Wow, did I pick the wrong week to come home from the sunny and warm Florida Keys. The weather here has been extremely cold and fish kills have been reported in scattered areas, Speckled Trout being the most common. I have been relaxing in Islamorada for the past couple of weeks and enjoying some of the killer backwater and inshore reef fishing that area has to offer. The fishing opportunities down there are endless this time of year; Sailfish off the reef, Grouper and Snapper on the Patch Reefs or Redfish and Trout in the Everglades National Park, the choice is yours. Anyone wanting to escape the cold and head down to the Keys give Captain Jeff Beeler a call at 305-522-3599 and he'll hook you up with a first class charter.
On the home front there is still some fishing to be had in the backwater creeks, Captain Greg Holmes and Captain Mark Stacy have been covering for me and have had some decent catches despite the extreme cold. Thursday Capt. Mark caught a couple of Redfish and noted several more pushing water but they refused to bite his Gulp shrimp. Friday Capt. Greg faired a little better and caught a half dozen Reds in the 18-25 inch class but said the bite was extremely light. Berkley Gulp shrimp or crabs are the best baits to fish this time of year and you've got to fish really slow. I'm back in action and will be fishing tomorrow and Tuesday so look back for more reports. Until the tide turns catch you guys later.