A Fisherman's Preview of Fishing Florida
So, your considering a Florida
Fishing adventure but you're not sure what to expect. Well, this
primer should help you plan your trip.
I would like to mention that there are both light-tackle and fly fishing
opportunities year round in Florida
– the Sunshine State. The aim of this page is to get you acquainted
with some of Florida's most popular
IN THE WILD
am especially fond of snook because of its willingness
to chase down a fly and then entertain with a display of lightning speed,
leaps, and dogged determination. If you hook one near any type
of structure the battle is never decided until the fish is in hand because
just when you think you have him whipped he is likely to run thirty feet
to the nearest obstruction and break you off. When you land a snook
on the fly you have accomplished something! The snook
is a beautiful fish and a favorite on the table.
attempting to describe the redfish, the word
Bulldog often comes to mind. These fish often seem to take a minute to
figure out that they are hooked and willingly swim within a few feet of
the boat where they explode into a long series of 20 or 30 ft. runs. Redfish,
at times, may try to run across the flat with a powerful show of force
– especially when traveling with a school, as he will try to catch up to
his buddies. They often shake there head and apparently root like a pig
in an effort to free themselves of the fly. The Red
Drum is a beautiful fish that reflects hues of copper and gold and
usually sports one or more spots. The redfish
is also rather good on the table.
the many qualities of the speckled trout, the
one most important is there reliability. They are a frequent catch on the
fly and are well suited to the novice fisherman. Typically if you caught
10 trout half of them would be 14"-15" and the
other half would be in the 17"-18" with the occasional fish over 20".
They are one of the finest fish you will ever eat as there mildness appeals
even to those who aren’t fish eaters. Trout over
18" give a fine account of themselves in the fighting department and the
smaller variety still rate as entertaining.
of the biggest success stories related to the banning of the gill nets
in our inshore waters is the resurgence of the pompano.
For years there has been a limited fishery for these gold nuggets mainly
around the beaches, bridges and passes. But since the net ban, the pompano
have taken the flats by storm. Many pompano
are caught by accident by those chasing other species, and a growing number
of anglers are specifically targeting them. But the most exciting news
may be that they have become a dependable target for the fly fisherman.
They fight much like other members of the jack family, but unlike jacks,
pompano are highly prized on the table. They
range from 1 to 3 lbs. on average, but five pounders are not unheard of.
They may hit a variety of bottom bumping flies, but a clouser minnow in
yellow and white tied a little on the short chunky side seems to work particularly
well. For best results use a sinking line . I prefer a Scientific Anglers
monocore "slime line". Pompano are a good target
for the novice for once they are located they don’t require a high degree
of presentation, just keep boat noise to a minimum.
largemouth bass is Florida's most popular freshwater
game fish. Much of its popularity is due to its aggressive attitude and
willingness to strike a lure or bait with explosive force. They will
strike almost any kind of artificial lure or live bait, but most are taken
on plastic worms, surface plugs, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, bass bugs and
shiner minnows. For more on this freshwater roughneck, see Bassin
For more information, or to book
a trip contact:
|Captain Scott Graham
IN THE WILD OUTFITTERS
17454 Hwy. 301
Dade City, Florida 33523