Thursday, April 27, 2023

April 25, 2023 - Florida

 Florida - Day 7

We had about a 1/2 day to fish before heading to the airport.  We hit a bunch of spots that just didn't produce at all.  Finally caught one more fish to end the trip.

Basilisk in a tree:

This was a GREAT trip!  I caught a bunch of fish species I've been wanting to get for awhile.  I ended with 25 species for the trip, and 21 of those were new to me on the fly rod!  This boosted my Fly Rod Life List to 105 species!

April 24, 2023 - Florida Keys

 Florida - Day 6

We drove down to the Keys and fished a couple saltwater spots before hitting a pier on Key West.

I caught 9 different species of saltwater fish.


I had a stingray on for a while, but it eventually cut my line on coral.

French Grunts

Sailors Choice

Bluestriped Grunt

White Grunt


Bermuda Chub


And Yellowtail Snapper

April 23, 2023 - Florida

 Florida - Day5

We went looking specifically for Bullseye Snakeheads.  We saw some, had just a few follows, my friend thinks he got at least one strike....but we did not catch any.

Instead, I got:

A nice Peacock Bass on topwater!

Mayan Cichlids

A 12" Spotted Tilapia

And foul-hooked a 17" Plecostomus while trying to get it to bite the fly.

Later on in a creek elsewhere, I caught a much smaller Peacock Bass.

April 22, 2023 - Florida

 Florida - Day 4

We went to the only place in the U.S. where you can catch Barramundi.  These fish are crazy strong and acrobatic.  Fighting just one will completely shred 50 lb bite tippet!  I caught 11 of them, and about half of those were on topwater flies, while the rest were on a Clouser Deep Minnow, which got destroyed. 

I also caught a few Florida Largemouth Bass there.

Then we went to another spot and caught a bunch of Spotted Sunfish


And a fish I was really hoping for, but didn't think we'd manage to catch... I caught a half-dozen Redbreasted Sunfish!  Beautiful strong fish!  Very excited to have caught these at last!

April 21, 2023 - Florida

 Day 3

Caught a couple more African Jewelfish

A Crested Goby

Spotted Sunfish

Florida Largemouth Bass

Coppernose Bluegill

Also Warmouth and Mayan Cichlids

some Florida Gar

And the other kind of bowfin (now that there are 2 species).... the Ruddy Bowfin!

And other critters were seen along the way...