12/17/19 Mid December Fishing in the Backcountry

Fun day in the backcountry with Brad Buehrle.  We had some good wind out of the southeast and things had warmed up again after the minor front we had a couple of days ago.  Fishing got a little better though from what I’d heard.  We got in the creeks but the tide wasn’t really good early, high falling tide with ripping current.  We got where it looked OK out of the ripping currents and picked at a few snook to start.  No more than 1 or 2 off any spot but we ended up picking away.  After a couple hours the tide got lower and slowed down, and then the bite picked up.  We got into some good redfish action and some black drum too.  Brad also caught a nice small tarpon, well got him boatside at least before he jumped off.  Also got a nice size snook about an 8 lber as well as a juvenile goliath.  Best fishing was when the tide bottomed out and then started coming in.  Today the tides were overall higher, a couple days ago I know they got super low where you would’ve gotten stuck in some areas.  But we have more weather on the way with a couple more cold fronts.  Winter time is here, fishing should get better as things cool off and the weather stabilizes, but after tomorrow it looks like you should expect some heavy wind for a few days.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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