Fishing Outlook & Conditions
Jason Sullivan's Tip of the Week
Trying using a sinking line where there is some water movement. This time of year with it being so cold, the fish tend to be closer to the bottom where it is warmer for them. By using that sinking line, you will get you fly down to them.
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5-Day Outlook as of 3/20/23
It’s winter here in South Florida. It’s hot and humid. Some the best fishing of the year takes place now. The key is to be on the water early.
Techniques & Tips as of 3/20/23
Look for small minnows. Those schools of smaller bait will help you locate big schools of tarpon.
Current Conditions as of 3/20/23Fishing continues to be pretty good down in the Everglades. There has been a big push of bait down the Gulf Coast, which has kept plenty of fish on the coast. We have had some great tarpon fishing when the wind lays down bit, with plenty of fish in the 10-50lb range. I suspect some bigger fish will show up over the next few weeks with the push of mullet south. The snook and redfishing has also been great with all the bait around. We have caught them from the deep in the backountry to the coast. A lot of smaller fish hanging around which is always a good sign for the fishery! The water levels have dropped significantly due to the consecutive days with 20+ knot winds. That means the snook and bass fishing should really get turned on. We had a great day catching over 40 Bass on the freshwater side of the Everglades. The big tarpon have showed up with water temps back into the 70s, but we just need the wind to lay down!
Local Species Available Spring
Jason Sullivan's Recommended Fly Patterns
"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:
|Grassett's Deep Flats Bunny||tan||2/0|
|Doc Hall's Tailing Shrimp||white||1/0|
|Borski Bonefish Slider||tan||#1|
|Chicone's GT Pinfish||tan/white||2/0,3/0|
|EP Glades minnow||green/white||#1|
Grassett's Deep Flats Bunny
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Jason Sullivan's Recommended Gear
Mirage Big Game Leaders
Mirage Pure Fluorocarbon Tippet
Best Fly Fishing Rod:
9-Weight 9' Fly Rod
Best Floating Fly Line:
Tarpon WF Fly Line
Best Sinking Fly Line:
Clear Sink Tip Fly Line