Backcountry Fishing

by Greg Poland

Fishing has been outstanding lately, I have been from the Everglades to the Patch Reefs and the fish are so hungry and the pressure so light light that if you find a fish it will probably eat anything you throw at it. Just last week I had a client in town for a 1/2 day of patch fishing after an hour of pulling in yellowtail and mangroves on light tackle rods he told me about a trip out west where he caught a trout on fly so I asked if would like to try a bit of saltwater fly fishing. He was up for it and we had a great time catching snapper off the surface on an 8wt flyrod.

In the backcountry the snook and Tarpon fishing has been great on live bait, Capt. Randy Towe and I recently had a 2 boat trip to the glades where we cast netted some live finger mullet and put them out in the creeks for a great day of fishing. I like to use a 20lb spin rod when fishing up in the creeks because you never know whether you are going to get a redfish of a 40lb tarpon, use a 3/0 circle hook with a rod length of 40lb fluorocarbon and try one on a cork and another one drifting back in the current or along a shoreline. I have some dates open if you are looking to get out and spend a day on the water.

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