Fishing Biscayne Bay
Today is my 53rd birthday and it has been a birthday tradition of mine to fish Biscayne Bay on my birthday. Captain Carl Ball is my guide and captain for the day. Last year he put me on a 18.5-pound redfish that I caught on fly sight casting using a crab fly. This catch was a personal best for me on fly so I was quite happy. The year before I landed 5-permit in one day - also a personal best. I ended up poling and putting him on to two permit catches when I grew frustrated at missing so many shots at fish. I forcefully made him come down from the poling platform and trade spots. I had 28-permit opportunities of which I blew all but 5. I was just so jacked with adrenalin that I invariably couldn’t cast straight, (That’s my excuse at least and I’m sticking to it.)
The birthday celebration continues through the weekend as I will be hunting red deer doe on a hunting preserve, J&R Outfitters in Central Florida, where they have a doe culling hunt every summer and on Monday I will be hunting Alligator with season opening up this weekend in Florida. How cool is that for an extended birthday celebration?
I caught a 7-pound Triple Tail last weekend - a personal best. Whats a triple tail you ask? Imagine a crappie juiced up on steroids and considerably larger and stronger and you have a triple tail. I was poling a friend up on a redfish flat in the Everglades National Park. It was an incoming tide and we were covered up with tailing redfish that wouldn’t eat. The water was pretty muddy and there had been a full moon the night before so I suspect the redfish had been eating all night and weren’t too interested in what we had. I saw what I thought was a tailing black drum facing away from me. Even when I am on the poling platform I keep spinning rod in a special rod holder attached to platform as a backup or when there are just a lot of fish around for a possible double hookup. I cast out a Gambler 4” EZ Swim that has a silver fleck body and chartreuse green tail. As I retrieved the lure up to the fishes head it occurred to me that in might be a triple tail given the mottled color of the fish. Just as the lure passed over the fishes head slammed the lure like he hadn’t eaten in week. I set the hook the and to my amazement this fished sky rocketed 5-feet of the water. I was good hard fight and we able to land the fish with the help of my boga grip - I rarely carry a landing net. I’ve only seen maybe a handful of triple tail on the flats in my life so this was a rare occurrence. Triple tail are usually found in deeper water and like to hang around some sort of structure be it a fallen tree, crab pot float or channel marker. The will take a position in the slip stream of the structure waiting ambush any passing bait that is being flushed along with current. Triple tail are one of the finest eating fish in the sea and this one fed me three nights in a row.