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Key Largo Backcountry Fishing

Capt. Jeremy Mathis
December 29, 2014
Key Largo - Saltwater Fishing Report

Wow! Its been a busy week, Christmas is behind us New Years in front of us and the start of our busy season in the Keys. I took a day to myself and went out for a couple hours to get a good feel for the fish bite. The water level had come back to a reasonable height and made getting into the good areas much easier.

At my first spot I eased up to the point and used the trolling motor to sneak up on the deeper hole. A group of about 8 snook were sitting in a mere 4 inches of water. These smaller fish were facing into the current waiting for lunch to swim by for a quick snack. I miffed the cast spooked the school and while displaying the disappointment in myself, I neglected to see the big Redfish just around the corner and spooked him too! LOL I guess thats fishing sometimes.

I moved on to the next area and from a distance I could see Redfish tailing in the shallow grass flats. Again I used the trolling motor to get into position, I was suprised at the amount of snook all over the flat. I made a cast but a 4' Blacktip Shark grabbed the bait before the Snook got to it. Once in position on the flat, I had Redfish tails waving at me from all directions. I had a new reel and wanted to test the drag so I grabbed it and with a quick cast I had a 28" Redfish pulling drag. Many people don't realize that once you hook a Redfish and it begins to splash around your boat, the other fish will come right up to investigate. I made a quick release and another cast and had another redfish on.

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I raised the Power Pole and drifted across the flat to another point. I could see the activity and knew there were fish hanging around. I poled down up current from the point and made a few cast and hooked a nice Snook. A few more cast resulted in 2 more Redfish and I jumped a tarpon.

The sun was getting low so I decided to start heading towards the dock. As I passed through one of my favorite creeks I noticed a huge school of Snook, 20-30 fish. Not being able to pass the opportunity up, I poled down up current and and made some long cast to the fish. I landed 2 fish withing about 5 minutes and was broke off 2 or 3 more times.

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Needless to say, the fish are hungry and feeding aggressively. Come on down and enjoy our beautiful weather and catch some fish. Give me a call @ 407-808-0405 or visit www.ankledeepadventures.com We look forward to hearing from you.

Key Largo Fishing Forecast:

As the air temps cool down and the water over the flats get cooler the activity will only get better. We will be searching for schools of tailing Redfish and some nice Seatrout.

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Ankle Deep Fishing Adventures
25 Orange Drive
Key Largo, FL 33037
Phone: 407-808-0405
Alt. Phone: 407-919-8241
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