I was on the water four days this past week and the fishing was up and down. I new that the morning tides were not going to be the best with high water, overcast skies, and your occasional rain shower, this was going to make fishing a little tough.
On Wednesday we managed a couple of bonefish once the sun came out and saw plenty of fish through out the day, but the overcast skies made fishing tough .
Thursday I had photographer Sam Root from Salty Shores www.saltyshores.com and we finally got our schedules together and got a chance to go fishing. Our goal was to target bonefish and permit and try to get some cool shots. Like the day before I new fishing was going to be tough, but we went for it anyways. It rained for a couple of hours in the morning and again with the high water and the day before the full moon it was a little frustrating. We finally had a window of sunlight for a good hour and a half and we managed two bonefish and didn’t se much more the rest of the day.
Friday I had Jon, Phil, and Brian Otis three brothers from Canada for the next couple of days. We fished Biscayne Bay and it was glass calm and sunny skies all day. Knowing that the bone fishing and the permit fishing was slow the past couple days, I decided to load up on some live bait and start off the morning snook fishing. There were some snook around but stayed pretty tight under the trees and wouldn’t come out even while live chumming. We caught plenty of mangrove snappers and one snook to start off the morning. We then tried bone fishing for a couple of hours and again slow like the past three days. We then managed a nice shark and lost a big mystery fish off a channel edge and by this time we had to head in, another slow day in the bay.
Saturday I had Jon, Phil, and Brian again, but this time we headed to Flamingo (Everglades National Park) knowing that the day before the bay was slow. I’m glad I convinced them to make the drive because we had a pretty awesome day considering the full moon and all. We managed 10 snook, 5 redfish, 1 black drum, 53 trout, a lemon shark and a mixed bag of other species. We did all this on artificial baits except for the lemon shark. I was supposed to fish them again on Sunday, but something came up and they couldn’t make it. I know Jon had a great time and he is planning another trip with the boys in December and Brian is already making plans on bringing some clients down for some business/fishing tip.
Even though we had a tough week in Biscayne Bay due to the weather we still managed to catch some fish. This week I expect the fishing to get better and I have some days open. So if you want to book a trip and go for some bonefish and permit or hit the glades for some redfish and snook give me a call.
-Capt. Raul Montoro