Got out with Bud, Kyle, and Anna today for a full day. We headed out into the backcountry with a bunch of shrimp. I skipped pilchards this morning as a buddy gave me a handful, and the water temps are still chilly so shrimp usually work just as well if not better. Also wanted to get back to the fishing grounds early as I figured it might be busy back there. On that part I was right… we must’ve had 20 boats fishing in the canals. I guess they knew the weather was gonna be crummy over the weekend so they came out today. Unfortunately boats were on every spot I wanted to stop at… so we just started trying some other areas. No luck the first two spots. Then a boat left off a spot I know had been good lately, so we ran in there quickly. We caught a redfish right away, then proceeded to catch a decent number more as well as plenty of black drum and a few snook. I was surprised as after seeing the other boat leave I thought it wouldn’t be too good. After we finished there we worked our way back towards the other way we had came. Found a few snook on one spot I hadn’t fished in a while so that was nice and also got a black drum there. Then nothing in a couple more spots. Then the last stop of the day, Anna got a nice snook on a shrimp to finish the day. We saw some crocodolies, white pelicans, and spoonbills out there as well. It was the perfect trip for this crew and everything they wanted to do while fishing in the everglades. Looks like we might get some rain tomorrow and nasty wind sunday as another front is coming in. Hoping I can sneak out tomorrow at least, then suppose to fish monday. I think it’ll be good early next week as things cool off further, and the weekend crowd will be gone.
Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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