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Mangrove Snappers are where it's at in Islamorada this week! Many of the fish we've gotten to the boat have consistently been 3-4 pounds. Yesterday, using the trolling motor we found Redfish and Snook in a foot of water fishing the islands between Islamorada and Flamingo. The evening bite has been going strong with Jacks and Sharks - this is a great way to bend the rods and not get stuck in the mid-day heat!
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It's summer in Florida. Which means it's HOT! Guess what if you are hot then the water is hot, if the water is hot, the fish are hot. If you want to have the best chance at catching fish in the summer think Early or Late. All the charters I have been doing lately are in the morning and evening. Leaving the hottest part of the day to relax chill and cool off. I like to head out in the mornings around 7am and be off the water by 11 or 11:30 and then revisit the fishing around 4:30 or 5 to 8:30 or 9. This pattern seems to be working and the fish seem to be moving, eating and cooperating more during these times. So in conclusion you are more comfortable the fishing is better and the guide is happy. Sounds like a win win win.
The Mangrove Snappers are fired up right now on the deeper grass flats. If you know where to find them ( and I do) all you need is a couple blocks of chum and your bait of choice. Before you know it they will be in the slick and you will be looking forward to dinner. Mangrove or Mangos or Mangs or Grey Snapper which ever you want to call them are one of my favorite fish to eat. So when they are biting good I like to take advantage of it. Don't get me wrong though I only like to keep enough for a dinner or two. The average fish right now that I'm catching is in the 14 to 18 inch range which to me is about the best size for the table.
I guess they didn't get enough the first time. The Brown family and I head out for another evening adventure. This time focusing on rod bending action. We just wanted to have a little fun. So we loaded up the boat with drinks and ice and bait and headed out. We took a short 5 mile run and got at it. Catching Jack Crevalle and big Blue runners on almost every cast. These fish pull hard on light tackle. I don't care who you are you can't help but smile and maybe giggle a little when you have any jack species making your drag clicker scream. We also chummed up some sharks on the flat. Their is just something cool about watching a shark swim up the chum line in clear shallow water and pitching a bait out and watching him devour it before he turns and runs and your rod doubles over. We stayed with these fish for the entire trip and had a blast, then we watched the sun set over the flat mirror like water.
The ride home was great. It really is very beautiful right before dark when the sky is lit up with so many colors.
Often I am asked the question. What do you do when you aren't working. And ALWAYS my answer is FISH. Some people don't understand, and I get this look of curiosity and amazement. Those who are like me know. lol Yes it is my career (I don't like to call it a Job). More like something that I get to do and just happen to get paid for. A job to me is something that you wake up in the morning and dread going to. I wake up and look forward to and am excited about my day. Anyway so this post is about one of those days. I think that a good guide and a good angler is never satisfied. He is always trying to learn more. New techniques, new areas, new ways to fish the areas you already know and on and on and on.
So even the majority of days I'm off from guiding I am still out there usually with other guide friends trying to become a better guide and angler. On this day we decided to cover a lot of water looking for fish in areas that we don't frequent. We went a lot of places some of which were productive and a lot of them weren't, BUT we learned and even managed a few fish. Like this Redfish that I tricked in to eating a fly.
Upon returning to the dock from the BBI Hooked on Kids Tourney. I was greeted by a woman who I would later know as M.C. She and her Family Scott, Shelby, and Simon. Were looking for something to do that afternoon so they decided to come down to the World Wide Sportsman dock ,where my business is located, to see if anyone could take them fishing. I was just cleaning my boat and getting ready to head home. They were such a nice family and I couldn't just leave them hanging with nothing to do. So we met back at the marina in an hour. Not looking to target anything in particular we set out with a well full of shrimp and a few chum blocks. On the way we stopped and grabbed more bait from my pinfish trap and made the short run to the destination. Once we arrived and got the chum out the Mangroves moved in and were hungry. We proceeded to catch them one after the other. We only kept the ones 14 inches or bigger and by the time we were done we had Iced 10. More than enough for a couple dinners for a family of 4. After we were done with the dinner we moved on to catch some sharks. Simon and Shelby both landed multiple sharks up to 6 1/2 ft and at one point were even doubled up. What a fun unexpected afternoon with a great family who I am happy to call clients and friends!
I am very happy to have been a part of and help raise money for a great cause with the Hooked on kids BBI charity fishing tournament benefiting Sheridan House. The tournament dinner and rules ceremony was amazing and set up beautifully with great entertainment and food. The group of guys I had on the boat were novice anglers but we still managed to catch a few of our targeted species of Redfish, Snook, Trout and Snapper. The weather was beautiful although very hot but the bay was calm and it made for a beautiful ride. The guys were awesome! Our redfish were on the small side, and we lost a couple of big snook that definitely would have been in contention. We never targeted sea trout hoping that we could catch some as by catch of reds and snook as we often do. Come to find out some of our snappers may have put us on the leader board, but we were having fun and weren't quite ready to go in before designated lines out. So we continued to fish and have fun and raised money for charity to boot. All in all I would say it was a great day.
It's the last day of July and I got a call. We aren't really fisherman, but we think it would be cool to catch our own dinner. So we set out to do just that. We spent a few hours catching Snappers at some spots close to home. We never were without of sight from the dock at World Wide Sportsman where we left from. We caught over 40 fish in the short time that we were out. Not all were keepers, but maybe a dozen were, and thats plenty for a nice fish dinner at the local restaurant or a fish fry at home. The family had a blast doing something out of there comfort zone and maybe even picked up a new hobby.
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