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Discussion in 'Fly Fishing' started by lsunoe, Oct 5, 2017.
I hear a Mongoose fly is killer
They're a PITA!
The ones that I encountered were very fast moving and both of them rushed my fly hard. I thought it was really awesome. I've gotta figure out how to find them so I can try it again.
I tied that fly last year, and the first time I used it I jumped two Tarpon in the canal leading into Lake Ingram. When I started reading this thread I was thinking that snake fly would be perfect for cobia and then I saw your post. Bob, thanks for everything you contribute to the forum.
Bob's snake fly is perfect for cobia. Big and bold with action.
I am from Pensacola and do the Late March to May migration every year. I actually use a black eel style fly. I copied it after a small mouth bass leech fly. It is double jointed so when pulled through the water it has a swimming motion. Seems to work well. I use a 10 wt and don't throw at much larger then 30-40#s.
I may have caught a few....
@Backwater I bet that was a riot on the fly! What kind of water was it in? It was crazy to learn in the last few years how y'all fish for them down south. Growing up, I never thought of them as anything other than a near shore fish.
In spring they make a migrationup the west coast through the panhandle. Look for the Big rays on the flats and deep holes along the flats. In the citrus county area of Florida if you know where, there is big holes 10ft +- in the 2-4ft flats.
I've caught several while offshore fishing, and every one has eaten a simple "junk" fly I tie in chart/white, or all white. It's basically Super Hair tied to an Owner Aki 5170. No weight, and no eyes. They hold up extremely well when a kingfish comes out of nowhere and grabs it as well.
Depending on water temps, in the spring, they will come out of deep water and scour the flats looking whatever they can find. They are opportunist feeders, but sand eels and lug worms are like candy to them.
If they are on the flats, this is my go-to fly I designed some years ago. Btw, it's weighted with lead wire.
The one in the pic above, I caught it on a black and wine colored shrimp bug with long black legs I tied for redfish.
They can be somewhat blind if the water is a bit cloudy. If that's the case, tarpon bunny flies in black, black n purple and also purple will work.
Yup...we've seen some monsters on the flats. I'm hoping to feed one this year.