“A Day In The Glades”

Last Tuesday Jesse Lavender and I left Ft. Myers around 8pm to head down to his place in Everglades City ~ The plan was to fish for snook on fly Wednesday. Jesse left his Whipray behind to use the HB Glades Skiff he has residing in E.C.. This skiff is a complete different animal than his whip! We launched 15 seconds from his place and ran far south into the glades where we came to rest in a large bay that had a faint glow of remembrance from last years winter snook hunts!! I got to be up first – after thawing out a little my first cast hooked a monster snook that was overmatching for my 20lb tipet! I quickly re-tied 30lb on and my second cast hooked and landed a decent snook to start the morning. We switched poling every 2 fish which was great because it never lasted too long! Not sure on the count but it was surely a 20+ fish day. Two things you can always count on when going to the glades: 1. You always witness something truly amazing or completely unexpected! 2. Your passion and love for ENP grows and cant wait to come back!…unlike any other trip to the glades both occurred and yes, I cant wait to go back. Not only was it a great time smacking snook on fly out of the skiff that was intended for this habitat, but we finally crossed paths with our first python, not native and becoming a problem for the glades. The snake was very passive but very quick under the water. I noticed him swimming across a large bay while poling, I grabbed my camera while Jesse inched me closer. The python was about 7-8ft in length and looked to have something in his stomach!! The snook were in schools so it was non-stop action either on the platform or casting deck so I managed only a handful of photos. A trip to never be forgotten! Enjoy!

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