Fishing Report - Week Ending 10/24/2009

Cold front pushes snook to the back bays

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Fishing Report- week ending 10/24/2009

The cold front dropped the water temperature in the back country down to 68 degrees by Monday and along with the wind it all but shut down the fly fishing for much of the week. A good time to re-stock fly boxes, oil some reels and work on new patterns.

Most of the fish I found this week were in the back laying in the shallow bays with dark bottoms looking to warm up. Flies that land soft and imitate glass minnows like the DNA Reducer in size 2 or 4 are just the ticket for these fish laid up in this shallow water. Keep an eye out for reds as well when poling these bays. I found a couple on Thursday, one with a pretty good sized remora attached to its side.

The tarpon I have been seeing in the outside bays seem to have moved further back as well. I am not seeing the large fish I did a few weeks back but there are still plenty of 10-30 pound fish around. Try a Neon Knight or Green Lantern in a 2/0 on an intermediate sink line for these guys.

Sue Cocking posted a nice write-up of our recent fishing trip in the Miami Herald:
http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/outdoors/story/1298641.html

Looking forward to some warmer weather this week and a little less wind would be nice.
All the best,
Capt. Bill