Everglades backcountry report -Flamingo, 16 Sept

This time of year I tend to spend as much time in my shop filling orders and doing repairs as I do on the water -but still managed three days on the water last week.

Out of Flamingo things are getting more and more active with schools of bait all along the Gulf coast that seem to be getting larger day by day. We're finding tarpon, snook, reds, trout actively feeding each day. Here's a few photos from the coast somewhere south of Lostman's River and north of the Shark...
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These pics are from Ted Harwood's trip with his two sons, Justin and Josh.... Along with reds, trout, and snook, Justin hooked up on a really nice tarpon in the seventy pound range on a jig and worm combination. With only a medium spinning rod Justin fought that fish to a standstill but it still finally wore through the leader... It was a great day on the water !

The next day I had local angler Ryan MacFarland aboard. The highlight of that day was another tarpon, slightly bigger than the day before. Ryan stayed after the fish and finally brought it to the boat for a few photos before a release....
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He related that it was his biggest to date...

These next few weeks all the way to almost the end of October will be as good as it gets along the outside of the Park from Flamingo all the way to Everglades City and beyond... Every day there will be so much bait that a single throw from a castnet will fill a live well (many days we'll actually dump some of the net before trying to lift it...). Many days we'll be using only lures though --or fly fishing. It's that time of year!

ps: Be a hero... take a kid fishing.
Tight Lines
Bob LeMay
(954) 435-5666

Replies

  • charlemagnecharlemagne Posts: 191 Officer
    Awesome Report Capt. Bob! Thanks

    Charles
  • NickNutNickNut Posts: 230 Deckhand
    Great report! Can't wait for the next flamingo trip.
  • pk911pk911 Posts: 256 Deckhand
    very nice, BTW, we have a trip planned for this weekend, do you think it is worth going down there with this forecast for the weekend or just reschedule. thanks for your time.
  • lemaymiamilemaymiami Posts: 3,097 Captain
    Any time you can go... you should. Yes, there are times when you'll have to work around weather that's not ideal (and other small problems -like the Herman Lucerned tournament this weekend...) but going fishing is always better than not going fishing. Yeah - I'm fairly predictable..... My angler today got a backcountry slam, snook, redfish, and speckled trout... I'll be there the next three days as well....
    Tight Lines
    Bob LeMay
    (954) 435-5666
  • pk911pk911 Posts: 256 Deckhand
    Thanks Bob, I appreciate the input
  • testerman28testerman28 Posts: 1,329 Officer
    nice trips on the water kid... :)
  • nbseafrognbseafrog Posts: 521 Officer
    Great report, Bob! Are the trout consistent enough yet to warrant the long drive down with my SeaCraft?
    Catch 'em up!

    Nick
  • lemaymiamilemaymiami Posts: 3,097 Captain
    Not for us but as soon as that first cold front hits (usually the end of the third week in October) the trout will move in. Right now I'd say the redfish are a better bet along the coast (if you can keep the sharks off of them). There's lots and lots of bait all along the gulf coast now from Cape Sable all the way north to Lostmans' so loading your well with bait then finding the occasional downed tree that's holding reds is pretty standard stuff for us each day...
    Tight Lines
    Bob LeMay
    (954) 435-5666
  • nbseafrognbseafrog Posts: 521 Officer
    Very actionable intel, Capt Bob. Thanks! I think we'll try to get down that way come November then.
    Catch 'em up!

    Nick
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