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Miami, Flamingo and the Upper Keys

Capt. Raul Montoro
October 14, 2005
Biscayne Bay - Saltwater Fishing Report

Columbus Day Weekend

What can I say REGATTA-REGATTA-REGATTA. South Florida is famous for there annual Columbus Day Regatta, this means thousands of boats in Biscayne Bay which can make fishing tuff at times.

Saturday, I stayed away from the crowds and fished Everglades National Park with good friend Marcelo Sierra. Fishing was tuff with the 20 knot winds and showers in the morning, but as the day went on the clouds cleared and the sun came out shining. We were sight fishing the flats outside of Flamingo and managed six snook on artificials and one on fly, eight redfish using jerkbaits and bucktail jigs.

The best part of the day is when Marcelo hooked a snook in the 15 lbs class using a light rod in the 4 to 6 lbs class that broke him off after a nice five minute battle. This happens sometimes when you’re redfishing and a PIG of a snook is sitting in a pot hole and the rod your using has only a 20 lbs leader on it. Oh well, there’s always next time.

On Sunday, I had the pleasure of fishing with Alex Cruz, a phenomenal fly fisherman. This day, we started fishing from Key Largo through South Biscayne Bay. The winds were still blowing out of the southwest at 15-20 knots. This made fishing tough again, but we did manage to find some fish. Alex was able to land a nice tarpon on fly and had shot at bonefish and permit throughout the day.

I have some days available next week if your up for the challenge to catch a famous Biscayne Bay bonefish or a Flamingo redfish give me a call.

Tight Lines

Capt Raul Montoro

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Capt. Raul Montoro Full time fishing guide specializing in Fly and light tackle fishing in Biscayne Bay, Flamingo (Everglades), Florida Bay, and Upper Keys.

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