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South Biscayne Bay Flats Fishing

Capt. Carl Ball
September 14, 2009
Biscayne Bay - Saltwater Fishing Report

South Biscayne Bay flats fishing has remained consistent since my last report. Permit fishing was tops on the list with some bonefish and shots at baby tarpon.

Bob Olufs and Carl Fortney got in on some rolling baby tarpon action and Carl was able to put 2 in the air, nearly landing one. He used a small lure and watched for the fish to roll before making his presentation. The slick calm condition made not spooking them a challenge. Later in the morning Bob got his crab in front of a nice 15 lb permit that was working its way up a channel with about 20 other permit. Watching the permit slurp the crab off the surface, Bob and Carl were amazed at the sight of this school of permit in the aquarium like conditions.

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Later in the day, Carl released this 18 lb permit.

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My friend John from our local favorite Chinese restaurant landed his first bonefish that weighted 7 lbs. John also learned how difficult bonefish can be when trying to place a live shrimp well ahead of large schools of fish in slick calm water. We also had shots at tarpon and permit but it just didn't happen for us that day. John missed one quick tarpon bite and we just could not seem to get a good angle on the permit.

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Biscayne Bay Fishing Forecast:

Now that fall is arriving I am looking forward to some different fishing. With the flood of baits showing on the beaches the snook and tarpon bite will be on. I love the big crashes and the showers of bait.

My friend Pavlo Joannou fished the beach yesterday and his son James landed this 30 inch snook using live sardines on Fort Lauderdale beach.

Target Species:

bonefish, permit, tarpon, shark

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I specialize in both fly fishing and light tackle sight fishing for bonefish, permit, tarpon, snook and shark. My area of guiding expertise extends from the northern reaches of the Florida Keys to Miamiís Biscayne Bay and the waterways of Fort Lauderdale. Depending on your preference, Key Biscayne in Miami gives the angler the best opportunity to catch a variety of species, whereas in Fort Lauderdale, the focus is more on live baiting for tarpon, snook, jack crevalle and barracuda.

Contact Info:

Awol Fishing Charters
1542 NE 17 Way
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Phone: 954-383-0145
Alt. Phone: 954-565-2457
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