Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Everglades Bay and Backcountry Fishing

I managed to kayak fish Chokoloskee bay just a couple of times over the last week. There were a couple of fairly windy days and on those days I went up into the backcountry and concentrated more  on finding fish with the fly rod. I managed on finding and catching a few nice snook but nothing of great size but it was, as snook fishing always is, a lot of fun.
The bay is alive with fish even with the water muddied up from all the rain. Finding fish is a little more challenging but I managed to catch a few nice size redfish and a few snook. Again I got spanked this week by a couple of larger snook using top water plugs. There have been some tarpon around feeding on schools of mullet and using a heavier setup I happened to bring along one day they pretty much ignored any of the artificials I had thrown at them.
Fishing any water this week with a stronger current has produced many trout. It's a bit early yet for trout schools to move into these backwaters but it sure seems like there are more around than usual. Another thing, the majority of the trout are nice sizes around 18" to over 20" 

Sunrise Redfish

Super lowtide Redfish

I just recently received a couple of very nice TFO setups for this coming season. I've been playing with their new BVK series, 8wt rod and super large arbor reel that just came on the market recently and it is awesome!


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