Flamingo this Week, End of November

As is typical of lightly pressured areas, No Motor Zone regions of Flamingo (and Florida for that matter) exempt anglers with engines from accessing these waters. Captain John and company decided they wanted to fish these areas, and had an interesting way of doing it. Using the 13′ whaler as a mother ship, Captain John installed a canoe carrier and outfitted the whaler with a canoe, tackle, food, and a light amount of gear. Captain John and a guest slipped out into Flamingo and anchored the whaler well outside of the no motor zone to dispatch the canoe and gear. From here, John and george hit the redfish, trout, and snook all throughout the day. No motor zone redfishing is a blast with light tackle as the reds dont even notice the canoe going by. Snook as well are less spooky as the canoe slides by. It is an incredibly rewarding experience to be out on the water this time of year, because the bugs are thinning out, the air is cool and comfortable, and the weather is less likely to turn for the worse (another spring/summer issue).




Final Tally– 3 snook, 7 redfish, and 15 trout on artificials

Captain John has also been hitting other areas of Flamingo with the trusty 17′ whaler with great success. John made 4 trips this past week to Whitewater bay, guiding his groups to a grand total pushing 50+ trout, 35+ redfish, 30+ snook, and an assortment of bycatch including mackerel, ladyfish, blackdrum, large sheepshead, grouper, snapper, and sharks for the week. All species this week were taken on artificial lures and jigs (most are homemade by Captain John at his work bench). The colder weather promotes the redfish and trout bite as was seen yesterday when John and his young charter boated 11 reds and over 20 trout.



The cold fronts cause the snook to get lock jaw though, so it is often best to target snook in the warmer periods between fronts. Prior to yesterdays cool down though, large snook have been on the prowl. John's guests released plenty of upper end slot fish, with a few 33 and 35 inchers thrown in the mix. Add light tackle and you have one hell of a fight. Fall action in Flamingo is definitely hot with multiple species always available, wonderful weather, and memorable scenery all in a days fishing!




Final Tally (2 Half Day Trips, 2 Full Day Trips)– 50+ trout, 35+ redfish, 30+ snook, and an assortment of bycatch including mackerel, ladyfish, blackdrum, large sheepshead, grouper, snapper, and sharks
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Replies

  • heavychevy15heavychevy15 Posts: 837 Officer
    Dayyyum that's a lot of fish caught!! congrats and nice report.
  • mskin314mskin314 Posts: 55 Greenhorn
    Nice Classic Whaler! Quesiton, I have the same side rails on my 1964 16'. I really like those vertical rod holders you have mounted on yours. Could you let me know what brand they are and how they have held up?
  • Lunch time crowdLunch time crowd Posts: 97 Deckhand
    Nice catches. But all the photos look like they were taken from the whaler. You said you were in the no motor zone in a canoe. You didn't post any of those pictures. Like to see what that looks like...
  • UrbanAnglerMiamiUrbanAnglerMiami Posts: 448 Officer
    Great report!
    "Exploring the Sublime of the Angling Worlds." HT
  • get 'er doneget 'er done Posts: 27 Greenhorn
    what's the deal with the forum these days? nothing but new half rate guides filling the pages with propaganda....................maybe I am grumpy
  • Double ThreatDouble Threat Posts: 145 Officer
    mskin314-- those rodholders are the adjustable style that can be found in 2 packs at west marine. Using an allen wrench you can send them in any position around the boat.

    Lunchtime crowd-- the pictures we have were from the trips later in the week and the photo credit goes to our guests, not our personal camera. Next NMZ trip will be photo heavy!

    get'er done-- just giving a fishing report for this week in flamingo- nothing more, nothing less
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  • Linesider41Linesider41 Posts: 271 Officer
    The mothership trip sounds fun.
    I want to catch a snook like that old man is holding out of a canoe.
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