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Coastal Angler Fishing Forecast for December

By December 10, 2013March 1st, 2018Fishing Reports

If October and November are any indication, I think we are looking at another great month of fishing in December. As long as our water temperatures remain relatively consistent, so should the fishing.

Some of my best days of fishing, to date, have occurred in the past 2 months. October was crazy, with Redfish schooling the beaches and passes. However, after that first cool front, they scattered into the back bays. Although targeting them hasn’t been as easy, there are still plenty of them hanging up under the mangroves.  If you can, I suggest filling the live well with scaled sardines and using them to chum up the shorelines. See a boil… make a cast, and hold on!

The cooling water temps have had a drastic effect on the Snook bite. When I say drastic, I mean that in the best possible way. I’ve been fortunate enough to find some sizable schools of Snook hanging inside the passes on most of my November trips. Once again the bait of choice has been, scaled sardines.

Trout fishing seems to be getting better and better with each passing day. Although I haven’t been targeting them specifically, my clients have still managed to land good numbers as by-catch while fishing for Reds and Snook.

The Kingfish and Spanish Mackeral bite seems to really be kicking in to high gear, with as many as 7 Kings being caught on an 8 hr. charter, and too many Spanish Macks to mention.

All this talk about how many species are chewin’ right now has got me thinkin’ I should be… and would much rather be… fishin’! So until next month… tight lines!

Geoff Crouse

Capt. Geoff is a full-time fishing guide in Naples, FL and specializes in light tackle and fly fishing adventures.