Monday, February 20, 2012

Summer like Winter

I'm not so sure that this is winter now here in the Everglades. Knock on wood but there haven't been any extended cold fronts with only having a couple times with a day or two of colder weather and then it's back to 70 and 80 degree days. I'm loving it and I am on the water almost everyday.

Native watercraft TV has started posting some video shorts with all the endorced Native guides in Florida. Last week the video was of me showing a skip casting technique and is kind of comical as I hooked up with a snook kind of catching me off guard. You can see that at: Rich Jones Skip Casting 

Without trying to repeat myself the kayak fishing has stayed pretty consistant and good. Trout ,Reds and Snook in the bay and Snook and some Tarpon in the back country.

There are a lot of Redfish around the area right now with most ranging from around 18 to 22 inches. Mixed in is a larger fish every now and then such as this nice 28" one shown above that I just caught in the bay.

Above is a nice size Sea Trout caught also in the bay around 23". There are many around from 16 to 18 inches average. Some pods have larger fish 18 to 20" and mixed in are a few larger fish over 20"

Snook are around in the bay and backcountry although it has has been more of a hunting game. Finding them and then also finding them when they are feeding has been a little bit of a challenge some days. But then again, that's snook fishing around here.

This is Steve Copps from Virginia making a nice cast fly fishing along the Mangroves

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Everglades Winter Wonderland

This has been a very mild winter compared to the last couple in the Everglades area. There have been a few fronts come through the area which have created some windy and cooler days but the waters this year have stayed relatively warmer. Inshore fishing has stayed very good with a lot of redfish around on the flats and there are still many snook around in the bays and barrier islands who haven't bothered to migrate yet to the back country. Trout fishing has been sporadic and although I haven't really targeted them except for when doing charters there have been some good days and some bad days, but still always catching a few. The one thing that's great about the trout being caught is they are now mostly larger sized fish averaging around 18".

I've stayed very busy over the last couple of weeks between doing charters and my normal fishing and exploring I do around the area. Also I spent a couple of exciting and nice days with Woody Callaway and the gang from Native Watercraft. my kayak sponsor doing an interview, filming and some fishing with them.

Charters have gone very well recently with everyone on all the trips having a great time and catching some nice fish ! If your thinking of doing some kayak fishing here in the Everglades now is a great time, mild weather, no bugs and plenty of fish around !