Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Everglades Winter Fishing (Sort of)

Well we are definitely into our winter fishing patterns here in the Everglades (sort of). There have been some nice warm days but there have been a couple of cold fronts that have come through the area to drop the water temperature considerably. What this means simply, more trout are moving in from the gulf and there are now many of these fish in the inshore areas along with Redfish. Most of the Red's caught lately in the area are smaller fish (18" to 22" average) with a larger fish caught here and there.
I think I've fished everyday over the last two weeks trying to get a hold of what the fish are doing. With the conditions constantly changing it can be hard to predict where the fish may be. When I read reports by some of the better known guides in the area (Rock Stars) writing or talking about the recent conditions I can only laugh because I know it's all  B.S. I will only be straight up and talk about how things really are. Anyway, back to conditions. I've been busy with kayak fishing charters and on all my off days I have been concentrating on fishing many of the back waters with the spinning and also the fly rod. As with normal winter patterns many snook and younger tarpon will migrate up into the backcountry areas to spend the winter for the warmer water and abundance of baitfish available to feed on. Well so far this year there definitely are more fish back up there but not as many as I would see normally and I'm still catching some nice size fish still in the bay where normally it's more of a rarity to catch a larger snook in the bay this time of year. 
Even though it could be a little tougher to find the fish now I would stick to my normal fishing habits, especially in the bay and there is almost a definite on finding trout, also reds and maybe a larger snook. Other fish around are flounder and pompano. 

For the birdwatchers, I've been seeing so many different birds especially in some of the backcountry areas. Other than the more typical herons, egrets and other local birds, Short Tail hawks, Bald Eagles and Perrigan Falcons to name a few. 

Monday, January 2, 2012

Holiday Fishing in The Everglades

Happy New Year to everyone! It's been an awesome week, some great weather along with some very good fishing. I was hoping the nicer weather would continue but as nature would have it there is another cold front coming through tonight with possibly freezing temperatures for the next couple of days. Let's hope the weatherman is wrong. Anyway, I'm sure it won't be long before it warms up again.

I pretty much fished every day last week, one day by myself and the rest with clients. Below are a few photos of the results. The week was dominated by catching Redfish and they seemed to be where ever we fished, in and around Chokoloskee bay. Again there are also many Sea Trout around and a few fish were quite large. Snook are here but they are starting to thin out and head towards their winter homes. I hooked up with a very large snook in the bay only to get cut off but a few other snook were caught. Other fish caught this week were Flounder, jacks and ladyfish.  

The one day I did get out by myself I headed up into the back country to look for snook with the longrod. I took my new TFO 8wt BVK rod and reel setup to play with. I had fun catching mostly smaller fish along with a few in the upper twenties. I hate to say it but here I again hooked up with a lot larger snook who decided not to play fair and broke me off.

Here's Adam Dewar with a nice trout he caught on a top water plug, around 26" and fat!

Here's Will Gillespie with a nice Pompano!

Wills wife had fun with the ladyfish

Adams 14 year old son Alex with one of the nice reds he caught

Adam with one of his nice reds

White Pelicans hanging out in Chokoloskee bay