Everglades report, 31 January

I only had one booking last week (something about the weather.... seriously bad weather in the early half of the week....). Last Friday I hooked up with a couple of visitors from the midwest, Randy Ellington and his partner Bob. They were on a houseboat and we met up in Whitewater then they transferred onto my skiff and off we went... Our first few spots held a variety of fish - mostly speckled trout on the smaller side. That day we were working mostly small artificials on light spinning gear - leadheads with Gulp tails. Out near the coast Randy tossed a 1/8oz lure up against a downed tree and we were off to the races with a nice slot snook that fought all the way until I was able to grab it for a quick photo, then release. It measured right at 30" and was Randy's first snook ever... Here's a pic
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It was the absolute bottom of the tide -right at the beginning of the incoming and this fish was holding in less than a foot of water - looking to feed....

After a few big fish on bait -mostly sharks that did a long run then cut us off.... we did a few drops for grouper. We did get a few very strong grouper bites but the fish won every time (grouper in river bottoms tend to sit right next to downed trees, undercut banks and other similar places where they're only a foot or two from getting your leader into real trouble...). As the tide came in that morning water quality began to drop off (with a west wind coming along the coast I was expecting it...) so it was back inside and over into Oyster, then Whitewater bays where found some bigger trout and another small snook or two... Along the way Bob got his first redfish - once again those small lures around downed trees was exactly where we found our fish. Here's a pic - once again a very pleased angler with his first redfish, around 22".....



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If you look closely you can see that small leadhead with Gulp tail in the fish's mouth.

Water temps now have the big tarpon back out into the Gulf where they'll remain until the weather gets milder... But that's at least another week away I'm afraid. As a result, the moment I finish this report I'll be back in the shop filling orders for bucktail jigs and leadheads....

Now that we're in a bit colder weather I'm looking forward to fishing out of both Flamingo and Everglades City -way back inside... We'll be concentrating on finding warm shallow mud bottomed coves where the water temperatures will come up quickly after cold nights on a sunny day. Find a warm corner, out of the wind, and you might just find every fish in the neighborhood there to warm up a bit... Great sight-fishing conditions in the backcountry.

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

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  • Plastered2850Plastered2850 Posts: 1,589 Captain
    Way to find the fish Capt.
  • Flat NutsFlat Nuts Posts: 72 Greenhorn
    Nice day!! He must have been a happy camper!!
  • Flatwater witchFlatwater witch Posts: 598 Officer
    Nice fish.
    Thanks for posting Bob.
    Renagade69 wrote: »
    Either you are mechanically inclined ore your not. The fact you had to ask told me that you can not do it. Its ok, not every one has this ability. Some people just have to pay.
  • Rebait2003Rebait2003 Posts: 117 Deckhand
    Wow!!! No Flamingo reports since the end of January!!!

    How about a report or 2!!!!
  • lemaymiamilemaymiami Posts: 3,097 Captain
    Sorry 'bout that.... Every year when it gets hot and heavy (booking wise....) I go silent... We're finally past the big rush so it's time to get back on track. I'll have a report out this week - then it will be every one two weeks until things get crazy again next spring....
    Tight Lines
    Bob LeMay
    (954) 435-5666
  • whatzsnookingwhatzsnooking Posts: 28 Greenhorn
    sir just want u to know that we appreciate all the knowledge u share with us !!!!!!
  • Saltwater JunkieSaltwater Junkie Posts: 1,054 Officer
    sir just want u to know that we appreciate all the knowledge u share with us !!!!!!

    I agree, Bob is a friend and does a great job of posting fishing report and providing tips and techniques.

    The one thing I would add that would improve any anglers knowledge. Would be to hire Bob for a charter and tell him ahead of time that you want to learn. There are so many little things that as a guide he looks for throughout the day. That help him adjust what he's doing where and why. These are the little thing that make a huge difference. Things change all the time and over decades of fishing in an area as vast as the Everglades as a guide you gain so much knowledge. As with everything, experience and local knowledge go a long way.
  • HeartNShoalHeartNShoal Posts: 937 Officer
    I agree, Bob is a friend and does a great job of posting fishing report and providing tips and techniques.

    The one thing I would add that would improve any anglers knowledge. Would be to hire Bob for a charter and tell him ahead of time that you want to learn. There are so many little things that as a guide he looks for throughout the day. That help him adjust what he's doing where and why. These are the little thing that make a huge difference. Things change all the time and over decades of fishing in an area as vast as the Everglades as a guide you gain so much knowledge. As with everything, experience and local knowledge go a long way.


    I agree. How about sharing some knowledge with me, Pete? Like some wreck numbers?! 😜


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  • Saltwater JunkieSaltwater Junkie Posts: 1,054 Officer
    I agree. How about sharing some knowledge with me, Pete? Like some wreck numbers?! 


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    Now and in August is a good time for the one I gave you. It's the most consistent one. Most have broken apart over the years. I'll give you a couple more. Just don't share them with Bob:grin

    When I was guiding I had these 4 rules when you take someone there... you still have to follow them:
    1) No Bananas - (might bring you some bad luck)
    2) No drugs - (illegal)
    3) No GPS's of any kind phones included (all you need to know is that you're on my boat)
    4) I don't put sunscreen on men.
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