Danny and Pedro got it done on artificial today in the wind! Started out the morning poling the flats. Before I could jump up on the poling platform Pedro was hooked up with a Redfish. Right then I knew it was going to be a good day. We had the right wind that was helping clear the dirty water on the flats which is partly due to the west wind we had the day before and for the lack of grass beds that died off that are not there to help clean the water. So the water was fairly clear the entire time. We saw countless amounts of big Snook and Redfish blowing out of pockets. The boys started seeing the fish before they blew out and when they did they hooked up every time. We only poled for a few hours before we decided to go see more of Everglades National Park. We cam across some nice Snook. We caught a few and broke off a few. Found a few laid up tarpon but they were more interested in blowing up Tarpon and the wind picked up at that time which made the fish want to sit lower in the water column. In all we had a great day on the water and the guys look forward to fishing again real soon! The fishing will continue to get better as we get more into spring and closer to summer! I can not wait to see what the next 5-7 months bring to us! Still have a few dates open for the end of April so give me a call and lets get out there whether its bait, artificial or fly. Tight Lines!
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!
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!
Hey there anglers!
With the Hurricane upon us the fishing will continue to be great and it should help set off the bait run a little more! Fishing in the backcountry has been phenomenal for fly fishing and baitfishing! Few of the big tarpon are around so if your patient enough and wanna wait a catch one there are opportunities! Snook and Redfishing all up and down the coast has been solid. The fish super happy and ready to eat what ever swims there way! It is going to be a great season for us here in Evergladrd National Park! So the back country fish are hungry and waiting.
On the offhsore side of things the sailfish are starting to show up more and more each day! With the wind supposed to be out of the west with this storm then the water will be great not to rough. Lets get you out there and on the water to make memories!
Its that time of the year! Temperatures will start to decrease as the fishing starts to increase! The bait run is starting to happen! Starting with the little baitfish pushing down the coast! The bigger bait will be arriving shortly as well! But the fishing currently is on fire! Multiple snook redfish and tarpon days! This is my favorite time of year by far! Tends to be tidal so its easier to work with starting times just so we can fish the certain areas and have great days! Tarpon are still around if you are seeking to catch one on fly or spinning tackle! It just comes down to the presentation of the bait! Watch out for the photos and more reports in the coming week!
The "No School" has come to an end but the fishing is still going strong! It has been a very productive summer and it is currently looking like the Fall will be just as good or better! We have been catching tons of Snook, Redfish, and black drum! But the Silver King is still hanging around and showing off! Few of the resident Tarpon have been very happy in the Back Country and have been super hungry! Fishing is stronger everyday! So give me a call and lets get you out on the water!
But not only have all fo the guides/captains been busy catching fish and making memories for clients. We have at the same time been fighting to protect these waters and the waters surrounding the Everglades. Huge thanks goes out to Captains For Clean Water and the captains helping them fight! We have made progress but still need to keep it going so our future generation will be able to enjoy fishing these waters!
Look into Captains for Clean Water and help us raise money! When you sign up, donate or buy products from captains for clean water I will give a $50.00 discount on the next charter!
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In other news, last month was our 3rd annual Project Healing Waters event! Where for two days a few of the local guides and businesses support wounded veterans by taking them out on the water in the Everglades! For some of the men and women it is their first time experiencing this amazing place! Gives them the opportunity to enjoy a place that they all fought so hard for us to be able to fish on a daily basis! Look forward to next year! If youd like to help out next event reach out to me and I will get you involved!
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