fishing report, Flamingo, 2 August 2016

We only got out one day this past week on Saturday. I was fishing with Hector Silvera and his partner Luis on Hector's boat to show them a few spots and get them started fishing the backcountry. At dawn we made the long run across to the coast and found a few fish here and there on small lead heads with Gulp tails, catching and releasing speckled trout, ladyfish, jacks and snappers. We did hook up three nice snook - here's a pic or two....
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Luis, with his second snook of the day
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Hector with another nice one - both carefully released

We also had a few shots at tripletail in fairly shallow waters but the only one we hooked was able to pull the hook before any picture was taken.... That day it seemed as if the lures out-fished the live or dead bait wherever we went. Mostly, any live bait got jumped on by the many sharks (bulls, lemons, and blacktips) we encountered -they were everywhere. Our last attempt with bait did have a different outcome.... the bait (meant for a redfish) was picked up in less than three feet of water and it was game on. We could see pretty quickly that this wasn't a shark but were puzzled until right at the boat a big sawfish bill broke the surface. Hector did a great job of keeping the eight foot long (that's only medium size... sawfish get much, much bigger...) fish from hitting the boat with it's rostrum (that bill on the end with all the teeth...) until we could take a photo or two and release it... This pic should give you an idea of its size... Because of the net ban here in Florida more than twenty years ago, sawfish are coming back strong - more and more of them around every year.....
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Don't know if the photo will show it but every tooth was in perfect condition (a bit unusual for sawfish since they attack their prey with that big saw...), it was very carefully released.

Towards the end of the day we retreated back into the many rivers that drain into the Gulf near the Little Shark river and kept working those lead heads at every spot. Hector hooked up on a nice tarpon (estimated at around sixty pounds) that did its best to spool him while jumping as it rocketed away. After two runs and a few more jumps the fish tired of playing with us and easily tossed the jig on its last jump... That's tarpon fishing with jigs - it happens all the time (but not before getting everyone's attention...).

Every day we move closer to the 1 September start of snook season now and the fishing keeps getting better. Very soon we'll switch from lures to live bait (I keep two nets on my skiff just for late summer/early fall) and things will just get hotter....

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

Replies

  • John McKroidJohn McKroid Posts: 1,684 Captain
    Nice Report and photos. Thanks.
  • tarponhuntertarponhunter Posts: 304 Deckhand
    Were you guys fishing wwb or the gulf side?
  • lemaymiamilemaymiami Posts: 3,097 Captain
    Yes.... Seriously, this time of year we do both -and you have to run through Whitewater to get to the coast... (unless you come from the Florida Bay side - then you'll have to run a good five miles farther to get to the Little Shark...).
    Tight Lines
    Bob LeMay
    (954) 435-5666
  • DirtySouthDirtySouth Posts: 212 Deckhand
    Great report Capt!! Have you heard any reports of the snapper fishing out on Florida Bay? Out on the banks or basins?
    Thanks,
    Ed
  • NickNutNickNut Posts: 230 Deckhand
    Those sawfish don't seem nearly as rare as their endangered classification would imply!

    Great report, Bob. Do you do much in southern biscayne bay?
  • lemaymiamilemaymiami Posts: 3,097 Captain
    For DirtySouth - I've heard that some very nice mangroves are in the channels (but that's only second hand...). All the snaps in the rivers that drain into the coast now have been on the small side...

    For NickNut - I used to fish that area quite a bit - but quit guiding in Biscayne Bay during the daytime - about eight years ago... I still work the Bay at night, but up in the urban portions between Miami and Miami Beach.... The fishing pressure in the Bay during daylight is pretty overwhelming as far as I'm concerned. That's why most days you'll find my either out of Flamingo or Everglades City/Chokoloskee....
    Tight Lines
    Bob LeMay
    (954) 435-5666
  • IAMSECONDIAMSECOND Moved to PB County on 7/5/18Posts: 81 Greenhorn
    Nice sawfish picture!!!
  • lemaymiamilemaymiami Posts: 3,097 Captain
    I've been up close to saws that were clearly well over 20 feet long... If you ever hook one of those a camera won't ever have a chance for a picture. A medium sized saw in relatively shallow water isn't hard to maneuver for a photo (as long as you're careful not to allow it up close to the boat (saws are hard on boats...).
    Tight Lines
    Bob LeMay
    (954) 435-5666
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