Everglades days/Biscayne nights, 25 June 2013
Capt. Bob LeMay
June 25, 2013
Everglades City - Saltwater Fishing Report
We're settling into the usual summertime routine, alternating between fishing the 'Glades during the daytime and night trips in the urban areas of Biscayne Bay. As noted in my last report the fishing along the coast of the 'Glades will just keep getting better and better all summer long. This past weekend our starting point was Chokoloskee and we worked our way quite a bit south all the way down to the first of the Harney River drainage (that day I was on a very nice 18' Redfisher instead of my own work skiff...). Along the way we found slot and over-slot redfish, nice snook, and speckled trout, that jumped on our small lures and gulp-tailed jigs. Here's our biggest trout caught and released carefully by local angler Brad Golub...
We were seeing some big reds up shallow next to one of the many islands south of our starting point but this large trout beat all of them to the lure... Brad got a backcountry slam that day with snook, redfish, and trout on light spinning gear. His partner, visiting angler Vince Williams couldn't get any reds to bite but he more than made up for by catching and releasing the most snook that day... Here's a pic of the typical sized snook we found..... All were carefully released to fight another day...
We got the best results that day with small Mirrolures (the #17) and 1/8oz jigheads with Gulp tails.
Farther to the south, around the Shark River drainage small and medium tarpon are very active each morning so I'm sure to be spending as much time (or more) out of Flamingo in the next few weeks.
My last trip this past week was on Saturday night locally in Biscayne Bay where we're finding some pretty good sightfishing for both snook and tarpon. That night, fishing local anglers Neil Franklin and his partner Tony, I was a bit too busy to do much in the way of photography but we jumped six or seven tarpon up to about 40lbs, and released four or five snook in the same size range as the one the photo above. All of our night fish are right at the surface where you an see them strike. We did well on both lures (the DOA shrimp) and flies (the Night Fly in size 2/0).
Like every local guide summers have very good fishing but fewer customers (all the visitors head away from us this time of year) so I'll have a few open slots every week now. Here's hoping for more time on the water and less time in the shop....
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