The tarpon fishing around Miami still remains pretty consistent. Getting plenty of hook-ups and jumps each time out. We are coming off a full moon and it seemed some more tarpon moved into to town to feed on the shrimp and crabs. The shrimp are starting to make a little run from the grass flats into the cuts which means these fish will stack up and feed heavily. A little sporty with the skiff fishing the cuts when the wind kicks up, but always a lot of fun.
The fishing out front of Flamingo has also been pretty consistent the past few days . When the wind isn’t howling, we have fished the flats and had shots on some big redfish up to 32 inches in extremely shallow water.
I have also fished a few nights recently in downtown Miami. When the tide is favorable, the “after hours” fishing has been solid with putting a bunch of fish in the air and bringing a few to the boat. I can’t think of a better way to finish a day than watching a hooked tarpon come flying out of the water.
Fished down in the jungle today looking for tarpon. Casted at some giants for about an hour or so. Landed a big 18lb snook while casting at tarpon this morning. Ended the day with 5 snook and a red.
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I hope everyone is off to a good start in 2013 and getting out on the water. The last few weeks I have spent most of my time fishing Everglades National Park out of Flamingo and Chokoloskee, but have also squeezed in a few night trips chasing snook and tarpon in Miami. So far, the New Year has brought us some mild weather in South Florida, which most of the time means a lot of action from our targeted species. Although we are still a couple of cold fronts away from having a good strong shrimp run in Miami, there has been some shrimp flowing through Biscayne Bay out to the cuts. The last few weeks I have fished the bridges in Miami with clients that wanted to target tarpon with a fly rod. The tarpon will stack up underneath the bridges waiting for the tide to bring them their next meal. This style of fishing is one of my favorite ways to fish because of the amount of action. You get to sight fish these tarpon that will devour anything that looks like a shrimp to them. I like throwing a Shiminnow style fly on a 1/0 or 2/10 hook.
What a lot of people don’t realize in South Florida is how good the fishing can be in Everglades National Park, which we are lucky enough to have in our own back yard. Flamingo lies about an hour and a half drive from Miami and on certain occasions can be some of the best sight fishing in the world. The northerly wind that we typically have with passing fronts this time of year makes it an ideal situation for sight fishing with a fly rod. After the fronts pass through South Florida, the water in the glades can turn crystal clear, and that makes it easier to hunt fish in very shallow water. This situation has played itself out the last few trips with lots of redfish and snook being released. The addicting part of fly fishing Everglades National Park is the plethora of species you can catch on fly in one day. On any given day, you can have shots on tarpon, redfish, snook, trout, tripletail, black drum, and the list goes on. Truly a special place to spend a day!
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