We got out today for a december key largo fishing charter into the backcountry. The winds were ripping early on 30 mph out of the north as a cold front just came in last night. The air temperatures steadily dropped and continued to stay cold throughout the day though the direct sun did warm us up a little. It was a little bumpy in a few spots making the crossing into the backcountry but overall not really too bad. We were jigging live shrimp in the key largo everglades areas. We had a solid bite of black drum and snook, and got a couple reds and even a nice tarpon too! It was really good fishing and well worth the price of admission. You never know when these cold fronts roll in if it’ll be really good or really bad, I’ve seen it go both ways. I always tell people you don’t know if you don’t go, and that’s the truth! I think the boys each landed well into the double digits on fish so they were plenty happy. The ride back through the bay in key largo was nice as the winds subsided to 15 mph. Looks to stay that way the next several days and we should have a great week of fishing. The temperatures will stay chilly however, but with lighter winds and colder water the sediment should drop out of the water and make the fishing even better. We’ll have a report tomorrow so stay tuned!
Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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