Been backed up on the office work lately, so this is a just a photo report of this months action.
This month’s weather has been very weird for the time of year. Hot Summer-like conditions in December doesn’t help with the water clarity in the Mosquito Lagoon, North Indian River, or Banana River Lagoons and it also has the fish all confused with their seasonal patterns…I mean, I was still seeing tarpon on the flats which is rare in December!
The fishing has been hit or miss, fish have been moving around a lot on a daily basis and not really staying put in a general area. Redfish, Sea Trout, and Black Drum made their presence this month and were excellent targets on the fly, when the wind cooperated that is. Thankfully, as I write this blog, we are finally getting some cooler temperatures which should help clean up the water and put the fish in a better mood which makes me in a better mood.
Adam from Rockledge, FL. got out on one of the better day. Slicked out conditions made it easy to spot big redfish finning on the surface from a good distance. These fish weren’t that easy to feed a fly to this day, but this fish seemed to like how Adam presented the fly. This is Adam’s biggest redfish to date.
First time saltwater fly fishing for Amanda from Colorado. She had some fun with Sea Trout and sight fished a nice Black Drum that broke her off on a mangrove halfway in the battle, which was a heartbreak….but Amanda never stopped smiling.
Thanks to everyone who I have fished with for making 2015 a great year for Native Fly Charters! Also, thanks to all the companies that have supported me this year and I look forward to working together for years to come. I have some good stuff coming for 2016 including new camera gear that will produce some fancy images I think you all will enjoy so stay tuned for that in the next blog entry.
Also, I will be updating my website for a new look this year so keep an eye out for that…some changes have already been made in the main site.
Thanks again and Happy New Year!!!
Capt. Willy Le
Welcome to the Native Fly Charters fishing report for Oct./Nov. 2015. Water conditions remain murky except for a handful of areas which are clean enough for great sight fishing opportunities. With the warm temperatures still lingering around, the tarpon and occasional snook have been cruising around the flats along with redfish, sea trout, and black drum. Millions of bait on the flats has been making it tough for fish to aggressively take flies/lures, but if you put it close enough to the fish and move it how they like it, you might get lucky.
The water is expected to clean up when temperatures drop making sight fishing excellent, redfish should start to school up along with black drum, and the sea trout will lay up in the shallows making prime targets for fly anglers.
Zach drives down from Georgia a few times a year to fly fish for whatever is good at the time. This time it was Black Drum. After what felt like hours of making some good presentations to schools of drum, he finally got one hooked up which make it his first black drum on fly.
Milton from Georgia joined me for 2 days of fly fishing. Day – 1 had clean water and plenty of shots at spooky fish with a few eats. Day 2 – fewer shots, windier conditions and only a couple eats. One of those days where the baitfish were so thick, all of the predators were full from feeding and did not want to take a fly unless you make them “reaction strike” it.
Welcome to this months fishing report for the Mosquito Lagoon, Indian River Lagoon, and Banana River Lagoon. Water conditions in all 3 Lagoons are high and dirty due to all the recent downpours. The fish have been pushed way in the back country which is where I prefer to fish anyways to get away. Clean water has been hard to come by but with a trained eye and a good pair of Amber polarized sunglasses, you should be able to get some sight fishing in.
The mullet have started their Fall migration up and down the beach and in the Lagoons around the Space Coast which has made fishing really good this month. Tarpon, Redfish, Snook, Jacks, Sharks, Bluefish and Spanish Macks have been following the bait off the beach.
Inshore, the redfish have been fired up and plentiful, juvenile tarpon are still lingering around, sea trout are starting to lay around in the sand, and some snook can be seen cruising along tight to the mangroves. Conditions for sight fishing is excellent if the sun is out. Fish have been aggressive and happy to eat if you can put a fly or lure in front of one.
Fall is here which means cooler weather and excellent fishing! One of my favorite seasons to target big redfish.
Capt. Willy Le
August is the slowest month of the year for me. Mainly because not many people can handle the Florida heat. 1/2 days and 3/4 days are most popular during the heat wave of August, which is fine because the bite tends to slow down around noon. August is also the best month for inshore Tarpon in my area so I am not bothered by business being slow, that means I get to go out and catch some Tarpon for myself and have a little fun!
