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South Florida Spring Fising

Capt. Ariel Cabrera
March 15, 2015
Flamingo - Saltwater Fishing Report

In the Miami section of south Florida we can expect the bonefish to start moving back to the shallows. Always be on the lookout for stingrays and mudding water just off the flats. Sometimes this can be a difficult scenario to read but look closely and you may end up with a nice gamefish at the end of your line. The same nearby channel edges are host to an occasional nice-size mutton snapper, permit, barracuda, shark, and yellow jacks. One technique that works well for the bonefish is to cut up shrimp and chum. They will come! I also use a PVC chumtube that a friend gave me and that helps to put out scent.

If you haven't been giving your rig TLC make sure you do. Give your boat routine maintenance. Change your spark plugs, fuel filters, and inspect the fuel system. This will save you time and trouble on the water. Always refer to the mfg manual and recommendations and keep in touch with your mechanic and service shop. If you need some good referrals I will be glad to hand out a few names. Gear oil, impellers, and anti-corrosive lubricants are also important. As far as hull goes-the main thing I find are problems with hoses, thru-hull hardware, and occasional damage due to groundings. Most larger hulls over 20' should also be well-grounded, especially down here where we have so much lightning.
Capt. Ariel Cabrera
(305) 431-6936

Flamingo Fishing Forecast:

Fishing south Florida inshore waters will see a minor transition as we begin leaving winter and head into spring. For many the spring fish have already arrived. A warm winter has been the reason for such an early tarpon and snook bite, for example, in the backwaters of the Keys. My customers and friends have had a great season so far experiencing some really nice catches. And in the Everglades National Park as well. Flamingo area has also seen a good bite of redfish and seatrout. These fish are being sight fished and also being caught on many of the popular scent baits. The fly fisherman have been targeting the tarpon in places like Whitewater Bay and deep creeks. Deceiver flies and yellow/white combinations work very well in this area. I am also testing out some new tarpon toad flies in chartreuse and olive-color patterns. This is also a fantastic place to fish topwater and twitch baits. The backbays are great on windy days as well.

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