MIAMI FLATS FISHING GUIDE
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Everglades Backcountry(Feb-April) – Mangrove lined bays, rivers and creeks create a labyrinth of fishing spots to chase tarpon and Snook. Brackish waters flush into the Gulf of Mexico making for a unique way to fish. Your typical day begins early for a dawn patrol to find rolling tarpon.Tarpon are staging in the Everglades before their annual migration through Florida. The Everglades is a feeding station for these giant fish and we target them effectively with large dark flies as the water is usually murky. Blind casting a shoreline at rolling fish and sight casting to laid up fish will get the most bites. Spin fishing will cover a lot of water throwing plugs and large swim baits that can be reeled in similar scenarios throughout the Backcountry bays and rivers. Whatever the fishing situation, Capt. Jerry is a passionate angler and patient teacher; and he is tireless in the pursuit of finding you the best opportunities to entice exciting gamefish.
BEST TIMES TO FISH
Late Winter/Early Spring: Giant tarpon time in the backcountry of Whitewater Bay and the Gulf Coast. The snook fishing can also shine this time of year, with good numbers of smaller fish mixing in with the trophies.
Spring/Summer: With warmer weather, the tarpon migration is in full effect from the Everglades to Islamorada and the rest of the Keys. We also have a few weeks of excellent snook fishing mixed in on the Gulf Coast as the large females stage to spawn.
Flamingo(Jan-Sept) – Key Largo, Islamorada and west to Cape Sable encompass the grass flats of Florida Bay that will have you on more species of gamefish than can be targeted in one day. As spring approaches we monitor the weather by the hour to see when that spring time pattern will take over from winter, which means one thing – if you’re a Keys angler, “Tarpon Season” is here. Fish can be found migrating in the Gulf of Mexico. Florida Bay, with an average depth of three feet also produces shots at the big three on some of the most storied bayside flats in Islamorada. Further into the bay, closer to Flamingo, we’ll find redfish and snook, and we can also target baby tarpon, black drum, sheepshead, triple tail, cobia and sea trout. So whether you prefer fly or spin gear Florida Bay offers something for every angler.
BEST TIMES TO FISH
Summer/Fall: Some of the best all-around sight fishing Florida Bay and the Keys have to offer. With the tarpon migration of big fish slowing down each week, the baby tarpon take the opportunity to invade the flats and mangrove creeks. We can also target Redfish (excellent), Snook (good), Bonefish (excellent), Permit (excellent), Black drum (excellent), and baby Tarpon (excellent). This is the best time of year to try for a Grand Slam!