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Flamingo - Everglades National Park

Capt. Ariel Cabrera
December 26, 2001
Flamingo - Saltwater Fishing Report

When a hardhead catfish is the first on the line this is just a predicament of a great day of fishing at Flamingo. Strong easterly winds kept me well hidden in a labyrinth locals refer to as "little" Lake Ingraham where I led Jose Trueba to great catches. The largest fish released was a 14 pound black drum. Jose couldn't believe the size of the behemoth because it looked like it weighed about 40. One 24" redfish, three seatrout, six sheepshead, and a total of seven drum were caught. Three large sheepshead, two drum, and the red is what Jose decided to keep for dinner, which would be shared with his wife.

Fish are responding well to live shrimp as finger mullet. In fact a huge runaway snook slurped a live finger mullet and managed to tangle Jose winning the tug of war. This was the only snook encountered during my most recent outing. Sheepshead are schooling up well and are tough to hook. Keep a tight line and super sharp hook if you intend to fool any.

Prior to this major front water levels along Tamiami Trail were exceedingly high. A short commute near Everglades City in search of baby tarpon and snook was futile because water temperatures were just not cold enough. A second outing to the backwaters of Chokoloskee via skiff also rendered ineffective because of the high water against mangrove shorelines. The good news is that black bass are itching with pre and post spawn blues. In short order we should have big bass action!

Cold weather will attract me to my pet coves and shorelines in Hell's and Lane Bay. I hope to meet Mr. And Mrs. Snook when they come to warm up and feed in their secret hideouts.

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