1/24/24 Windy windy days in January in Islamorada!

Awesome day in the Backcountry despite some heavy winds! I hadn’t fished much myself the last few weeks so was good to get out there. We had a cold front come over the previous weekend and howling winds since then, so water temps were a chilly 68 degrees. Not my favorite conditions but you gotta work with what you are dealt. We had dead low tide early on in the Everglades. Lots of water blown out with the wind. We spent a short time looking for bait but gave up after seeing the water temps and we had nice good sized shrimp. Had steady action all through the day. Never a red hot bite but seemed to pick a fish or two about everywhere we stopped. Stayed on the trolling motor most of the day and worked patiently. All in all a couple dozen of the target species snook, redfish, drum, and sheepshead. And also a few small snappers and other odds and ends to keep us busy. The ride to and from was easy on the Contender Bay even howling 25 mph we stayed dry and didn’t get beat up.
Spring time is booking up quick I don’t have much personally left for March, April, or May but have a few days open in February. Capt. Steve and Capt. Trent have some days open though running the other vessels. Everyone working together as a team you are in good hands! Weather gets nicer Friday come on and take advantage.

Sunday another front coming and it’ll drip back pretty cold.  But hopefully that’ll be the last of it.  February is when we usually start warming up enough to get some consistent tarpon fishing hopefully by the second week or so.  If you are wanting to have good shots at tarpon while getting to still enjoy slightly cooler temperatures compared to summer and be in the backcountry, February can be your month!  Drop me a line.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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