Small signs of algae bloom having been showing in the Indian, Banana, and Mosquito Lagoons. Pea green water and some dead fish has been spotted throughout the lagoon system. Luckily it’s mainly catfish and puffer fish that are taking the hit, but still…not a good sign. Most of the floating fish I’ve seen are in the residential areas of the Banana and Indian River, so lawn fertilizers and pesticides being run off into the lagoon from the rain may play a part in it. If you live near or on the River, you may want to think twice about what you spray on your lawns.
On the bright side, the sea grass that we lost due to bad algae blooms in the past few years has grown back thick this year. I’m just hoping these small signs of algae bloom remain small.
For the guys and girls that did brave the heat this month, they were treated with light winds and good fishing. Regulars from South Carolina Carlos and Jennifer were some of the brave ones to fish this month. Jennifer is 8 months pregnant and wanted to fish one more time before having their baby.
When the timing is right and the stars align, bigger tarpon can be found in the Lagoon system. Charlie from Cocoa Beach, FL. got to pull on a grown one that ate a D.O.A. Baitbuster.
I also got to pull on one as well
Wow what a busy month! With the ICAST/IFTD Tradeshow being in Orlando again this year, it brings anglers and people in the tackle/lure industry from all around the globe. While they are in Orlando, of course they would like to try and fish new waters for a day. Since the Mosquito Lagoon, Indian River Lagoon, and Banana River Lagoon is the closest to Orlando, most guys and gals head my way so usually July gets pretty crazy for me. Its was great seeing everyone at the show and spending time on the water with the reps behind the companies I work with.
Earlier in the month we had some flat conditions to cruise the beaches in my Maverick 17HPX-V. This time of year we can find Tarpon ranging from 40-150lbs migrating along the beach along with Cobia, False Albacore, big Redfish, sharks, bluefish, Spanish Mackeral, and Jack Crevalle. This day I decided to poke off the beach with Kevin. We had a few shots at Tarpon but not many, He caught False Albacore on fly until his arms were sore, and later on found some big hungry redfish that were crushing the D.O.A. Baitbuster(trolling model).
Brian and his wife Allison from Connecticut joined me for a 2 day adventure in hopes of Brian catching his first Tarpon. Day 1 – Jumped a few but none to the boat, but Allison got her a nice Sea Trout on a D.O.A. SHadtail. Day 2 – Brian get his Tarpon first thing in the morning to take the pressure off the day. Then we look for Redfish which he got his first also, and to finish off the slam we go to a Sea Trout spot where he gets one on his first cast before the rain chased us off the water which is also his first. Great couple days for Brian and Allison, afterwards they went to Disney World.
Belen and Vu from Shimano were the first from the ICast Tradeshow to fish with me. Redfish was the target since neither of them has ever caught one before, the bite was a little slow but Belens fish made up for it! For more info on Shimano rods and reels visit: SHIMANO or G.Loomis rods: G.LOOMIS
The next day I have Mark and Chris from Patagonia. Had some Tarpon eats but none came to the boat, but a few Sea Trout were made famous. For more info on Patagonia gear visit: www.patagonia.com
After the ICast/IFTD show, I was honored to have Flip Pallot and the President of Nautilus Reels Kristen Mustad aboard. What a fun day of laughs, great company, and a little bit of fishing. Tarpon didn’t cooperate too much but the redfish did. Kristen was testing out a brand new reel he designed which won Best of Show Fresh and Saltwater at the ICast/IFTD Show. For more info on Nautilus Reels visit: www.nautilusreels.com
The crew from Cortland Lines also joined us after the show. 3 boats and a group of fun dudes. Fishing was very slow, but that’s how fishing is. We did manage to get some filming done and got a chance to cast Cortland’s new line in the Liquid Crystal family called the “Guide Taper”. A line for quick loading but yet lands soft and can carry in the air…the seafoam green color is badass as well! For more info on Cortland Lines visit: www.cortlandline.com
The Tarpon are still around and will continue to be around until the temperatures start falling usually late September/October. After that, the focus will be on Redfish, Sea Trout, and Black Drum.
Thanks for visiting NativeFlyCharters.com and hope to see you all soon!
