|Captain Randy Stallings: Upper Keys
Bonefishing in the windy conditions have tested the most die hard anglers and guides this week in the Florida Keys!
Last weekends Redbone tournament, hosted by the Islander resort in Islamorada was one of the toughest weather events I have ever fished.
Winds gusting to 35 knots made it impossible to fish some areas that were producing fish. Also the water just disapeared in some areas,due to the wind blowing the water out of the creeks and off the flats! I know of at least one guide who had to get out and push his boat off a shoal at the mouth of a creek.
Still some guides were able to put there anglers on fish. While the numbers may have been down in general Redfish and Bonefish were still caught. Capt. Richard Black led his anglers to 4 Reds and 4 Bonefish for the win. Great job!!
With the winds laying down,guides and anglers are well be back at it and fishing should be awesome.
Bonefishing before the wind picked up was great!! On a day off I took my wife out on the Key Largo flats and we released 6 Bones in 1 1/2 hours. She caught 4 by herself!! This is sightfishing not soaking baits by the way! Bonefish have been all over the Key Largo oceanside and have been up on the flats and edges feeding all day.The same is true in Islamorada. There will be some giants caught this month as usuall.
Permit fishing for me has slowed down some but theres allways a few around here and there. I allways have a small crab on a 10lb spinning rod just in case one shows up.
Reds and Snook up in Flamingo will be awesome as well. Runoffs draining the flats and the flats themselves will hold fish. Some of the best places will be just south and east of Flamingo marina. From there you have a lifetime of shallow water to explore. Most of it is productive,you just have to spend some time to figure out the pattern for the day.Which by the way is allways changing!
Capt. Randy Stallings
About the Captain: Captain Randy started fishing pretty early in life.Starting at about five years old. He would follow his mom around the ponds my uncles had on their farms in North Carolina--mostly catching Bream and Crappie on old cane poles. After a few years and countless Bream, he made the change to Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass. For a very long time all that he did was fish for Bass, eventually fishing in tournaments for about thirteen years. Most of the time fishing the Virginia B.A.S.S., Redman Piedmont and Northeast divisions and team events from North Carolina to New York.Then he came to the Florida keys.!! Needless to say he was hooked, the crystal clear flats and the dark backwaters of the Everglades are all he could think about! He's a hard working competetive guide that loves leaving the dock in the morning to flyfish for giant Tarpon,Bonefish or Permit. He also enjoys loading the boat with live bait and heading into the backcountry with a new angler(young or old) for a fun day of catching anything that bites.