Fished today with Darryl and John. Big snook were on the menu. We caught several snook. The biggest was 15 pounds and we had another one over ten pounds. We pulled the hook on some other monsters as well. We also caught speckled trout, redfish, lady fish, jacks, and others. We rounded out the day by getting a close up look at three huge saltwater crocs. One was almost 14 feet!
The Mikes scored Monday on the flats. We stayed close to Islamorada and sight fished the flats. We ended up sight casting to redfish and bonnet head sharks. It is very cool seeing a fish and getting it to eat! Great visual bites. We ended up with a double header of redfish, four bonnet head sharks, and three decent barracuda. The water was crystal.
The third day with the Mikes brought more good fishing in the Everglades. It was a repeat of day 2 but the snook and redfish were bigger on average. The speckled trout were quality too. We headed back to Islamorada for sunset to try for more tarpon. I pulled the hook on a nice tarpon and we hooked, fought, and released a 125 plus pound lemon shark on 60 pound fluorocarbon. I will post the pics I have but it was dark thirty when we brought it boat side so the quality is not great. We easily had over 50 fish and over a dozen different species.
Fished again with the Mikes. We headed to Cape Sable and the Everglades. We pounded on fish all day. We had numbers, quality, and variety. We caught and released speckled trout, snook, redfish, jacks, sheepshead, bonnet head sharks, lady fish, snappers, and others. We easily had 70 plus fish. At sunset we released two big tarpon on live bait. Check out the Tarpon Post for pictures.
Fished with the Mikes. They arrived around noon and we headed out for the afternoon. We started off by pounding on the jacks and mangrove snappers and never stopped. We even caught a few small groupers. We had fish all afternoon and it was just the warm up. I wanted them to be warmed up for what was to come.
We always try for tarpon at the end of the day. It has been good and when the conditions are right we usually get a bite or jump a fish. The Mikes hit it on a good day and in a little more than an hour we released two tarpon: 40 and 70 pounds. We also missed another one. The pics of the bigger fish didn't come out since the battle lasted into the dark.
Captain Joe Hughes -USCG Licensed 100 Ton Master-IGFA Certified
Joe Hughes has been working in the fishing business since he was eleven years old. Starting at Gibson's Tackle at that age, Joe's passion for the sport of fishing has steadily increased. Joe is a versatile angler who is comfortable poling a flats skiff as well as at the helm of a
sportfisherman competing in big game tournaments. During his years as a professional fisherman Joe has been featured in books and
magazines. His main passion is for salt-water fly-fishing. A teacher by trade, he enjoys sharing his knowledge about fly-fishing, fly-tying, and
fly-casting with his clients.