Friday, October 25, 2013

Winter Advances Towards The Everglades

Well, we got our first cold front. 60's at night, upper 70's during the day. Beautiful weather if you ask me, a welcome relief for a couple of days anyway. I'll find out tomorrow how this plays out with the fishing.

can't stop thinking about the fishing this last week. With a full moon the fishing was a bit slow but I still managed some nice catches. Being in the right place at the right time played a big part in my success in catching a few larger snook. My largest fish of the week was a beautiful snook that was pushing 40 inches. It slipped out of my hands as I was attempting to take a photo of her but I'll never forget that fish. Another nice catch, the snook pictured above, who was around 36". Two other snook caught were a nice size around 32". In general like I said the fishing was a little slow but besides the larger snook caught a few other smaller snook were caught along with a few redfish, a couple of trout, 1 flounder and a few snappers. From all accounts as long as we don't have a major cold front the fishing should be very productive through November. 

A recent trip with John Pruder who wanted to learn about kayak fishing. We fished up around Marco island. John had  a banner day catching a couple of nice redfish, snook, trout and a flounder

A common by-catch  when fishing around the mangroves for snook, the Mangrove Snapper can be very aggressive and annoying as they will destroy your soft plastic baits but, also are very good eating with their sweet meat and will make for some great fish tacos.  

Here's a pretty cool photo from my travels hiking in North Carolina of a gathering of a couple different kinds of butterflies

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Almost back in the 'Glades

While Everglades National Park was closed I spent most all my time concentrating my kayak fishing in some other nearby areas around the park. Many of these areas are my old stomping grounds up around Marco Island, Goodland and surrounding areas. A majority of the kayak fishing charters I do are mostly here in the Everglades but I do also offer kayak fishing in these other places.
Personally I prefer fishing here in the Everglades but for those that live or stay  around Marco and want to learn that area I can show you where the fish are and how to fish it. Some of the places I fished were where I remembered catching fish before and lo and behold I again caught a few nice fish again in these same places.

Last year I introduced doing the mother ship assisted trips and I'm happy to say that I am offering them again for this year. I have some very awesome and remote places in the national park where we get transported to and kayak fish for the day. These places are way beyond being able to paddle to in one day, isolated, and the fishing can be unbelievable. For many this is a once in a lifetime experience and is very competitively priced. Please Email me or call for more information.

I have a couple of other things up my sleeve for future Everglades experiences so stay tuned ! 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Government Can't Shut Me Down!

Well, I don't want to get into it but the government and this country is really screwed up. The current events haven't changed my opinion, it's just more proof !  The majority of people around the country just passively let it happen and say or do nothing because they are brainwashed by the government and at the present they think it won't effect them.
Enough of my little rant but for those who don't know the government has shut down all the national parks, Everglades National Park, Big Cypress, Biscayne National Park and 10,0000 Island National Refuge Area, that's most of southern Florida including the keys. It is effecting thousands of people, not only all fishing guides who have permits to fish in the parks as myself but all businesses, including motels, restaurants,etc.

As I'm not aloud in Everglades National Park right now to guide I have been concentrating on kayak fishing the surrounding areas. Although I fish these places allot anyway and the fishing has been great I might add the governments antics are stopping people from coming to the area, so no potential trips right now for the immediate future.

October tends to be a very good month for fishing the area as the seasons change and fish begin to move. I've had one great day after another the last week or so. There is still a lot of freshwater in the backcountry from all the rain that we've had this summer but I tend to be catching a lot of nice redfish back there which isn't really that common. Also, I have been catching a ton of smaller snook and just as many smaller (baby) tarpon which has been a blast with a light fly setup. I hate to admit it but I have been in somewhat of a snook slump loosing four very big fish this last week, two that were my fault and two I lost to equipment (hook) failure. I hope to change that soon!