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Spring means Change in Everglades National Park

Capt. Bert Barkus
May 27, 2009
Chokoloskee - Saltwater Fishing Report

With the coming of spring, the water in the backcountry has come up probably by 12 inches.
This means the fish are way back under the mangroves with the bait.
It's a must that you find water where their is structure,and banks that the snook can't get back into.
It also means you have to do your leg work to find these areas.
After having fished the chokoloskee area for more then 25 years, I have somewhat of a handle on what areas,and where the fish school up.
We have been catching somewhere between 15 to 30 snook in the 15" to 20" range and have been jumping smaller tarpon in the 15 to 30 lb.range.
It takes alot of work,and if you give up,you might as well just go home because it's tough out there now with the spring pattern in full force.
During the day we have been sighting, and catching just a few fish in the 10 to 15 pound range,but their far and few between.
So get out their and GET IT Done,don't give up, and keep that fly or artificial covering areas.
Have fun and Tight LInes,
Capt Bert Barkus

Chokoloskee Fishing Forecast:

More rain,Fish changing patterns,Jumping The Big Girls on the gulf side,(Weather Permitting).
Having fun locating the fish now that spring is here.

Target Species:

Snook,Tarpon,and Reds.

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Primary Fly Fishing,but also Spin and Plug Casting for Snook,Tarpon and Redfish.

Contact Info:

Chokoloskee Island Charters
P.O.Box 703
Chokoloskee, FL 34138
Phone: 239-695-1044
Alt. Phone: 239-695-1044
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