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February 02, 2010

Spanish Mackerel on Fly

Mackerel in Bisacyne Bay

Just minutes from Miami, Mackerel on Fly and
Great fishing Action in the Creeks at Flamingo
Fishing report for Florida Bay and Biscayne Bay
Feb 1 2010
In Biscayne Bay yesterday we have been doing something I think is fun as hell and that's fishing for Spanish mackerel on fly. Normally it has to be kind of calm to fish for these guys in my boat because of the proximity to deeper water. These guys average 5 pounds but caught on a 8 weight fly rod will clear all line on the deck and take you into the reel for some drag screaming fun! I have been using white streamers, magnum cut rabbit zonkers 3 inches in length with a lot of gold blue and silver flash, fished with 3 inches of thin wire in front.
Normally we bring them in on a chum slick and throw some pilchards in on them (when we can find them) to keep them going like the Energizer Bunny! You don't have to be to most accomplished fly fisherman to have fun with these guys either a good 40 foot cast is about all you will need.
Some days of course are better than others but to catch 20 and have another 20 to 30 track fly is a blast. Strip fast ???..!The faster the strip the better and sometimes they fight for the fly! I personally like to use 2 handed strip!

Also in the bay chased plenty of bonefish but really could not get quality shots on them, they were moving fast on just about every flat we went to. So there Bones are around but they need to settle down a bit, possibly after the moon gets out of full. We could of try to chum them up but we were fishing with people who don't like to do that! There are some Permit around as well.
There are some nice Redfish on the flats at Flamingo but the real action is in the creeks to the north and to the west.
Just about anywhere there is a good tide flow on the last part of the outgoing tide you will find fish around creek mouths and structure.
We are using jigs tipped with shrimp moved slowly on the bottom is getting the bite. Most of what is being caught is Black Drum up to 20 pounds Redfish and Sheep head. This is good fishing for all kinds of anglers. On the markers and the wrecks, the Cobia bite has been slow but should pick back up soon with the weather getting back to normal. Also Tarpon have NOT shown up yet meaning that is right around the corner?something has to get back to normal!

Good luck Capt. Jim Hale