The Locals…

The Everglades is part of what I consider my local waters.  The usual shallow water suspects sought after during chillier days are redfish and snook (yes snook).  The temperatures are starting to stabilize with highs in the 80s during the day and lows into the 60s in the evening and wee hours of morning.  Though I did not miss the massive cold temperatures of this past winter, I did miss the occassional warmer winter days and slightly chilly morning run through buttonwood canal.  The backcountry of Flamingo becomes a real special place after extreme warmth of summer passes.  Whether planning on coralling wads of finger mullet and pilchards into your baitwell or simply tying on your favorite lure or fly, the Everglades will fail to dissapoint the bait soaker or sight fisherman in us.  Once you are exiting out of Buttonwood canal you enter natures realm of big fish eat small fish, starting from Coot Bay, into Whitewater Bay, Oyster Bay,  Shark River, and the entire gulf coast outside of there.  The incredible fishing is only bested by the vast unspoiled wildlife that surrounds you.  Now that the mullet are here, porpoises, tarpon, and other big predators are having their fill devouring massive quantities of these half-brained delicacies.  It’s pretty cool watching a redfish chase down and flare it’s gills at a small mullet imitation fly or soft plastic, but feeling a helpless baitfish at the end of your line struggling as a big redfish or snook closes in, is pretty exciting in it’s own aspect. 

 

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