It's getting close to christmas and things are picking up. After the short lull between thanksgiving and christmas, it's getting much busier here in Islamorada. The weather has been absolutely gorgeous - light winds and nice brisk air, with sunny skies to warm you up in the afternoon. The fishing has been pretty great too. We have just come off a weak tidal cycle as we had a couple days with little current/tidal flow that made fishing a little tough though still caught some good fish. Capt. Bill Bassett, Capt. John Johansen, and Capt. Rick Stanczyk had a group trip a few days ago. Spanish mackerel were chewing well and everyone caught their fair share. We finished up with a mixed bag of fish on the patch reefs including hogfish, porgy, snapper, jacks, and cero mackerel. Capt. Lonny Shaw today had some gigantic hogfish including one almost 5 lbs on the patch reefs! Great fishing out there! Capt. Jim Willcox just finished filming a couple days for a new TV show for 2015. They got footage catching MONSTER black drum back at cape sable one day, and then some good action with snook and redfish yesterday. Today Capt. Rick Stanczyk was back there they had great fishign with snook, redfish, black drum, sheepshead, and even got a 50 lb tarpon to the boat but it ran and jumped off before they could get pictures. Capt. Vinnie Biondoletti had some redfish and snook, as well as some big jack crevelles in the backcountry around flamingo. Capt. Mike Venezia has had some good backcountry action with similar fish, as well as some action out front on the patch reefs with porgies, hogs, and small grouper his last trip. Capt. Chris Daly had some good fun fishing and sight fished a couple bonefish the other afternoon as well! The weather looks to be nice through the weekend into next week. If your down here before or during the holidays, book a trip now as after xmas it becomes a zoo down here. Just about everything that floats will be booked!