Florida Keys Backcountry Fishing Report November 28-December 4, 2012

Posted on 11/28/2012
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Florida Keys backcountry fishing report November 28-December 4, 2012
The Redfish bite continues to be great in the Everglades National Park. Fishing the moats, flats and deeper channels through out the park has been producing great action not only with big Reds but Snook and Trout as well. Fish the deeper channels around Flamingo with a jig and shrimp combination on the outgoing tide and as the tide rises fish the potholes in the shallower flats with jerk baits rigged weedless or Johnson gold spoons. Plenty of action going on by the middle grounds with Trout, Pompano and many other rod benders. The Cape area has also been producing great catches of Redfish, Snook and Black Drum. A live shrimp fished slowly around the shorelines and creek mouths will get the bites. Farther West in Gulf waters the Cobia bite keeps peaking up in and around the bottom structure with some really nice Snappers, Groupers, Mackerel and a lot more. Running the traplines on your way out west will keep you stoping and going with great Tripletail action. Keep an eye on the weather since the wind's are forecasted to pick up for the weekend and it can get pretty ruff. The park boundary areas from Sprigger Bank to Sandy Key are full of life with nice Trout, Snappers and schools of Spanish Mackerel. Drifting the grass bottom in between banks while casting artificials or jigs with live shrimp will get great action. Anchor up on an area with good current flow and get the chum slick going for a non stop bite.

The Bonefish bite was decent last weekend and the beginning of the week. North winds and bright days got the fish moving around Oceanside flats. The middle part of the day when the temperature got to the mid 70's was best as the water warmed up from the overnight chilly temperatures. The winds are forecasted to be near 20 knots from the east and north east with cloudy conditions, this will make it tuff to sight cast the fish. Staking out on the edge of Oceanside flats and chumming the fish with crushed shrimp will work the best. Lots of patience and determination will reward you with a nice Florida Keys bonefish. So get out on the water and enjoy the great fishing!
Captain Juan Garcia