GUIDED KAYAK FISHING TRIPS

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Triumph in The Everglades


Beginning before the holidays, the saga continues with staying fairly busy doing trips. Along with taking out some of my regular winter customers I've also had the opportunity to show and kayak fish The Everglades with some that have never fished the area before. I'm quite sure some of them will also be returning in the future for more.
I believe I mentioned in my last posting how it seems we have had many more warmer days this winter than usual with only a couple of short lived cold fronts coming through. Being busy this time of year and the ever changing weather has called for making some quick decisions as to where to go to find fish and where to catch certain species that customers had wanted to catch. For the most part I believe it's been a fairly successful year so far. Some days the fishing has been tough while other days it has been going off with catching some really nice fish. Some have had very triumphant days while some others have missed some nice opportunities for all of those crazy reasons. 



John G from The San Francisco area with his first Everglades Tarpon (caught with his 6wt)


Phil taking the Snook off of his bucket list


Thursday, January 8, 2015

Temperamental Everglades



For the recent past this has been an unseasonably warm winter season, even with having a couple of strong cold fronts that have come through we have had many days into the eighties. I'm sure that sounds great for the many northern followers but it appears to me the fish hadn't really been following their normal winter patterns, especially in the backcountry, and the fishing has been up and down. It's been very challenging fishing many days recently. That is up until now. After a very busy last couple of weeks doing trips I had a chance yesterday to get out by myself to fish the latest coldfront and check things out and conditions appear to be much better and back to more normal with a banner day of finding some nice fish! This area of The Everglades is very temperamental and it's a daily event of deciphering the conditions for finding the fish.
       

Below are random photos of some of my most recent trips.






Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Everglades Holiday Fishing



As I look back over the last year I can only feel blessed to be able to do what I do and live here in the Everglades. Sometimes I can tend to take it for granted and then I'll take someone out thats never experienced The Everglades and see their expressions and listen to their comments and it all comes back into perspective.

Happy Holidays everyone !  



Even though I've caught a few nice fish and had some some good reports recently from others the bite has been tough on a couple of recent trips. There have been a couple of cold fronts come through (another will be here tomorrow) and water temps have dropped and the winds seem to have been nonstop. Those fishing for sea trout and sheepshead in the bay and outside islands have been catching a lot of good size fish, along with some pompano, some whiting and sand trout. I've been mainly concentrating on the backwaters catching a lot of midsize snook although I've seen a few monsters. Juvenile tarpon have been scarce but that could change any day. On the last couple of trips we've also caught a few nice redfish along with big jacks which are always fun to catch. 

Steve B with a nice redfish he caught on a recent tough day trip.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Everglades Changes


As winter weather sets in throughout much of the country there are some changes happening here now through the Everglades. I've heard reports of water temperatures down to around 70 and that to me means fish will begin the move to their winter homes. I expect to find more snook and juvenile tarpon moving into many backcountry areas where it will stay somewhat warmer. Although we have had a couple of strong cold fronts move through the area over the last week or so I've had good reports of some very nice size snook and redfish being caught in the bay and outer islands. The trout are back also and I've talked to a few that have caught some nice pompano.  Reports of larger tarpon being caught in the area have pretty much dropped off as most fish will migrate south for the winter.


The excitement of catching a big snook on fly in The Everglades has been the catch of a lifetime for many that have kayak fished with me. 


A nice dinner sized by-catch mangrove snapper caught while fishing for redfish in the bay.


I've been catching many smaller tarpon up in the backcountry but I expect some larger fish up to around 25 lbs to move into some of my fishing areas soon. 


Monday, October 20, 2014

Everglades Transition



Surrounding most of the areas I kayak fish here in the Everglades are large prairie type lands. Much of this land is very wet during the warmer months and while the water table is still very high I decided to take a detour on the way to one of my fishing holes and was able to actually paddle out across the prairie. It was real pretty out there and kind of surreal in it's own way being around a mile from any main body of water that I would normally access. I didn't see much wildlife that day other than birds but there were fish and I actually spooked a couple of larger snook that were hiding in the grass.    




