December Key Largo Backcountry Fishing Report

Well it’s down right chilly here in Key Largo the last few days, but fishing has been red hot!  Today we had a gorgeous day as a front rolled through a few days ago but the wind laid down still today.  It was perfect weather to hit the gulf.  We had the spanish mackerels chummed up somethin’ fierce.  After about a half hour, any jig that hit the water had one of these little speedsters on the end.  It was great fun and we probably landed close to 40 fish by 10:00 AM.  After that we switched gears and decided to check out some spots in the ‘glades, everglades that is.  We ran to flamingo and fished some good cool weather spots with big live shrimp.  Pretty soon it was game on again, we caught about 20 snook in an hour and a handful of redfish and sheepshead too.  The snook were not giants but we did get a couple slot size fish in the 30″ range.  The water back there was in the high 60’s, brrr!  Now it was a little after noon time and we went looking for more redfish on the bottom of the tide.  Unfortunately it was not happening for us we hit a few channel run-offs and sandy potholes where the drum often school up in the winter when it’s cold, but just not much doing.  We did bend the rod with a few jacks and snappers there though.  But it didn’t matter we had a stellar day anyways .  The rest of december is getting booked up quick, and xmas week is right around the corner and that traditionally kicks off our season!  January is great fishing here in Key Largo too so if your thinking of getting out of the snow, I’ll betcha it’s warmer here and better fishing then where you are sitting!  Gimme a call lets get you out on the water.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk

Author: Capt. Rick Stanczyk

Florida Keys Fishing Captain born and raised in Islamorada, FL!