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

March/April Everglades Fish Report

MARCH/APRIL EVERGLADES FISH REPORT

Greetings from Captain Buddy,

Despite lack of rain, and some significant wild fires in the area, fishing has been good!  Snook fishing through the winter and spring has shown improvement over the past few years.  Quite possibly, this is due partially to my going deeper into the park on a more regular basis.  Less pressure, less anglers, –these are the areas where I truly enjoy fishing.  Just the sheer beauty of the deeper park, is worth the extra time and effort in my opinion.  I started slow with tarpon in March, but April put a smile on my face.  A close ‘guestimate’ is that we jumped 20 large tarpon in April, with 3 coming to the boat for photos.  We touched leaders on a few others, so the catch percentage wasn’t too bad.  Boy, are they ever a handful!  With winds subsiding as we head towards summer, and relatively clear water, I look forward to some outstanding tarpon fishing in the coming months!  I just love seeing my anglers hook up with these prehistoric giants.  If we are fortunate enough to get one to the side of the boat for a quick photo to record the catch, the absolute best part of the entire ordeal is releasing a healthy fish.  The fish gave us its best –it gives us a rare and exciting experience, and in turn, we make absolutely sure that we do everything we can to release it back to continue its life unharmed.  Some might say “it’s just a fish”, but beyond that, the tarpon is the Silver King, an unbelievable and majestic player, worthy of our respect in supporting its longevity.

Redfish have not come back into the Everglades in numbers yet.  So, if you’re a redfish fanatic, you may want to consider taking a trip to fish Louisiana, or a few other of the coastal states north of us.  There appear to be a combination of reasons we aren’t seeing them right now…. from water quality, to salinity of the water, to lack of bait, and beyond. We are catching a few, but the population in general is down from previous years.

Quick story before I sign off.  I fished with a dad and his 6-year old son recently.  We caught 10-12 sea trout, a few small snook, and a few other species.  The little guy wanted to go where he could see a gator.  To my amazement, we couldn’t find one.  We went into this smaller creek that generally has a few gators basking in the sun, and there were none there as well.  I started to leave, when I remembered that there is a small cut off the creek, where about 4 years ago, I hooked one of the largest snook I ever had on.  I poled over to the exact spot, dad casts an artificial shrimp with a cork that we had been using for trout into about 2 feet of water.  He pops it back to the boat, and right at the boat, an absolute monster snook crushes the shrimp. Dad and I had been casting for his son, and handing him the rods when a fish was on.  In this instance, dad never had a chance to hand the rod over to him.  The snook was huge, and on the second run, was gone.  It’s exciting experiences like this that continue to remind us why we enjoy fishing the Everglades!

Signing off,

Captain Buddy

Let’s Go Fishing!

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