Fishing Report – Week Ending 11/19/2010

Perfect condition in the 10k

The weather has warmed up very nicely this week and the winds have dropped off after our first cold front. Water temps are climbing back up into the 70s – perfect conditions in the 10k. A small front arrived today making for cooler conditions and very little wind.

Fishing has been good with lots of shots at quality reds and a few snook laid up warming themselves in the shallows. This week’s tides were high with a big rush of water midday making for some good fishing early and late in the day on the outgoing.

Wednesday I started on the outside but the incoming tide and early morning light made for a decision to run far to the back. Fakahatchee was still low as we ran down into the Park. I knew we would have a shot but it wouldn’t last long with the incoming on our heels.
On the first point we found a nice red, no take; second point, small red to the boat; third point, 2 big reds tailing on an oyster bar. The perfect shot, just as the fly landed a dolphin rushed the bar and all was gone. What are the odds? Time to go; tide is quickly catching up with us.


We headed further back into a little bay where I knew the tide had not yet reached. The water was shallow, clear and still low. No sooner than I climbed the platform, I spotted a very nice red cruising the bank. Off to the side, I saw the tell-tale sign of what I knew was a shark headed towards us. Just as my angler cast to the red, I saw that it wasn’t a shark but a manatee in ten inches of water and this guy blew up like I have never seen before – his tail throwing water and mud 5 feet in the air. When things settled down we could see that he had cut a trough across the bay as big as any prop scar you have seen. We ended the day with the incoming tide catching up with us, seeing a few more reds and one snook.
We will keep you posted,
Capt Bill Baldus