The cool fronts are starting to reach south Florida , water temperature are slowly declining. The key to inshore fishing now is work baits slow and fish mid day when temperatures are at its warmest.
Snook season comes to a close December 15. The snook seem to know this, as they stack up along docks and mangrove shorelines. Live baits and DOA shrimp and C.A.L 3 inch shad entice strikes. The back country is full of life, snook can be found in deep holes schooled up as cool fronts pass. Fat snook and common snook both are being caught as anglers work the bottom. Double digit numbers of fish are being caught during half day trips. Four species of snook are being caught, making for the perfect snook slam.
Tarpon can be targeted day or night. Live baits drifted with current on outgoing tide, you will be bowing to the silver king. Smaller tarpon can be seen rolling in bays and local residential canals. The juvenile tarpon offer more acrobatic leaps, but if bigger fish are on your list, inlets and deep channels offer fish in the 50 to 100 pound class range. Jigging DOA C.A.L. 4 icnh jerk baits and DOA shrimp entice tarpon to strike. If fly fishing is your passion small deceivers and shrimp patterns get the drag screaming.
The local grass flats are holding plenty of jacks, ladies and pompano. Jigs tipped with shrimp or a docs goofy jig and your are in business. Work areas were pot holes and drop offs exist. When fishing the flats use wind to your advantage try to use trolling motor as least as possible, so fish don’t spook.
Freshwater side, large mouth bass fishing has been phenomenal, bait schools are holding near drop offs and grass lines. Large mouth bass are keying in on these schools. Use DOA C.A.L. 4 inch jerk baits, spoons, crank baits and flies like deceivers and clousers all get the job done. Anglers can expect double digit numbers of fish in just a few hours,working the bait schools. Peacock bass fishing still great even as cool weather penetrates. The larger peacocks are holding along sea walls and pipes. DOA 2 inch shrimp and jerk baits entice these beauties to strike. Live shiners will have drag screaming all day for anglers. Average size of the peacock is 2 to 4 pounds.
Well that is the fishing report for the past week hope you all enjoyed. Remember you cant catch them from the couch, so get out there and get hooked up. Tight lines! Capt. Craig Korczynski, phlatsinshorefishing.com, 561-644-4371