We’re still having some great islamorada winter backcountry fishing in january here! The young boys today and dad had lots of fun catching puppy drum. We caught 30 or so in total jigging shrimp back at the cape. The colder water this time of year has fish in many of the creeks and such back there and on low tide they can only be in so many places! We also got some nice big black drum, one cut us off unfortunately after we chased him down, but did boat a large double digit one! Conrad also got a snook which we had been wanting to catch january fishing islamorada. We also caught plenty of sheepshead, ladyfish, jacks, and a few trout. All fish today caught on plain old jigs and shrimp, worked slowly on the bottom. The water at the cape is nice in certain places, though you must work around and find the corners and such that look good. A nice slow moving current and lightly cloudy green water is what you need to look for florida keys backcountry fishing at the cape.
Had Rich and Luke Cromwell, regular customers of my brother and myself, today in the backcountry and gulf of islamorada fishing january. We started out near the cape and hit a spot on the way out to the gulf looking for some snooks. The action wasn’t hot and heavy and after no bites at the first spot, moved a little further in a creek and ended up pulling a couple snook out, one medium size and one little guy. Luke caught his first snook and was happy on this islamorada snook fishing charter. We then decided to move out into the gulf as the wind was dying out and tide was about to start falling in a bit, a great time to be out there for cobia fishing florida keys. We stopped on a bit of structure on the way out looking for some cobia or big redfish. Casted a couple of pinfish out and let them sit, but nothing happened. We pulled anchor and continued our trek west. As we drove we scoured the crab buoys in search of tripletail. We ended up finding plenty and catching 6 in total including 3 keepers – great for dinner! Triple tail fishing islamorada is great when it is calm. Luke was happy with his first triple tail and did all the work, casting shrimp on a small hook with a bobber up current of the buoys and letting them drift back to the fish – WHAM! He is on! Had a nice permit surprise us and swim under the boat while boating one fish, however we weren’t ready in time and he swam off into the gulf. Never no what will happen on a january islamorada fishing report! We made our way to the wreck just as the tide changed. Put a few pinfish out and in no time had a big cobia on of 15+ lbs. Luke fought him for a while and he didn’t want to give up but we finally got him, lip gaffed for a picture, and released. Again Luke is happy with his first cobia – what a great day! We caught 3 more cobia, as well as plenty of jacks. Some cobia we sight casted too which was fun. Had one goliath bite on a live bait on the bottom but unfortunately missed him, and then a shark stole the bait. We then ran back to the islamorada everglades fishing in search of some trout. We ended the day in some runoffs and caught a handful of nice size trout, islamorada trout fishing is good in the channel run offs in the winter time. Great end to a spectacular day, Luke and Rich cannot wait to come back to the florida keys fishing!
Another fabulous day fishing in islamorada! The snooks were biting near flamingo as well as east cape. Large shrimp hooked through the horn on 3/8 oz jigs were getting the good bites! Caught half a dozen nice snook and lost a few nicer ones around a few islands early in the morning. The pup drum were also biting pretty good in the deeper water as well, which is normal this time of year when the water temps drop below 70. We had fun for a few hours in one spot not having to move! Later in the day we hit the deeper big canal at east cape. We worked our way through the major number of boats, caught one decent snook. Then went around the bend towards the big open lake. Here we found an area where the current was not running quite so hard, and set up for some fun islamorada backcountry fishing. Lots of redfish as well as some juvenile snook, black drum, and sheepshead here. We were fishing 1 oz weights with a 4/0 circle hook with just big chunks of shrimp, letting it sit on the bottom for the most part. I love fishing islamorada in december.
Merry xmas everybody hope your having wonderful holidays! Took the old man out for his christmas present fishing today along with pal Ron Modra for some december islamorada fishing. We fished the cape area mostly, hit a few gulf spots on the slack tide and caught a cobia and nice redfish on pinfish and shrimp, respectively. When it started coming in worked are way through east cape. Caught a few black drums and redfish, and pulled off a nice snook – dang! Continued through lake inghram, saw a few big old’ crocodiles! Florida keys fishing in december can be so unpredictable with wildlife! Caught a handful more reds and trout in there, then back on to middle cape. We worked some bucktails against some downed trees and forage, and caught 1 snook and then hooked another real nice one… alas we pulled the hook on him. It was mid-day now, and tide was starting to slow. We hit a few creeks though not a whole lot going on in any of them while everglades backcountry fishing. So we decided to try a couple last spots in east cape which paid off. 3 snook out of one of them, 2 of them nice fish! One on shrimp and the other on pinfish – one had us around a large pole that we luckily got around and off. The other was deep in bushes though we coaxed him out as well. I guess this makes up for the couple we pulled hooks on! Also caught a few snappers and trout in there as well. Then back home. All in all a very fun way to spend christmas on the water! Happy to have a good islamorada flats fishing report to give!
Our friend Ron Modra catches his largest snook to date, islamorada snook fishing with Capt. Rick Stanczyk! This was shot a couple months ago everglades fishing back around cape sable. We were fishing live pinfish on knocker rigs at the mouths of several of the creeks that wind their way up into the everglades marshy areas. October fishing in Islamorada offers some unique angling opportunities, and fishing an area such as this you often have it all to yourself as we did on this day – miles of untouched waters to capture trophy fish in! Great day of fishing in the florida keys!