Late summer fishing report
Capt. Alex Zapata
September 2, 2019
Biscayne Bay - Saltwater Fishing Report
The fishing in Biscayne bay was excellent in August to say the least. The highlight of the month was definitely the strong bonefishing we've been having.
There have been some giant bonefish around, actively cruising, mudding and tailing in very shallow water. Some of these fish have been in the 10lb range and bigger....the type of fish that have made Biscayne bay and the keys world famous.
These fish have been showing in nice groups of 10-30 fish. Some days, I've found them tailing right in the middle of the day, a somewhat unusual pattern in the hot summer months, as the fish tend to tail more in the early morning or late afternoon hours.
The tricky part of bonefishing in the summer in the bay is fishing around stormy weather. A slick calm day with beautiful clear skies can turn into an ugly one in a matters of minutes.
Lightning is nothing to play with and you need to look for shelter immediately after thunder starts developing . Also, make sure your skiff is 100% sea worthy in case you need to race a storm or to face heavy winds and waves, if getting caught in the middle of one. This is the time of the year when your bilge pumps, electronics and engine need to be running flawlessly. Be safe out there!.
Now, the positive side of these storms..... after the storm is gone, the wind usually lays down to nothing, the water temperature cools down and.... those bonefish, permit and tarpon start tailing, finning and rolling like there is no tomorrow!!.
If you know how to take advantage of these windows of opportunity, you can have the most amazing times of your life on the flats, in just a couple of hours.
Permit fishing has been great as well. We've been finding them in the deeper edges, channels and shorelines. The tarpon have been patrolling the island moats and shorelines along with some snook.
I've always said it.... the summer time months offer the best and most consistent fishing of the year for flats fishing in Biscayne bay, the keys and the Everglades.
As we get into September we are gonna start seeing bigger tides, which can make tarpon, permit and specially bonefish difficult. The fish still have to eat and you can still find them and catch them if you follow the tides and understand how they work.
The bait migration is right around the corner. Soon, we will start seeing schools of mullet and pilchards working their way south. This event will fire up the fishing for tarpon, snook, jacks, barracuda, sharks and my favorite, the mutton snapper and groupers. I'm ready and excited to get the dust off my cast net!.
That's all for now, give me a call and let's go catch some!
Capt Alex Zapata
Flats fishing guide
IFFF certified fly casting instructor
Miami, Everglades and the keys
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Biscayne Bay Fishing Forecast:
The fall bait migration will be here soon. Great time to fish with live bait for mutton and mangrove snappers, Barracuda, jacks, yellow jacks and grouper. Bonefishing will continue to be good until we start getting the big fall tides which can make fishing bones tough. Big tides favor good permit fishing in Biscayne bay and the keys.
Bonefish, permit, tarpon, snook, snapper
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