Winter fishing in the Everglades
Report Date: January 10, 2012
Temperatures were warm all through December with most days in the high eighties and water temperature in the mid seventies. Then came our first cold front and dropped the water temp into the high fifties and low sixties.
Despite the water temperature, we are still seeing a lot of redfish. My clients are catch 39 to 40 redfish a day. Most of the fish are just under the slot (18 to 27), but we are still catching our limit on each trip.
Low water temperatures also mean a lot black drum and sheepshead. A few of the shallow water wrecks are producing some sheepshead in the 4 and 5 pound range and some really nice black drum and redfish. The sheepshead and drum can also be caught inshore around the oyster bars.
Seatrout season opened again January 1st, and we are finding some nisce size fish. Lots of 15 inch fish over the grass beds, but if you look around the bars, you will find some bigger fish (18 to 20 inches)
Fishing will remain good depending on the cold fronts. If the cold fronts are mild, the water will stay warm and the bite should stay on.
Check out some of the new photos in the gallery to see what you are missing.
So, if you are looking for some action, come on down to the Everglades and lets go fishing.
Capt. Herb Kehoe
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