Flats and Backcountry fishing Report
Here in Islamorada the inshore fishing has been on fire with plenty of opportunity for spring Tarpon, Bonefish and Permit. This last month we have been seeing good numbers of Bonefish around the Islamorada area fishing much of the flats in the downtown area. We have been finding good numbers of tarpon giving fly anglers plenty of shots at fish in that 50 to 80lb class. As for the permit they are getting ready to transition from the flats making there way offshore and in to the gulf for there spawning season.
The tarpon have been moving very well on the ocean and I have had the opportunity to see hundreds of fish moving in a school at a time. The wind has finally let up and we are getting ready for the annual worm hatch here in Islamorada. Finally getting our beautiful summer weather clear skies and light winds.
Let's plan your day on the water soon!
Capt. Todd Monson
Had an awesome father daughter day of fishing in Islamorada. It will make lasting memories that won't soon be forgotten. David had a long day of trying to keep up with his 9yr old daughter. Katherine took a strong lead with dozens of snappers in the morning followed up a hot trout bite cast after cast. Katherine was making it look easy.
Deep in the Glades
This trip was one that im sure my clients wont soon forget we traveled deep in Everglades National Park where you never know what you mite find the Everglades wilderness is a exciting adventure running around in the back water maze of mangrove creeks an islands is a incredible experience. This trip not only was the fishing great mixed in with some of the glades most impressive wildlife everything from roseate spoonbills to massive American crocodile sunning on the bank even a Eastern Diamond back rattlesnake swimming across a small creek . Just on of those day that makes for a lasting memory.
Great weekend fishing the 2017 Swamp Guides Ball. With Aaron and Lacrecia Barber had a awesome couple of days fishing Everglades National Park. I was very excited to guide Lacrecia to her very first inshore tournament win Lady's first place Grand Champion with 3 beautiful snook. We didn't end up with all three species but both Lacrecica and Aaron fished hard both our prefishing day and on tournament day. But all in all the fishing over the two day was very good. With plaenty of nice redfish and snook.
Calm before the cold perfect weather flat calm with clear sky's along with a incoming tide is a recipe for some good fishing. I spent the the afternoon on the water with a good friend throwing the fly at some tarpon we were able to feed one but didn't get the hook in her, after a couple of other shots we when in search of some dinner in the form triple tail.
Hot weather and good fishing, not a bad way to start off the New Year. This years winter fishery is more likely to be confused with our fall fishing. Plenty of tarpon, snook, redfish, and trout around the back country of the Everglades National park. For the anglers looking to have a full day of rod bending action, the spanish mackerel have been out in full force. Near shore patch reef action has been great - snapper, grouper, and hogfish are just a few of the species we've been finding out on the patch reefs.
Capt. Todd Monson
The fall fishery has carried through our winter season so far because we have not had the cold weather come in yet. The bonefish have been more abundant since the freeze we had a few years ago which is nice to see. We caught a few decent sized bonefish recently even with the heavy winds this month using live shrimp. On the edge of the Gulf its red hot, we are catching bluefish, Spanish mackerel, snapper, seatrout, triple tail, cobia, blackdrum and large sharks.
In Everglades National Park we are finding large schools of seatrout, jacks and ladyfish in these large muds created by mullet with soft plastics. Under the mangroves with live bait we are catching decent sized snook. Sight fishing for redfish has been challenging due to the wind, but we have caught a few in the past month that were found sunbathing by the shoreline edges.
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