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Launched out front at Flamingo at first light. High tide was at 7:37 a.m. so we would have falling water all morning. It was slick calm with mostly clear skies and no wind. We fished one of the keys near Flamingo, using mostly live shrimp on jig heads, though I did toss a twitch bait some and threw some soft plastics on a keel weighted, weedless hook under the mangrove over hangs. We spent most of the morning there, and then moved up into the East Cape area and Lake Ingraham to fish the last of the falling tide. We planned to be off the water by 3:00, and headed back to Flamingo around 2:30. We found the triple tail in Florida Bay, with five of them hanging under a floating tree limb (kind of like dolphin fishing offshore!). Unfortunately, my buddy had some engine issues so we had to get a tow back to the marina. Thanks to the two guys in the Hewes that helped, and to Tom's two friends from Merritt's who towed us most of the way back. For the day, we caught over 30 reds, mostly rat-sized; a dozen snook including two slot size and one really big girl that jumped once and cut me off; grouper; black drum; trout; mangrove snapper; triple tail; jacks; ladyfish and a couple of catfish. Here are a few pictures from the day.

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Wow..congrats on a great day. Looked beautiful out there. Reminded me of an episode of Walkers Cay without Mr. Pallot.

I have never been fishing in the glades and dream of the opportunity someday. Looking at Google Earth and daydreaming of trips like that sustain a northerner like me in these cold gray months.

I have been flyfishing many times in SW Florida(mostly Ft Myers/Sanibel area) and have aways wondered about accessing the glades through Everglades City/10k islands. Is there a down side to fishing from the west entrance to the park compared to Flamingo or the keys? I understand Florida Bay is a haul from the west entrance and I suppose it depends on conditions, etc.

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Mark(Everglades noob)
 

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It really just depends where you plan on fishing. Obviously, launching closer to your planned fishing area makes life easier, especially if the weather worsens. Flamingo does not have much on the way of infrastructure close by, where as Everglades city has a bit. Ie, resturaunts, gas, tackle, hotels. But it is still very rudimentary as compared to most other places around Florida.
 

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Come on down Mark, I'll be happy to show you around.
DB,
Been out to Flamingo lately? You and Bob Lemay have great reports. I was thinking of heading this weekend and wondering if anything is happening? I haven't been out on a few weeks. Either Flamingo or WW.

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Tim
 

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DB,
Been out to Flamingo lately? You and Bob Lemay have great reports. I was thinking of heading this weekend and wondering if anything is happening? I haven't been out on a few weeks. Either Flamingo or WW.

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Tim
Looks like the weather will not be good on Sunday, maybe better on Monday. Fishing has been really good.
 

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Fishing in Flamingo has been nothing short of spectacular. I did a solo trip a week ago. 30+ Snook. Trout, Redfish, a limit of nice size Mangroves. Can’t wait for this weather to pass to make another run. Wednesday trailered to launch at the inside ramp to fish Whitewater and the rivers, I hadn’t done that since I moved to the Keys 20 years ago. Lots of nice size trout, rat Reds, Mangroves, big Ladyfish. Headed way up the Shark caught Snook and Bass.
 
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