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No Motor Zone Redfishing

Published November 26th, 2012

As is typical of lightly pressured areas, No Motor Zone regions of Flamingo (and Florida for that matter) exempt anglers with engines from accessing these waters. Captain John and company decided they wanted to fish these areas, and had an interesting way of doing it. Using the 13' whaler as a mother ship, Captain John installed a canoe carrier and outfitted the whaler with a canoe, tackle, food, and a light amount of gear. Captain John and a guest slipped out into Flamingo and anchored the whaler well outside of the no motor zone to dispatch the canoe and gear. From here, John and george hit the redfish, trout, and snook all throughout the day. No motor zone redfishing is a blast with light tackle as the reds dont even notice the canoe going by. Snook as well are less spooky as the canoe slides by. It is an incredibly rewarding experience to be out on the water this time of year, because the bugs are thinning out, the air is cool and comfortable, and the weather is less likely to turn for the worse (another spring/summer issue).


Redfishing in Flamingo only gets better in the Fall

Final Tally-- 3 snook, 7 redfish, and 15 trout on artificials   Captain John has also been hitting other areas of Flamingo with the trusty 17' whaler with great success. John made 4 trips this past week to Whitewater bay, guiding his groups to a grand total pushing 50+ trout, 35+ redfish, 30+ snook, and an assortment of bycatch including mackerel, ladyfish, blackdrum, large sheepshead, grouper, snapper, and sharks for the week. All species this week were taken on artificial lures and jigs (most are homemade by Captain John at his work bench). The colder weather promotes the redfish and trout bite as was seen yesterday when John and his young charter boated 11 reds and over 20 trout.   Little Angler with his First Redfish in Flamingo   The cold fronts cause the snook to get lock jaw though, so it is often best to target snook in the warmer periods between fronts. Prior to yesterdays cool down though, large snook have been on the prowl. John's guests released plenty of upper end slot fish, with a few 33 and 35 inchers thrown in the mix. Add light tackle and you have one hell of a fight. Fall action in Flamingo is definitely hot with multiple species always available, wonderful weather, and memorable scenery all in a days fishing!


A large Fall Flamingo Snook captured on an artificial lure   Final Tally (2 Half Day Trips, 2 Full Day Trips)-- 50+ trout, 35+ redfish, 30+ snook, and an assortment of bycatch including mackerel, ladyfish, blackdrum, large sheepshead, grouper, snapper, and sharks.


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