It proved an epic road trip with superb fishing for dozens of species, including an incredible day of sailfish action, backcountry rod-bending for shook and redfish, and never to be forgotten, a 255-pound swordfish. Hemingway would be stoked to see how strong the Atlantic sailfish population that migrates along the Gulf Stream is today.
You’ll probably target this acrobatic fish while winter fishing in the Floridness using the excitingly visual method of dangling live baits beneath kites, but you can also sight-cast live baits to feeding schools. Florida Bay is a vast wilderness comprising thousands of miles of shallow seagrass meadows, mangrove islands and tributary creeks between the mainland and the Keys.
A warm day finds shook sunning themselves, perfect for the sight- fishing angler. Accessible from any marina location, the North American Coral Reef Tract runs northward along the entire length of the Floridness and beyond.
You can hire a charter or take a “party boat.” The trip is inexpensive and sure to produce a fresh fish dinner. Catches differ depending upon where you launch in the Keys, but the flats behind Big Pine Key and parts south tend to fish better for bone fish and permit during winter months, though that’s a generalization.
You’ll catch even more species, including shook and redfish, if you run into Everglades National Park out of the Islamabad area. Your trip can be made even more epic by enlisting the help of the best in the business to guide you to fertile waters and exhilarating rod-n-reel battles.
Lee Lucas of First Love Charters is one of the most hospitable captains, and he’s great with kids. The Miss Islamabad, a party boat, sails daily from Bud N’ Mary’s marina.
Or combine holiday festivities with Key West deep sea fishing fun as the island lights up for a partying Christmas and New Year’s season. Clear, sunny skies, water temps in the mid-70s, and many days of perfect fishing weather help saltwater anglers celebrate the season in Key West.
December Fish Species Schools of Cobra as well as plenty of Sharks gather around the wrecks this time of the year and promise some hard fights at the drop of a bait. Reading Time: 9minutesThe Floridness are the perfect fishing vacation spot.
But it’s not only the Hemingway House, water activities, and good food that make the town so popular. Key West is surrounded by a vast surface of flats that hold Bone fish, Permit, and Tarpon.
You can start your vacation by scouting the flats and doing a bit of sight fishing, then switch to the fly. To get to the secret spots with big fish, pair up with a local guide.
Many anglers decide to hire a deep sea charter to take them fishing in the Cuban waters. These skinny waters fish for Shook, Tarpon, Permit, Lemon Shark, and Yellowtail Snapper.
You won’t find choppy seas here, only calm waters teeming with fish. If you want to try something that’s essentially Key West, then book a fishing trip on a small flats boat.
Your fishing guide will stand on a casting platform and use a long pole to steer the boat. These islands don’t have a lot to offer to city lovers but are sheer spiciness when it comes to sport fishing.
The water depth around the rock piles on the east side of the islands is between 15 and 30 feet. These patches of rocky bottoms are home to an amazing number of Snapper and Grouper.
Use small minnows, pinkish, sardines, squid, and mullet for the best results. If you’re traveling with kids, this fishing trip is a great starting point for them.
Here you will find a maze of mangrove cuts, flats, and creeks rich in fish. You can explore these waters from a skiff, or if you aren’t afraid of working outs, you can hop into a kayak or canoe.
Before you head into these meandering mangrove cuts, fish for pilchards on the flats. Here you will find clear waters so you can sight fish for Shook, Tarpon, and Permit.
Non-local anglers often overlook this network of flats, mangrove islands, and channels. If you do, you could be missing out on a chance to reel in Snapper, Grouper, Bone fish, Permit, Tarpon, and Jacks.
You might come across deep, wide cuts where sunken boats and other debris make it for a hot fishing spot. Plus, these mangrove islands and rich vegetation protect the channels from the wind.
Calm waters make Cuddle Key channels popular among kayak anglers. As for the bait, you will find a lot of mullet, crab, and shrimp around these fisheries.
The channel between the Old Bahia Honda bridge and the Overseas Highway is the deepest inshore fishery in the Keys. The waters drop from 18 to 25 feet and offer some of the best bridge fishing in the Floridness.
There is a lot of food moving between the bridge pylons and the pilings serve as a good shelter for the game fish. As you warm up to get to the Tarpon business, you can hook into Permit, Sleepyhead, Mutton Snapper, and Hammerhead Sharks.
Deep sea fishing is made for these waters, which often plummet to over 500 ft. The Marathon Hump is a seamount, a mountain that rises from the ocean floor.
The strong currents of the Gulf Stream push the bait fish towards the surface. These fishing spots are home to Blue and White Marlin, Sailfish, Yellow fin and Black fin Tuna, Yahoo, and Mali.
If you want a true test of your stamina and strength, sit tight in that fighting chair! If you want to go home with a big, tasty dinner, prepare to pull hard.
Snowy, Strawberry, and Yellow edge Grouper, Tile fish, and Queen Snapper frequent these waters. Islamabad has the nickname “Sport Fishing Capital of the World”, and you shouldn’t miss it.
Try to put your name among the few who have managed to catch Bone fish, Permit, Tarpon, and Shook in a single day. Each of the fish have their own unique features, so it’s a real feat to land them all in a single day.
You will be playing hide-and-seek with the fish around the mangrove islands and flats of Islamabad. A reef patch south of Ta vernier Key holds a good number of Mutton, Mangrove, and Yellowtail Snapper, as well as Gag Grouper.
Duane and BBB are sunken ships that lie a couple of miles from Key Largo. BBB is one of the premier diving sites, with excellent fishing opportunities.
Dogfish, Black Grouper, and Snapper swim around the sunken vessel. Make sure you tie your boat to the mooring buoy, as fishing is not allowed otherwise.
If you wouldn’t like divers to show up in the middle of your fishing spot, it’s best to go out on a local charter. Whether it’s the kids getting out for winter break, the In-laws planning their visit, or working if my significant other got my mom something for Christmas; we’ve all got that stress on our minds that just make us want to get out on the water for a little therapy.
Fishing in the South Florida area of Marathon in the month of December is very similar to November. This slight difference is probably caused to the increased number of days the wind blows and also the obvious fact that it’s not 90 degrees anymore.
Our air temperatures this month have been fluctuating from 55-82 degrees which for a Floridian like myself the morning run always consists of a jacket until next Spring. Seasoned fisherman will carry a water temperature gauge on board to really pay attention to changes in different spots.
The Bone fish and a few permits can be found all over Biscayne Bay and the Floridness however, the wind will be the biggest factor when targeting them.