Flies in the wind!

 | By Seamus on 5/16/2017 12:45:00 PM | Views (104)

Everglades National Park. The last month has had its ups and down with the wind but we always catch fish. The days the weather cooperates can be incredible. All these groups were family or friends and it gets competitive sometimes. Everyone wants a big fish and also catch the most. The conditions change at Flamingo everyday so it gets interesting. I always have a game plan and a back up plan depending on clients or weather. Flamingo offers many species of fish to catch but Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, Trout, Tripletails, and many Sharks.

Most of my fishing is with spinning tackle these days but I occasionally get some fly anglers. These last few days were so much fun for me, it took me back to when I was a skiff guide .

These pictures are from several trips in no order just showing what can be caught daily. we have had some bigger Tarpon but no pictures.


I fished the ABC tournament out of the Lorelei in Islamorada, I had Andrew Young and his friend Jason. Jason really never experienced the fishing we were doing today, I gave him a few tips and he caught a backcountry “Slam” of Redfish Snook and a Trout.

The bite was good and we ended up with 20 Snook a Redfish and a bunch of Trout on the score card it was a good day.

5-16-17- 2021

I am with brothers Kevin and Brian Frost. We ran to Flamingo from Key Largo. It is blow in the 20mph range early and picked up during the day and we are fly fishing. We manages a bunch of Snook, Trout and Jacks..

Day 2

We drove to Flamingo and started out with some Juvenile Tarpon and a bunch of Snook up to 32 inches.

It was only 8:30 and I said what would you like more Snook or Tarpon and Redfish. It was easy Tarpon and Reds. We Ran to the coast and found of course more Snook while sight fishing. Both guys were pretty good fly anglers and made some great cast at laid up fish in super shallow water. I was keeping my open looking for Tarpon to show up on an incoming tide and they did! I positioned the boat in the line they were moving and they were getting close. The wind was cranking well over 20 mph but thy continued casting their flies at them. I saw a flash on Brian’s fly and it was on for a second. I had a spinning rod rigged for fish out of range and we had a crazy fish hit, it jumped 5 times almost in the boat. It broke the line and it was late we headed back but made a stop for a couple more juvenile Tarpon. The had about 20 hits and caught a few and called it a day. We though we were fishing tomorrow but the winds were increasing to unfishable. I had a great day fly fishing with Kevin and Brian.

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Caught Lookin Charters is a family friendly fishing charter. Wife and kids are welcome to fish with Dad for Fathers Day! If you are looking for an experience in the Everglades give me a call at 305 333 8149 and book a trip.

Let’s go catch’em

Captain Jim Hobales


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This Fishing Report was submitted on 5/16/2017 12:45:00 PM by Seamus and last updated on 5/20/2021 1:16:03 PM.


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Miami, FL US

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