Just before the Chill…

The late summer rains have poured down on us in South Florida a couple of months ago… As fall came, it still dumped on us with no seemingly no end. Between these rainy days, periods of calm winds and blue skies graced us, reminding us that Fall was not very far. But the skies grew thick with shady clouds and dumping rain still for the majority of our days. It hasn’t stopped raining around my home in Miami for the last few days and my other home, the Florida Keys, have got the worse of this. The temperatures are down, reminding us now that Fall is here, but the cold front lingering towards South Florida as I type this, brings to mind that winter is not too far around the corner. We are expecting our first major cold front to sweep across our busy city, bringing strong northerly chilly breezes and our shallow water gamefish headed for deeper waters to hunker down. The fishery is moving into another transition… both good and bad. Mild days will have them feeding voraciously throughout the day, while freezing coldfront impacted days will likely have them running for the deep.

Our fishery in Flamingo is an interesting one; different then the rest of the world. Out warmer months bring hoards of redfish onto our shallow flats pushing and tailing in great numbers while our winter months bring most of them to the deeper creeks and backcountry. It seems to be quite the opposite in other parts of the state, where redfish feel more relaxed tailing on the flats during cooler months.

This Summer and Fall has been without a doubt, the months of redfishing that I have ever seen in Flamingo. The sheer numbers of redfish tailing on the flats was nothing short of spectacular. The high waters of Fall are expected to recede soon with the approaching fronts and cool weather. Recently, I had what could possibly be one of the last epic days of the year for sight fishing tailing redfish on the Flamingo flats. I fished a buddy of mine from Middle School… poling around in skinny water and casting spoons at tailing redfish, a style of fishing he was not very familiar with. So we made adjustments and I made some colorful suggestions so we could meet with success. Heck, I even managed to take the bow for a short time and catch half a dozen redfish on fly before returning to my station up on the poling platform. Between the both of us, we hooked over 70 redfish this day and boated 54 lower to upper slot fish, before calling it a day earlier then I had anticipated. A typical good day of redfishing this year…

The winter fishery brings upon a variety of fishing… stay tuned for what will lead up to the winter…

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