Everglades City, Chokoloskee and Everglades National Park
Capt. Charles Wright
June 12, 2005
Everglades City - Saltwater Fishing Report
Summer Snook Bliss
I am often
asked, ‘What is the best time of year to be here?”. That is always a difficult
question to answer. We have a year round fishing season here in the sub-tropics
and some species or technique is almost always “hot”.
trout fishing can be wonderful with non-stop, high volume action. Snook in the
back-country when it is cold are wonderful to sight fish. Many times we can put
up 60 fish days, but the fish are smaller than in the summer months.
cobia runs are wonderful and, yes, they return in the fall. The permit that
show up in springtime are a wonderful line-ripping treat until November. The
big tarpon begin to show in spring and can be fished until mid-December The
spring is a time of transition from winter. There are tons of fish both large
However, the late summer and early
fall is the time for me. It is a time when you can really enjoy
the Everglades. Very few people venture out on the waters during the week, it
feels as though this vast Fishing Paradise is all yours.
and fishing patterns are extremely predictable. It is hot in the mornings, even
hotter in the afternoons and it will rain almost exactly at 2:00 pm to cool
things down … perfect. The fish and their feeding habits are just as
predicable. The snook are big, aggressive and easy to find.
This is the
time of year that snook fishing dominates the minds of anglers. This is the
time of year for big snook. In July, the fish tend to migrate to the deeper
passes doing what they do this time of year (spawn). Baits worked deep in these
passes will produce well. Very early morning is best, so we will many times
leave before sunrise to catch the early bite. Wade fishing the edges, casting
into the drop is arguably one of the most effective ways to get at these fish.
The noise of a boat, hull slap trolling motor, etc, has a definite impact on the
places, however, you can only fish only one side of a pass and you are
restricted to the areas that you can wade. These areas, many times are all that
you need to be productive, but many times you simply can not get to where the
fish are. Toss the use of the fishing kayak into the equation and you have the
tools to cover any the area where the fish may be.
tides play an extremely important role as to when and where we fish. During
the summer months, the major tide is in the evening versus the mornings during
the winter time. This means that in many areas, there is plenty of water for
the big snook to be up on the “flats” throughout a low tide period. While most
do move into passes during these periods, the water remains deep enough to
target these residual fish with the proper technique … fish that are almost
impossible to catch without the kayak.
circumstances, we will launch the kayaks, up-tide, at first light. With the tide
already fall strong, I will send in the anglers typically armed with big
top-water plugs. The top-waters can really call in these top-end shallow water
predators in the calm of morning.
recent trip, with four kayak fishing newbies, produced snook to 33”, tarpon,
over 100 lbs in air, redfish to 29” and trout to 22” in one drift/pass. There
is something really special about being very close to the fish in a kayak,
seeing them, positioning yourself and the watching them explode onto an early
morning top-water bait.
Two of the
four Texans on this trip used to live in South Florida and had fished this area
for years. Both commented that “this (kayak fishing) is THE way that they will
fish Chokoloskee from here on out”.
July is not
all kayak fishing. Sight-fishing, snook, tarpon, redfish and, most of all,
permit rank right near the top of my list of July picks. Fishing the inshore
early and moving to the near-shore permit schools makes for a trip that most
will never forget.
This is the
second full year of running the “Yak Attack” mothership kayak trips. Things are
going well and most who have taken the trips have really enjoyed them. We did
some wonderful camping/fishing trips into some very unique areas this past year
and plan to do even more this fall and winter.
we took the Yak Attack to the lower keys for some bonefish stalking from the
kayaks … that’s right from the kayaks. The weather gods were not friendly to us
while we were there and made conditions tough, but the anglers were even tougher
and we managed fish to 8 ½ pounds off some remote, pristine flats.
planning to do the Lower Keys kayak fishing trip again in early October and fish
South Biscayne Bay for bonefish, permit and tarpon October 17 – 20. We will
also be planning camping/fishing trips to the No Motor Zones this fall watch the
website for details.
quarterly drawing for a free trip will be October 1st. Please
remember that you must register each time to be eligible. The registration info
is on the website.
Tight Lines ….
If you would like to book a charter with
Chokoloskee Charters, contact Capt. Charles Wright @
or call him @ 239-695-9107. Tight Lines!
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