With the warmer weather of summer approaching June can be an awesome time for some epic fishing in The Everglades National Park. Some of the hottest action has been over the shallow flats of Flamingo and Florida Bay, and will continue to get better over the next few months. In the early morning hours and during the lower light periods I have been throwing top water plugs like Rapala Skitterwalks in the chrome and chartreuse colors. On some mornings the fish will be very aggressive and absolutely murder the plugs and on others, they will be extremely sluggish and lazy. Try and figure out a pattern that is effective and stick to it once you do. Once the top water bite slows down, pick up a swimbait rigged weedless or a ¼ oz Spoon and attempt to locate schools of mullet or Redfish. The mullet muds will produce constant action from big Trout, Snook, Ladyfish and Redfish. Areas like Snake Bight and the flats of First National Bank have been producing some awesome action from gator Trout, schooling Redfish and the occasional big Snook.
Speaking of Snook, these fish have begun their spawning rituals and have been very active along the beaches and mangrove shorelines from East Cape all the way into Chokoloskee waters. I have been consistently landing solid Snook using live Pinfish and Pilchards free lined on a 3 ot. circle hook. Once you locate the fish a white jerkbait or even a greenback Mirrodine has been extremely effective. On days when the water is somewhat clear, sight fishing is very possible for these Snook. As we all know, Snook are no dummies and for this reason the fly fishermen has the definite stealth advantage. For the fly fisherman, the local favorite is without a doubt my boy Ashley’s Snook Flies (Dons Bait and Tackle). He has been tying and supplying all the top guides’ flies for Tarpon, Snook and Redfish for years and I highly recommend them. Anyone planning on visiting the park can expect some awesome sight fishing, bird watching and just the ultimate getaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Capt. Scott Brown