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!