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Thursday, January 06, 2011
December ended with a big chill for the waters around the Florida Keys.  We have experienced water temperatures into the high 50’s. While these temperatures put a hold on fishing for Tarpon, Permit and Bonefish it presents us with other options that are just as challenging.  
The first week of January has brought more moderate temperatures into the high 70’s.  Moving in with the warmer temperatures have been schools of Mackerel in the Bay and the Pompano are sure to follow.  Large Mangrove Snappers have moved into the patch reefs on the Oceanside and around the Bridges of the Keys.  The Big Barracudas have moved into the shallow flats to take advantage of the warmer weather.  The Big Cuda’s present a real challenge to the Fly fishermen as well as anglers that decide to throw plugs or tubes.  In the same vein giant schools of 5 to 15lb Jack Crevele can be found just off the edges of the flats up and down the Bayside of the Keys for the next couple of months.

The warming temps have also brought good Snook action to the Everglades and Flamingo area.  I am traveling to Flamingo with some Anglers on a Mother Ship into the Shark River later this month.  If the weather stay moderate we should find plenty of Snook, Reds and even a few Big Poons.  I will let you know how it turns out.
Moving into February we should see good Permit action around the New and Full moons.  Also with warming water temperatures the Stingrays will move onto the flats and riding on their backs will be the Cobia.  Mackerel and Pompano should still be abundant through February.

There is a lot of fishing to look forward to as the rest of the country struggles through the winter season. The glamor of fishing for the Big three, (Bonefish, Tarpon, Permit), may not be the best right now but for the Anglers that are willing the Florida Keys will present lots of great options that will provide plenty of rod bending action.


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

With the days becoming shorter as we move through fall the water temperatures have dropped into the high 70s and low 80s. November is a time for big bonefish and even bigger Permit. The weather gods smiled on us and we have avoided being hit by a hurricane this year.

I have been fishing primarily between Big Pine Key and Key West. There is some good fishing for Permit and large Bones through the next couple of Months. In addition there are still a few more weeks of Tarpon fishing to be had. We have a large bait migration this time of year and the Tarpon are taking advantage of it. As the temperatures continue to cool off the Tarpon will move out and we will start to see large schools of Mackerel showing up in the Bay through February. Along with the Mackerel the Pompano will show up in January and provide plenty of shallow water action for fly fishermen as well as spin fishermen. January and February we will also be patrolling the edges of the Flats looking for Stingrays with Cobia on their backs. I am also excited about a couple of trips we will be taking up to the Everglades to fish for Snook, Redfish, Tarpon, Trout, and Triple tails. We stay on a sixty-five foot Mother ship that provides us with all of the comforts of home along with some gourmet food.

While my primary targets are Bonefish, Tarpon , and Permit the cooler temperatures of Winter bring with them new opportunities for different species each one with theirs own special challenges.

Marathon International Bonefish Tournament 2010

Monday, September 27, 2010
The Marathon International Bonefish Tournament 2010 had 17 Anglers fishing for three days September 17, 18, & 19.  There were 101 bonefish caught over the three day period.  The largest Bonefish measured 27 ½ inches in length. There were 4 Permit caught along with 2 Tarpon.  In addition one Grand Slam caught.   All fish were caught using 6lb test line.  First place individual was Gene Ford fishing with Capt. Albert Ponzoa.  First place Team was Jim and Charlie Smith fishing with Capt. Richard Keating.  First place Ladies was Lynn Goodwin fishing with Capt. Chris Morrison.  First place Unguided was Charlie Miller and Marc Lockhart.  The Grand Slam Trophy, (Tarpon, Bonefish, and Permit),  went to Rick Opfer  fishing with Capt. Chris Morrison.  It was Rick Opfer’s first time fishing on the Flats.  Largest Permit, (38 ½ inches),  was caught by Pat Bennett fishing with Capt. Tim Carlile.

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Thursday, September 09, 2010

September means back to school for the kids and a quite on the Keys waters as long as the hurricanes steer away for our little group of islands.  Gone are the throngs of divers in search of our tasty spinney lobsters.  This time of year means the return of our bonefish from deeper water where they have been to escape the summer heat.  Good numbers of Permit are around with plenty of juvenile Tarpon patrolling the Mangrove edges.  As the waters cool a little and we get closer to October we should get a push of bait moving through the Keys and bringing with it some Tarpon of the larger variety.  With the cooling waters we should see the Flats become more active all day long as the fish no longer have to retreat to deeper water to avoid the mid-day heat.

Last Thursday we were out early to beat the heat and we were rewarded with 5 Tarpon in the 15 to 20 lb range.  Once the sun came up and we had good visibility we set out in search the elusive Permit.  We found plenty of fish however the extremely clam weather hampered our ability to get close enough with the fly rod.  So Dr. Alex broke out a spinning rod with a live crab and caught his first permit.  We have had quite a few thunderstorms in the last week and it has cooled the water off just a little.  That should bode well for the bonefishing.  I will be fishing the in tournaments over the next two weekends.  The S.L.A.M. in Key West and the Marathon International Bonefish Tournament.