Fishing Reports by Captain Benny Blanco
About The Author:
Company: Fishing Flamingo
Area Reporting: Flamingo and Florida Everglades
Bio: I've been fishing in Everglades National Park for many years, in everything from the rented skiffs available at Flamingo Marina to my new 21' Hewes Redfisher. The water has been my home away from home since I was barely big enough to carry my rod to the nearest fishing hole. I grew up learning the canals and fresh water lakes of South Florida. Once I got tired of catching the same bass over and over, I discovered the larger saltwater fish and was hooked for good.
[Flamingo,FL] Been slow on the updates since the fishing has been great. Here are a few recent fishing reports.
[Flamingo,FL] This is a report from my client Michael Grimm in which we had a full day charter of live bait fishing for snook, redfish, and tarpon.
[Flamingo,FL] What makes a good angler?… Versatility. In South Florida there are no constants, except that conditions constantly change. I cannot remember a day in the last two weeks when the wind direction didn’t change at least once or when tidal flow didn’t vary from the chart prediction.
[Flamingo,FL] With water levels back to normal and a healthy dose of good weather, the fishing in Flamingo has been off the charts... lots of Tarpon all sizes, schooling Redfish and hoards of sub slot Snook. Although we managed a few big Snook this week, most of the big girls know when the season is open.
[Flamingo,FL] If you've spent any time on the water recently you are likely wondering the same as most of us... Where did all this water come from?
[Flamingo,FL] Time flies when you're having fun, no doubt and this Summer was no exception... too many first time accomplishments and too many slams to count.
[Flamingo,FL] In Flamingo, lots of mosquitoes and lots of thunderstorms mean lots of fish. This time of year typically lends itself to the real Sportsman... one who can deal with the Flamingo winged natives and one who doesn't mind sporting rain gear on occasion.
[Flamingo,FL] With water temperatures exceeding the mid 90 degree mark on the flats, it can be stressing on the anglers and even more stressing on the fish.
[Flamingo,FL] When fish are even the slightest bit spooky, the first cast and bait presentation may be your only real chance at a hook-up...
[Flamingo,FL] Another great week rounds out a phenomenal month in Everglades National Park... with good numbers of Redfish and Snook on the flats, tons of Trout in every basin and pods of Tarpon cruising shorelines, you can take your pick or target them all!
[Flamingo,FL] Here is some video from some May 2009 fishing trips in beautiful Everglades National Park.
[Flamingo,FL] As I idled up to a famous Florida Bay flat, we were met by the Sun's first peek over the horizon.
[Flamingo,FL] Whether spending a day with a guide or in your own boat, being properly prepared can mean a more successful day on the water.
[Flamingo,FL] In the skinny stuff, stealth is key. If you want to catch the fish you see, both your approach and presentation have to be stealthy.
[Flamingo,FL] In Flamingo if you find muddy water you’ll find the fish… hungry fish. Mullet muddied areas provide refuge, camouflage and food for predatory fish like Snook, Redfish, Trout and Tarpon. The great news is the fish that gravitate to those “muds” are there for a single main reason… to eat. While muddy water may mean poor visibility of your bait, it may also mean poor visibility of you and your skiff.
[Flamingo,FL] What a week! The winds finally laid down, the flats and bites were filled with clean water and it seemed like the fish were everywhere. It was our first week of real Springtime action and it will hopefully continue for weeks to come.
[Flamingo,FL] Blow wind, blow! A steady dose of 20 – 25 knot winds for a few weeks will change your perspective.
[Flamingo,FL] A typical morning for me means an early alarm and a 30 minute drive to the entrance of Everglades National Park..
[Flamingo,FL] There are few other bonds stronger and longer lasting than that of a Father and Son... while I hope to have something very similar with my three daughters, on occasion I get to experience it first hand with clients and their sons
[Flamingo,FL] Over the last month I have not had one day on the water where the wind did not reach 20 knots at some point...
[Flamingo,FL] It seems like another continent or planet. Itï¿½s a place where a sense of adventure is necessary and where anyone can simply get away from the rest of the world.
[Flamingo,FL] I have fished with some important people and certainly some very well known people. Yet, I have never been so honored to share a day with anyone more than the day I shared with author and environmentalist, Peter Matthiessen.
[Flamingo,FL] As a long time Maverick/Hewes/Pathfinder Owner and Pro-Staff Guide, every year we make the trip to Islamorada for some fishing & relaxing... Florida Keys style.
[Flamingo,FL] Fall fishing in Flamingo is Fantastic! Great numbers of 10 - 20lb Tarpon, lower slot Snook and over slot Reds are commonplace.
[Flamingo,FL] Despite tough conditions, the fish are still on fire.
[Flamingo,FL] The fishing in Flamingo has become increasingly better over the past few years. Flamingo regulars are practicing catch & release more often and awareness of our impact on the Park is unusually high. I, for one, am very grateful of the improvements.
[Flamingo,FL] First, I'd like to make it known that this was a top shelf tournament. Capt. Dave Sutton and the tournament committee put together one of the most professionally organized tournaments I have fished. I certainly wasn't expecting such a high quality tourney... needless to say, I was completely impressed.