Got out with Kyle, Anna, and Bud for a full day in the key largo backcountry. Water temperatures had dipped down the previous day due to a cold front. They had warmed slightly today, but still in the low 70s, compared to 80 a week ago. It was very busy on the water and we saw probably a total of 20 boats in the area that we fished. Unfortunatley lately there have been a handful of ‘good’ spots where you can catch a number of fish, though many other spots just aren’t as productive now and you can make quite a few stops blanking. Luckily we got on a good spot early in the morning that another boat actually gave up. Not sure if they just didn’t know how to fish it properly or what. But we caught fish right away and ended up with a good catch of redfish, black drum, and some snook. We got a few more snook and another black drum later throughout the day, but that one stop made our day for sure! Most the drum came on shrimp, and most the snook were on pilchards. The water temperature is at that level where it pays to have both, but if it gets colder shrimp will definitely be the ticket. If you are looking to get out on the water and are vacationing in Key Largo, give me a shout!
Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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