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Fishing in South Florida continues to get better every day. If business would pick up with the level of the fishing then everyone would be a lot happier in the fishing industry. The good news is that the weather has been stable with no tropical systems to mention for the time being and things look good for that trend to continue. I have had the opportunity to fish some great clients this past week and also got to do some fishing of my own and with my wife Dana as you will see in the pictures I have added with this report.

I was in Flamingo with my wife last week and then with clients Jeff and Scott a few days after and fished Florida Bay with my wife where we found plenty of big redfish on the flats that were eager to eat Hook Up lures tipped with a Gulp shrimp. Along with the redfish we also had plenty of trout, snappers, jack, ladyfish and tripletail. All of these fish were caught on Cajun Thunder floats with live baits suspended or on Rapala Twitchin Raps and X raps and of course mentioned earlier the Hook Up lures tipped with Gulp soft plastics.

My trip with Jeff and Scott took place in Whitewater Bay where we fished the islands that are scattered throughout the backcountry. Jeff and Scott both threw artificial lures the entire day and were rewarded with snook to 38 inches, lots of mangrove snappers and jacks and some sea trout as well. We hooked a few fish that were huge but got away but that is what keeps fishing interesting and allows for great fishing stories. The one that got away! The top baits this day were Rapala Skitter Walks, X Raps, Twitchin Raps and a new plug the Skitter Pop SureSet.

Offshore fishing has been better each day with the return of Mahi Mahi or better known here in South Florida the dolphin. Many of these fish were caught on a Hook Up lure tipped with a Deep Creek soft plastic. Along with the dolphins I had the pleasure of fishing the Florida Marlins ace pitcher Ricky Nolasco and his girl friend Amber for a half day out of Miami. Amber is from Los Angeles where she works for the Dodgers and loves fishing but Ricky had never been before and she was hoping that I could teach him a few things about fishing in hopes that he would get hooked. Ricky was able to keep his body clear of the hooks and stuck a few hooks in a few fish as well. His first bait in the water turned into a legal sized tasty mutton snapper. From there he caught bluerunners and then an Arctic bonito that brought smiles to both of their faces. Not to be out done Amber caught a few bluerunners and then added a nice king fish to the list before we headed inshore where Amber caught sea trout, mangrove snappers and a barracuda. All of the fish were caught on live pilchards fished on a Mustad long shank hook. The pilchards were caught using a ten foot West Coast 3/8 inch mesh net. The baitfishes were thick and two casts filled my Pathfinders live well.

That catches us up for now!

Don't wait too long to book a trip because the Fall Migration won't last forever!

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