A few days in the Keys/Evergaldes
Spent the last week down south with a good friend Chris. Goal was bonefish, permit, tarpon, snook, and reds. Well Monday, the wind was bad and the tide was as high as I have ever seen. Made fishing tough. We hit some protected area's and found nothing. Tuesday, we had the same conditions but we decided to try to make it happen. We took turns poling and saw several bonefish in the morning but were right on top of them due to the super high tide. Gave that a few hours before changing plans and hitting the permit flats. It was a good move. We saw around 15 permit with some in the 30 pound range. Had several shots but the wind made making the perfect cast tough. Even when you did get a good cast on one they seemed to change directions. I finally got one to eat and boated a nice 20 pounder. I followed it up by hooking a big tarpon that was swimming down the flat but was way under gunned with the permit tackle. Fought it for about 5 minutes then broke it off to get back to permit. Chris was having a hard time getting the permit to not change directions. Good cast after good cast went to waste. Once the tide changed we headed to a spot were I knew there would be a bunch of small tarpon more than willing to eat a fly. So I poled Chris in and he caught about 5 or 6 on fly with the biggest being around 10 pounds. Wednesday, Chris had a friend he wanted to have lunch with in Marathon, so I hooked up with a good friend John and we hit the reef for some snapper. It was still windy and a bit rough but the yellowtails were thick. They were on the small side. We got a limit with one being 20 inches but most were 13 to 15 inches. I did cast net some ballyhoo and hooked a small sail on a flat line, but after about 30 jumps, it spit the hook. Thursday, Chris and I decide to get back on the permit. I poled Chris for miles on this flat and all the permit had moved on. So we hit the baby tarpon hole again and got Chris a few more on fly. Friday, we decided to trailer up to Flamingo and sight fish way back up in the glades. Made about a 25 mile run north of Flamingo to some super skinny creeks. Ended up sight fishing around 10 nice reds up to 30 inches and 4 snook up to 28 inches. All fish were caught in less than 12 inches of water. We watched every fish eat our paddle tails. I cane poled one that was less than 10 foot from the boat with it's back out of the water. There truly is not a more fun way to catch reds and snook.