December Flats Fishing Islamorada can be an excellent choice for those looking to sight fish in the florida keys. The water temperatures will play a big role in this. If it is warm, often bonefish, permit, and perhaps even tarpon may be crusing the downtown flats of islamorada. In the backcountry you may find snook, redfish, trout, and tarpon as well. When things cool down, these fish move to deeper areas. However during a cold front before the water cools you can sometimes get into a ‘feeding frenzy’ where the fish go absolutely nuts trying to eat everything they can to last through the cooling period. Florida keys flats fishing in December may take some willingness to change up your game plan, but fear not, a good captains knows when to do this! Many people love winter time flats fishing due to the comfortable temperatures and the fact that many times, mid-day is the best time to be out on the water. You don’t have to get up super early, or stay super late till in the sun goes down. If the wind is blowing crazy during a cold front, of course sight fishing may not be the best options. At times like these you can stake-up fish for bonefish in the islamorada area. This type of fishing is exciting, you don’t know what will wind up on the end of your line – a big bonefish, bonnet head shark, mutton snapper – it could be anything! Islamorada flats fishing in December can be so much fun!
Capt. Rick Stanczyk