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Flamingo - Everglades National Park

Capt. Ariel Cabrera
November 5, 2002
Flamingo - Saltwater Fishing Report

Captain Goes for a Swim and Floats the Boat

Fishing continues to be productive in all spectrums of the national Park. The mangrove snapper bite has been phenomenal both in inside and outside waters. A fat 14” mangrove even ended up in my cast net while netting sardines. They are taking the shrimp, which are starting to grow in length rather well. During my monthly charter with Mr. Hernandez and business partner Ray they got their limit and added a couple of trout as well. A reminder that all trout must be released during November and December.

When Robert Shebert, M.D. decided to join me for a day at Flamingo it was a good one. Even though we had a falling tide throughout much of the day we found fish all day long. We caught the usual snapper, a six pound tarpon, trout, redfish, and even snook. A huge jack crevalle also made it to the net. After losing a battle to a monster on 8 pound test we switched over to Power Pro and got the big ones in the boat. One snook came undone at practically boat side. Then Robert managed to antagonize a much larger linsider onto smashing the Rebel Pop-R from the jungle it was in. The snook had no mercy and took the lure around and under a branch using it as a saw to free itself back into the densest woods. Robert made a great comeback by bringing in a 27” redfish for the culminating catch.

A word of caution to all is to be careful of the extreme low tides on the flats and on the ramps. Not long ago an expensive SUV was eaten by the ramp at Flamingo. Someone backed up the truck a little too far back and it slipped into the water completely. I have seen at least four trucks morph into submarines in just a couple of years. This is not funny but expensive. The ’nor’easters and spring lows are another deadly combination along the flats and coastline. Somehow I managed to get out of the last tricky situation but not without a little mud stains on my pants and shoes. If you’re not willing to take any chances then hire a dedicated captain.

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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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