Today we have reports from Capt. John Bottko reporting for the Jacksonville area and Capt. James Dumas with his report from the St. Augustine area. Both Captains have great reports from the last couple of days after a wild windy and rain soaked period when it was hard to get out and tough finding fish if you could get out. The current break in the weather before this next front moving in that will bring more high winds out of the Northeast, should give a great few days of fishing. Right now there is a great trout bite going on and lots of happy redfish as well. In addition to the reds and trout there are also nice catches of ladyfish, bluefish and jacks being reported. Listen in to the reports for details from both Captains.
Here’s Capt. Bottko’s report
And here’s Capt. Dumas’s report
Here are a couple of photos that Capt. Dumas sent in from the last couple of days.
I got the phone call from Clint our lodge manager on Monday that the weekend looked perfect for tides and weather. I quickly assembled a crew and had the flights booked by dinnertime, we’d fly out Friday and come back that Monday leaving us two days to fish the bluewater and flats surrounding Abaco. On my previous two trips the weather was rather challenging and this past weekend made up for it. I don’t think we had a gust over 5 knots the entire weekend and the cloudless blue bird skies made for perfect sight fishing conditions.
On Saturday we drifted around hole in the wall pulling on snapper, grouper, sharks and anything else you can imagine which made for a great afternoon and produced some great eats for the next two days.
On Sunday we launched the skiff around 10 and started poling the mangroves while waiting on the tide to drop. We hooked our first bone around 10:30 and had a few more shots shortly after but did not connect. Around 1 we had a perfect falling tide to take a look for permit and after a short ride we found a ray holding two permit. I proceeded to show these fish every permit fly in the box and got some close follows and a few looks but no dice… permit fishing. Before abandoning the permit we decided to toss a rabbit bonefish jig on a spin rod and worked it right into the fish’s line of sight. All in one motion he ate the jig and began emptying the 2500 size reel. In a moment of disbelief I hustled off the platform and before I could rack up the push pole and start the engine the hook pulled…permit fishing. After a couple beers and a few what if’s we started the bonefish search again and my friend Andrew was able to land his first bonefish on fly. We found a pocket of shallow water back in the mangroves that was loaded with tailing fish and after working them for a while it was time to make our way back to the ramp. We had a wonderful day fishing the flats of west Abaco and it was a great ending to a short, but sweet trip down to the lodge.
On a side note I put together some footage from a few previous trips to make this new short video The Boneyard