Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Winter Begins in the Everglades

According to the calender it's winter now. About my only hint was catching a few snook up in a couple of my backcountry areas that were still lighter in color meaning they had recently migrated to these areas from cleaner open waters. So, the winter migration has begun. I haven't seen any of the juvenile tarpon I would normally see in these areas which I find to be a bit unusual but I'll just give it that I've been in the wrong place at the wrong time or they just haven't started their migration yet. There have been a couple of cold fronts come through making it a bit cooler for a couple of days but it hasn't been enough to cool the waters that much. The water temperatures are still in the seventies.
Fishing the last week or so has been pretty good and the species of the week is the snook. I caught a few nice fish, a few pushing 30" and a few over, one around 34". Pretty much wherever I fished there were also many smaller snook.
My redfish catch this past week was down but I attribute that to spending most of my time in the backcountry where they are not very common. While fishing the bay I did catch a couple around 22". 
A guarantee catch in the bay is the trout. They were in all the usual places and the majority caught were 17 to over twenty inches. Flounder, Jacks, snapper and ladyfish are also around. 


  1. I see you got a spook on one rod. I love the super spooks for trout up here. Skitter walks also. Gotta love that topwater smash!