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Excellent Fishing

Capt. Ariel Cabrera
August 13, 2014
Flamingo - Saltwater Fishing Report

Summer fishing in south Florida proved to be nothing less than spectacular this season. Even though we had a very wet season with lots of rain and storms there was still ample sunshine and an overall excellent bite. Let's take a look at the inshore fishery first.

Flamingo Fishing Forecast:

Fishing around Flamingo within the Everglades National Park was phenomenal on the flats of Snakebight. Tailing redfish and cruising snook were available to challenge the experienced fisherman. And there was also plenty of shots to cast from afar, on channel edges and wheelditches to the fisherman on a bayboat. In the mix we would find seatrout, snapper, black drum, tarpon, and snook. The most exciting was seeing the snook blast soft baits like D.O.A. shrimp and flies near the top. There was no shortage of action. Further west and point south-the mangrove snapper bit proved consistent and will continue to be good so long as water stays hot- over 82 degrees.

In Biscayne Bay and Key Largo we have spent most of our time introducing families and kids to fishing. I spent most time variety fishing in order to keep things exciting on the skiff. We did see bonefish, sharks, and permit, but we ended up with more seatrout, snapper, big barracuda, and jacks than any other species. Live shrimp is always a great bait. I like fishing points where there is current flowing through, above lush grassflats, and deep holes. Bringing a chumbag with fresh chum is a good idea. I also have a PVC chumtube that I use to put fresh cut up shrimp to attract bonefish. This tool is great because the scent lingers and really stimulates; bonefish, sharks and boxfish have to really search the flats.

Power boating in the 20-30 foot range has been getting increasingly popular. The numbers of boats on the bay and sandbars are the biggest I've seen in years. Many larger boat owners are considering downsizing to the smaller, less-expensive, and easy to trailer rigs. If you are in the market for a boat, please contact me. I can give you a detailed examination of the hull before you buy. And then show you how to fish too. Remember to keep a safe eye for other anglers and boaters while on the water.

Capt. Ariel Cabrera
305 431 6946

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Fly fishing and light tackle in Everglades National Park (Flamingo) and south Florida. Veteran guide and boating author. Offering a No-Fish, No-Pay guarantee. Instruction and group trips, a speciality. Charter rates vary according to location and type of vessel used.

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