Florida Bay Backcountry Fishing with Capt. Mike Patterson

capt-mike-pattersonAs the wind stops blowing in the Florida bay, the Snook are really starting to turn on. The Trout are still doing very well also. It’s a perfect place to go catch a whole bunch of Snapper for a great meal and get a chance at some Snook and Redfish. The Shark action is very hot right now! We are catching everything from a Bonnethead Shark for the kids, all the way up to Lemons, Black Tips and even the Bull Sharks are starting to show up for the warm temperatures of the Florida bay.

On the flats, the Bonefish are not showing up like they used to in the past but great for taking out a fly rod and throwing at them. On the Tarpon note, it is definitely Tarpon season on the fly rods, they’re moving up and down the flats on the Oceanside and on the Bayside! Come on down and get a shot at those monster Tarpon!

Fishing for Tarpon with Capt. Rick Gannon

For some time now the wind hasn’t been cooperating for us, but there are still Tarpon to be caught. The mullet run is about over and guides will now be drifting crabs and pinfish, also anchoring up to use dead bait. All of the channels throughout Islamorada are good for Tarpon depending on the tide. Channel two and five have been a little better at producing fish this week.

I had a group from Texas out for an evening Tarpon trip on Tuesday. It started out slow with a couple of sharks, a Blacktip and Nurse. Then we jumped one Tarpon and finally hooked up just before dark with a 70 pounder! We caught him and as soon as we got back on anchor the same angler hooked up again with the first Tarpon’s twin that finished up the night for us.