It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is just around the corner. While the temps haven’t felt much like fall the wind certainly has been playing it’s usual roll. For the novice fly angler a word of advice: learning how to double haul and cast accurately will pay you huge dividends. The great thing is you don’t even need water to practice! Grab a Hula Hoop or whatever you have for a target, get out in the backyard and pretend you’re casting to tarpon or whatever fish you fantasize about. Practice when it’s windy. If you’re snowbound there are small, indoor “practice” rods that are great for improving accuracy. Nothing is more heartbreaking than to be completely surrounded by fish tailing hard and not seal the deal due to poor casting. Anyways, enough of my casting rant. The fishing out back the last few weeks has been solid. Lots of bait around. Seeing more snook on shorelines in the inner portions of the bay along with plenty of redfish. Mullet muds have been producing trout, ladyfish and some decent sized jacks for simple rod bending fun. Bonefishing definitely saw some improvement the past month with the cooling water temps. Until next time, catch ’em up.
September is drawing to a close and cooler weather is just around the corner. Fishing the past few weeks has been hit or miss. Bonefishing continues to be just about the hardest thing to do on the water. My strategy for bonefish right now is fishing only when I have a perfect tide and giving it an hour or so. If the fish are there great but if not I change the game plan entirely and go look for something else. Thankfully the redfishing has been so good. Some days are easier than others but there have been some solid fish around that haven’t hesitated to eat a fly. Tarpon are still hanging in the usual places. October is a great month for permit so get out on the water!
This August has to be one of the windier ones I can remember. I guess it’s good, it helps keep you cool and keeps the bugs away but can a guide get a break once in awhile. The summer is usually the only time I’m not bitching about the wind but not this year. Anyways, the fishing has been solid. Bonefishing has been alright in the mornings but nothing spectacular with the occasional permit around to keep things interesting. Thankfully the redfishing has been excellent and continues to get better. Lots of tailers throughout the day. Snook seem to be showing up a little better in the inner portions of the bay but nothing like it used to be prior to the die off. Personally, they should have kept snook season closed for another year. Looking forward to the next few months. With summer vacation over, random boat traffic will be at it’s lowest. Always nice to get on the water and have it all to yourself.