The mangrove snapper bite was on fire yesterday. Shelly and Dennis were down from NJ and they slayed the fish. We got into some nice redfish to start the day, then headed out for trout. The speckled sea trout were biting well - with some really good size fish - but the trout are out of season until January 1st. Shelly and Dennis wanted some fish for dinner, so we headed to one of my mangrove snapper holes. The snapper bite was crazy. We couldn't keep a line in the water for more than a few seconds and WHAM another big snapper. These mangrove snapper are real fighters and great fun to catch on light tackle. Not only are they a great fight - but they are one of the best eating fish. The longer we fished the bigger the snapper got. We caught well over 100 fish and kept a limit of some really nice 2-3 pound snapper.
The weather has been beautiful the last few days - sunny, highs around 75 degrees and light wind. The water was like glass as we headed for the backcountry. Cruising deep into Everglades National Park, it was hard to tell where the water ended and sky begins. A perfect day for a boat ride and good rod bending.
We returned just before sunset. I filleted the fish and they headed to their favorite restaurant for a few drinks and a fresh fish dinner. I doesn't get much better than that.
This is a good time of year to target redfish, trout, snapper, black drum, sheepshead, spanish mackerel and the warmest weather in the country. It looks like January is going to be a cold one, but it's warmer in the Keys. Come on down for some fabulous fishin!!