It’s always good to wake up to a stress-free day at the beach. Nothing like a cup of coffee and a morning breeze to calm the nerves. The ocean was flat, which would have made for a perfect day to search for tarpon, but they’re probably a month or so away from making an appearance at Crescent Beach.
Monthly Archives: July 2013
I’d be remiss if I didn’t recognize my best friend — Twink, my female black lab, who serves a number of important needs — daily office companion, morning alarm clock (who can sleep through the clatter of paws on a wood floor) and superstar retriever of dove, duck and the well-thrown frisbee.
I used to run Twink in field trials, but now she’s retired and a great house dog. She turned 10 last week.
Headed to Sarasota for some docklight fishing with Evan Jones, a fellow fly guy who moved here from Colorado. The goal: baby tarpon and snook. Looking forward to it. Will have a report up Friday.
Fished the docklights with a friend of mine, Evan Jones, who I met at the Salty Fly. Evan’s a great fisherman and paddled me around the canals near his house late Thursday evening for a few hours. We saw a lot of snook and baby tarpon under the lights, but didn’t have any takers. I blame the impending arrival of a 1 a.m. thunderstorm. We got off the water just in time.
Evan’s a good guy and a great host. Not many people would have done as much as work as he did without making a cast. Very selfless on his part. There’s not enough of that in our sport, IMO.
Fished the full moon evening tide at Fort Desoto. Lot’s of fish, particularly on the outgoing, even a few tailers. However, there was nary a tailer on the incoming which was set for 8 p.m., about 30 minutes before sunset. I thought the flat would come alive, but it didn’t. I caught one nice trout on a bendback and had a redfish follow during the windy evening. I’ll be back on the new moon in early August in a few weeks.
|Sunset on a Tuesday evening.|
|A bright full moon climbs skyward.|
Not a bad deal here at all. Bonefish and Tarpon Trust is a quality organization.
For the remainder of 2013, anyone joining BTT at any level of membership will automatically be entered to win a 5 night and 4 day guided fishing trip for 2 anglers to the Palometa Club in Ascension Bay, Mexico. If you’ve already joined this year as a dues paying member, you’re already included. If not, please join today and be entered to win. You can obtain multiple entries by referring a friend.
Interesting story in the Miami Herald. I’ve always wanted to fish Biscayne Bay. Guess I’ll have to wait a while.
Biscayne Bay, famed for its clear water and trophy bonefish, has been tainted by an algae bloom that may rank as the largest ever recorded in the bay.
The bloom, which has left large swathes of the bay looking like pea soup and smelling like a Porta-Potty, appears to pose no human health risks and hasn’t produced any noticeable fish kills — at least not yet.
Bonefish Tarpon & Trust is doing a pretty good job of raising money. I’m not big on competitive fishing, but if it helps conservation, I’m OK with it.
Discerning anglers from around the world will return to Cheeca Lodge & Spa this fall for some competitive sport fishing and to raise funds for the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust. The dates of the Second Annual Cheeca Lodge All American Backcountry Fishing Tournament are November 8-10, 2013.
“The goal of this tournament is three-fold: one is to raise proceeds to benefit the BTT’s conservation and education efforts. The second is to enhance Cheeca’s position as the premier resort fishing destination in Islamorada. The third is to make this event the most impressive and celebrated fishing tournament in the Keys,” said Cheeca Lodge General Manager Herbert Spiegel. “Once again, we will Cheeca’s singular brand of casual elegance to this tournament — from the trophies to the gift bags to the elaborate banquets.”
Anglers will compete for trophies and prizes for releasing five different species of fish: snook, redfish, bonefish, tarpon and permit. Fishing headquarters is World Wide Sportsman, Islamorada’s premier headquarters for fishing in the Florida Keys.
Major sponsors this year include Wells Fargo, BCF and the Monroe County Tourist Development Council. Proceeds will benefit the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, an organization of concerned anglers and guides who are dedicated to conserving and enhancing global bonefish, tarpon and permit fisheries and their environments through stewardship, research, education and advocacy. Since its formation in 1998, BTT has grown to include members from over 20 countries.
|Sunset over the ICW near 206 bridge|
Wednesday was day two at Crescent Beach. Didn’t go fishing. Didn’t tie flies. Didn’t even check the tides. Actually, I did as little as possible. The most productive thing I accomplished? Well, let’s see. I drank a beer and watched the sun set over the ICW and the Atlantic. Had I been motivated, I could have tried for a few redfish over at Matanzas Inlet during the late afternoon. However, all things being equal, I’m a big fan of tailers in the grass. Only a few more weeks remain before the tides get high enough. I’ll be back.
|Sunset over Crescent Beach|