September 1st makes the beginning of the Snook season for 2021 here on the east coast of Florida. Linesiders stack up at the inlet mouths to give anglers a great opportunity at a trophy fish and great table fair. we offer nearshore live bait (and artificial or fly) charters throughout in the comfort of my 197 Pioneer sportfish. Trips run $450 for up to four anglers and we provide tackle, rigs bait and ice as well as plenty of water (still hot here in Florida) Contact us for your trip soon !
March through June saw a banner time with Peacocks and Oscars in the South Florida Canals, with easily 50 to 150 fish days. Scrappy large Oscars and 1 to 3 lb peacocks ruled the day and gave a great bend to my 4 to 6 weight fly rod
October usually brings the feisty (and tasty) Florida Pompano into the Indian River. Last year the bite was so prevalent at times it was not uncommon to limit out in little over an hour and be back at the dock for breakfast. Due to the varying water depths (from 3' to 8") that these fish would be in, It was at times a bit of a task locate the schools. In shallower water, say less than 4', running your big motor around the island flats in mid river will get the pomps to "skip" or jump out of the water. Deeper water requires fan casting with a spinning rod and small pink or orange jigs. Once you find them, they are great targets for fly rods. Don't under estimate them either, a two or three pound pompano will give you a run for your money on an eight or nine weight!
New start later in life can be daunting and definably exciting all at the same time. Not know how the transition forms or the journey unfolds is pretty awesome. Got to say my original plan was get my captains license and start taking people out on charters, but I am finding that more passion is coming from areas I did not realize.
Teaching fly casting has given me a good avenue to help build relationships with clients and develop my own skill. It also gives me a great feeling in helping others along to enjoy the sport as well.
Wind not withstanding, had to find some locations to get away from it. Seems that is the task at hand more so than not in the winter months down here in the "sunshine state". Luckily, she holds many secluded waterways, creeks and canals that we can escape to.
One such location is in western Palm Bay called Three Forks Recreation area. Mainly accessed by airboats, there are times when the water is high where you can get into some pretty amazing bass fishing. There's a diverse section of water where just about every structure known to hold bass exists and taking the time to weave your way back into it is well worth it.
Of course there are a myriad of locations similar to this, flooded agriculture fields with limited access providing homes to lurking monster bass, crappie, bluegill and the like. Three forks just happens to be the one that is beginning to call me back over and over. My last trip I stuck to my fly rod and it paid off in spades (as it usually does) with five nice bass and a monster at 26". Sorry no weight here I have never carried a scale on my boat, I've never cared about the weight or much about the size unless I am keeping a fish. I keep the experience in my heart and forgo the lesser things.
So after 17 years in Virginia, I've spent my first year back on Florida waters and it's been a great change enjoying the warmer weather. The past few months have provided me experiences on the waters I grew up on, targeting the many inshore species that I have loved. 2019 brought a much needed change in the water quality in the Indian river and even though there is still much needed help on the rebirth of the seagrass and cover on the river, the water quality and clarity has shown good improvement. Grass has started to come back north of the 192 causeway in the 5 to 6 foot range and seatrout fishing has been consistent all year. If the water management continues to go in the right direction, nature will take care of it's own. Shallow water has still been not shown any grass increase but hopefully that will also change. That's not to say you can't spot fish up shallow but they are still skittish without the needed cover. Little at a time and hopefully we can see the grass come back.