Monthly Archives: December 2011
Check out this live stream from the Dolphin Research Center, one of the best places in the Florida Keys to see aquatic mammals and important conservation work in practice. Click here to check out the cam.
There are some light clouds in a mostly blue sky right now at Tranquility Bay and the temperature is 80°F. The ocean is mostly calm but should get a bit rougher this afternoon when the wind gusts up to 15 kts. It is predicted to be windy again tomorrow, and then die down after Wednesday to almost nothing through this weekend. Sunset is at 5:34 tonight, and the moon is 80% full, so the evening and night should be gorgeous.
December is one of the most interesting times of year to fish the Florida Keys, as the water cools down species move to their winter habitats and colder water fish begin to apear in the area. In the flats this season is defined by barracuda, which is one of the most explosive fights available, particularly on the fly. Anyone who likes northern pike or muskies is sure to love the vicious takes and wild jumps of a “Cuda”. There are still good numbers of young and mature tarpon around, although they are generally found near bridges and in channels this time of year, instead of out on the flats. Permit are still being caught in good numbers also, but not like in the summer. This is a great time of year for anglers from the north who might find the 70 degree weather more hospitable than other times of year, particularly when there is no breeze.