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Change of Seasons!

Capt. Jim Hobales
November 1, 2023
Flamingo - Saltwater Fishing Report

The past week or so the weather has changed. We have had hard NE winds which pushed the mullet through Biscayne Bay. I got out with my son James on a cool morning and had for the fish to wake up. We found some Snook on a sea wall chasing mullet, lucky we had NLBN lures rigged up. It didn't take long, and James was hooked up. It was a great fight but not a giant at 28inches. There were some Tarpon and big Jacks also blowing up on the mullet which is lots of fun to watch. I was throwing a 5-inch NLBN and had the Jacks chasing it. I netted some mullet and headed to Government Cut and It was nasty.

It was blowing @ 20 MPH, but we were able to fish inside the rip. We had a couple big Cudas eat the first couple baits and then a hard fighter that stayed deep. It took a few minutes, but James landed a nice African Pompano. We fished around the bay chasing mullet schools. We stopped on a bar that's been holding some nice Trout lately. We caught about 20 Trout up to 21 inches and headed back toward Haulover.

I fished with my son a bunch this week. We fished Holiday Park on last Sunday with our buddy Mike for Peacocks. The day was beautiful, and I had sat around all morning doing nothing. We got out about 2 pm and there wasn't anyone there. We are still using the NLBN on everything that swims and they work in salt or freshwater. The water is still high out there and the fish aren't easy, but we managed @ 30 fish between all 3 of us. We had Bass, Oscars and Blue Gils as by catch. Not to bad in 3 hours!

I fished with my friend and accountant Fred this past Sunday at Flamingo. The winds have been steady 20-25 mph all week. Fred just got done with busy season and needed to get away. The morning was beautiful until a front started moving in. The moon was still up as we got out into open water, sometimes the small Tarpon will eat until it sets.

Well they didn't today, as a matter of fact. The Ladyfish were just in giant schools and not letting anything else eat. We eventually found some Snook and I had Fred hooked up to a few big back-country Goliath Groupers. They can't refuse a live Jack, but I also had one on a 5 Inch NLBN lure which was fun. None of these fish were landed today, they are just getting bigger back there.

It was a long day and weather was getting nasty, but we always have a good time together.

Flamingo Lodge Opening!

A one-bedroom suite at the Flamingo Lodge. Photo: Courtesy of Flamingo Everglades Adventures

You might have heard of glamping. Now imagine sleeping in an air-conditioned hotel room in the Everglades.

Driving the news: The new Flamingo Lodge & Restaurant opened today nearly 20 years after Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma destroyed the original lodge.

The neighboring Guy Bradley Visitor Center, which was also recently reconstructed, opened this summer.

Details: The lodge designed with climate resiliency in mind features 24 rooms made from shipping containers that are elevated off the ground by stairs and columns.

Each room has east-facing balconies, ideal for watching the sunrise and sunset over Florida Bay.

The downstairs restaurant, also made from shipping containers, offers breakfast, lunch and dinner and doubles as a bar.

If you go: Nightly rates start at $259 from November through May, plus the park entrance fee. Rates start at $159 for June through October.

The maximum stay is 14 days.

Boat slips are available at the Flamingo Marina and Store for those arriving by boat.

The water is cooler and the temps are getting there. There's plenty of fish around you just "got to go".

If you are interested call me at 305 333 8149, Caught Lookin Charters is a family friendly charter.

Let's go Catch'em

Capt Jim Hobales

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October 16, 2023

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Captain Jim Hobales was born and raised in South Florida. In the early years he learned to fish his home waters of Miami's Biscayne Bay and the Florida Keys. In the early 1980's he was introduced to Flamingo, at Everglades National Park, it was a life changing experience. Captain Jim became obsessed with the fishing in both Florida Bay as well as Whitewater Bay in the backcountry. Captain Jim is an Everglades National Park permitted guide and a Met registered guide.

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Caught Lookin Charters
7900 NW 174 Terr.
Miami, FL 33015
Phone: 305-333-8149
Alt. Phone: 305-362-6460
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