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Out going tides and shrimp runs!

Capt. Jim Hobales
February 23, 2012
Flamingo - Saltwater Fishing Report


This afternoon I am fishing the Yamaha guys here for the boat show, I have Kurt and Ritchie and we are out for Tarpon. Both guys are experienced so we caught alot of fish while waiting for the Tarpon to turn on. They caught Snappers, Groupers and a big Shhephead and eventually both did battle with big Tarpon.


I am with Mark and Ronny out of Haulover looking for Tarpon, we caught some Mackerel and Blue Runners. Mark caught a 70 lb Tarpon which was the only fish I saw hooked that night.


I have Yamaha Executives this morning and they are at the top of the Totem pole. We had a cold front come thru last night so its cool and breezy this morning. I stuck to the bay because they were beginners, we caught Trout, Jacks, Ladyfish and some big Bluefish. The main goal here was to keep the rods bent and we did!


I have Steve, his wife Amy and kids Zack and Jake. We started out quickly with Jake catching a couple nice Trout but it was slow. Steve had a good hit on a swim bait and the fish pulled drag, when it got near the boat it was a 5 1/2 lb. Trout. A "monster of a Trout". It didn't take long and he had a Pompano and then some Jacks. We had some Tarpon rolling around us and it looked as if one followed Steve's bait but turned off as it got near the boat.

I got a call telling me about a good Mackerel bite just outside the inlet, I netted some bait an ran out there. We had a few bites and cut offs but did land a nice cero Mackerel.

Flamingo Fishing Forecast:

It seems the first of the outgoing gets the shrimp running. being in the right place is crucial! The shrimp weren't running everywhere.

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