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Fall Fire Ablaze
have made the most notable showing. The fish are being found in all
the traditional hotspots and all throughout their range. In
addition—many have been taken in open water in some unsuspecting
areas. The fish are migrating to the shoreline across open water now
to their winter retreats of the backcountry. When found in these
areas-the bite has been hot. Meanwhile and in more traditional/
pressured areas, the fish have been very weary and slow to bite.
A rare catch of the 21st century was made on the boat last Thursday when Tammy Werner drove over from her home in Ft. Lauderdale to spend some time with her brother Michael and nephew Rob who were visiting from Indiana. Tammy tied into a 43.5-inch snook in gin clear and shallow water. For near 10 minutes, she battled the oversized gladiator to boat side on wimpy 8 lb. class tackle. She accomplished what many long time Florida and seasoned snook anglers only dream about (their whole lives!). Each year fish of this size are becoming fewer and farther between on the flats. Trophy snook have been completely protected from harvest for several years now. However, they have become increasingly spooky and do not visit the flats as the often did in the past. Now preferring a deep and heavily structured habitat, the trophies are being hooked in the deep rip raff, but too, being landed far less often. A fine job Tammy and congratulations!
Several slams were taken over the last week (snook, redfish, trout). Last Sunday, a grandslam (snook, redfish, trout, tarpon) eluded ol’ time favorite, Bob Greenwald when his tarpon threw the hook back to him in mid air. Gotta love them tarpon Bob!
Large gator trout have been showing up in good numbers immediately after the front. The yellow-mouthed specks are being found in shallow water at the creek mouths, sawgrass points and oyster bars. As the water warmed during the week and the full moon phased away, they had slowed considerably ----but this is a very temporary situation.
We are on a nice warming trend now. This ying and yang with the fronts and the warming periods in-between offers a perfect weather scenario to keep the fish in a good fall pattern for some time. A break that is much appreciated and welcome (not to mention deserved!).
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