Mo Estevez

Wow, not like the rest of the country but we got hammered by this winter storm in Miami, by Miami standards.  One day the fishing was on fire with water temps in the mid 70's and bonefish everywhere and then we got hit on 12/24.  The air temps were in the low to mid 40's for about 3 days and barely reaching 55 the next few days with constant cloud cover, drizzling rain and high winds.  What this did is drop the water temps to a freezing 59 degrees and not much likes to be in 59 degree water.  I have to admit, my anglers toughed it out and it all worked out.  I had one trip on 12/26 and then 2 trips per day 12/27-12/29 and a half day on 12/30.  The pattern was find deeper water fish deep and take a break from bonefishing.  And the other pattern was better fishing during the outgoing tide which was always on the second trip of the day.  This was odd as the water temps were the same but hey, they're fish, I'm not and they always keep me guessing.  Anyway, the highlights were snook on live bait, lots of jacks and muttons snappers in the 10-16" range, a bonefish caught in a channel fishing deep (where I expected them to be trying to stay warm) and an assortment of others species including a warmer day on the 30th that had some small tarpon show up but refuse to eat.  It's been a tough weather week but with great clients and enough action to keep them happy.

Capt. Mo Estevez


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Fish Species: Snook
Bait Used: shrimp
Tackle Used: Spin
Method Used: Blind casting
Water Depth: 10'
Water Temperature: 62
Wind Direction: NE
Wind Speed: 15-20

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Mo Estevez

About The Author: Captain Mo Estevez

Company: Miami Bone Fishing

Area Reporting: Biscayne Bay

Bio: I was born and raised in Miami, FL and have been fishing my entire life. I specialize in light tackle sight fishing Biscayne Bay for Bonefish, Permit, Tarpon as well as fishing for snappers, groupers, mackerels, and snook. I own a 16\' Hewes and accept anglers of all experience levels as well as kids. My primary goal is to ensure my clients have a great time enjoying our beautiful and bountiful Biscayne Bay. You can read my monthly column in Coastal Angler Magazine and am the host of the upcomimg nationally televised show Tailing Silver.

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