Fall Fishing Miami – Bonefish and Permit 2016
Captain Alex Zapata of Silver King Charters, Florida
Fall fishing Miami – a guides report from Captain Alex Zapata of Silver King Charters: Late summer and fall is my favorite time of the year for Bonefish and Permit fishing in Miami, as the water temperatures start to cool off a bit, making the fish actively feed through the day. Fall is also the time of the year when we get some of the biggest tides. Big tides can be good and bad. For permit fishing, big-strong tides are hard to beat, as they tend to feed hard through the tide and also are able to reach areas that otherwise would be too shallow for their comfort. Add some wind and the permit fishing can be epic!!
The same applies to Bonefish. the fish will take advantage of the high water to access those backwater areas full of goodies, that are usually too shallow for them to get in.
The drawbacks… well, you really need to time your tides right as your window for low water will be minimum. Sometimes there will be no low water at all, making the Bonefish really hard to find in their normal whereabouts, as they will have plenty of water and places to go. It’s a double edge sword, but if you know how make that high water play in your favor, the fishing can be very good.
We have been finding plenty of Bonefish in big schools, tailing and waking during low water periods and then mudding and cruising during the high water and outgoing water. The permit have also been around in good numbers, providing plenty of shots for the fly fisherman willing to put his time trying to fool one with chicken feathers, and also, the spin fisherman armed with an always effective live crab.
I’m sure that many of you have heard about the water quality issues that have affected the fishing in flamingo. Algae blooms and massive sea grass lost have been the main issues in many areas throughout Florida bay. Several environmental groups and the Florida fishing community have been urging to stop the damaging discharges into the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries and restoring the flow of clean freshwater from Lake Okechobee to Florida Bay which is key to the future and health of our Florida fisheries. Whether you are an avid fisherman or not, This should be a common concern to the general public as our water ways and drinking water sources are being badly polluted and threatened. We all hope that our politicians and government representatives start taking action and supporting better policies towards the conservation of our waterways.
While is true that some areas around flamingo have taken a big negative hit, our Mother Nature is still very generous and despite the adversity, has been providing very good action around some of these areas that have suffered from loss of grass and low oxygen waters. Please DO NOT get discouraged by some of the bad reports as the fishing is still very good in the park!!
The key has been to find areas with cleaner water, decent grass and bottom quality. There have been some nice schools of big redfish working these areas along with snook and great numbers of baby tarpon. We have been sightfishing for cruising and tailing reds in less than a foot of water, throwing flies, soft plastics and live shrimp at them.
The fall fishing Miami in the west coast around the river mouths, creeks and shorelines has been extremely good with plenty of snook, reds, tarpon and trout. The bait migration is in full force in both coasts right now, drawing all kinds of action on all kinds of predators. It’s important to remark that the fishing off the west coast of flamingo has seen very few issues if any due to the water problems that have primarily affected all the areas east of flamingo down to Islamorada and key largo.
This fall fishing Miami report from Captain Alex Zapata of Silver King Charters – be sure to check him out while in the Miami area.