Tarpon: Florida Keys has started out with an incredible tarpon season. Because of the fact we basically had no winter and the water temperatures stayed warm, the tarpon have been in the Keys since early February. In the Upper Keys and Flamingo we have been catching tarpon up to 180 pounds in large numbers. I feel like it is going to be one of best tarpon seasons we have had in a long time.
13 year old Dilon Calfone fighting a tarpon!
Snook fishing has made a big come back and seems to have recovered very well since the cold weather we had 3 years ago, which wiped out so much of the population. FWC is expected to open Snook season in September, 2012 in Monroe County (The Keys and parts of the Everglades). Personally I would like to see it stay closed for another year or two, with catch and release only to give the population more time to grow.
Spotted sea trout fishing has been nothing short of fantastic. FWC has opened trout season year round now, but did not make any changes to slot size or bag limit. We have been catching trout up to 25".
Redfish in the Flamingo area, Everglades National Park, has made large areas of the Snake Bite "pole and troll areas only". The resulting effect has been a very large increase in both quantity and size of redfish. It has also increased the redfish population in other nearby areas of the park. I must be honest, I was not in favor of this "pole and troll only areas", but now I must say it was a great call and has done wonders in increasing the redfish population in the area.
So to sum up my little speech, I will try to keep my comments on the lighter side.
FISHING IS GREAT IN THE FLORIDA KEYS, COME AND HAVE SOME FUN!!!
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