I've been getting out kayak fishing in the backcountry as much as possible trying to stay on top of things for upcoming trips. We're beginning our transition into the cooler months and as unpredictable as the Everglades can be I want to see my customers catch a few nice fish. Conditions are constantly changing but on my last couple of outings I have produced a few decent snook like the one above I caught the other day along with a ton of smaller tarpon.   


I had a request from Paul C from Salt Lake who has fished with me a few times in the past to fish at night under the full moon up in the backcountry. I was a little skeptical at first to do it but it turned out to be a blast. It was not for the feeble minded going in through the mangrove tunnels at night. The fishing wasn't as spectacular as we had hoped and the bugs were brutal at times but we still had a great time. This is Paul with a nice snook that he caught.    

Baby Tarpoons

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Everglades Autumn


As the fall season has begun in the northern states, we too here in the Everglades are beginning to see some signs of the changing seasons, maybe just not as apparent. We've had a few days already that temperatures didn't make it out of the 80's. I can see a cooling trend beginning! Seriously though during October we typically will begin to see some changes in the weather and also in the fishing conditions.
I'm not doing many charters this time of year so it gives me a chance to get out and explore new places. It's an endless list of places to go. Most people find a couple of good places to fish and never venture anywhere else. I love the adventure aspect of it all and there's nothing like exploring new areas and finding fish.
I ventured into an area in the backcountry this past week that I had always ignored when paddling by and I'm super excited after checking the place out where by all appearances, even though it's not a huge area, it is going to be a great winter fishery for snook and maybe reds. Time will tell. I caught a couple of smaller fish this time.
I was only able to get out in the bay once in the last week due to a lot of storms in the area but it was a good day catching some decent fish. I caught two nice size redfish, many smaller snook and a trout within a couple of hours. With everyone I have spoken to there are many redfish around including the outer islands and Chokoloskee bay and there are some larger schools of fish which is great to here.
As usual I've spent most of my time in the backcountry and although I had a couple of slow days I managed to catch a couple of very nice size snook like the one pictured below.




Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Experiences in The Everglades


There's no doubt it has been, or so it seems this has been one of the warmest summers since I have been living here in The Everglades. Then again, I think I have these same thoughts every year around this time. I am looking forward to some cooler weather.  


As far as the fishing goes, it has actually been pretty good but that's with getting the kayaks out as early as possible while the fish are active. By noon the bite has been pretty much done when the temperatures are back up again.  


I'm often asked, especially by clients about my experiences with spending so much time and kayak fishing out in The Everglades. I have my share of stories to tell along with some unusual experiences but rarely have I ever felt threatened being around alligators, sharks and other wildlife, including manatees, but there have been many exciting times.

A few years back around this same time of year I was out exploring an area for places to fish a couple of miles south of Chokoloskee and I found myself in at a large shallow bay surrounded by some small islands. There were a few different kinds of birds wading and feeding and a few alligators around so I decided to go in and check out the area. It was fairly shallow and the water was pretty muddy. As I made my way in I ran aground and assumed I ran onto an oyster bar because I couldn't see into the water. I decided to stay put and take a break for a few minutes and take in the happenings going on around me. After deciding to move on after around 15 minutes I stuck my paddle in to push myself off of the "oyster bar" when actually, I had been sitting on top of a large gator who explodes out from under my kayak lifting the kayak and me up out of the water as it takes off. Surprised is putting it lightly how I felt. Why that gator never moved when I first ran on top of him I'll never know.

Obviously that was probably a once in a lifetime occurrence but I have to say that most every trip is unique, what wildlife you will see and some days what kind of fish you will catch even when targeting certain species. If you have never been to The Everglades it is definitely a place to visit, fish and experience for yourself. I still have many days available for the upcoming winter season for day trips so if your planning to visit the area, please look me up.