Happy New Year and welcome to the Native Fly blog/fishing report for the East Central region of Florida. It’s been a very busy few months and into the new year for me. Fishing has been pretty good, even in the worst weather conditions. Water clarity has been cleaning up very well since Hurricane Matthew and water levels are down the normal depths this time of year which makes great sight fishing opportunities.
Redfishing has been excellent with lots of tailing activity, shrimp and crab patterns are working well with this behavior but then again, when they are tailing, they pretty much eat anything you throw at them if they can see it.
Seatrout have been showing up in pretty good numbers. They’ve been difficult to find for the past few months, but with the cleaner water and cooler temperatures, I’m starting to see more on the flats.
Black Drum have been pretty plentiful on the flats as well, but hey are usually around for a short while until they get hammered, then they move on.
Austin and Matt started off the first day of 2017 with beautiful weather and great sight fishing opportunities!
Ken from Stuart, FL. caught his first Redfish on fly this day, and later on caught a few more.
Chip, a regular client from Vero Beach, FL. brought along his friend Riker for his first Mosquito Lagoon experience. Lots of good tailing action this day.
Charlie and son Bo had perfect conditions for tailing redfish
Another regular, Tom from Melbourne, FL. had a great day!
Matthew from Virginia was pretty pumped about his first Seatrout and Redfish on fly.
Steve and Joel from Canada
Ron and Art from Virginia sight casting them using 3″ D.O.A Shadtails
Slick conditions and tailing fish for Ed from California
A windy day for Chad from Ohio, but that didn’t stop him from catching a few on fly.
Regular client Martin from South Carolina battled some wind to catch a few on ultra light spin tackle
Amazing day for Mark from Port St. Lucie, FL. Conditions were right to run the beach, and the last minute decision paid off with Marks biggest tarpon on fly and also getting some shots at big schools of black drum but they were not in the mood to eat when we got on them.
Nate and Austin making some great casts at single and grouped up tailing fish.
Jon on some Black Drum
Redfish action shots…
Capt. Willy Le