Ton of Tarpon
Capt. Jim Hale
September 23, 2009
Flamingo - Saltwater Fishing Report
A beautiful September to remember this year so far with everyday being more beautiful than the day before it seems, calm mornings that lead into sunny humid and hot days with some showers around to cool of the fishing a little!
Florida Bay is just loaded with juvenile Tarpon up to 40 lbs and they are hungry and will eat just about anything that hits the water. In most summers Florida Bay has a lot of grass on top from the hot water and storms releasing the grass from the bottom it can be hard to find clean areas where these little poons are rolling all day ...but not this year. I am catching them on live shrimp, Berkley Gulp jerk shads; also the Rapala Skitterwalk is a blast on top water. One good thing about this fishing is if you are a novice with a fly rod this will be great learning experience that will lead to double digit fish in the future. And on a fly rod these guys are eating just about any pattern you throw at them, so again if you are beginner at tying you own flies this will be a good opportunity for that as well. We have had days where we are jumping 30 to 40 fish.
This week Capt. Ozzie Gonzalez of Bugling Elk Taxidermy and Outfitters fished Flamingo with me, we got kind of a late start from a late night football game…. we shook of the rust and jumped some nice Little poons boated 1 about 20 lbs then Ozzie place a perfectly placed jerk bait in front of a 15 lb Snook for a nice catch and then completed a Flamingo slam with a little Redfish.
Also there are plenty of reds in Florida bay with schools of up to 50 fish, and if they have not been hit hard by others they will eat well and hang around certain areas and not go running off to never be seen again. They are eating spoons and soft plastics.
In Biscayne there are plenty of Bonefish on the west side of the bay but I have not been finding them in the usually areas, it seems they have been getting hit pretty hard and decided to take of to quieter pastures. Also ocean side bone have been pretty good but I have been finding many more Permit than bones this year especially with the high water we had this week with the extra high tides.
I am offering a 15% fall discount for all bookings up until November 20th.
Good luck and calm mornings!
Capt. Jim Hale
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