We arrived in Florida to a rainy 45 degree cold front, perfect for fishing, if we were back in Minnesota. We knew it would be tough, but we were determined to get on some fish. We started off throwing flies in the back waters, targeting the mangroves. The tides were very low and the high tide was barely touching the mangroves, pushing the fish into deeper water.

When the tides started retreating, we decided to look to some flatter areas in hopes of getting some monster redfish. We were able to locate a couple of schools, but they were always on the move. We were able to turn a couple to chase the fly, but they just wouldn’t commit. We did get one small redfish off a jig and plastic shrimp.

We also tried to target some of the local tarpon, but they were so pressured and conditioned to lures/live bait, there was nothing we could do to trigger them to bite. After two and a half days of fishing hard for snook and reds, we decided to target the sea trout.

We were able to locate the trout schools on outside points and were successful in getting them to hit rapalas. We also targeted jacks in the canals and were able to land some nice ones on top water lures. Even though the conditions were not perfect, we made the best of the situation. We will be back again this summer and will hopefully put some big snook and tarpon on the line. Check out our video of the trip on the TTS website under Films.

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