Summer/Fall season (July through end of the year) I am taking advanced bookings! You can book open dates by calling Bud n’ Mary’s Marina at 305-664-2461 and asking to book Capt. Rick. If I’m not available I recommend Capt. Brandon Storin. If you have a dream of catching & mounting a trophy tarpon please email me to get your dates locked in! Please sign up to my email list to receive updates when I am opening trip dates for 2023 SEASON! Sign up to my mailing list to get notice when I open up more dates later in the year. I’m sorry I know this may be frustrating for some, however with a family myself these days I’m wanting to be more available for things that come up during our busy time (February through June), and I know I won’t have a problem booking those days out with a months notice. So I will be referring everyone to Brandon who is running my other boat, otherwise if you want to wait and try to book me short notice I’ll be posting on here and instagram/facebook when I’m opening bookings.
IMPORTANT: All anglers starting Jan 10th, 2019 will be required to have an Everglades Visitors Pass when fishing in the park. You can obtain one via internet/phone at http://www.yourpassnow.com and select Everglades National Park. Most of my fishing is inside the park, so check with me but more than likely you will need one. You can also purchase an annual/lifetime pass at store.usgs.gov
Well I’ve been out there after the snook lately and the last month or so the bite has been pretty good! The calm summer weather leads to consistent conditions and summer is traditionally a great time for snook. Many of the larger fish start roaming the shorelines outside, and more of the numbers of smaller/medium fish can be found fishing structure. There are enough numbers so far that we haven’t really needed to have pilchards or other live bait, shrimp have done the trick and pinfish for your shots at bigger ones. The mosquitos and horseflies have been bad on occasion and honestly they are bad one day, and tolerable the next – but I always advise to wear long pants/shirts to protect yourself as much as you can from the bugs. I had my dad and one of our marina managers Robyn out today, and we were rewarded catching 5 bigger snook fishing the deeper areas offshore. A couple of them were true giant snook (for here) in the 38 inch range! We didn’t mess much with the numbers of smaller fish as we got chased out pretty quickly by the bugs. These larger fish though you don’t always get numbers of them, but if you don’t mind putting the time in for a bite or two it could easily be your personal best snook and that’s always a good day just to get one fish like that in my book!
Hopefully tarpon fishing will get a little more consistent come July time right now there are some fish in the backcountry but it’s definitely taking a lot of patience and weeding through many sharks for a bite or two… so I haven’t really been pushing it unless it’s what somebody is dead set on doing. But again often July gets a little more consistent with the summer time resident tarpon in the backcountry.
Give me a shout if you want to get down and go fishing this summer!
Some big snook being had the last month back in the Everglades… between tarpon fishing at the bridges. While beauties like this are not an everyday thing, there is a decent chance throughout the day to get one when conditions are favorable.
Have caught a couple size XL snook the last couple times out into the backcountry. My dads buddy pete caught a PB close to 40 inches. We also caught a couple others in the 36 inch range. Here is a cool video of his epic catch! Good to see some of the ‘big girls’ showing up as they’ve been a little harder to find the last few times we were out in the Spring. But summer time is often good for snook fishing and the big ones come to do the spawning. We had good overall snook fishing yesterday as well catching some nice size fish in the creeks on pilchards, and plenty of tripletail floating around off the backcountry beaches too. If you are wanting to come down this summer drop me a line, I’ll probably book some stuff ahead of time for August/September time frame. June I’ll open a few days soon as well as July in another month or so.
Well we got out just before this last front came in… one of the coldest we’ve had in over a decade! It got to 45 degrees in Islamorada, brrrrrrrr. I got out with my dad and friend Ron Modra for a fun day riding in the leading edge of this cold front. Didn’t really know what to expect… Often with my dad we’ve gone ‘trophy hunting’ as we’d put a lot of time in specifically targetting larger snook, redfish, and drum and had good success the last few years with that. However this last year and couple months in particular it hadn’t been very good for us, and usually the winter time after cold fronts was always the best time. So we didn’t know what to expect but on this day several areas we fish were loaded with cobia! Very interesting and we ended up catching a half dozen or so, and lost a few others (1 got eaten by a shark!). A couple fish were in the 35 to 45 lb range. Just amazing to see and awesome to do on light tackle as well. We got the biggest one after quite a the battle he went around 2 lobster pot buoys, almost got eaten by a shark, and then we were able to get him in a big landing net. Now this front we’re experiencing now I’m sure will put an end to this, but when it warms back up hopefully a few of these ‘brown bombers’ will be hanging around in the near gulf. February is fairly booked up for me but I’ll be opening days for March probably this week, so check your emails I’ll be sending out that blast email to those on my mailing list who want to book dates.