Sunday, November 18, 2012

Moving into the Everglades Winter

Moving into our winter months we are are finally over the really hot day's of summer. Other than a few more windy day's lately it's been real comfortable spending time on the water in the kayaks. The water's cooled down some also. Fishing has been consistently good in the bay area's and up in the backcountry. Fish caught this week have been snook, reds and many sea trout along with some smaller tarpon (baby's up to over 30") and a couple of flounder. 

Remember if your thinking about or planning on kayak fishing with me during this winter, please contact me for any info needed or book your trip as soon as you know the date(s) so I can get you on the calender.
Also remember that I am now offering "Mother Ship" trips to get us to some of the more remote areas of the park. 
Most details about trips can be found by clicking on "Trip Details" on the top right of the page. Thank You !

Ton's of baby snook around (Bay and backcountry) with a larger one caught here and there in the mix

Baby tarpoons on fly

Lot's of Rat reds around and a few 22 to 25 inches


On one of my trips last week I had a fun couple of days taking out Mickey and Bill from the Citrus County area of Florida. I broke the trip up with one day of fishing Chokoloskee bay and the other up in the backcountry. Snook, Trout and some  baby tarpon were caught. I couldn't believe it but no reds were caught even though there were some around, it was still a good time had by all.

You would think with all the time I spend up in the backcountry in the Everglades that I would have seen more of the Burmese Pythons that are invading the area. Well, I finally caught a glimpse as a very large snake slid into the water off an overhanging mangrove. I tryed to find the snake to no avail but it couldn't have been any kind of other snake species as this was one huge animal.

With winter on it's way I'm starting to see more and more of the different migrating birds that come to this area to spend the winter including a short tail hawk  (from central/south America), Pied Billed Grebes, Many species of ducks including the more common Blue Teal. Woodstorks and a variety of different hawk  species. I've been seeing bald eagles a lot lately but I'm not sure these would be migratory and the White Pelicans are back to stay for the winter.

(Local) Red Shouldered Hawk

Monday, November 5, 2012

Winter approaches The Everglades

It appears that winter is approaching, I actually had to put on jeans and a long sleeve shirt on a couple of really we had a cold front come through after Hurricane Sandy passed by and temperatures dropped. The water temperatures dropped a good 20 degrees over the last week or so and had a few very windy day's preventing any fishing out on the bay. 
Getting out on the bay once a couple of days ago showed the apparent sign's of winter. Trout have appeared in larger numbers already and I caught a couple that were a nice size around 20" on a topwater plug a sure sign of winter fishing conditions. Also on a topwater I hooked up with a nice red and also caught a smaller rat red on a jig. Snook eluded me but Rich Jr caught a couple, one a nice size around 24". It was pretty windy the day we went out with a ripping outgoing tide so it was hard to decipher where and what the snook are doing yet. 

It's almost the opposite up in the backcountry. There are snook it seemed everywhere that we fished, the only thing these were mostly all baby fish. I fly fished one day area last week hoping for a decent size tarpon or snook only to have basically the same results. The first couple of hours all I could hook up with were baby tarpon. Mostly around 12 to 18" and the largest caught was around 24". There were larger fish around me but never could hook up. It was still fun catching these little guys cause they are just as crazy as their parents but I would have liked a 20 or 30lb'er on the end of my line.
Ironically at another spot in the same area I heard and spotted a few larger snook deep under the mangroves feeding. I made my best attempt to entice one of these fish to eat my fly only to have it attacked over and over again by baby snook. They were like piranhas and after awhile I called it a day.

Just before I left on my trip to North Carolina I took out a small group from the "Ladies, Lets go Fishing" group who have events around Florida to teach the girls about fishing. I was bringing these girls out to show them and teach them about kayak fishing. I had the infamous Jean McElroy assist me. This was a mother ship trip where we headed out to one of the barrier islands to kayak and fish. Another fairly windy day but everyone had a great time and everyone caught some nice fish including redfish, trout and flounder.

This year I am now again offering these mothership trips so if you interested you can read about them and get more info by clicking HERE.