Despite sunny skies the winds in Everglades City were cranking this morning. Our game plan would require that we were able to find clean water to fish that would be in “the lee” (out of the wind) of the 25 mph easterly winds… So we decided to head south of Lostman River and fish for Snook and Redfish. Our first stop was on a shoreline that had solid oyster bottom, which is basically a fish feeding station. I rigged up our rods with light braided line, 40 pound leaders and live pilchards that I had netted first thing in the morning. First hookup was within minutes, and produced a decent sized Redfish. We continued on for the next hour catching a nice mix of Redfish and Trout.
We had to wait until later in the afternoon when the tide started falling to get into the Snook action. I setup on a small creek south of Lostmans that emptied in the Gulf. As the tide started draining the action started, and the more it flowed the more the Snook were feeding, catching several nice Snook up to 8 lbs.
This morning was typically hot, normal for Everglades National Park this time of year, and so was the fishing. The bait that we were using today was live pilchards. I headed south, in the vicinity of Lostmans River to fish the outgoing tide. I setup on an outside point, free lining the baits on the back side of an eddie. The Snook action was immediate, and we caught several in the 28 to 33 inch range.
When the tide switched, so did we and our next spot was and oyster bar were the tide was falling. We quickly scored with a nice 7 lbs Redfish, then a mix of Mangrove Snapper and Redfish.
We finished off the day by heading out to the “grass flats” to catch a few trout for dinner. Fishing the grass flats is a relaxing way to have fun while drifting in about 3-4 ft of water with steady fishing action. We scored with several nice trout that we in the 3-5 lb range .
Today the weather was nice so we decided to do some fly-fishing. The first spot we webt to was a shoreline with an oyster bottom. Using a black deceiver fly within the first 10 minutes we scored with a nice 8 lb Redfish.
Moving on to our next spot we got into some pretty decent Snook fishing, where we caught and released 3 Snook to up to 9 lbs.
We finished the day by switching over to live bait and continued to score with some great Snook and Redfish action.
Each year April is when the Everglades fishing really starts to heat up. It’s typically when the large Tarpon arrive, and so it begins! Live baits and calm winds, combined with water temperatures moving up into the 80’s really gets the fish in The Everglades turned on. Tarpon can average 60 to 150lbs are roaming the bays and creeks, looking to rest and feed on their annual migration. Also, the Snook fishing really kicks in as well as they move out from the deep shallow bays of the backcountry to the mangrove islands that blanket the edge of The Gulf. Snook this time of year can average anywhere from 5-25 lbs, and will put up a fight to be remembered. In addition, fishing for Redfish this month will continue to hold steady as we catch them in the same locations as Tarpon and Snook.
The weather in The Everglades is really starting to warm up, holding the promise of active fish and great fishing. Such was the case today when we pointed my Maverick towards the outside points in the vicinity of The Chatham River to fish the incoming tide for Trout and Redfish. The first spot, a shallow grass flat with deep cuts on the edge, yielded several slot sized Trout and Pompano. As of late, Riptide jigs tipped with shrimp and bounced slowly on the bottom seem to be working the best for all species, which makes it easy to rig for the day. Later, as the day progressed and the tide started to fall we switched to fishing around oyster bars with live shrimp under a popping cork, which brought Redfish up to 10 pounds. Call and reserve your Everglades Fishing charters while prime dates are still available.