Sunday, November 27, 2011

Surprising Everglades

It's been a fun and interesting week although the winds again made some of it a bit challenging. I've heard it from some locals and other guides who will tell you about the fishing in the Everglades that when you think you have it all figured out then everything changes and you have to start over. Well, this was kind of one of those weeks. Where I would normally find my fish there were none and places I wouldn't expect them to be is where they were. Anyway, I still caught a few nice fish during the week.

Mostly fishing in the bay, I caught a few nice redfish, got spanked by a large snook but caught a few others in the upper 20's and most all the trout this week were at least 18" with a couple around 22". Also caught a couple of flounder.  

This photo above of a shallow (low tide) muddy pond I spotted while exploring an area to stay out of the wind. I saw this place through a small opening in the mangroves off from a river near the bay. The pond while nothing much to look at but I spotted fish movement in there, not mullet but a couple of redfish foraging in the mud and about ten feet in front of me. Of course, I made my way in dragging my kayak over the oysters and through the opening. There was no way of getting in there without making noise and spooking the fish and did I mention the noseeums were horrendous. Once in I waited awhile for things to calm down and lo and behold the redfish swam back to just a short ways in front of me. I made a couple of short casts and finally, score! Redfish on! I caught two fish this same way and after that I caught another one at the far end of the pond, all fish were around 24". A couple of surprise catches today!

This is Chris coming from South Carolina who fished with me one day this past week with his father shown with a nice Redfish that he caught.


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Endless Everglades

I've been kayak fishing here around the Everglades for probably the last six years. I'm usually on the water a few times a week kayaking and fishing the area. I've acquired a fairly long list of some great places I like to fish where it can be very productive. This last week I decided to concentrate on a new area to explore and do some fishing in an area that I have not visited that much near Chokoloskee bay. With not the greatest tides this week and some very windy weather I ended up being pretty successful in finding some nice fish in a small area of small mangrove islands and many oyster bars. When conditions are a little better I can only imagine how good the fishing will be there. I've added a new place to my list and I'll be heading back there in a day or so.

One other day this last week I also did a trip taking out John Johnson and his son, John, from Punta Gorda, Florida. Having never really kayaked before or fished with artificial baits a few nice fish were caught by them. It was a real nice day and I believe these guys are sold on the sport and will be fishing out of their own kayaks soon.

Little Blue

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Windy Glades Again

Well, what can I say, The winds are still blowing. Seems like it's been nonstop for at least the last month or so. At least the day temperatures are now more moderate in the seventies and eighties and low humidity which has been nice.It's been tough fishing the bay areas because of the winds but the couple of times that I managed to get out there were some decent fish caught, including mostly Snook, trout and a couple of nice redfish.
I kayak fished some of my places in the backcountry which offers a lot of protection from the winds but that also has been a bit challenging. From all the recent rains that we've had has kept the water levels very high. Fishing around mangroves has been almost impossible. I still managed to catch a few decent size snook and a couple of juvenile tarpons. Fishing these areas will improve again when the water levels drop and air temperatures as we move into the winter months.  

Below are a couple photos of Ken and his son Tim. They fished with me last week on about the only day it wasn't windy. A nice day and a few nice fish were caught.

Ken with a very nice Speckled Sea Trout
Tim and his nice Redfish

A new issue of "Flats Pirate" Magazine came out the other day and has a new article I wrote. You can check that out at Kayak the Glades .