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Make Barracuda a Top Priority

Bonefish and Tarpon Trust, KeysKeeper, and the Lower Keys Guides Association Urge the FWC to Make Barracuda a Top Priority 
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Recently there has been a slow but steady realization by many South Florida fisherman that the Keys barracuda population is in decline. As a result, Bonefish and Tarpon Trust, KeysKeeper, and the Lower Keys Guides Association are teaming up to urge the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to make barracuda a top priority on their list.

Top Places to Fish in Florida

Everglades National Park

Capt. Jason Sullivan and client fishing out of Flamingo

This is a fascinating place to fish, not only is it a great place to hook the big one in both fresh and salt water but it is also a national park that your whole family can enjoy. There is wildlife everywhere, watch out for alligators! They sunbathe right on the road. The Everglades consist of a marsh-like environment as well as the well known “ten thousand islands” in the saltwater off Florida’s coast that one can kayak amidst. These islands are a maze of mangroves that you can boat in between and try to catch some fish. Shore-fishing in this park is not as prevalent as boat fishing. You can go fishing on a variety of different boats like a kayak, an airboat, or a motorboat. You can catch snapper, sea trout, bass and more, but remember it is against the law to remove things like coral and shells from the park.

Fly Fishing at the Rolling Hills Casino

A strange mix of fishing and casino games.
 
Florida Fly Fishing Magazine is dedicated to bringing you closer to the best fly fishing spots in all of Florida, but should you find yourself traveling outside of the state and to the other side of the country and get a hankering for some great fly fishing, you may want to try the Rolling Hills Casino in Corning, California.

Norm’s Crystal Schminnow (Grande!)

A larger, yummier version of Norm Zeigler’s popular Schminnow

A few years ago I had a chance to visit Norm Zeigler at his Sanibel Island fly shop and by coincidence, Stuart Patterson also wrote an article for us about tying this very effective fly. I’ve been using it tied larger and have found it makes enough noise to attract fish on the flats while blind casting. So far, I’ve taken at least five species on it and expect to take even more.

A beefier, noisier Schminnow version that probably passes for whitebait.

A beefier, noisier Schminnow version that probably passes for whitebait.

My “Grande” version is tied on a size 1, long shank hook using pink thread (emulates blood supply), lead eyes tied to make the point ride up, untrimmed white marabou (the original is trimmed) and white crystal chenille wrapped in three layers to really bulk up the body (wasteful as hell, I’m afraid), and a V-shaped guard of 30# mono.

Stuart’s original article follows. The original fly is great for sight fishing, so don’t discount its effectiveness!

Ed Maurer, Publisher

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