Holy Mackerel- With the winter months starting to change to Spring the mackerel are still here. Gus and his father Pedro have their own 27 foot Mako Boat where they go ocean fishing. They love fishing Flamingo and decided that they wanted to come home with some very tasty Florida Bay fish. We traveled from the Marina at Flamingo 20 miles around Sandy Key to Schooner Bank on the way to Long Key in the Florida Keys. We started chumming about 3 miles from the bank.
Wow before you know it we were in a mackeral frenzy. After boating about 15 mackerel and a dozen snappers, Gus decided to change from shrimp to Clark Spoons. We caught atleast another 8 on spoons. We headed back to the middle grounds on the way to Flamingo marina. The Trout bite was great. We caught 20 and released all but 5. A huge trout probably 8LBS and 30 inches smashed a top water Storm Chugbug. I thought it was a snook or a large Jack. When it got to the boat I tried for the net but it was too late he flipped over through the plug and said “Bye Bye”. In all of the years fishing Flamingo I have never seen a trout that big here. We called it a very successful trip and all of us will never forget the Monster Trout that got away.
Frank and his wife Sharon love to catch fish. We started the day at the bait patch. While we all were catching bait the discussion turned to where we would go to find the catching rather than just the fishing. As many areas started to cross my mind I decided to travel to a spot I had fished before half way from Flamingo to the The Florida Keys.
We went through the islands crossing Florida Bay. We had the well full of bait and I started to bring the power pole up. Frank hooked up and brought in a nice keeper mangrove snapper. Without leaving the bait patch, Frank, Sharon and I caught our limit of keeper snappers. Needless to say, we stayed near the Flamingo marina and finished the day with keeper seatrout. We reached the boat dock tired and very happy.