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Flamingo Full of Fish

Capt. Ariel Cabrera
May 26, 2012
Flamingo - Saltwater Fishing Report

Flamingo catches have included snook to 12 pounds, redfish to 31", and lots of jacks and trout. Very good fishing and lots of all-around action.

Flamingo Fishing Forecast:

With late spring here and summer around the corner it has been difficult to sit down and report. It's the rainy days that sometimes allow some catch up time. The fishing has been very good on the inshore scene. The Flamingo area has scene good numbers of redfish, tarpon, trout, and permit nearshore. The flats have been very active as well as the sandbars and the deeper basins. First light has provided best shots at tarpon on fly but the sightfishing remains during the day. The only exception has been on overcast, rainy days but the bite is still strong with success on every trip out. Quiet flies like the white lightning and sparsely tied seaducers in orange have been working well. When sight fishing is not an option due to overcast conditions I have been switching to Gulp or Fishbites shrimp and have been catching almost everything that swims.

Biscayne Bay is seeing a good run of bonefish. I am particularly fond of the Oceanside flats. The bones move into the tide as it rises looking for bottom dwelling crustaceans so have shrimp and crab prepared on long spinning rods or flies to mimic. For the fly fisherman this is the time of year for largest and quantity of fish. Don't miss it! The permit fishing will only get better as we progress into summer. I find the permit like it very hot while the bonefish are just a bit more sensitive to water temperature. North Bay section is holding some seatrout, snapper, and jack fishing on a consistent basis.

This is also a good time to explore and fish the bay reefs and nearshore reefs out of Key Biscayne, which can be easy on a calm day. Some of these spots are only 3 miles from Key Biscayne and can be accessed on small boats during good weather. Bay reefs and wrecks are in less susceptible rough weather. Bring you mask and snorkel and look for some new spots in between fishing. You will find grouper, snapper, jacks, and permit in these areas. Expect to see many good weather days but plan on getting an early start to avoid the common afternoon showers.

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