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    Default Re: Miami in May

    Ta, who did you use?

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    Will you just be in Miami or can you get down to the Keys?
    I know a lot of guides in the Keys.

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    Could go to the keys. Ideally would like to target tarpon.
    Was also wondering whether to drive over to Captiva near Fort Myers. Looks like good wading flats there...
    Would be interested in your experience.
    Have done diy before in Islamorada which worked out well.
    J

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    Quote Originally Posted by petevicar View Post
    Will you just be in Miami or can you get down to the Keys?
    I know a lot of guides in the Keys.
    We were in the Keys in August and, on recommendation from an angling pal who has also has a house in Florida and fishes there a lot, my lad and I had a day out with Capt Steve Lavoie, out of Worldwide Sportsman wharf at Islamorada. He even dropped us back at our lodgings in Tavernier as he lives near there
    https://www.captlavoie.com/

    He is also contactable through the islamorada Fishing Guides & charters (can't get their website working just now but you can google it later)

    We fished the bay and even in tough conditions we ad a great time, saw plenty of tarpon, caught a few, lost a few. I was fly fishing, my lad was bait fishing. Steve provide all the gear, quality gear too - Sage fly rods, Abel reels....

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    I have fished all over the Keys. There are very few places where you can wade.

    DIY tarpon fishing would be very difficult.
    April is the start of the migration and if you get into a fish without a skiff it will be impossible to land.

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    Thanks Jeff and Pete. Much appreciated.
    Johnny

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    Long key state park south of Islamorada has accessible flats for diy wading for bones as well as Annes beach , low tide at dawn or dusk may present the best conditions for a hook up with spooky fish.

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    If you can rent a skiff/anything that floats in Islamorada and anchor up on the end of the flats ocean-side outside channel 2 or channel 5 in 3 to 5 feet of you should be presented with Tarpon to cast to in april to may

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    Possibilities are simply endless in South Florida.

    I've used guides out of Worldwide Sportsman wharf at Islamorada. That place is well worth a visit as it has a great Bass Pro shop and restaurant there too. You'll see plenty of tarpon in the marina along with nurse sharks and snapper.

    Visit Robbies marina a few more miles down the road and you can hand feed tarpon up to about 7' in length. The mrs has a scar on her finger to prove it!

    Been on the Bud and Mary's party boat too if you fancy a days sea fishing.

    I've also caught tarpon at Anne's beach fly fishing, but.... it can get VERY crowded at times with swimmers etc as it's about the only public beach for miles in either direction. Some of the resorts also have private beaches you can fish from. We've stayed at the Islander in Islamorada which has it's own fishing pier and you can wade to some extent.

    You could also drive West to Everglades City across Alligator Alley. There are multiple guides operating there in the backcountry for tarpon, redfish, speckled seatrout and snook. In addition there are many other species you're bound to catch. You can also rent a boat easily enough. Use live shrimp like the locals and you'll be catching hardhead catfish, gafftopsail catfish, bonnethead shark, southern rays, redfish, sea trout, black drum, sheepshead, barracuda, snapper, grouper and many many more all day long.

    On the way you'd have multiple opportunities to pull up the car and fish for freshwater fish on light tackle such as bass species / panfish species / catfish / invasive cichlids and many more. Just watch out for the many gators and cottonmouths! Fishing in Big Cypress National Preserve and 10,000 national park for 11 hours I once caught 25 species in one day!

    If you have time you could also head North and try the space coast for bonefish.

    I doubt there's many places on earth that will give you as many sporting opportunities as South Florida!

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    I worked on the Bud n Maryís Party Boat for 2 years, so know quite a bit about Islamorada.

    Couple of things. Bonefish are residents there and have recovered from 10 years ago. So may be worth a look as well as tarpon. Let your guide guide you on what will work best that day. They will always want to catch so you can trust them entirely. All you need to be is a good caster, practice!

    If you want a guide look up Drew Moret. I know him and his father who owns Florida Keys Outfitters. Bass Pro is for guides prepared to take a low daily fee because they canít get regular clientele. If Drew is busy he will be able to make a sound recommendation as will Sandy in the shop.

    Buy flies over there or just use what the guide has. No spending on UK produced salt water flies. Get fly line cleaner. Practice your casting, practice, practice, practice. You wonít get tons of shots and you donít want to miss. Itís not an endless casting day, it should be a hunting day.

    Hope thatís a bit of help.

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    Oh and I canít believe DIY would ever work well unless you think catching trash/bait fish is fun enough for that long trip.

    I once heard someone say they had caught ballyhoo on the fly whilst hiring their own boat. That is not even close to Florida fishing.

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