Great fishing, the last couple of weeks has made Everglades National Park the place to be for snook, redfish and tarpon.
Another great catch and release fish in Flamingo in the last two weeks have been the great Silver Kings. The fish that have been biting on the flats have been from 30 to 60 lb. We have seen fish over a 150 lb just cruising on the flats for a quick meal but thank gosh these pigs wouldn’t eat anything we threw at them on light tackle! PHEW!!! On the fly the fish have been taken purple and black flies as well as red and black. The cockroach brown had been working better on calm clear mornings. A great fly company I use is Snowy Mountain Outfitters; contact Roger Lynn at [email protected] if you are interested in some of these flies. The fish close to Flamingo are following mullet muds and the other fish on the clear banks are between Flamingo and Islamorada.
There has also been a lot of bonefish on the clear flats in the Islamorada backcountry. In the last two weeks client/friend James Yerbury from Sydney, Australia fished Flamingo in between other scheduled charters. He managed to get himself a nice slam of a 12 lb snook, a 10 lb red and a 40 lb little king. Great Job “MATE”! Unfortunately, the following day he went 0 for 5 on snook (bloody hell), but we did manage to land 3 in the boat, with the biggest being 20 lb. After experiencing the tailing reds and bones, rolling tarpon and snook exploding on top water lures he tried to extend his trip a few days but was unable due to airline overbooking. His last words were “Mate, I’ll be back!”
Another great experience this last week for me was to have Col. Hunter Ledbetter, from the US Marine Corp. taking leave from the Middle East to do some snook fishing with me. What an honor and challenge to get him his first 10 lb snook. Thanks Hunter, good job.
I will be fishing between now and the 18th of July, when I will then be venturing over to Bimini, Bahamas for the Island Fishing Adventures, Lights and Sirens Tournament.