red grouper

12/6/12 December Islamorada Fishing Report

December islamorada fishing is off to a great start!  Went out for fun today with my dad and friends, Capt. Dave Peck and Capt Vic. Gaspeny.  We were looking for ‘big mo’, of the big florida keys redfish that occasionally are out in the gulf this time of year.  We ended up finding a small pack of ’em, only snapped a picture of this one which doesn’t give it justice but was close to 20 lbs.  There were several others with him, a big gold/red ball, and some over 30 lbs likely!  They all disappeared though once they saw the boat, never to return unfortunately.  The water and weather was gorgeous today, had a nice falling tide all day which is ideal for backcountry fishing islamorada.  Especially in the gulf of mexico!  We ended up catching several cobias as well, some of them nice fish and keeper size.  They are lots of fun on light tackle rods.  We also got a few small goliath groupers and a red grouper, plus plenty of jacks, blue runners, triple tail, and some spanish mackerel.  The groupers, cobia, and big red were all caught on pinfish!  All in all not a ton of fish, but some real quality ones – which I always appreciate!  Great day fishing in the florida keys!  The bugs were horrendous out at cape sable so we did not stay long there, though we did try this morning for a little while looking for some snook.  Well stay tuned for more news concerning fishing the florida keys in december!  Most of the fishing will be moving to deeper creeks/canals in the back, as the waters cool in the shallows.  Islamorada flats fishing will slow down a bit, but there is always something else to do here when fishing!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk