It has been some time since my last blog post and I can thank all of you for that by keeping me extremely busy the last few years. Despite this years challenges and cancellations with Covid-19 this has been my busiest year yet. More people wanting to get outside and explore their own back yards has kept a lot of us in business.
Here in Florida our Governor made boating and fishing an essential activity and with most people out of work our waterways were crowded. Even with the boating pressure the spring and summer seasons were phenomenal.
Big Redfish on Fly
The last few years I have been working hard to dial in the patterns of some really large redfish on fly. Let’s just say that I have cracked the code on these fish and you need to start planning your next trip. Depending on how mild our winter is we can start targeting these fish as early as Late March. This pattern will typically last from April through the end of July. Here are some images of these redfish just to tease you a bit.
Big Redfish on Light Tackle
Outside of targeting these big redfish on fly many of my anglers were successful with conventional gear as well.
Redfish of this size have been around for many years and are vital for the future of our redfish populations. All the redfish of this size are handled with care and only held out of the water long enough to snap a few shots. Anytime you have to revive a fish it has been handled too long.
Late spring through early summer my mind starts thinking about tarpon. This also depends on how cold our winter is and changes in the temperature. Mild winters typically allow the mullet migration to start early and the predators like tarpon will follow behind. Juvenile tarpon are here year round and are always blast to target on light fly gear.
Mid to late summer offers some of the best opportunities for our area to target large tarpon on fly. When the conditions were right this year the tarpon were eating flies good. Most of our hook ups were short lived but I did manage to capture a few with the camera.
Sight Fishing the Shallows
The days we couldn’t target the tarpon and big redfish due to tides we stalked fish in the shallows. Sight fishing for redfish during the spring and summer stayed consistent. The water levels always play a factor in our fishery. Good tides offer us shots at fish cruising shallow shorelines with their backs exposed. Enough to get anyones adrenaline going.
Big trout spawn in the winter and spring and can be found sun bathing over the sand mid day. Long casts and being able to turn over long leaders will increase your chances. We caught some good ones on both fly and light tackle this year.
So far the fall has been difficult due to summer time rains, Atlantic hurricanes and east wind directions. Large amounts of runoff from the rainy season caused a late season algae bloom. Sight fishing has been near impossible in the recent weeks with the high and dirty water. Once the cold fronts start to push through the water levels will drop and clear up.
Like most people I am looking forward to 2021!! People seem to be traveling a bit more and I hope this continues. As a business owner I have been taking all of the precautions that may concern others by sanitizing my boat and all my gear daily. What better way to social distance than to be outside on a flats boat surrounded by fresh air and the sun on your face.
This coming year I will try to organize another hosted trip to the Bahamas. Once I have all of the logistics finalized I will shoot out another email. Also in the coming weeks I will have some news for the 2021 fall season. Stay tuned and stay safe!!
Capt Justin Price
Right In Sight Charters