Nice pair of snook in Everglades National Park.
Our tarpon friends here at the marina dock.
Book a trip for an opportunity to catch a tarpon in Islamorada! They put on an awesome fight.
Happy Mothers Day! Tarpon fishing has been great in the backcountry as well as around the ocean side flats and bridges. Live mullet have been the most successful bait of choice for tarpon right now. You can also catch a variety of fish such as grouper, sharks and snapper by having a bottom rig set up with a chunk of dead mullet/bait. The migratory tarpon are 75 to 100+ lbs. Permit are stacked up on the rock piles and wrecks ocean side, they put on an excellent fight for my clients once hooked up. Tripletail are still around until the middle of the month. The mangrove snapper and seatrout are biting great. Along the mangrove edges in Everglades National Park we are catching some decent sized snook as well using live bait and softplastic jerk baits.
Captain Ron Howell
Tarpon fishing has been ok with the most consistent bite coming on live mullet around the bridges and channels near Islamorada, but live pilchards are the ticket in Flamingo and the Cape area of Everglades National Park. We have had several front move through which causes the water and air temperature to cool down. It also creates a very low atmospheric pressure. Snook fishing is really good in the backcountry and the trout and snapper bite is also strong. Yesterday I fished a private boat for dolphin offshore, we found some nice school and also got into some slammers! Those are dolphin over 25 lbs.
Capt Ron Howell
Give me a call 305-896-1507
Fishing report for this week: The FL Keys offers such a variety of fish to be found between fishing the Everglades National Park and the Gulf! The snook bite remains strong in the creek mouths, tarpon are in those same creeks and can also be found around the bridges and channels. The snapper and trout bite is excellent and the tripletail are continuing to stay around in the past couple weeks around the Gulf. Cobia should be showing up in the Gulf soon again too! www.captronhowellfishing.com
Snook season is now open on and we have been catching plenty in the past 2 weeks. The areas we have been getting hooked up are Sabal Creek and out front of Flamingo - both part of Everglades National Park. Mangrove snapper have been filling up the coolers, we're using live shrimp and the tripletail also started to show back up under the crab buoys. Tripletail will hit live shrimp, artificials and fly too. Tarpon are in the creeks and eating on a falling tide - we released a 40 lb tarpon last Friday using a live pilchard. Over the weekend we caught a few spinner sharks which always make for an action packed fight!
The weather has been beautiful. There are places to hide from the wind and still easily catch fish.
Spring Break is coming up for the kids - give Captain Ron a call and get the family out on the water!
We are still continuing to catch plenty of big Spanish mackerel in the Gulf along with a ton of mangrove snapper, jacks and grouper! The grouper are not in season but make a great fight! In Cape Sabal, located in Everglades National Park we are catching black drum, trout and snook. We caught a really nice snook in East Cape, also in the park using live pilchards and pinfish. In Flamingo, we caught a nice snook too.
There have been large schools of sheepshead in the flats along with tailing redfish. For the sheepshead we are using a live shrimp, they usually will not eat a soft plastic jerk bait. A lot of sharks around, make for a fun fight with clients.
It's still early for tarpon season but that doesn't mean they aren't around - we can find them at a falling tide in the channels with live mullet or by resting a dead ladyfish at the bottom.
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Captain Ron Howell
Here in Islamorada we are catching large Spanish mackerel and mangrove snapper! They are chewing out the bottom of the boat. Spinner sharks are also feeding aggressively, they are great fighters jumping and spinning clear out of the water followed by long fast runs. The smaller ones under 25lbs make excellent table fare. Large sheepshead are also showing up. They have a soft bite and a hard fight; great to eat as well.
The calendar is filling up, the weather is beautiful! Book your next adventure today!
Captain Ron Howell
The cobia are showing up in the Gulf! What a fun fight they put up. We are also catching Spanish Mackerel, sharks, trout and jacks all in the same spot! www.captronhowellfishing.com
Nice #snook we caught in Everglades National Park. Call 305-896-1507 to book your next fishing adventure!
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