Grand Slamming the Glades
<p>Most recently, I experienced a day on the water, which is as close to flats fishing nirvana as most will ever experience. In my fifteen years fishing the water within Everglades National Park, I can only remember a few days even close in comparison. It started as a typical Friday in the Park with few other boats and tons of mosquitoes. However, I should have known the day would be different with the site of Tarpon rolling for miles along the first shoreline we visited.
In the morning low-light condition, top water lures like the Rapala Skitterwalk did the trick. The first 30 minutes of the day yielded two upper slot Snook and numerous 15 lb. Tarpon. As soon as the Sun lit the water, jerk baits on weedless hooks received better attention. After catching what was more than our fair share of Tarpon (to 25 lbs), we ran East only to be stopped by a school of over 80 hungry Redfish. Shortly thereafter, we found schooling Snook in an area which typically only holds a few dozen. The day would continue with good numbers of hungry fish in each and every spot. Flamingo is a special place, but days like that set it far apart from everywhere else. After numerous Grand Slams and a very spoiled client, we mustered enough energy to make it back to civilization... but, just barely.
As long as the large hurricane and tropical storm systems continue to spare South Florida and the Everglades, I certainly expect to have very hungry fish on the flats for a while. I look forward to the next few weeks and the potential of multiple Grand Slam days in Flamingo.
About The Author: Captain Benny Blanco
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.