Sunday, January 27, 2013

Kayak Fishing The Everglades January 2013

Wow, I can't believe it's almost been a month since my last post. With working on getting Jason's and my new adventure (Calusa Kayak Outfitters) up and running, along with doing my fishing charters and then sneaking away when I had the chance to do my exploring and fish the area the time has just flown by.

There's been some  phenomenal days fishing along with some slower days. With winter here now we've had a few cold fronts come through which made for very good fishing on the pre-front and a couple of the slower days as the fronts have passed.
Fish caught over the last month have been mainly snook, reds, trout and a few juvenile tarpon. I haven't gotten into any larger snook myself but I know of a few caught by others recently in the same areas that I've been fishing catching a few up to around 36". The majority of my trips this year have been fly fishing and it's a new challenge for many of my clients. Even though they have been mostly experienced fly anglers, most had never fly fished these areas in these backcountry areas for the snook and tarpon.      

Fishing the bay there's a good chance of getting into the reds. They have been scattered and the most productive way I have been finding them has been to stand in the kayak and site fish the flats on a lower tide in the bay and creeks leading to the gulf. 

The exotic Mayan Ciclids have been for the most part non existent in the areas I fish in the backcountry since we had the major freeze a couple of years ago which also killed thousands of snook and tarpon here in this part of the southwest coast of Florida. Over the last week I've caught a couple with the fly rod so maybe they are also making making a come back.

Bruno Correa from Brazil with one of the many snookers he caught fly fishing with me up in the backcountry.

Chris with a nice size trout caught in the bay