Dog days of summer

The dog days of summers end are in sight here in the everglades and Naples. I love this time of year in September-November as all of the visitors do not come to The Everglades and Ten-thousand islands until after the holidays of Thanksgiving and X-mas. It also means the big snook are still on the outside beaches and river mouths along with lots of Tarpon still hanging around waiting on the big southern migration. Any drop in water temperature will produce balls of bait on the outside passes especially on outgoing tides. These ‘bait balls’ will have tarpon, big jacks, false albacore and many other species in a feeding frenzy! A great time of year to book a fly fishing guide in the everglades and Naples!

South West Florida fishing guide

Planning your fall/winter trip to Florida hopefully involves some fishing and if it does somewhere deep in the Everglades should be on your list. Definitely the top winter fishery while the Keys rival the location in the early summer. I pick up on Chokoloskee Island which is a 5 minute drive from Everglades City. Everglades City is 45minutes from beautiful Naples, 30 minutes from Marco Island and 2 hours from Miami/Fort Lauderdale area. It is centrally located between major airports and lots of hotels and dining close by. I do recommend staying overnight in Everglades City a night to see the Old Florida charm of a last of its kind fishing village. Fall fishing will be on fire and everything will get in place including big and small tarpon, big snook and schooling redfish. Fall is a time before many second home owners travel to their winter homes in Fl so many days you do not even see another boat on the water which lends itself to literally endless opportunities at on of the most unique fisheries in the US. I recommend booking your Tarpon migration dates early as they will fill up! (Feb-April) I look forward to chatting with you about what is going on in the park if you are looking for a Everglades fly fishing guide!

Upcoming Fishing Season!

 

Here is look at the upcoming fishing season!

September-February (Everglades National Park- Chokoloskee)
Will be great time to target big snook, all tarpon sizes, redfish, jack crevelle on the outside of ten-thousand islands and in the rivers of the Everglades, a true wilderness experience. The bait will be pushed nearshore which causes the game fish to school up on the bait balls including large tarpon smashing through bait on the right tides. We will also be hunting laid up large snook and small tarpon in the deepest part of the everglades.  Will target snook and tarpon on fly and plug gear
March-April (Everglades National Park- Chokoloskee)
The annual tarpon migration and resident tarpon time of year in the Everglades. This is as good as tarpon fishing gets in my opinion. You can find tarpon in all different situations and target them with fly and plug gear. One the right weather you can look in one bay and think there is more tarpon there than anyplace in the world, free jumping, slashing mullet and eating flies ands plugs. This is the best place in the world to catch your first tarpon as they are more forgiving. My favorite time of the year!
May-June (Florida Keys- Islamorada)
Private boat and pick-up location in Islamorada, Fl fishing the legendary Florida Keys. This is sight casting with fly only and in gin clear water you can see some of the best tarpon fishing in the world those 2 months. Large tarpon will be eating smaller flies and some of the most visual takes ever, the fishery here demands accurate quick cast. Fishing is right out our back door here and will make a bit of longer runs when the worm hatch starts around the full and new moons. A beautiful time of year!
I hope you can plan a couple day trip in advance and look forward to fishing with you!

Summertime Fun

The summertime is a great time for fly fishing the Everglades and Naples area! Plug fishing with top-waters and twitch baits is Very stable early in the morning with top water and with twitch baits when the sun gets up during the day. I love to show clients how to throw traditional “plug gear” on my skiff with Calcutta baitcasting reels. Conventional plug gear is the most accurate way to throw big plugs tight into the mangrove shoreline and consistently keep it there, it spends much less energy than spinning gear throughout the day. We are getting lots of juvinelle tarpon moved into the area taking smaller flies and gurglers off the surface. The giant snook are coming from top water plugs early in the day. If your interested in a late summer or fall trip please shoot me an email and I will get you some details. Thanks!

Fresh water

 

Post storm fish have been on fire! Everglades and Naples fly fishing has been productive for mid-sized tarpon, big snook and redfish. With the tannic water these fish will be on the top and ready to eat. Its a great time to fish The Everglades when everyone is dealing with wind, rain and other boats! None of those bother us in the protection of the tall mangrove trees there is always somewhere to hide. Adult Tarpon fishing was good prior to the front and should stabilize after the water settles and clears. I just love the time after the rains as it seems like the place is flushing out and as good as it gets. Come inquire about a fly fishing guide in the everglades and ten-thousand islands.

I teach about the estuary and encourage first time fly fisherman and plug fisherman alike. I am passionate about both kinds of angling here in the everglades and ten-thousand islands. I am located south of naples so can always meet up for some fly-casting lessons or refer you to one of my master casting instructors in the area. I look forward to your next fishing adventure in the beautiful Everglades!

Winter time stalking

Stalking big snook and redfish on foot is as good as it gets, you get very close to them and can have some of the closest and best eats you’ve ever seen! The water temperatures are still warm and these fish are already in the deep backcountry looking to eat. Fly fishing in Boca Grande is as good as it gets right now and will continue through February where we stalk these fish in tiny creeks on foot. Not many Boca Grande fly fishing guides fish is this manner and I believe it gives my clients the upper hand and landing a true trophy snook. I will be fishing here until the Tarpon show up in the Everglades in late February/early March so book your trips now to fish with a truly passionate hard working fly fishing guide!

December in Southwest Florida

December has been unseasonably warm which has these monster snook confused and just seem to be everywhere we look and big boys too! Have had some great moon tides that have turned our water gin clear, with small cold front approaching the water will be highly visible for low water wade fishing or higher tide sight casting from my new Beavertail ‘Mosquito’ skiff.  These skiffs get us anywhere shallow we want to go and such a comfortable ride!

Snook have been eating a lot of high riding sub-surface flies in skinny water, I like brown when the water clears up like this in the backcountry. For me there it dosen’t get much better than feeding a giant snook after you have seen and stalked him on foot and feeding him within 20 feet, it just as good as it gets fly fishing in Boca Grande.

Fly fishing in the Everglades around Chokoloskee has been great and with some longer runs some of these fish haven’t even heard a boat since Irma and are willing to eat anything they see, the big tarpon can be fantastic on a warm winter day along with smaller tarpon daily but the edges have laid up giant snook in The Everglades currently and I love every minute of it!

Hope to see you out soon to share this great sport of ours.

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snookosaurus

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

Bad Ass Glass for the Fall

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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Red October

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!