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Spring Break 2024 -Good bite going on!

Capt. Jim Hobales
March 22, 2024
Flamingo - Saltwater Fishing Report

Spring Break 2024!

Flamingo Report!

3/ 12-14/ 24

Last week was pretty good, Mike Drippe and his son Quinton had some great Fishing over 3 days in Everglades National Park. Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, Trout, Goliath Groupers, Sharks, Tripletails, Jacks, Ladyfish, and Snappers. We hooked Tarpon from 30 lbs. to @110 lbs. with Quinton catching the big one. The Tarpon bite has been good, but some days you have to look for them!

Quinton weighs in at 90 lbs. and he caught Tarpon and Sharks that outweighed him. He also caught a Goliath Grouper that's was @ 45 lbs. His dad Mike caught his share, but it was Quintons opportunity to catch fish of a lifetime.

We got a SLAM or GRAND SLAM every day, very impressive!


I am fishing with Dr. Jason and future son in law Sammy. We had a very good day, they caught Snook, Trout, Redfish, Sammy jumped a Tarpon and caught a few big Lemon Sharks. Dr Jason had a few Snook, Redfish and Trout for a Slam! They also caught numerous Ladyfish, Jacks, Snappers and of course Catfish.


Paul and his son Davis were staying in Key Largo. Paul's brother Tony is a good friend and told how fish crazy Davis was. He also told me He wanted a big Tarpon. I told him it was the right time and we set up the trip. We got to the marina at 6:15 am, it was still dark. While I was getting ready to launch the boat, I handed him a rod and told him go catch a Tarpon. It was rigged with a NLBN 3-inch paddle tail in white. He jumped a couple Tarpon, by the time I got over to him he needed help landing the fish. I pulled up and jumped on dock and grabbed the Tarpon. We are on our way to a SLAM. On our first spot we got a couple Snook, and we needed a Redfish. It actually got colder as the morning went on and a front passing thru the winds picked up and 25 mph but eventually slowed down. We bounced around all day and found fish everywhere. At the end of the day, we had Tarpon, Redfish, Snook, Trout, Shark, Jacks and a few missed fish that would have put us over the top. It was late and we will be back tomorrow!

3/ 20/24

We started off day 2 the same way except we are fishing backcountry today. Davis started with a Tarpon while I was launching the boat. Our first stop was for a couple small Ladyfish, the Tarpon have been eating them. We set up our first drift and it didn't take long; we were hooked up with a jumping Tarpon 50 yards behind the boat. It was very violent, the circle hook got twisted in the bait. Fish is gone and back to drifting. I could see they were getting bored and said let's go see if we can get a Snook or Redfish and we will come back. We went to a little spot that's been really good lately, but not today. There are 3 points in a small bay, they all hold fish, although not at same time! We missed a fish on spot 1 and 2 but got a Snook and Redfish on spot 3. We are a Trout away from a Grand Slam! I go to a really good Trout spot and get the Trout in 5 minutes also a monster of a Tarpon. The Tarpon ate a NLBN Orane Head and white body paddle tail right next to the boat. Davis is yelling he is spooling us. Of course, it was on the lightest rod in the boat with a short leader. The first run was 200 yards and never came up, it took 35 minutes before it jumped. Davis did a good job, but odds were against us. 1 hour and 20 minutes later the line hit some and broke. We had it next to the boat 10 times, but it was powerful, and didn't want to play anymore. The rest of the day was just catching fish and having fun.


I fished with Mitch and Jill today. We started out with Jill catching a couple Snook and Mitch had something pick up his NLBN and run about 100 yards. We were just out bending the rods and had some Tarpon blow up a school of mullet, I had Mitch cast a NLBN K -Tail. Mitch put it in the boil where Tarpon blew up. The rod doubled over but it was a Jack. There were a few more blow ups but no Tarpon hook ups. They caught a bunch of Trout, Jacks and Ladyfish also.

I can do this for You if you like. Caught Lookin Charters is a family friendly charter so give me a call at 305 333 8149.

Let's go Catchem'

Capt. 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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7900 NW 174 Terr.
Miami, FL 33015
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