1/7/19 January Islamorada Backcountry Fishing Report

Got out with Tim, Bridgette, and Sam today for a full day trip.  We headed out early and hit the backcountry.  I fished an island to start where we found some redfish on the previous afternoon.  They were waiting for us which was nice!  Took a little to get ’em going but we ended up catching close to thirty redfish in Islamorada on this morning.  After an hour or so of that, we made our way back to the creeks and canals of the mainland cape sable area.  I ran to the further end as I was thinking catching the tide change would be an ideal scenario.  We hit a couple spots and picked a few redfish and a black drum, not a whole lot going on though.  Water was still super muddy from the hard blow a few days ago.  As the tide rose we worked our way inside to some other spots.  Fishing got better, next stop we got some snook, a few more redfish, and a juvenile goliath grouper!  We made another move and got into some more snook and a few more reds.  Then one last move yielded even more snook and redfish.  It was good to see as when I fished back there in the morning yesterday, it was very slow.  However I think that was due to the sharp drop in temperature we experienced.  We do have some more cold coming later this week, however the fish should be more adjusted to it as it won’t be dropping from 80 degrees.  I have some openings starting this weekend and several next week.  Give me a shout if you want to get in on some of the winter time florida keys fishing!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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