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Flamingo - Everglades National Park

Capt. Ariel Cabrera
July 2, 2002
Flamingo - Saltwater Fishing Report

Rain, Rain, and more Fish

Along with the rain came fish and plenty of them. Bruce Dailey and his son-in-law, Kevin of Tallahassee joined me to catch about fifteen trout and endless amounts of snapper, ladyfish, and jacks. Bruce also brought a handsome snook to the boat that he caught on a jig in shallow water. Kevin battled a six foot blacktip shark that took us for a 2-mile sleigh ride and Bruce’s mystery fish tale will have to be retold another day. Bruce held on to a large “thing” for a good twenty-five minutes on an eight- pound outfit that managed to quietly release itself just as it was beginning to surface near the boat. It really hurt to leave the fish biting but I made it to the wedding that evening.

A different day found me aboard a 21-footer fishing one of the Gulf side wrecks in search of permit. We found the permit alright, near 100 of them. They all looked to be at least fifteen pounds and were well schooled but refused every offering even live shrimp and crabs. A nice cobia was landed and another one was hooked but lost the skeg of the lower unit. We also landed a Spanish mackerel and large crevalles.

The rain has definitely kept many at home - to stay dry. This also means more fish and less fishermen. The rain and freshwater runoff can be seen several miles out in the Gulf until it distinguishes itself from the emerald green water. Air and water temperatures have been considerably cooler due to this rain and overcast atmosphere. It has been pleasant being out and even the occasional shower can be a blessing. I’m looking forward to making up two charters that were washed away by the rain with groups of locales soon , so stay hooked!

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Fly fishing and light tackle in Everglades National Park (Flamingo) and south Florida. Veteran guide and boating author. Offering a No-Fish, No-Pay guarantee. Instruction and group trips, a speciality. Charter rates vary according to location and type of vessel used.

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