Capt. John Dickinson
October 8, 2008
Biscayne Bay - Saltwater Fishing Report
Weather wise things are starting to quiet down in South Florida with the storms and wind. Lately we have had numerous inches of rain just in the last two weeks. This has dropped the water temperature to a nice warm degree, and not so hot as before. The migration of bait fish such as Mullet has started and predatory fish are following these bait schools down the coast lines. We have been targeting Tarpon and have had success in finding bait and Tarpon on recent trips. Most of these Tarpon are on the smaller side up to 30lbs. A great size to catch with lots of jumps. We boated fish in the 20lb class last week sight fishing with shrimp and small plastic baits. This should continue over the next month before the cooler air is coming on a more consistent basis. Bonefishing has been a little slow on somedays but we are still seeing them and getting shots. One issue this time of year is the very high water level, which doesn't allow you the tailing action you need to see them in the low light. That is critical this time of year with the water temps. That will subside as time goes on and with clear skies you will be able to sight fish all day with the Bones on the flats most of the afternoon.
This is the beginning of a time of year that is some of the best Everglades fishing to be had. Bait schools moving down the west coast into the Flamingo area and into places like White Water Bay and its creeks and small bays. As rainwater flowing through the Everglades starts to slow down, the water in White Water Bay becomes more salty and less fresh. Redfish and Snook will begin their migration into these bays and creeks making for some great sight fishing action. Tackle requirements are unlimited. Fly ,spin or casting gear all work. We do a good amount of sight fishing here and on days when visibility is limited, we blind cast the shorelines. Tailing Red Fish in these bays aren't uncommon. Clear days after fronts come through are perfect for these areas and looking for large Snook on the banks. The next couple months will be a prime time to target any of these game fish in South Florida. This photo is of Brenton Gath, a great fishing day in the Everglades and a number of fish caught. Good fishing Capt. John Dickinson
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