For the past couple of weeks it has been freezing here in SW Florida, which has got me landlocked for the most part, tying flies and such! We have seen record lows and one of the largest fish kills in Florida history. This dismal start to 2010 has had me itching to get out and chuck the feathers. I took a half day last Friday to get out and evaluate how bad things really were. It looks pretty catastrophic to say the least. The flats are dead – I went over 2 hours without seeing a single living game fish! I witnessed thousands of dead fish including species such as: Bull and Blacktip sharks, Cats, Jacks, Ladies, Threadfin, Moharra, Needle fish, Trout, and of course Snook. This is a sad sight to see and I hope the damage is not as bad as we think. I did however run into a couple schools of very healthy reds but with the fridgid water temps, they wanted nothing to do with my fly! I hope the warming trend will start letting the flats get back on track and let us have some good days. Hopefully by next weekend the water will warm and quality photos can be taken! Until then….
These guys were everywhere on the sand flats! I actually hooked two just stripping my line out and letting a practice cast fly! One of them took my fly – I was not happy, it was one of those 20 min flies….