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Everglades, Flamingo report, 6 October

Finally getting active again (after the way the year's gone so far - very grateful...).  We spent a few days this past week down at Flamingo - and the fish are biting.  There's so much bait along gulf coast shorelines right now that hungry fish can feed 24/7 when they want.  The only downside so far is that the big tarpon have been a bit scarce.  That should change any day now since these next three weeks are their last big feeding opportunity inshore before falling water temps at the end of this month will send them scooting offshore just before Halloween.

Find a feeding station right now and every cast will be a redfish or a snook around any creek mouth along the coast.  Water temperatures are still nearly as high as August with low eighties each morning - but not rising much above that given the rain/thundershowers each afternoon.  I don't expect the fish on the coast to start their move inland (the way they do every fall) until water temps begin to fall, so for now, the west coast of the Everglades is where you'll find us most days.  And for those wanting to stay close to Flamingo... the fish in that area are pretty turned on as well.  The other day, a quick stop at a canal mouth had my angler getting hooked up with small snook from his very first cast with a lure on light spinning gear - and we lost count of how many he caught and might have been as many as twenty.  Here's one that paused for a photo before going back where he came from...

At that spot all we used were leadheads with Gulp tails - at other spots a DOA Baitbuster was our second choice... Whether we're tossing lures with spin or plug casting gear or working the fly... I have enough rods on board to simply pick up another rod ready to go since we do get snagged up every now and then... My angler that day was Dave Boyden out of Maryland - and I was working on his Pathfinder.  As I write this he and his buddies are down in the Keys for the rest of their expedition...  Later that day Dave hooked a nice small tarpon around 10 to 12 lbs on that same leadhead / Gulp tail combination at another spot and did a great job of bringing it alongside the boat.  As I reached for my camera -the fish decided to shake free - and that was that... That day we also found a few very nice tripletail that were pushing in around five feet of water against the falling tide (those same fish and lots of them will be found floating at the surface when the tide starts back in...) but missed our shots at them.  Once the crab traps are back in the water (very shortly) all of our inshore tripletail will begin to move offshore a bit and once again be found hanging around those crab pot floats the way they'll do all during the cooler months each year - but they're still to be found, right now, inshore and close by... 
Here's another photo or two from this past weekend...

Casey with a nice small redfish on a Baitbuster, carefully released... 

this 30" snook got invited home for dinner...

The fish were so hungry this past weekend that twice a good redfish or snook never made it to the boat before a medium sized shark turned it into a meal - all in less than three feet of water and close enough that I was reaching for the leader when things went south... Lots and lots of "hungries" right now and it will stay like this as long as conditions allow.... 
With good weather the next two or three weeks should get better and better.   This weekend coming up I'll finally be getting some fly anglers and we'll be hunting tarpon among other species... I'm looking forward to it... and for a change I still have lots of open dates for anyone heading this way.
"Be a hero... take a kid fishing"

Tight Lines
Bob LeMay
(954) 435-5666


  • Fishin' MusicianFishin' Musician Posts: 94 Deckhand
    Thanks for a great report!

  • bowhunter4lifebowhunter4life Posts: 2,074 Captain
  • SpineymanSpineyman Destin, FlPosts: 8,377 Admiral
    Excellent report and glad you are getting more trips.
    Kayak Rookie...and loving it.
    Fishing beautiful Destin / Ft Walton Beach area!

    II Chronicles 7:14
    if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

  • um#1um#1 Posts: 47 Deckhand
    Great to see your report!  

    Are you putting in at the ramp in Flamingo or running out of Chokoloskee?  Thanks again for the report!

  • lemaymiamilemaymiami Posts: 4,671 Captain
    I launch out of every open ramp from Flamingo all the way to Port of the Islands (wherever my customers are..). These past few weeks it’s been Flamingo.  We were there today and brought seven nice mid-slot redfish to the skiff with lures (and invited two home for the table). Will be back there on Friday...

    Hardly saw another boat all day long.... 

    Just nothing like the ‘glades...
    Tight Lines
    Bob LeMay
    (954) 435-5666
  • MangroveMarkMangroveMark Oak HillPosts: 488 Deckhand
    Thanks for a great report! Glad you are getting out and catching them.
  • EngguyEngguy Posts: 197 Deckhand
    Well, I wonder how much Flamingo and Florida Bay got flushed out from Eta???
    Will fishing be better later this week???
  • lemaymiamilemaymiami Posts: 4,671 Captain
    Only one way to find out... the weather will finally settle down by Thursday...
    Tight Lines
    Bob LeMay
    (954) 435-5666
  • Lostmen_DanLostmen_Dan Ft. LauderdalePosts: 18 Deckhand
    Great report Cap! Love fishing those free floating tripletails. We've even come across permit and cobia engaging in near the same behavior as those TTs out off the beaches. Too bad the permit don't tolerate the outboard near as much as the trips, but then I s'pose everyone would be in on the game.

    I've likewise encountered more than a few 'hungries' after a snook, redfish or small tarpon. We've been trying to cane pole them into the boat or go full freespool once the sharks are spotted. Too often there's nothing can be done once the tax man comes to collect.

    Hope to see you down Flamingo way soon, tight lines.
    Formerly lostmen dan. Not able to get back in the account but what else is new around here.

    3rd gen Floridian fishing Flamingo, Chokoloskee, the Keys and Tri-County area since 1988.
    IG - @danielrearle
  • lemaymiamilemaymiami Posts: 4,671 Captain
    We'll be fly fishing there on Monday... with a learning fly angler.  One of the blessings out of Flamingo are all the places sheltered from the wind and weather.
    Tight Lines
    Bob LeMay
    (954) 435-5666
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