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Matt with bonefishAs I stated in my bio, I prefer to sight fish in shallow water. I think it is by far the most exciting way to catch almost any type of that we may target. However, we must revisit the flexibility issue. Sometimes conditions dictate other methods of fishing. It believe it’s smart to try other techniques, if the conditions for sight fishing are really poor. This is especially true for novices. Experienced anglers may choose to tuff it out, knowing that a good opportunity could swim by at any time.

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Live bait..

tarponJust a quick mention on live bait Tarpon fishing. This is what I cut my Tarpon catching teeth on. It is a ton of fun, watching a hungry Tarpon crash a live mullet on the end of your line. Sometimes the mullet gets knocked in the air and you will see the mullet and the tarpon flying through the air at the same time.No matter what you choose to do, I will try my best to help you catch what you want, and do it in a professional and courteous manner.

Wind

I know we all have visions of glass calm, windless, cloudless days on the water. They do happen…from time to time. It seems an average day on the water will more likely be an average 10-15 knot breeze and hopefully mostly sunny.  20 knot days do occur, especially early in the spring and are very doable in either boat I have, especially in the Islamorada area which is very rough water friendly due to the layout of Florida bay. If you have booked a day on my smaller skiff and feel you will be more comfortable on a windy day in my bay boat, I will gladly accommodate you at the skiff rate plus a small fuel surcharge that we will agree on at the time based on what we anticipate doing that day.

Fly fishermen, if you are uncomfortable casting in windy conditions we can always be prepared with some spin tackle. Also, wind will rarely be directly on your back cast, meaning a front cast will actually be easier than you think. Most likely we will be fishing down wind, and for right handed casters, shots are hopefully set up near the ten o’clock position (two o’clock for lefties), meaning the wind will not be on your front or back cast. Of course, things can happen quickly, a cloud could clear and all of a sudden a “shot” has appeared. That’s when you have to make the best of the situation and do the best you can. I will also be very happy to help you with whatever pointers I can to help make these opportunities as productive as possible

Also be aware that windless conditions normally mean very spooky fish. So, a nice 10 to 15 knot day can make otherwise spooky tarpon, bonefish or any other shallow swimming fish much more likely eaters.


If you want to try something totally different, I suggest a trip to Hell's Bay.

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