06 Nov Fishing Flamingo
Fishing flamingo has had its ups and downs. I’m sure that many of you have heard about the water quality issues that have affected the fishing in flamingo.
Algae blooms and massive sea grass lost have been the main issues in many areas throughout Florida bay. Several environmental groups and the Florida fishing community have been urging to stop the damaging discharges into the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries. Also, the restoration of the flow of clean freshwater from lake okechobee to Florida Bay, which is key to the future and health of our Florida fisheries.
Whether you are an avid fisherman or not, This should be a common concern to the general public as our water ways and drinking water sources are being badly polluted. We all hope that our politicians and government representatives start taking action and supporting better policies towards the conservation of our waterways.
While is true that some areas around flamingo have taken a big negative hit, our Mother Nature is still very generous. Despite the adversity, we have still seen good action around some of these areas that have suffered from loss of grass and low oxygen waters.
Please DO NOT get discouraged by some of the bad reports as the fishing is still very good in the park!!
The key while fishing flamingo has been to find areas with cleaner water, decent grass and bottom quality. There have been some nice schools of big redfish working these areas along with snook and great numbers of baby tarpon. We have been sightfishing for cruising and tailing reds in less than a foot of water, throwing flies, soft plastics and live shrimp at them.
The fishing in the west coast around the river mouths, creeks and shorelines has been extremely good with plenty of snook, reds, tarpon and trout. The bait migration is in full force in both coasts right now, drawing all kinds of action on all kinds of predators. It’s important to remark that the fishing off the west coast of flamingo has seen very few issues, if any, due to the water problems that have primarily affected all the areas east of flamingo, down to Islamorada and key largo.
Capt Alex Zapata
Flats fishing guide
IFFF certified fly casting instructor
Miami, Everglades and the keys
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Here is Gil and some big flamingo reds sightfished in inches of water