Muddy Fall fishing in South FL.

Fall has definitely set in, followed by cooling temperatures, lobster sized live shrimp in the baitwell, blue bird skies, and lots of muddy minded fish.  Redfish in Flamingo are swimming on the mud in the afternoon heat and hanging off the deep end of mud banks on cool mornings.  Bonefish on the other side of this little world in Islamorada are mudding their tails off, fattening up for the winter.  The deep backcountry of the Everglades is also teeming with life.  On a recent day in the backcountry, we caught snook, redfish, bream (I haven’t caught a pan fish on fly in over a decade), and gar all in the same few coves.   As temperatures cool, catches of 40+ redfish are becomming less uncommon in a single day.  We’ve been having a ball catching a bunch of backcountry redfish on DOA CAL shad tails in the new Fiji Chicken color fished on a 1/8oz or 1/4oz chartruese CAL jighead.  Fall fishing is just straight up fun and relaxing.

Days have been real windy so it has been fun tackling some big chop in big water in my new 18 Maverick Mirage.  I recently added a Minnkota Riptide ST trolling motor with iPilot for some of the deeper water backcountry stuff and it has worked amazing.  The spot lock feature on the iPilot trolling motor is pretty amazing (thought it does kinda promote my laziness).  

This is definitely a cool time of year to fish…

Stay tuned for more skiff fish porn…

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