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Everglades City, Chokoloskee and Everglades National Park

Capt. Charles Wright
December 21, 2003
Everglades City - Saltwater Fishing Report

Everglades National Park -- The Fishing Year in Summary

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Happy Fishing Holidays



another year comes to an end in our version of Paradise.  For Vickie and me,

it has been a great year, but a year of change.  We sold our home, completed

the construction of another and finally moved in while managing to remain

married.  Some long time, very good friends, from the East Coast, moved here

to live full time.  Some other good friends have moved too far away.  Many of

our long time, regular anglers have become great friends, while others have

succumbed to Father Time.



This past year’s fishing was all around as good

as it gets.  January and February of 2003 were very cold, averaging a full 8

degrees colder than normal.  This certainly changed the fishing, but generally

not for the worse.  These months produced some of the best speckled trout and

wintertime redfish that I have seen in years.  Very few trips ended without a

limit for everyone on board with many 100 trout days notched.


March was the best March that I could remember.

It warmed up early in the month; the bait schools showed up strong and so did

the fish.  Perhaps, because it was so cold earlier, the snook, redfish and

tarpon, that moved in were very hungry and aggressive.  Anglers had more

“slams” (snook, redfish and a tarpon in one day) last March than any other

month last year.  


April is usually a very good month.  However, on

April Fool’s Day the temperature plummeted once

again and so did the fishing.  It took almost three weeks for things to

recover.  But when it did, it recovered strong. The tarpon, however, were

driven well off shore and seemed to pass right by preferring to stay in the

warmer water. The permit were right on time,



May and June were fabulous.  Many days,

especially, in May, we were boating

seven to eight cobia per day; the snook were big

and aggressive.  You could count on several very large fish practically every

day and we jumped big tarpon on the flats just about every trip. 

Permit were caught just about anytime during the



July and August, were great months for the

classic split day trips.  Early out at sunrise, early in for lunch, air

conditioning and a nap; back out after the thunderstorms for some snook

fishing and dinosaur flying!  These summer evening tarpon trips were

spectacular.  There is nothing better than launching a big silver dinosaur

into the air at sunset!! 


September and October produced some superb snook

fishing with double digit days most every trip.  The cobia showed up on

schedule and the tarpon fishing was absolutely

great.  Redfish were something you

could just about count on.  The permit for some reason

were hit-and-miss.  This is my favorite time of year.  The kids have

returned to school, so most anglers who travel here are doing so on the

weekends.  The middle of the week, it seems that you have the entire Park to

yourself.  Essentially you do, you only see another boat if you choose to. 

But, most of all the fishing is at its best!


November and December continued to produce

double digit snook days both in weight and numbers right up until the second

cold front.   The kingfish offshore, combined with the Spanish mackerel, cobia

and some very nice snappers ended the year with a bang.


Vickie and I, along with many of our friends,

camp every New Year’s in the Park.  It is our anniversary on New Year’s Eve,

so we celebrate where we enjoy things most … in the Park amongst our friends.


From both of us, we would like to wish you and

yours a safe and joyous Holiday Season.  We are looking forward to a great

2004 and hope you have as much fun next year as we plan to!!!


Tight lines!!!









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