Everglades Fly Fishing Charters
Everglades & 10,000 Islands Fly Fishing and Light Tackle Charters • Captain Buddy Ferber • (239) 298-3863

JANUARY/FEBRUARY EVERGLADES FISH REPORT

Greetings from Captain Buddy,

Over the past 6 weeks, we’ve had the good fortune of hooking up with a lot of mature Snook, bringing several to the boat.  We’ve had a few over 20 lbs, with just a little too much horse power, snatch the line and race back into the mangrove roots and downed trees.  There’s not a day I’m on the water that I don’t see visible changes in the mangrove structure, remnants of the hit we took with Hurricane Irma last year.  Surprisingly, some changes actually appear to be for the better.  I can’t remember getting hooked up with this many good Snook during the winter months. Optimistic that it’s a sign of what’s to come.  Tarpon have started their return and become a little more prevalent over the last 3 weeks, due to warm water temperatures.  It’s been a unique year as far as weather.  I think we only had 2 cold fronts, and from that point on, it’s been like spring.  Though a little harder to come by than the ‘old days’, we were able to hook up with some beautiful Redfish in February.  It would certainly be nice to have them show up in numbers again.

I just read an interesting Tarpon article, a reminder on a few of the hazards of Tarpon fishing if one is careless or not focused.  The article reminds us not to cast to tarpon swimming directly to the boat.  It’s easy to get excited when sighting a large tarpon, but good advice from the tarpon pros, is to hold off on that cast until the tarpon is on somewhat of an angle.  The vast majority go airborne as soon as they know they’ve eaten something that’s not real.  If the fish was reasonably close, it could come flying into the boat, and these guys are powerful.  I’ve heard of this happening in the past, so the article was a good refresher on what not to do.  Yes, we love jumping Tarpon, but not at the expense of our safety and our boat being destroyed.  Also, it’s a very good habit to bend your barbs down on your flies, especially if you’re throwing plugs with treble hooks. I believe, this way, we get somewhat better penetration, with the ability to release fish far easier and without harm to them or us. Actually, a great idea is to replace the treble hooks with single inline hooks.  Through the years, I’ve had several hooks pierce my skin.  At one time, many years ago, I actually found myself sitting in a Colorado Urgent Care room for about 2 hours with a dry fly in my cheek.  No doubt, it’s best to use a barbless hook to avoid a similar scenario.  With the season coming on strong, now is the time to get out and practice casting with your non dominant arm, off shoulder, or back hand.  It will help to make your fly fishing adventures much more productive and enjoyable!

Signing off,

Captain Buddy

Let’s Go Fishing!

Captain Buddy Ferber
BuddyFerber@att.net
(239) 298-3863