Friday, September 7, 2012

'Glades and the Keys


I swear I could feel a hint of more mild weather the other day. It has been a bit cooler the last few mornings in the seventies. This has been one very warm summer here in the Everglades.

The kayak fishing this summer has been pretty consistant up until the arrival of tropical storm Issac which changed things for a few days. Conditions now are back pretty much to normal except for a couple of days with some southeast winds which clouded up the water which made for fishing success a bit more challenging in finding and getting fish to bite.

I spent one week recently down in Sugarloaf key to fish for bonesfish and hopefully a permit sightfishing on the flats but it was not to be. The week was previous to the storm Issac and as the week progressed it got more windier each day making it difficult to sight fish. We caught a lot a fish but none of our targeted species. You can never have a bad time in the keys and I look forward to getting back there again soon.

In my last posting I reported not seeing many tarpon around the area but that has changed and I have been seeing them often and hooking up and catching a few recently. I hooked up with a good sized fish, maybe 50 or 60 lbs on an oyster bar in shallow water in Chokoloskee bay one morning on my lightest tackle. I didn't have a chance in hell of landing that fish but it was fun to get a few jumps before it broke off. I've caught a few others that ranged from maybe 5lbs up to around 25lbs.

Catching a couple of juvenile tarpon on a rainy morning

A few days after Tropical storm Issac, Rich jr and myself fished some backwaters and had fun catching a bunch of "blackwater" snook and a couple of hookups with the baby tarpon. I missed seeing them, but Rich spotted a couple of bull sharks (one very large) not a quarter mile from highway 41, miles inland from the bay and gulf. 

Kind of rare down here in the Western Everglades, especially in the summer was a pair of Sandhill Cranes foraging along the side of the road.

This was one very large and ugly Iguana, way over 3ft long that lived along with others around the place we stayed in Sugarloaf Key.


  1. I just wanted to say thanks for the great posts. I grew up in the area but live in Houston now. There is no place in the world like the Everglades and your blog always gets me charged up to make a trip home or just to live vicariously through you. So thanks!