FISHING REPORT...SUMMER/FALL 2013
PHOTO: Gabe Taggert shows proper fighting form as he bows to the jumping Silver King back in June. Here Mr. tarpon pauses for a quick photo with his angler before being released.
During the months of June through August, we put a lot of emphasis on fishing the conditions. On calm, quiet mornings, we'd often sight fish up on the flats for permit and bonefish. Tailing permit were a favorite target when the conditions were right. The bonefish have shown good signs of coming back after the big chill our waters took back during the winter of 2010. Another enjoyable summer pastime was sight casting to sharks up on the flats. Shark fishing is always fun, but hooking and fighting them on light tackle in two feet of water is really a gas.
PHOTO: John Shane of Louisville, KY with one of three permit he caught on a morning half day trip in mid July via sightcasting up on the flats.
With school out, we put a lot of emphasis on family fun fishing out in the bay. Typically we'd do a combination trip where we'd target snapper and seatrout for a couple of hours, add in a little shark fishing (what kid doesn't want to catch a shark?), and then wrap it up at the bridges with a little tarpon fishing. Summer tarpon are a lot of fun, and are just the right size (20-30 pounds) for our younger anglers.
PHOTO: Spencer Ghiraldini gets some close-quarter coaching from his brother Griffen on a good sized lemon shark out in the backcountry just prior to sunset. Below is a totally stoked young angler with his catch.
PHOTO: A fine summer seatrout for a Louisville, KY angler back in June.
PHOTO: Rory Wainer and family came all the way from Australia for a day and a half of mixed bag fishing back in September. Here wife Sharon with a speedy cero mackerel taken on a live ballyhoo.
The Fall of our Federal Government...What???
Because the fall months are a great time to fish the backcountry of Everglades National Park (especially for tarpon), it was a real punch in the gut when our federal government shut down on October 1st. This left us unable to fish clients up in the Park.
So we had to stick closer to home with our angling efforts. The fall months are typically pretty decent for bonefish and permit on our local flats; most years we get our biggest bonefish of the year at this time. Tarpon fishing has been good in September and October, but most of our action has been from sunset on.
PHOTO: Ted Lee started his September morning out on the right note with this nice permit caught up on the flats with a jig and shrimp combo. Ted added 4 bonefish and a big flats jack to his total, making it a memorable day on the water.
Kudos to Les Fischer of Atlanta Georgia, with his first grand slam back in September (actually a super slam, as it contained not only a bonefish, permit, tarpon, but also numerous good-sized snook as well). Way to go, Les! The very next trip, Jim Lee and his brother Ted had a good shot at the coveted slam as well...we had 4 bonefish and a permit, but lost the one tarpon we hooked in a jump.
Final thoughts: Consider booking early if you're coming to the Keys during the busier times...Christmas vacation, spring break (the week before and after Easter), and the peak of tarpon season from late April through early June.
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