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Slammin the Backcountry!

Capt. Jim Hobales
January 29, 2024
Flamingo - Saltwater Fishing Report


It's been kind of slow, but I still need and want to be on water. I can always call my buddy Mike to help me stay on the fish, Mike keeps my boat running and I appreciate. He' also catches allot of fish. I asked him if he wanted to go Target some giant Tarpon in the Flamingo Back country. I was watching the water temp's last few days waiting for them to get above 72. We left marina at 6;15 in the dark hoping to find some Tarpon that were eating before the full moon set. I have had some luck over the years doing this. We found some giants and made allot of cast but there was no interest. We did catch a bunch of Trout while fishing for Tarpon.

I said let go find some Snook and Redfish? We ran north and found some more Tarpon that seemed happy just not happy enough to eat our #NLBN Baits. The tide was falling and really a full moon low. We ran out looking for Tripletails and Mackerel, they were scarce. We ran back inside and waited for the tide rise. While we waited, we got into a pretty good snook/Trout bite. We were only throwing #NLBN products, Paddle tails 3 and 5 inch, the new K tails. We used all colors to see if it would make a difference, they ate them all. We were using #Biscayne Rods and #Penn Reels

Don't Forget your Bajio Sunglasses!

We kept casting and the tide came in some, that's when Redfish showed up. There were also Trout to 23" s feeding in the area. We fished the rising tide for around 2 hours, until the bite slowed down. We caught 20 plus Redfish and even more Trout.

We had caught some Jacks and I said let's go play with the Goliath Groupers. First cast produced a small but tough Goliath, I let Mike go first because he caught the first Goliath on this spot while Tarpon fishing. I also caught a 13-inch Snapper on a 5 Inch white NLBN paddle tail that I was using for Goliath Groupers.

We decided to go back and look for Tarpon. It was breezy but water temps got up to 75, there were a few other guys somewhat in the area.

We continued to cast the 5-inch Paddle tail in white, I also put out a live Ladyfish. It's kind of Ironic since we were casting a lure called NO LIve Bait Needed but sometimes you have to try things you know work, when fish aren't biting. The Ladyfish worked! I was the lucky one standing closet to the rod when it doubled over, when a giant Tarpon jumped behind the boat. The Monster Tarpon pulled allot of line first run, his second run almost spooled me. It's hard to put a poundage to the giant fish because people won't believe what you say. I don't exaggerate and when I say big it's big! It took about 20 minutes to get the giant boat side, she wasn't ready, but I tried to get her to jump one more time. The leader got frayed trying but I got the leader release, awesome come and try it. You will love it!

We left today with 1 grand Slam Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, and Trout and 5 Slams Snook, Redfish and Trout!

If you are interested in this kind of trip, give me a call at 305 333 8149. I fish Flamingo which is in Everglades National Park, Key Lago and all of Biscayne Bay. Caught Lookin Charters is a family friendly charter.

Let; go Catch'em,

Captain Jim Hobales

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Captain Jim Hobales was born and raised in South Florida. In the early years he learned to fish his home waters of Miami's Biscayne Bay and the Florida Keys. In the early 1980's he was introduced to Flamingo, at Everglades National Park, it was a life changing experience. Captain Jim became obsessed with the fishing in both Florida Bay as well as Whitewater Bay in the backcountry. Captain Jim is an Everglades National Park permitted guide and a Met registered guide.

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Caught Lookin Charters
7900 NW 174 Terr.
Miami, FL 33015
Phone: 305-333-8149
Alt. Phone: 305-362-6460
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