Florida Bay! Hot Weather, Hot Fishing!
Capt. Joe Costadura
July 21, 2009
Flamingo - Saltwater Fishing Report
With all of this steamy weather lately, we definetly know summertime is here, and so are the fish! Snook are abundant on the bights east of the marina, as well as the beaches to the west. Working the shorlines with plugs and jerkbaits has been very productive. Zara Spooks, chug bugs and skitter walks for topwater have been getting great results! Jerkbaits like white superflukes are also a great choice, just make sure you have enough of them to go around if the action is good, sometimes 30+ fish in a day is not out of the question! Brandon Simmons of Dallas Texas came all the way down to catch his first snook ever on fly, and they did not disappoint him!
Tarpon are also out and about, but have been hit or miss, but when they are be prepared to take advantage. Topwater plugs and flies like gurglers, muddlers, and good ole bass poppers can trigger that electrifying strike that always is prelude to a great day of fishing! Moving on to redfish, well the reds have not been scarce. Plenty of tails are visible on the bights and flats east of Flamingo. It's a flyrodders paradise, having that spotted red tail pop up in front of you can definetly give you the shaky leg. A well presented fly like a redfish slider should do the the trick, just remember that the less time the fly line is in the air, the less chance you have of spooking your fish! Sometimes when the fish are extra wary the window of opportunity can be short. No matter what species you are hunting, on the flats with slick calm conditions presentation is everything! Seatrout are readily available on the deeper grassflats east and to the south, the high falling tide is always best. Clouser minnows are about as far as you need to go with your fly selection and if fly is not your thing than a jig head rigged with a grub tail is all you need! Heading east towards Key Largo and Islamorada the bonefish action is heating up with lots of nice schools pushing and tailing up on the flats within the everglades national park boundary. If you happen to get a backcountry slam you can always head east and try for a flats slam, gotta have a dream at least, right? Well I hope everyone can get out there and enjoy what people in other states can only watch on tv! Just remember to be safe and bring plenty o water, dehydration and heat stroke can creep up on you with all of this heat! Also if you happen to come across other fisherman having trouble out there, remember to be a good samaratan and lend a helping hand, we've all been there and we should all look out for each other! Thats all for now, take care everyone and catch em up................Capt. Joe!
Flamingo Fishing Forecast:
The numbers of baby tarpon in Flamingo will start to increase from July through Sept.
Snook and Redfishing should remain consitent through the summer!
Snnok, Redfish, Tarpon, Seatrout
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