Fishing Report 9/24/2017
South Florida is moving forward with the Irma cleanup and this is a great time to take a guided fishing trip to support the local economy. The Everglades park entrance remains closed with hopes of opening this next week, with The Everglades still being accessed by much of the Keys at this point.
Boca Grande area remains with some tannic water but the fishing is heating up with plugs and top water flies early and late in the days. We are looking forward to amazing fall fishing in Charlotte Harbour along with 10k islands and The Everglades. When one of these big storms wash through estuaries like these it is a re-set and the fish will remain hungry and aggressive throughout the fall season in all areas effected, it’s going to be amazing fishing the next 3-4 months!
We have been throwing top water plugs for search baits to find areas where these large snook and redfish have pushed into, now that we have seen some great fishing in our backcountry areas we can work the edges with blind-casting white baitfish patterns along with poppers and gurglers’. When you find the smaller tarpon this time of year you can depend on them using those same edges and creeks for the next month or so until the water temperatures begins to fall. Tailing redfish on the low – incoming water will become more consistent as the fall moves in and the temperatures start to cool. The bait-balls has moved in from offshore and will be getting ‘blitzed’ in the coming weeks with Spanish mackerel, Bonito, And Jack Crevelle.
Again now is time to support the local economy’s that were effected by Irma and booking a Florida fly fishing guide is a great way to do so!
As we all know the hurricane Irma touched down in the florida keys as well as a lot of southwest Florida. We are very sad for Key West as well as much of The Everglades and were very fortunate here in Boca Grande that the storm spared many of our homes and property.
This storm has many fish displaced currently but we hope it will give the backcountry water the good cleansing it needs. We will be looking forward to schooled spawning Redfish along with big Jacks and Bonito on the outside and blind casting the edges of the tannic water for Snook. Tailing Redfish season on low water will heat up as the water temperatures cool in the coming weeks. The small Tarpon are displaced at the moment but will fish well for the following months. The winds have subsided and make for great morning and afternoon fishing. We have openings here starting in October and look forward to seeing new faces along with returning anglers!
Late summer and early fall is a great time to fish The Gulf Coast as little pressure presents itself with endless opportunities and willing fish when you can dodge some rain and see through the tannic water on the gulf coast.
With some big storms that have passed much of the water is flushing out of the Everglades and all of the Gulf Coast and bringing down the water temperature. Smaller tarpon around in abundance, with this darker water gurglers and other top water flies are the ticket, they are always willing to take subsurface flies as well. I always lean towards the incoming cooler water for these fish.
Snook are still in the bigger water, beaches and inlets, blind casting chartreuse or white will generate strikes with some work big fish are mixed in there and willing to eat.
The cooler water temps will spark the spawn of our big ocean dwelling Redfish that will school up and tail on our larger flats on low-incoming tides. Still a lot of adult tarpon making their way south hanging on open flats, with stained water visibly is difficult where early mornings and late afternoons will be the good to see these fish rolling on the surface and will generally take any well presented fly. I like to fish early this time of year to beat the heat and possibilities of afternoon showers.
We will be on the lookout for the Gulf to explode with large bait balls with Bonita following close behind as well as big schools of large Jack Crevelle.
Baby Tarpon-HB Hopper (gurgler)
Snook-EP style baitfish (Chartreuse/white)
Redfish-Shrimp or crab imitations (olive or root beer)
Adult Tarpon-Dark Colored Tarpon Bunny for laid up or smaller shrimp pattern in cleaner water and rolling fish
Fishing with 9wts all day can suffice anything unless you run into the big boys it’s good to stick with the 8wt and switching out to the 10wt when the opportunity arises