Fishing out of Flamingo down in Everglades National Park gives most regulars a decision to make on each trip- whether they should fish Whitewater Bay (Inside) or Florida Bay (Out front).
As we drive through the park entrance, any stress or worries you may have seem to vanish away thinking about what adventure lies ahead. This time of year, it doesn’t matter which way you go there should be some hungry fish waiting…
The day I spent “Out front” this week we found tailing redfish very close to Flamingo.
These fish were tailing so hard, at times it was difficult to get a bait to them because there head is so far in the grass looking for food. When we did, it resulted in a vicious bite. Most fish were upper slot fish with a couple that were over. The schooling fish would chase down our offerings from very far distances. That is always fun to see! Usually if you get out early enough, this time of year, you can play with the baby tarpon for a few hours, which we did. We ended up jumping and catching multiple baby poons. I had two very skilled anglers on the boat this week, Dennis Wilson from Pembroke Pines, Fl and Bill Bates of Sunrise, Fl.
During my most recent Whitewater Bay trip, we found large Snook and Tarpon from the Gulf coastline all the way up into Tarpon Bay. On the coast, we looked for bait and outer points with good water movement which usually resulted in a hook-up on artificial. Back in the jungle we threw soft plastics and flies and scored good numbers of snook laid up under the roots. Good to see some areas where you can catch 15-20 snook at one spot and know that these fish are post freeze fish because of there size.
One night this past week, I had the pleasure of having Jan Maizler on board for a little
“after hours” snook fishing the dock lights. Jan who is from Miami, FL. travels the world to write for multiple fishing magazines and online publications. There were plenty of snook swimming around the lights despite the dirty water we have been experiencing, but the highlight for me was listening to Jan tell stories about the “old days”. Thanks again Jan for joining me.
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