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.