Flyfishing Everglades Canals
<p>Did a fun trip with my sister last week east of Naples. The wind was honking pretty good, at 20-25 gusting to around 30 most of the time!! We fished from 8am till about 1 or so. She was throwing a soft jerkbait and after about a half hour, hooked into a HUGE Snook in the 20lb class. She managed to fight it all the way into the shoreline, when the leader parted ways! DOH! We keep fishing, and about an hour later I hear her screaming. I run over and she is hooked up to a Tarpon of around 40lbs...they dont get much larger than that in those canals! After about 15 minutes of pandemonium, she gets it up to the shore. I kneel down to grab the fish, and again, SNAP the leader breaks! After that trauma, she needed to sit down and rest for a bit! Things were a bit tough for me, but I finally hooked and landed a nice little Tarpon of maybe 12lbs on the fly. Lots of Tarpon rolling, just not many actively feeding today. Saw the usual gators, snakes, and birds in the area as well.
My small Tarpon held up for a quick pic!
About The Author: Captain Paul Wolter
Company: Paul Wolter fishing
Area Reporting: South Florida
Bio: Growing up and living most of my life in California's San Francisco Bay Area, I took to fishing at a young age. I started off fishing at local piers and lakes around age 10, eventually branching out into other venues and getting more and more serious about the sport as time went on. I took up flyfishing while in middle school, thus beginning a new passion. Moving to Florida in 2002 opened up a whole new world of angling to me, which I strived to learn and understand as quickly as possible. I have a lot of experience in a vast array of fishing techniques; from dropshotting for Bass in 40 feet of water, to flyfishing mountain streams, to Snook on the fly....all of which helps me to be a stronger, more accomplished angler no matter what species I am after. I pride myself in being very patient and creative on the water, and have always enjoyed sharing my knowledge and insight with others!