November is half way through and we are starting to get some of the first real cold fronts here in the Keys this week. Temperatures should drop into the mid 60s, which usually brings an end to consistent tarpon fishing in our area. I haven’t really been focusing on them so much the last couple months anyhow – they’ve been around but I’ve had so much good fishing for other things that I haven’t tried as much as usual in the Fall. But with cold weather reaching us now, it really is time to focus on other things. If we have some unusually warm, calm days it can definitely be good again, and you will catch a few even during the cold snaps, but just less likely. And when conditions do get good you still have to put time in to find the fish and find the bait so it’s not always a guarantee. But make sure to check out my other website Fishing Islamorada as I’ll be updating that regularly while fishing for other stuff for the next few months until Spring rolls around again.
Also I’m offering discounted trip rates for the 2019 off season (September through November). I’ve normally not really offered discounts on my trips for a variety of reasons, however next year as mentioned I’m taking more days off in the busy season so I really would like to fill my off season in a little more. If you are interested in coming down at that time you can get some good deals on fishing and room rates. Once I start to fill in those days though I may no longer off these great rates, so start planning early if you can! September and October can still be good months for tarpon, November is not as much but we have really good fishing for other species. Check out my discounted trip rates here.
IMPORTANT: All anglers starting Jan 10th, 2019 will be required to have an Everglades Visitors Pass when fishing in the park. You can obtain one via internet/phone at http://www.yourpassnow.com and select Everglades National Park. Most of my fishing is inside the park, so check with me but more than likely you will need one. You can also buy an annual/lifetime pass at store.usgs.gov. However if we are tarpon fishing locally around bridges it will not be necessary – though I am not doing this so much these days. Just check with me beforehand.
Got out filming today for the Bud n Marys show on YouTube! We did a variety of things, but did run into a nice school of tarpon early on. Drifted in and cast a few pinfish to them and they ate happily! I landed a nice 30 lb fish, and our friend Vic had a bite too but we slurped it right off of there. After that we left them alone but it was cool to see! Looks like we have some cold weather coming in the next week, will probably shut the tarpon off a bit. Sometimes some little ones eat shrimp here and there, but overall targeting tarpon is probably not going to be a regular thing from now through January. But of course we’ll catch some random ones here and there, and if the weather gets right it might be worthwhile. 1 for 2
Got out with Pierre and the crew from Sweden Martin, Magnus, and Fredrick! We fished a full day in the backcountry. Caught some bait early which we had to work a little for but got what we needed. Snook fishing was fair, not a red hot bite but a steady pick. We fished probably half a dozen spots and caught 15 or so. Also got a nice juvenile tarpon and missed one more! The last couple hours we went on the outside and eventually got into a few spots with some nice reds! Probably caught a dozen or so, lost one big 15-20 lb one at the boat unfortunately. Also caught the same juvenile goliath about 5 times – he had a line in his mouth so we knew it was him! But all in all a decent day with steady action and good enough to keep 4 guys busy! 1 for 2
Got out with Sun and John for a half day. We had all kinds of fun with snook, redfish, big snappers, and goliath groupers. It was really incredible fishing on our pilchards. But we also found a few baby tarpon rolling around! Pitched a few baits to them, and we managed to hook a couple. One broke off but we got the other one landed. So a backcountry slam for Sun! Also we just dropped the latest Bud n’ Mary’s YouTube show so check it out!