Sunday, October 19, 2014

Bonefish On The Key West Flats

I never miss the chance to make the 300 mile drive down to Key West and chase bones with my friend Capt. Mike Bartlett.  We found a ton of fish the first morning but only managed to land three. They were all beauties and really attacked the flies.
The weather couldn't have been better and despite the falling tides we saw over a hundred bones on this particular flat.  When I was guiding down there ten years ago I never spotted a single one in that same area.  Despite what some organizations are saying recently, the bonefish population in the Keys is in great shape and according to Mike, it's actually increasing. 

We were throwing small crab patterns, which worked perfectly, but Mike has also had great success with old fashioned Clouser Minnows in the past.  As always, presentation is more important than the actual fly. 

If you want to book a trip with Capt. Mike (and you should) give him a call at (305)797-2452 or check out his website at

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Jack Attack Off Matlacha

I love everything about these fish.  The ten pound jack crevalles that are cruising the shallows right now are one of the greatest things you'll ever catch on light tackle.  My friend Andy Glosser from PA landed this one on a white Skitter Walk lure after we saw it busting on the surface in another boat's wake.  Watching a big jack hit a top water is the most entertaining thing in all of flats fishing and it's not too tough to do in October.  Work the tree lines at high tide and look for the birds diving on the surface in the deeper water any time of day.  If you see a flock of terns hitting the surface it's almost a sure thing that some crevalles will be under them this time of year. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

2014 Beavertail Elite For Sale, $36,000


This is Beavertail's demo boat and currently has very low hours on its Etec 90.  The Elite features a standard Kevlar hull and this one also has a handful of great extras like a forward casting platform, rope wrapped wheel, and an upgraded Garmin GPS.  The retail price would be $42,000 and you can pick this one up for only $36,000.  That's an absolute steal, especially if you compare it to its competition such as a Hell's Bay Professional or Maverick HPX.  Both of those boats would easily cost you over $50,000 if rigged the same way.  Click here for more details or call Liz at 941-705-2090.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Reddish Egret In Flight

One of my favorite birds.  Snapped this one off Bokeelia late in the afternoon.