Capt. Willy Le
Tarpon is on the top of the list for this month. It’s been a good Summer so far for these acrobatic fish. There’s been many first Tarpon on fly landed on my skiff so far this month from anglers all over the world. The ones that I’ve been consistently targeting in the lagoon systems are ranging from 10-30lbs and eating well place flies very well. Redfish are also plentiful on the flats along with some cruising sea trout.
Toby from Tampa, FL. usually fishes with bait. This day he wanted to try sight fishing with lures and found out out tough it can be spotting fish and making the right presentations. He did manage a few fish but definitely had a lot more opportunities.
Thanks for visiting NativeFlyCharters.com…see ya next month!
Capt. Willy Le
Welcome to this months Native Fly fishing report for the Space Coast of Florida. In the last few weeks, we have been blessed with light winds and sunny skies which is a fly fisherman’s dream… especially when there are an abundance of fish present. That was the case for many of my customers this month. Anglers from all over the U.S. got to experience some very good sight fishing opportunities that the Space Coast has to offer.
Redfishing has been pretty good in all 3 Lagoons(Mosquito, Indian, and Banana). Water has been high so fish can be found way in the back bays, and tight to the mangroves. Baitfish patterns have been working well for Reds and Sea Trout in areas where baitfish are present.
Schools of Tarpon are littered on the flats smashing bait fish and eating well placed flies. They can be pretty tricky to feed and land on any kind of tackle, but once you have finally landed that one fish…please handle them with care. These fish can be extra stressed during the fight by the airshow that they will put on for you. After I get one boat side, I Do Not lift them out of the water. I like to keep them in the water at all times, that goes for any size big or small. A quick photo with a little lift above the water and back in it goes for the revival and release. This technique is good because Tarpon are strong and floppy fish, if you lift one in the boat, chances are they will kick out of your hands and flop all over the deck causing more harm to the fish and your boat/equipment. I’ve been seeing way too many photos on social media of mishandled Tarpon being held up that look beat up and missing most of their scales, which most likely didn’t make it. That goes for all fish I plan to release, handle them as if they were one of your babies so they can live on to give you another air show in the future.
Thanks for reading the Native Fly blog, stay tuned for next months entry.
– Capt. Willy Le
The month of April really felt like June with nice calm westerly winds in the morning and a easterly sea breeze in the afternoon. Seasonal fish seem to think the same, like Tarpon for instance. They have been showing up a little early this year in some areas in the back country where they don’t normally show until early Summer. These are the smaller fish ranging anywhere from 10-30lbs. I’ve been finding them in schools cruising the flats or single fish laid up and they have been eating flies very well.
Redfish has been hit or miss, one day we will see a bunch, and the next day only a few which makes it tough for fly fishing. Spin guys can blind cast into fishy areas and catch them regularly.
With the massive amount of mullet and glass minnows around in the lagoon systems, big Sea Trout can be found nearby the baitfish. Very tough to sight cast to, but it is possible with a stealthy approach and the right fly/lure.
Regular client Brad from Colorado jumped numerous Tarpon in the backcountry ranging from 15-30lbs but could not get one to the boat. That’s tarpon fishing..but he did land a nice redfish on a 7wt and surface fly while the sun was rising.
Starting now thru Fall will be a good time to try for a Grand Slam on the fly. Snook, Tarpon, Redfish, Sea Trout is what you need and from what I’ve seen lately, it is possible. Definitely will not be easy, but possible. Are you up for the challenge? If so, that would make a good little video.
Speaking of videos, this is my latest one about my passion for Black Drum. This is a short film I put together with all the footage of friends and client from this past season. Enjoy!
Capt. Willy Le
March was a pretty good month of fishing in the Mosquito Lagoon, Indian River, and Banana River….that’s if the winds were lighter than 20mph. The water and air temps have risen up a good amount, almost like as if we never had a Spring and jumped right into Summer. Black Drum were schooled up in big numbers and happily taking flies at the beginning of the month. Sea Trout were also schooled up but very alert of their surroundings. Redfish have been plentiful but it seems like they have gotten a lot smarter this year and can tell what a fake is when you present a fly or lure. Presentations have to be near perfect to get the bite most of the time.
Thanks for visiting NativeFlyCharters.com!
-Capt. Willy Le