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Capt. Jim Hobales
January 19, 2012
Flamingo - Saltwater Fishing Report


I am with Todd and Brad today down at Flamingo. We caught allot of fish today Snook, Redfish, Trout, Goliath Grouper, Sheepheads, Snappers, Lady fish and Jacks. We had some great conversation and while enjoying the non top action catching over 100 fish. We used live shrimp on a variety of rigs.


I am with Bob and Charlie this morning in Government Cut and we are looking for Tarpon. As we arrived the Tarpon were rolling the length of the cut so I follow them out watching the sonar. Once I stopped marking the schools we dropped a live Shrimp down in the middle of the school on a Hank Browns jig head. Bob hooked up immediately with a 70 lb. Tarpon which we fought for 25 minutes and then it ran across something to cut him off. We went back and dropped again but no more bites, we caught everything else though! The bite wasn't great until the tide switched and then it was double hook ups on every drop. The Mangrove Snappers were on fire and decent size up to 2 lbs. There were Yellowtails, Porgy's, Sheephead, Grunts and Blues Runners. We caught all these fish while dropping our baits down into the Tarpon schools. It is non stop action and some good rod bending until the Tarpon bite!


I am with Jarrod and Ryan today down at Flamingo, I had a mechanical issue while running west to East Cape Canal, so I started working the Grass flats back to the marina. We caught over 100 trout today up to 5 lbs fishing the outside edge while working our way back on the trolling motor.

Flamingo Fishing Forecast:

it looks good for the next few weeks, Tarpon off of Miami Beach and the Flamingo bite is just "red hot"

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Captain Jim Hobales was born and raised in South Florida. In the early years he learned to fish his home waters of Miami's Biscayne Bay and the Florida Keys. In the early 1980's he was introduced to Flamingo, at Everglades National Park, it was a life changing experience. Captain Jim became obsessed with the fishing in both Florida Bay as well as Whitewater Bay in the backcountry. Captain Jim is an Everglades National Park permitted guide and a Met registered guide.

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Caught Lookin Charters
7900 NW 174 Terr.
Miami, FL 33015
Phone: 305-333-8149
Alt. Phone: 305-362-6460
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