Tuesday, June 9, 2015

MIAMI/EVERGLADES FISHING, SOUTH FLORIDA IN FULL SWING

This is the time of the year when I feel blessed for living in South Florida (SoFlo).  The fishing cannot be better and there's nowhere in the world I'd rather be than right here.

The fishing options are limitless.  You want Tarpon? We have the best tarpon fishing in the world.  You want Permit?  There are permit all over the place.  Want Bonefish?  Yes, there are a lot of bonefish in Biscayne Bay right now with multiple hookups possible per day.
Want Redfish?  no problem, we go to Flamingo.  Want Snook? same thing..... and I can go on and on with a lot more species.

Why would I want to travel to other exotic places for the same or lesser fishing I have here at my front door?

Anyways, fishing has been excellent.  All the species and most locations have produced the targeted species.
But I am happily surprised to see a big comeback from bonefish in Biscayne Bay.
 

Every time I went out with clients, we caught bonefish (last week my boat hooked 32 bonefish in 4 days).  The good surprise is that we saw a lot of bones from 14" to 18" in large schools and bigger fish 20" to 30" in singles or pairs.  These larger fish were much more difficult to hook except one 23" that fell victim to a new fly tied by my Argentine friend Facundo Ortola.   All 32 bonefish were caught on this fly.




On another note the Everglades has been excellent as well.
Redfish, tarpon, snook and sharks on flies and lures were very cooperative.   I strongly suggest everyone reading this to spend at least one day fishing he Everglades.

Snook fishing in the flats with Laurent Vassaux from France has been awesome.  He is a very skilled fly fisherman from Normandy and hooked pretty much all the species.

While Hector Grecco from Argentina hooked and landed a few lemon sharks on flies (chummed to the boat)
 

Oscar Donato one of the finest Neuro - Ophtalmology surgeons in the world had a blast lure fishing for trout, snook and redfish.

And last but not least, the other big two being Tarpon and Permit were also present in Biscayne Bay and the Middle Keys.  Here Matt Corcoran showng off a nice Islamorada Tarpon.


I expect o have this excellent fishing in the weeks to come.

Tight lines

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

FORD OUTFITTERS with Conway Bowman and Capt. Martin Carranza


Hi all;
this is the trailer of the TV show FORD OUTFITTERS in the Sportsman Channel

http://www.thefordoutfitters.com/outfitters

It was so much fun fishing with my buddy Conway Bowman again.

FISHING EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK

July and August in South Florida is very hot, both in terms of weather and fishing and Everglades National Park is the epicenter of the best fishing in the world.

This is the time of the year when you can catch almost every species everywhere in the Park.
Schools of finger Mullet and Mojarra are plentiful and behind these are the fish we want to catch and you can use the method you want be it live bait, cut bait, lures and flies.

If you are a fly fisherman any mullet-y looking fly about 3" long is the ticket to catch fish consistently.  I usually tie my F Mullet and Bleeding mullet patterns with deer hair tails, saddle or arctic fox collar and Ep fibers dubbed for the head.
For lures I usually buy Charlie's big dipper and super shads in pearl white and watermellon.

There are lots of opportunities for sight fishing the turtle grass flats, sandy flats on the edges of the keys, muddy banks at the lower stages of the tide and tarpon rolling, especially during low light conditions.

If you are prospecting water as opposed to sight fishing I usually prefer to fish under branches, tight to the mangroves or covering well marked cuts with a good current where I know the fish are hanging.
While blind casting for the more desired species we will also catch Snapper, Lady fish, Topsails and more.

This excellent fishing conditions will remain for the next couple of months and I look forward to put my clients into consistent action lots of fish.

 Double Refisfh for Father and son team.
 Silver prince
 Sight fished flats redfish
 Fat summer snook
 Baby tarpon
 Snook under the branches
Fat redfish 
Shark
 Low tide creek redfish
A fat baby tarpon



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Thursday, June 12, 2014

JUNE IN SOUTH FLORIDA

JUNE IN SOUTH FLORIDA


Early summer in SoFlo is the best time of the year to fly fish.  There are fish everywhere and they are on the bite!
This is also the height of our Tarpon season. 
Weather has been very windy during the first two weeks but no it seems to have returned to low to moderate which is a plus when you are fly fishing.

Redfish are steadily tailing in grass and muddy beds on the lower stages of the tides.  We have noticed some large schools of 50 + fish in Florida Bay.  We found snook on the sandy beaches and in large groups moving fast over sea grass flats.  And speckled trout seem to be everywhere and hungry. 



 Flats redfish on fly

 Flats snook on fly
 Flats shark on fly

Tarpon on fly





Tuesday, April 15, 2014

EVERGLADES FLY FISHING HAS BEEN AWESOME

I have fished a lot all winter long the GREAT Everglades National Park.    Weather has been very cooperative all winter despite some wind but as you know, you can always find a lee almost everywhere in the park.

Peter and Thayr, two great buddies and anglers having fun with snook, trout and redfish!




Mike Smith guide in Virginia with a large snook.
Check Mike's web page.  http://www.newriverflyfish.com/

We even had time to fish and film the next episode for FORD OUTFITTERS with my buddy Conway Bowman. 
Check Conway's web page:  www.bowmanbluewater.com


Two of my best fishing friends, Capt. Danny Ortiz and Capt Conway Bowman

Joe and Wayne, two very accomplished anglers that also fished with me in Argentina for Trout and Golden Dorado.  Joe caught a hog Dorado about 20 lbs.




For all these fishing we used 8 wt. fly rods, Rio Redfish fly lines and Rio Intermediate saltwater fly lines.


I will keep you posted with more fishing information soon.


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Fishing with Keisuke Ota from Japan

My friend Frank Carbone, owner of Hawghunter Guide Services, had a client from Japan who wanted to catch his first snook.  Enter Keisuke Ota, from Japan.

Due to the closure of the Everglades National Park (Govt. shutdown) we had to move to the western edge of the park and fish "outside".  Not a problem, as I said, fish are everywhere in South Florida, all I had to do was find them.

We drove almost 2 hrs. from Miami to Marco Island and started fishing around Cape Romano.  I fished this area before and remembered the spots, so finding fish wasn't that difficult, or was it?

We started fishing right outside Coon Key, a spot that produced some nice fish before and we couldn't connect with any snook nor redfish, all we had were some tiny Jacks (they fight hard by the way).   We spot a couple 30" + redfish but no hooking.

Later me moved to the Souther edge of Cape Romano searching for snook on the beach but these fish vanished from the shore, probably because the weather temperature dropped 20 degrees from the previous week.  So we kept searching until we found a flat with a channel on the side that produced a bunch of small snook (mission accomplished with Keisuke) and bunch of large redfish, in very skinny water.

Kei managed to land one on his Crappie rod that fought like a demon. 

Frank, as usual, was catching a lot of snook casting to the mangrove shoreline.  What a great caster. He put his plug in every hole, like it should be.

The bait of choice was a 3" gulp shrimp on a jighead, for all species.  We tried with some twitchbaits and Kei got a couple of boils, but no strikes.

It was a great fishing day and Kei got his snook.   Life is good.