Fishing forecast for the 10,000 islands for December | Follow the fish


December is finally here, and with it we’ll start to see cooler weather conditions in and around Florida’s 10,000 Island region. What does this mean for fishermen? This means lower humidity, less rain, cooling waters, and a bite from an active winter species.

With the official onset of winter, local fish species are bracing for impending climate changes. If you have a hard time finding fish, be sure to watch out for birds in the area. If you see them flocking, there is probably a fair amount of active fish in the area.

Among the active fish species that you can find in December is the Spanish mackerel. For these fish, use any type of shiny heavy lure that you can cast for a long time. If you are looking for redfish, check the rising tides on some of the deeper shores. You can also find them in shallow oyster bars that warm up in the sun if the weather has been cool. For redfish this time of year, use shrimp to get their attention and find the fishing success you want.

Another abundant fish this time of year is snooker. However, keep in mind that snooks are strictly caught and released only during the month of December. Snook will begin to sink deep into streams and rivers before the cooler weather approaches as winter approaches. To find them, head to remote areas and stock up on DOA Baitbusters and TerrorEyz before you go.

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LiFive pilchards are always a great choice for snooking as well. When fishing on an ebb tide, throw in a handful of live sardines, then a circle hook mounted on a 40 pound fluorocarbon leader and watch the snook action unfold.

Spotted sea trout also tend to be more abundant at this time of year. For these fish, try using Gulp Shrimp under a cork or Don’s Potbelly’s bucktail jigs bounced along the bottom.

The 10,000 Island Region in December is a great time to fish, and you are sure to have much more success when fishing in milder, more moderate temperatures. Not only will you be more comfortable outdoors, but there is also a wide variety of active and available fish species.

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In addition to all the fish we have already mentioned, you can also find blue fish, trevally, ladybugs and other energetic varieties that are out there, allowing you to be part of your next fishing trip quickly.

If you want to learn more about fishing in this area, hire a professional guide before you go to maximize your chances and achieve even more success.

Tight lines

Captain Brandon

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