Sunday, January 16, 2022

Fishing Forecast for December


It is officially December, and with this fall/winter month, we will begin to see much milder weather patterns in the 10,000 Islands area. Alongside these milder weather patterns, we will also experience much lower humidity, minimal rain, lighter winds, and some pretty active species of fish.

With winter on its way in, a lot of the more local fish are out and about and are also getting ready for the season change. It is always a good idea to keep your eyes on the flocks of birds that are picking from the water as well; they will tell you where the fish are active.

Among these overly active and energetic fish, you will find the Spanish mackerel. A bucktail jig that is tipped with a tiny piece of shrimp is ideal for these fish. Want some redfish instead? You will find these fish on the incoming tides around the coastal mangrove trees and roots and in the shallow oyster bars. A D.O.A. Deadly Combo Rootbeer Shrimp should definitely be enough to get their attention.

Snook are also in abundance during the month of December, although “Catch and Release” D.O.A Baitbusters and TerrorEyz are the go-to, so make sure you are all stocked up before you head out into the backwater areas. With winter approaching, the snook will be making their way back into the creeks and rivers in anticipation of the cooler weather.

If you choose to fish the outgoing tide, throw a handful of live pilchards followed by a circle hook that is rigged to a 40-pound fluorocarbon leader and you will be in store for some excellent snook action on your day out.

No matter what fish you are targeting in the 10,000 Islands area in December, you are sure to have much success with the more moderate and comfortable temperatures and the variety of fish that are available and active.

Among the fish we have already mentioned, you can also find an assortment of bluefish, jacks, ladyfish, and many other active and energetic fish if you are looking for some quick action on your next fishing trip.

The inshore waters out of Everglades City and Chokoloskee have not been impacted by the red tide. Our local guides are fishing daily and would love to get you out on the water this season, so don’t hesitate to give them a call.

Keep in mind that if you are interested in learning more about fishing in our area, it’s best to hire a professional guide before going out on your own to gain local knowledge of tackle, baits, areas to fish, local regulations, and more. Send us an email or give us a call to schedule an “on the water” educational fishing charter. Our specialty is getting families out for an enjoyable and memorable day in the shallow and calm waters here in the 10,000 Islands and the Everglades National Park. We can be reached at or 239-571-1756.

Captain Brandon has been fishing the 10,000 Islands and Everglades National Park as a full time guide for the last 11 years. He grew up fishing these waters and has never left them. He has since been joined by his two sons, who now guide with him. He and his wife opened Everglades Bait and Tackle back in 2012 so his whole family has fishing in their blood.

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