This time of year with the temps above 95 in the shade the best fishing is early morning or late in the afternoon, we have been leaving the dock at sunrise and fishing till about noon then taking cover from the blistering heat or the afternoon thunderstorms. Here are a few photos taken this week as you can see my new Contender Bay Boat has been from the backcountry to the weed lines in the Straits of Florida. Its a great time of the year for the guys with the small center consoles or bay boats, so weather for are looking for a Mahi-Mahi for the dinner table or a Tarpon for the experience get out on the water. My game plan this time of year is to look at the radar and the wind if its blowing more then 10-12mph we are headed to the backcountry, but if its calm we have the option to either go offshore or to the glades. I start off with a well full of live bait and let the weather dictate my area to fish, recently we have encountered lots and lots of small school dolphin, so many that I have had the opportunity to have some guys try fly fishing for the first time. Fly fishing can be tough so when a young man gets a chance to try something new and actually gets to catch a fish on fly its always a great accomplishment. We start by looking for the birds and then when you find some Dolphin or (Mahi-Mahi) I throw in a few live baits to get them excited then cast the fly out and strip it like mad before you know it you are on and the fun begins, if they will not eat the fly get out a light spin rod with a live bait and I have a feeling that will do the trick. If you find yourself back in the glades take some bug spray because all the rain has the mosquitos charged up but from what we have found along those shorelines its been worth a few bug bites! Ill see ya out on the h20… If you are looking to get out on the water I have some prime tides left to fill so give me a call and lets go catch a few fish 305-393-3327 www.gregpoland.com
Its Tarpon Season in the Florida Keys and the bite is on. This time of year its hard to get me to think about any other species then the Silver King, I wait all year for the chance to chase Tarpon and in my opinion they are the perfect fish. Once you hook one of these gladiators they will run off 50yards of line before you know what is happening then jump out of the water and do a summersault like an olympic athlete, then the battle begins and although some are caught in only 10min many a angler has spent more then a few hours pulling on these amazing fish. Years ago in the Gold Cup Tarpon Fly Tournament my client of mine hooked a fish just after 7am and we lost it about 2:30pm after having it give us a battle of a lifetime and chasing it for over 10miles from the ocean to the backcountry and through 2 different bridges the rod broke, the line broke and our spirits were broken. I hope to never meet up with that fish again, I don’t think I could handle it. Weather you are standing on the bow of a skiff with some chicken feathers tied to a hook or letting a live mullet swim under a cork at a bridge get out there and experience what a tarpon can do when attached to your to the end of your line. There are a lot of fish in the sea but ever sense my first battle with a tarpon they have been my favorite. Here are a few photos from recent trips, we were using live mullet or crabs on conventional or spinning outfits with 20lb line and a 60lb fluorocarbon leader and a circle hook.
Its Tarpon Season 2017 My new CONTENDER will be on the water next week and I am so excited to catch the first Tarpon in it!
Here is a short video of a little guy pulling on a big fish!!! If you are looking to get out on the water I still have some prime time tarpon dates open!!!
Its summertime in the Florida Keys and that means the water temps are up so I like to get out on the water early and fish 1/2 day trips, you can always spend the afternoon under the h20 chasing lobster. My clients have been having some fun bottom fishing on the patch reefs and have perfect weather this summer to take the bay boat offshore a few times to catch Mani Mahi, and Blacken Tuna. In the backcountry there are still a few Tarpon around in the early morning and some good Snook fishing around the mangrove islands in the Everglades National Park. I have been finding big schools of jacks busting bait while running into the backcountry, its a great way to spend 15min bending a rod. I always keep a spin rod rigged with a bucktail jig or a flyrod with a baitfish pattern will work perfect, all you have to do is make a long cast and hold on tight. If you are flyfisherman and can’t get close enough to the school try the old bait n switch trick by casting a chugger or lure with no hooks the jacks will chase it and you can get the school to come close enough to cast the fly to. Here is a photo of Bud & his sone Hinton from Aniston Alabama bending the rod on a few jacks, they were in town to flyfish but had so much fun with the spin rods they never tried to get one on fly. The summer is a great time to get out on the water and there are lots of options weather just bending the rod or catching something for the dinner table. Capt. Greg Poland
Its summertime here in Islamorada so its HOT, my best advice is to leave the dock early and fish a 1/2 day trip then jump in the h20 and cool off. Lately we have been fishing the SeaHunter 24 bay boat more then the flats skiff and either buying lots of shrimp and a box of chum or netting pilchards and fishing the patch reefs. There are lots of opportunities to catch dinner and with lobster season opening you can jump overboard cool off and add a little something special to the table fair. I like to fish the patches in the 20-30ft depth early in the morning then as the sun gets up and move back into shallower depths so if my clients want to snorkel they can make it to the bottom to look around for the lobster. When you move back to those shallow spots have your divers check around or use a dock line to drag them around its a great way to find new fishing spots, and they will have fun looking for lobster. If you are headed to the backcountry to fish on the flats its really important to fish early, I try to be 1/2 way to flamingo as the sun is just coming up this way I can look for resident tarpon rolling around the islands or in the channels. On a recent trip to the backcountry the weather was so nice we headed out past the flats to a gulf wreck and found some permit up on the surface, this is one of the best ways to spend a calm summer morning. We had a few live crabs and the permit fishing was really good for us, I always have a few crabs in the bait well in the summer because you never know when you are going to run across a permit. gp
I have to admit its been a LONG TIME sense I have written a fishing report on my blog, I have been fishing a time or two over the last 9 months... LOL The big news is a have a brand new 2016 SeaHunter 24 Bay Boat, here are some photos from yesterdays fishing... Today its Raining ...
Just in from a great Fathers Day trip with a Dad & his kids, in this photo you can see this little guy needed some help from his older sister. He caught his first saltwater fish a snapper and all of a sudden this big barracuda ate it, but the cuda got hooked in the lip so the battle begun. We released this monster and this little guy has a great fish story to tell all his friends...
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