Capt. Jason Sullivan
The snook fishing out of Flamingo is just about to get into to full swing with summer approaching and with the clean water along the coast we have had. This is also really exciting because I like to use topwater plugs on these cruising fish.
Short trip, last minute plan to hunt some redfish.
Having picked two nice trout out of a hole on the low tide, one 24″ one 25″, my good friend Keith Sawyer and I took my East Cape Lostmen across the bay to hopefully find redfish on a flat we know well. It was my turn on the bow, and Keith began slowly poling us through about 2′ of water. Armed with a Clutch TSx 908 8wt, Cheeky Mojo 425 (in custom color pattern) and a self-tied 3″ trusted redfish fly (on a #4 owner fly liner hook) I saw nothing but sting rays on the flat.
Bluefish are one of my favorite target species simply because of their aggressiveness and hard fight. While wading in Melbourne one morning I watched a school of (always) ravenous bluefish trap a school of mullet against a seawall. The water frothed red as mullet tried to grow wings. I actually felt bad for them, knowing at that moment it sucked to be a baitfish. I was really glad I was no where near them!
Get into a school of bluefish with any fly that resembles a baitfish in any way, shape or form and be prepared to have it destroyed. Long-shank hooks are called for; some folks simply tie silver tinsel at the bend. …and keep your hands out of the water! Ed.
By Capt. Jason Sullivan
My favorite time of the year is finally here…. Tarpon Season!
By Dusty Sprague
“Redeem your wicked ways by recognizing your flats-fishing flaws, and fixing them.” Capt John Kumiski wrote those words 14 years ago as a lead-in for his article on the same subject for Saltwater Fly Fishing magazine. John identified 10 sins common to flats fly fishermen – mistakes that resulted in refusals – rejections – no hook-ups. We continue to make the same mistakes and I’ve added more that plague us as we seek success on the flats. Many of these sins can be avoided with a little fore-thought and practice.