Friday, March 16, 2012

Florida Vacation - Beach/Pass Fishing Short Report

With all of the nasty rains we have had, and skyrocketing water levels....

I had to come back from my tropical vacation to this......

Recently I was at Florida with Nikki visiting our families, and we also got to do a lot of fishing. One of the days I was playing around at a beach pass where the ocean met a bay through an inlet. I was throwing a tropical intermediate line with a small sparse baitfish pattern, and it proved to be interesting light tackle fly fishing. I was simply casting out and stripping back in areas that looked fishy, and I ended up increasing my species resume quite a bit.

Blue Runner - Captiva/Sanibel Island Blind Pass
Admiring the power of the Jack Crevalle - What a tough little machine!
A close up look at the Crevalle
Small Ladyfish caught at Sanibel/Captiva Blind Pass
Built for speed.... ladyfish are the closest relative to bonefish and tarpon
My First Flounder Caught on a Fly Rod - Gulf Flounder
Fly pinned in this flounder's grill.......
Fishing Blind Pass - Captiva/Sanibel Island
Smiling about the freakiest catch of the day.....what is it?
Lookdown Fish - a rare catch supposedly - in the Jack Family
Beach fishing proved to be very fun and interesting. I was totally winging it, and was learning on the spot how to get into these fish. I got several of the Jack Crevalle to take, and the other fish were mostly incidental while targeting the jack type species that were running through. I could see baitfish boils and predatory takes on the surface; so I knew I was in an area where fish were (besides having lots of other people fishing in the area). Surprisingly, I was the only person out there fly fishing, but it just shows how many fly fishing opportunities go untouched out there. It was also rewarding to see that I was getting into fish more consistently compared to the other anglers, and most of them were using live bait. Flies work well at times I feel due due to the subtle presentations (my super sparse pattern was too hard to resist) and being able to cover the water super effectively in some areas.

I will be posting more about this trip, but this is my first blurb about it for now. Next will be posting about our snook guided trip we went on. 

Tight lines......


  1. Cool Brian! I was just there myself. Caught some really big speckled trout and redfish, but it was WAY too windy to fly fish in the salt. Did catch some really nice bass and sunfish on poppers though.

    Dave Vazquez

  2. Absolutely right, I do agree with your post. By the way I am 27 years old guy & I work for Software Company. Since my childhood I wanted to spend vacation at riverside & I love fishing. My co worker suggested me Kenai river fishing is the best place. Can anyone give feedback about them? I will appreciate.