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Fishing report, first week of October, Flamingo

We spent the first six days of October down at Flamingo with two sets of anglers - and the fishing there was very good... This time of year there are lots and lots of baitfish schools up and down the Gulf coast of the Everglades from Cape Sable up to Lostman's River (and probably everywhere else from Naples to Key Largo...).  Pilchards (scaled sardines), herring, bay anchovies (glass minnows as big as they get, around four inches...) but little in the way of mullet (guess they're partying somewhere else...).   As you can guess every fish is on the feed and just about every day it was tarpon, snook, redfish, speckled trout, and even the first of the spanish mackeral, along with the usual resident small goliath grouper under fifty pounds.... Along the way more than a few sharks joined the party - we caught and released lemons, bulls, and one blackip - everyone just as hungry as usual.... but not one of them caught any of our hooked fish... 

Here are a few pics from the first three days... My angler, Dave Boyden out of Maryland just tore them up.... 

His first tarpon, around fifty pounds in a river... this one was on bait most of the rest of his fish were on lures... 

His best goliath grouper, 18lbs on fairly light gear... carefully released.  There are so many of these guys at many river spots that the moment a bait hits bottom - it's attacked and the fight is on... 

Fresh in from the Gulf this bright silver trout is just the first of many as water temps begin to fall this time of year... 

His first redfish of the trip - we caught and released 4 or 5, mid to upper slot reds on both bait and lures at one spot... Like the trout, the reds are finally making their fall appearance around creek and river mouths...
I'm waiting at this point for photos and maybe a video from my anglers the last three days.  We fished a combination of fly and spinning gear and did every bit as well as Dave did the first three days - even catching good sized spanish mackeral on the fly as well as our biggest snook of the week, a solid ten pound fish on a lure...
My forecast for the rest of the month... if the weather holds the fishing will actually get better and better as the month progresses, if possible... 
"Be a hero... take a kid fishing"
Tight lines 
Bob LeMay
(954) 435-5666

Tight Lines
Bob LeMay
(954) 435-5666


  • CaptjamesCaptjames Pompano BeachPosts: 184 Deckhand
    Looks like a nice day.  You're fishing the Gulf side of Flamingo?  Not whitewater bay area? 
  • lemaymiamilemaymiami Posts: 4,467 Captain
    In just a few weeks the interior (Oyster, Whitewater, and other bays ) will begin to turn on as all the fish we target begin their migration from the coast back into the interior… For now though, everything is out on the coast or very close by….  Water temperature and the ending of the wet season drives it every fall.

    One of the clearest indicators are the birds… You’ll hardly see any birds at all each morning until you hit Oyster Bay on your way out to the coast each morning.  All of that will change as we move toward November.

    It’s a very gradual process and once they start moving inside they’ll keep moving, closer and closer to freshwater areas as interior waters keep getting cooler and cooler.  The entire process reverses each spring as waters warm and the wet season starts up again.

    Tight Lines
    Bob LeMay
    (954) 435-5666
  • Grumpy?Grumpy? Posts: 115 Deckhand
    Capt Bob you the man.
    If I can get a split charter I'm going with you.
    786 797 3599
  • lemaymiamilemaymiami Posts: 4,467 Captain
    Cool,  having someone to share costs
    is always a good idea
    Tight Lines
    Bob LeMay
    (954) 435-5666
  • Grumpy?Grumpy? Posts: 115 Deckhand
    Allright anyone out there want to fish with a legend hit me up
  • cranker789cranker789 MiamiPosts: 433 Deckhand
    Great report LeMay, thanks for the current info! Ill be fishing flamingo tomorrow. 
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