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.
Sept. 24th 2010
The last couple days I was over on the East Coast trying once again to catch this mullet run. Well part of it was hanging out with Patrick Sebile and his crew of Sebile Lures. With the winds blowing 20mph from the east most the time fishing was very lack luster. We did catching fish but we didn’t get a chance to fish the beach where most of the mullets are moving through.
Usually when this action happens the tarpon, snook, sharks and all kinds of predators are following them. You know the old saying, “find the bait you’ll find the predators”. Actually I just made that one up but it sure makes sense doesn’t it?
We went out and fish the Ft. Pierce jetty a couple of times while I was there. I took some shots of Patrick and Russell getting totally soaking wet from the pounding waves. Those guys are pretty hardcore. Patrick did hook a couple Tarpon on his big Stick Shad but they came off. I saw one guy get a nice 40lb tarpon there so the fish are there, the fishing conditions were just no good.
Photo notes: I manage some really cool slow shutter speed stuff. I did this to give the photo a feeling of motion rather than freezing the photos with a high shutter speed.
I got a question asked about slow shutter speed, so here’s a quick answer.
Curtis here’s how I set it up:
- Set the camera to the lowest ISO possible
- I shot a few in shutter priority 60 to 15s.
- Review the photos and check the settings I like best.
- Then I go into Manual Mode and adjust accordingly.
Now all I have to do is wait for the waves/motion to hit and click away. With the setting sun and overcast skies, I didn’t have any issues with over exposure so no filter was needed. -Sam
This has got to be the most exciting and anxious time of year for most of us anglers who love to sight fish on a flyrod, crab, lure, or whatever. The warm weather starts to settle in and the sight fishing all over Florida begins to yeild epic days on the water. For those of us in the upper Florida Keys, the possibilities of the ultimate grand slam… fishing for bonefish, tarpon, and permit in a single day becomes an easier reality.
Jeremy and I have been running his new Maverick 18 HPX-V with the 21 Pitch Powertech 3 blade PTR prop. Compared to the 20 pitch 4 blade we were running before, this 3 blade had much more bow lift, better top end, better fuel economy, and made the boat perform like a whole different machine. The only thing sacraficed here was the ability for tight cornering at higher speeds… which isn’t much of an issue considering that this boat is meant for crossing big water in the Keys. We are going to subject the boat to further testing but so far the results are amazing. The concept applied to my 17 HPX-V years ago when I switched over from a 4 blade 18 Pitch PTR prop to a 3 blade 19 pitch PTR prop. This hull loves the bow lift and unfortuantely the 4 blade props on this HPX hull make the front end dig when running a big chop. This is a huge plus if you are planning on crossing those big basins in the Florida Keys. Give the folks at Powertech Props a call and they can provide you with whatever info you’ll need on these props. If you need to order one, you can contact your local Maverick Boat dealer or Shallow Water Customs.
Joe at Carbon Marine delivered a new Carbon Marine/Loop Push Pole for Jeremy’s 18 HPX. All I can say is this pushpole is SWEEETTT! It is much stiffer then all the Stiffy poles, lighter then both teh Graphite and Hybrid, and is great for poling deep water as it is not as floaty as my Stiffy Guide. The best part about this… the warantee that Carbon Marine offers is unparalleled and the price for these push poles is worlds less then the comparible Stiffys. Loop and Carbon Marine have come together and outdone themselves on this product. Oh and the Lambda shaped foot is pretty freakin sweet!!
It was a very busy few weeks and I have had very limited days on the water. Unfortunately, the weather has not cooperated with me at all when I was able to make it out but fortunately, we still caught some fish. This semester is finally over and it is time to get busy on the pushpole…. and possibly spend some time on the pointy end of the bow if I’m lucky. Stay tuned guys and gals… this should be an AWESOME Spring and Summer.
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April 9th 2010
The fishing in the keys is heating up this week. Even with the 20knots we had to deal with the fishing was excellent.
If you are fishing bait do yourself a big favor and stop at Don’s Bait and Tackle(Homestead on the way down) to get the shrimp and crabs. The keys are sold out 80% of the time or does not have right size. Not to mention the price is much higher down there. I put a bag of ice in the live well to cool down the water and the bait will last longer. Use an aerator if you have one.
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Today we woke up, grabbed some breakfast and contemplated what kind of fishing needed to do after this deep freeze has pretty much killed everything off on the flats. Adrian suggested we go troll for some catch and release grouper action. Since Glen was leaving today we decided to give it one last try despite the rain. We packed our gear and headed off. We stopped for a pizza around lunch time and waited out even more rain.
We only had 2 hours to fish but what the heck, it couldn’t have been much worst than yesterday’s skunk. It took a bit to get our trolling down but once we got going it was pretty easy fishing. After about 1 hour of trolling in the wind and rain with basically nothing our confidence was dwindling fast. One bite changed the entire day’s luck though. The rod that was trolling the Sebile Koolie Minnow 190FT Mackerel got smoked! I handed the rod off to Glen and the craziness of scrambling for cameras and reeling in the other line ensued.
After about 20minutes, we landed 100lb Tarpon to end the very frustrating weekend of fishing in post deep freeze conditions. By 330pm we had to go. It was time to take Glen back home so he could get cleaned up and head back up to New York. After a quick stop at Adrian’s parent’s house for a burger we dropping Glen off at the air port with hopefully some great stories to tell his friends up North.
My friend Adrian Gray took some cool underwater photos. He takes photos with a Canon 50D.
Sept 1st 2009
Today I was up at 4am to make the drive down south to meet with Captain Jay Withers and Capt. Justin Cauffman. Both these guys areon the team Sebile Lures and wanted to catch some fish on the the new lures this year.
We were going after Tarpon on artifcials. We had a slow bite with Jay missing a bite near the boat on the stick shad. A couple hours go by and all we caught were lady fish and catfish as the Tarpon were not very agressive today.
After a move Jay hooks a nice fish on the Stick Shad Hallow soft plastic.(not available yet). After some nice photos he hooks another one on the Soft Plastic Magic Swimmer(also not available yet), but after one jump the fish came off. The fish were rolling all around but we just could by another bite. We headed in about lunch time and called it a successful day.
I have to be up at 1am to make another early trip in the morning so I’m heading to bed. If all goes well I should get some really cool photos the next couple days.