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Miami, Flamingo and the Upper Keys

Capt. Raul Montoro
November 9, 2005
Biscayne Bay - Saltwater Fishing Report

Hurricane Wilma

I don't have much to report due to Hurricane Wilma, but I did get a chance to fish this weekend after spending a week cleaning up all the mess Wilma brought with her.

Fished Biscayne Bay With Marcelo Sierra on Saturday, the forecast was calling for 5 to 10 mph and of course we made it out and it was blowing east at 20. This was the first time out since Wilma, and when we made it out of the channel, you can already see the damage Wilma did. The water was real muddy, mangrove trees destroyed, crab traps blown into the shorelines, 50 gallon drums washed up on the flats, and we even found a few Cuban rafts washed up on the shoreline. I hope those brave people made it out ok.

The water was dirty, but we did manage to find some fish on the lee side of the islands. We found lots of bait getting pounded by Spanish Mackerel, so we put on some top water plugs with a small trace of wire and as soon as the lure touched the water you were hooked up.

Our original plan was to bonefish, but sometimes you have to improvise and change your game plan due to the conditions. We also netted up some pilchards and caught some nice mangrove snappers, snook, and cudas.

Sunday I headed south to Key largo and fished with good friend Alex Cruz, the day was epic. We had glassy conditions pretty much all day, so our first intentions were to go bonefishing. As soon as we pull up to the first flat, all we can se is about 100 tails waiving at us. Alex grabs his 9 weight fly rod and I set him up and instantly he was on, first cast ZZZZZZZZZZZ bone fish on, it doesn't get any better than that. Now it was my turn grabbed the fly rod but couldn't get them to eat, so I changed to a spinning outfit with a small shrimp and I was on.

We also headed to the back country and we managed some reds, snook, and trout it was a great day.

Now is the time to be on the water, with the water temps changing, and the fall migration in full effect, you can literally catch a dozen different species of fish and have a great day on the water.

Tight lines Capt. Raul Montoro ShallowTales Charters. (786) 390-9069

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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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