SoutheastFishing Reports

Biscayne Bay Redfish

Everglades National Park

I hate to repeat myself but the fishing at Everglades National Park is amazing.Despite some afternoon thunderstorms and windy days this past week the fishing was phenomenal. The number of Redfish we see on the flats never cease to amaze me. We have caught redfish on flies on the flats, with bait in the cuts and we caught a big number of these magnificent and sturdy species casting soft plastics under the mangrove branches in the same holes we caught Snook and baby Tarpon.

Tarpon Fishing in Florida in Everglades Naitonal Park and Biscayne Bay

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Photo: Capt. Martin Carranza

The best producing lure for Redfish and snook that we use is called Super big dipper in pearl white rigged weed less on weighted hooks. For Tarpon we used a Super Fluke in pearl white or green albino rigged with a 6/0 circle hook on the nose and twitched hard.Using this later method we also hooked large snook and barracuda that were mixed with a school of Tarpon.For bait we used finger mullet.Besides the mentioned big three of the Everglades (Redfish, Tarpon and Snook) we also caught several puppy black Drum (on shrimp and flies), tons of keeper Snapper (flies, bait, lures), large ladyfish, sharks and tripletail on flies. Most of my clients fished the area for the first time in their lives and re booked for next year, they are hooked!

Biscayne Bay

I didn’t fish much Biscayne Bay but heard the bite wasn’t very productive this past week although September is one of my favorite months to catch Bonefish and Permit, both on flies and live crabs. The couple days I fished we caught a few keeper Mutton Snapper with live bait on the cuts. The highlight of my Biscayne Bay trips was seeing a couple of Redfish on the outside flats of Elliott key.

I expect the fishing to keep getting hotter deeper in the fall.

Contact Info:
Capt. Martin Carranza
Fly Fishing Miami and Patagonia
[email protected]