Tides are starting pull here in southwest florida, fly fishing Boca Grande is pretty good daily, the water is starting to clear and fish are very active. Still tuff to see in some areas but blind casting some edges are producing good numbers of snook on surface flies along with some real quality singles. Juvenile tarpon fishing remains a good plan b on slack water but you cant beat a good snook in the branches for me on moving water. Lots of bait around some we are throwing top-water plugs in the low light and smaller light color baitfish patterns when the sun gets up.
Temperatures in southwest Florida are becoming more comfortable and we are seeing the water temps cool a bit. Tailing redfish are slow but will get better in the coming weeks and months. Looking forward to seeing some freak-shows on the flats with reds any day now. Come book a fly fishing trip in Boca Grande or The Everglades this fall and winter, it will not disappoint!
Fly fishing Boca Grande
Fishing is on fire right now! Lots of great fishing being caught in Boca Grande and Everglades areas by our clients. Such a great time of year when the morning temperatures help cool the water.
The Pelagic blitz’s are happening on outgoing tides nearshore down the Gulf Coast with Bonito, Jack Crevlle and Mackerel! These fish smash anything that is 2-3 inches and white, the mackresl you will need a bite tippet or a long shanked hook. They will also eat a variety of fast moving twitch baits. The retrieve is the most important with two hand stripping of the fly works best and to keep it moving till it’s a goner!
Snook of all sizes have moved back into some of our favorite back country areas and a white colored fly stripped close to the edges usually does the trick. Top water plugs early and late in the day on strong tides will produce some trophies on big points and bars.
Redfish have began to school in Boca Grande and south! These fish come off the ocean looking for food and to spawn. Low in coming water is what I like to look for schools at. Once they are spotted I will pole to them and sometimes even stalk them on foot when needed. You can catch several fish from the school as well as doubles!
We just started carrying some new fiberglass rods to test out and love fighting all these fish on them, it presents itself with the challenge to fight them on a totally flexed rod with the butt of the rod. Echos Bad Ass Glass is what we are carrying on the boat and so much fun to cast and use. Here is a link to the new rods, a great price point and always fun to try something new!
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Fishing Report October 1st
Red October is the name of the game this month! Fly fishing in Boca Grande in October for Redfish is as good as it gets. I love when the larger groups of Reds break up to tail on the low-in coming tides, it is stalking fish at its finest. A stealthy presentation is key, be it from the skiff or on foot that fly needs to land in the right spot not to spook them when their heads are buried in the grass and mud. After locating the fish fly line is the most constant variable when it comes to feeding a fish or not. Be it poor presentation, tangles or knots in the line, the best way to avoid this is constant cleaning after each use and not ‘stretching’ the line too much on smaller weight lines I have found. Talking about fly lines, we as guides are on the eternal search for the perfect line and they are producing some really great ones these days. Personally I think the RIO line is pretty consistent along with Scientific Anglers lines. There is a brand new much anticipated ‘RIO Flats Pro’ on the market, this is RIO’s first full float ‘clear tip’ as well as a stiffer core that helps with hook-sets, I’m very excited about this product as it is available in weights 6-12. Here is good article from ‘Gink and Gasoline’ about the line if you would like to learn more about it.
The Everglades will continue to produce big fall snook as well as the southern migration of some larger Tarpon from Chokoloskee to Flamingo. I like throwing big top water plugs to these fish as well as ripping and stripping some edges when the water is dark. The big snook are still on the outside edges of the bigger bays looking for food before making their east migration to the brackish shallow water of the Glades. It is a great time to explore the Everglades as it can be very explosive with the fall bait being pushed back near shore!