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Flamingo - Everglades National Park

Capt. Ariel Cabrera
October 17, 2006
Flamingo - Saltwater Fishing Report

Flamingo Fall Fishing is Fantastic

The Flamingo area is seeing an improved redfish bite on the flats and in the backcountry. These fish are taking lures such as spoon and live shrimp on jigs. A popping cork also works very well for this time of year. As more bait begins grow and congregate the reds will tend rely on those for meals. Look for finger mullet and pilchards to stack around points and islands in the early morning. Have your castnet ready and you will have rods bent all day long. Spool up accordingly as the biggest reds of the year show in during late fall.

Snook fishermen will also have plenty of choices. If you are fishing the deep backcountry you should have many strikes on all basic sorts of hardbaits. I like the She-Dog lure and Yozuri 3-D minnows. Snook really love them too. Just watch the hooks as they can straighten with a big one on the line. Expect to catch anywhere from three to over twenty fish. Now, these won’t all be keeper-size fish but if you’re lucky or good, you’ll bag one for the supper table.

Trout and tarpon will still be around in good numbers too. In fact, this is usually one of the best lasts months to ‘count your silver’. Before the strong cold fronts arrive go tarpon fishing. These areas are often near the same open trout flats and drop-offs. And mackerel and bluefish will pass here and there. We have already taken several mackerel on multiple days. Can you imagine what the fishing will be like in another month? Creek mouths such as East Cape canal, Shark and Broad Rivers are also great. Stay late and fish until dark and then head back to the campground for fried snook fingers and smores.

Call Capt. Ariel today and share your fish stories and pictures with him. He can be reached online www.captainariel.com or (305) 431-6936.

If you anticipate booking around holidays, please contact me early as dates are starting to fill.

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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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