Here in the Islamorada and Key Largo area we look forward to the cooler waters that come with the late Fall and early Winter. As the Gulf of Mexico cools off here in the Keys, the waters on the edge of the Gulf and the Everglades National Park really come to life. Just West of the “Banks” in the Park, right where the Gulf begins, the Spanish Mackerel bite is insane! Using 7 foot long 6-10 pound spinning outfits to throw a mix of silver spoons and live shrimp, we have been pummeling the Macks. This speedy fighters are averaging 5 pounds and the sheer numbers of fish being caught is unbelievable! It has been the norm to catch over 50 of these fish per angler on a half day trip! Along with these fish we are picking away a Sea Trout, Pompano, grouper and Cobia.
The Flamingo area of the Everglades has been the best bet for good numbers of Redfish, Sea Trout and some Snook. Whether you want to work up on the flats sight fishing or down in the channels drifting live shrimp or Gulp! shrimp there has been plenty of action to keep you busy.
The great thing about the fishing in either the Gulf or the backcountry is that it is a shallow well protected body of water that offers great fishing on calm waters no matter what the wind speed or direction. Bay boats and flats skiffs both will provide you with a great day on the water!
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Capt. Matt Bellinger Bamboo Charters