This past weekend was the Annual Hell's Bay Owners fishing tournament and get together out of Islamorada, Florida. It is always a great event to get everyone together to have drinks and share fish stories and also do a little competitive fishing as well! As usual when you say tournament its like the wind hears you and decides to blow. But that did not stop my recent Hells Bay owners from catching fish! They stuck it out, catching over 30 reds and 20 snook. We saw tarpon and bonefish but they just were not happily eating. We set out from Anglers House Marina and head out to catch the Redfish and Snook in the glades so we could target the other species near mainland when wind calmed down. Man it was pretty intense making it across Florida Bay to the coast! We started catching fish as soon as the first line was thrown! We continued to fish the areas until we though we had enough to go after other species! We got back to mainland area and hit a few flats that hold fish and we saw a bonefish but just spooked fast! It was a great tournament! At the end of the day we all were having dinner as the awards started and it turned out the my man Luke won Top Junior Angler of the event! He was stoked! I knew we caught an abundant amount of fish and had a good chance of winning something and we did! Great first event dude!
In the past few years I have been expanding my knowledge of fisheries to learn new areas and learn new things! I have been fortunate enough to fish some of the areas that I dreamt about fishing as a kid! One of those areas in Chokoloskee and the 10,000 Islands! These fisheries are always surprising! There are plenty of happy fish as well as some slobs that hang around! It defiantly is worth checking out. The fishing is heating up of there! We threw fly all day catching redfish, snook, trout and tiny micropoons due to the wind was just crazy on the edge. But it was still an awesome day to be on the water and fishing the glades!
It was a Great two days of fishing with father/son duo Greg and Jacob! Flew on a red eye straight to the Glades to do a little fishing! Before the the trip they both mentioned that catching quantity and variety of fish was the game plan! They did just that! We lost count of the number of redfish and snook we hooked up with! I couldnt keep up baiting hooks fast enough as fish were coming in the boat! They caught Redfish, Snook, Black drum, sheepshead, tarpon, jacks, snapper, and the rare ladyfish! Had a Blast showing them what early spring time fishing in the glades is all about! Jacob mention when he finishes school he wants to move to the glades in south florida and fish everyday! Look forward to fishing these two again in the future! Here are a few photos from out adventure in the glades!
Hey there anglers!
Trying to catch up on some fishing reports and before I knew it winter was over and now we are getting into spring!
Winter fishing in the Everglades and Florida Keys has been spectacular! The fish have eating non-stop from inshore to offshore! A majority of my clients were in search of the Late winter tarpon fishing! Through January and parts of February the fishing was super hot having double digit hook-ups daily! This is the normal routine in later winter and spring in the Everglades! In Downtown Miami at night the tarpon fishing is pretty solid year round weather pending. In the Back-country we are throwing flies and artificial lures for the eat. While the Tarpon fishing was steady so was the other inshore species. Catching upwards of 20-30 Snook and Redfish a day and mixing in Sheepshead and Black drum as well as occasional Cobia and Tripletail. So busy fishing that i slacked on posting picture as well!
Now lets get to Spring time fishing! With the Tarpon still stacked up from Miami to Key West and the migration starting up we will be casting at laid up Tarpon in the glades to the strings of Tarpon down the coast in the keys on fly. Bridge fishing for the Tarpon is starting up as well. Catching a mixed bag of Permit and Sharks while waiting for the Tarpon. The Back-country will continue to be red hot with the big laid up Snook coming out for some of the action and the Reds! This time of year is my favorite time to fish the deep brackish waters of the Everglades for those species when not out hunting the Silver King!
Now on to the offshore side of things. The Sword fishing has been phenomenal lately and will continue to be! We have about a month or two left of great sail fishing. Most the time the kites are in the air holding are bait at the waters surface but nothing beats seeing a sailfish rip through the surface chasing schools of bait and pitching a bait and hooking up. Possibly the best sight-fishing I have ever experienced. With the cooler days we have been having the King-fish bite has been decent, nothing like running back to dock and seeing them crush on the surface. Makes for quick grocery shopping. As we get more into spring time the snapper will start to spawn and soon as may and June hit the big mangrove snapper and Mutton Snapper will come out to play. By far the best tasting snapper there is that we catch here! You will not be disappointed when frying up a batch of Mutton's for dinner! Whether you are looking to target inshore species or offshore give us a call or email and lets get you out of the water for the best spring time and summer fishing here in South Florida!
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