12/12/19 Mid December backcountry inshore fishing report

Fun day with Dad, bean, and our long time friend Alan. From the pictures you wouldn’t believe me if I said it was a tough day 😆 but it kinda was! Hard winds, full moon, and water warmed up again and was very muddy. We got lucky and found a few nice reds in one area and getting one massive bull of 25 lbs or so! After that we didn’t catch much for the next couple hours as we waited for the tide to change. Very muddy everywhere and lots of catfish! Finally the tide turned and we got into a bite of fish in another area. Got a few black drums, two of which were big (for here) 20 and 25 lbs, a couple more nice reds, and a few snook as well though the biggest one we lost at the boat as he got wrapped up. We also found a nice snook in a other area and then got about a 25 lb Cobia which was a treat! His lucky day – we let him go. After that we had quite a few jacks and some lane snappers in a couple spots and got broke off by a couple Goliath groupers. But that was really about our day! Quality over quantity for sure. I know fishing was pretty tough for a few other guys I talked to, definitely not easy right now in the Backcountry with the falling tide, warmer weather, negative tides, and wind making it muddy. May have to mix it up a little more tomorrow morning. Need some more cold weather I think!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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