Report

Another fantastic day with Graham and Steve in the Everglades today. Things really warmed up compared to yesterday and the wind was honking in Islamorada out of the southeast. However when we got a few miles into the bay first thing in the morning, it was slick calm. Sometimes this phenomena happens as the bay water is still super cold and it seems to kill the warm gulfstream winds. So made for a nice ride over and great fishing conditions early on. We caught fish in every stop today, some of course better than others. But a couple spots with just about all the snook and redfish you wanted! A few black drum, nice sea trout, and sheepshead mixed in as well. Graham got his PB snook about a 30 incher. We also caught a couple of very large look downs out in the near gulf which was an unexpected surprise! Graham kept one lookdown for a giataku print which he practices for fun, where they roll print the fish on rice paper. Just a great day on the water though, the winds did kick up later in the morning back there but not too bad of a ride home. Looks like tomorrow will be a little nastier and possibly Saturday, though another weaker cold front coming in Sunday to cool things off again. I’ll say it again fishing is just as good as it gets right now in the backcountry. Come on down before the crazy xmas week if you can, or of course January offers some of our best winter time fishing in the Keys. The frequent harsh cold fronts can bring out the large snook, drum, and redfish!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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