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Flamingo - Everglades National Park

Capt. Ariel Cabrera
December 23, 2006
Flamingo - Saltwater Fishing Report

Strong Flamingo Winter Bite

The strong winter bite is still going at Flamingo. This includes a great grouper bite in the backwaters. We have had success while throwing jigs and plugs however; the bigger fish will go for the natural baits. Miguel Aspuru and brother recently met with me to catch over twenty large Spanish mackerel, bluefish, redfish, drum, snapper, and grouper. The pair released more than 30 trout and a tripltail as well. We fished Whitewater and part of the coast.

The Cape areas still have an abundance of small drum and some reds. The snake Bight area has also been good but the water very shallow. Fishing has been great despite the windy, odd weather we are experiencing. Hopefully, another front will pass and help keep the temperatures cool to keep the already great bite.

Fish are concentrated if you can find them. My tip is to look for frigates off the coast because thatís how we found mackerel. They were so thick we didnít even need chum. It has been unbelievable.

This monthís backcountry secret is the great grouper fishing in the waters off Whitewater Bay and to the north. Gags and Goliath take plugs and obviously, fresh baits. Use stout gear and be prepared to tussle them out of the rocky holes. If you donít catch a keeper gag you will have fun releasing plenty of fish.

Fishing is my passion and ministry. Get out and live it. Life is too short! This column is dedicated to all of my readers. My prayers go to Jerry Stone, who passed recently. I had the opportunity to fish with him and he left a special spot in my heart. Jerry drove many hours to fish just a little while with me one spring afternoon. He was blind in one eye; however he still managed to see with the other and caught fish with a flyrod using his handtied flies. I wonít forget Jerry, his wonderful attitude and character changed many. Go fish.

Capt. Ariel Cabrera is available for fishing charters, instruction, and boating advice. Contact him at (305) 431-6936 or online www.captainariel.com He offers a NO FISH NO PAY guarantee.

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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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