Southeast Florida- Multi-species Fly Fishing

3wt7X

3wt7X

Active member
Joined
Nov 19, 2008
Messages
667
We vacationed in the West Palm/Boca area last week and I took a couple trips with the fly rod. Here is a quick summary as a point of reference for anyone headed down there in the future:

June 22, 2022: Offshore fly fishing charter (Fly Fishing Extremes- Capt. Hamilton). This was a spectacular trip. The ocean was not in great shape. After two days of a 15-20 mph north wind, the weather was in the process of transitioning to a south wind and the ocean was churned up pretty good (3-5 foot rollers). It did not feel dangerous in anyway, but it was not comfortable to make long casts in. To adapt, we dropped fast sinking lines with Clousers/Baitfish patterns down to the reefs and stripped them back in varying retrieves. The fish variety was amazing! Off the top of my head, (Yellow Jack, Yellowtail Snapper, kingfish, false albacore, bar Jack and a big Jack Crevalle.

We later ran out to the deep water wrecks and lost a couple of giant fish that we could not control. UU fish as they were unidentifiable and uncontrollable in the Captain’s words. We had a small school of Mahi show up and we were able to get one in the boat.

At the end of the day, Captain brought out a fast action 3wt and put me on a reef with a bunch of bar jacks. It was a blast fishing such a tiny rod out in the Ocean.

The fish of the trip was the Jack Crevalle. It was about 22 lbs and kicked my butt for about 30 minutes during the fight. The raw power of those fish is impressive and it inhaled the fly. Needless to say it was a bit of a blood bath when boated.

(Inshore/surf fishing)
I explored the surf a bit with the fly rod as well. Really rough conditions as the sargasso weed was terrible in the surf and on the beach for the majority of the trip. I did not spot any Snook, but had a couple nice visual hits from needlefish. I just could not connect.

(Drift fishing)
I took my daughters on their first drift boat trip. It was pretty special. I helped my youngest hook her first Mutton Snapper, then she caught a yellowtail on her own. My oldest caught a nice yellowtail snapper then almost had the rod pulled out of her hand by a big cuda. I will always remember the look on her face, when it first hit. After a twenty minute fight with a little help supporting the rod from Dad, she landed it. The picture says it all on that fish.

Great times all around and I hope you guys/gals enjoy the write up and pictures.
 

Attachments

  • 60181542-52CC-454F-90B9-BB27CF1A2CB1.jpeg
    60181542-52CC-454F-90B9-BB27CF1A2CB1.jpeg
    108.3 KB · Views: 62
  • 94735D48-18F5-409C-936E-8F6EB431F5E3.jpeg
    94735D48-18F5-409C-936E-8F6EB431F5E3.jpeg
    115.5 KB · Views: 43
  • F15F7B43-FAFC-4BBA-A716-D18822CC3C6E.jpeg
    F15F7B43-FAFC-4BBA-A716-D18822CC3C6E.jpeg
    101.5 KB · Views: 45
  • 1A67AB06-241C-4846-A296-0F4EFFC6412F.jpeg
    1A67AB06-241C-4846-A296-0F4EFFC6412F.jpeg
    99.9 KB · Views: 51
  • CD127107-4A3B-4FD8-8EDD-8CC8033B404F.jpeg
    CD127107-4A3B-4FD8-8EDD-8CC8033B404F.jpeg
    116.9 KB · Views: 52
A few more pics…
 

Attachments

  • 7327A1B8-64FE-4842-B729-E18B12502221.jpeg
    7327A1B8-64FE-4842-B729-E18B12502221.jpeg
    133.6 KB · Views: 36
  • EE95992F-0B9F-4315-8349-320AE5034397.jpeg
    EE95992F-0B9F-4315-8349-320AE5034397.jpeg
    130.7 KB · Views: 36
  • 6866D83E-4515-43B6-8D3D-0F0EE7B8E2B1.jpeg
    6866D83E-4515-43B6-8D3D-0F0EE7B8E2B1.jpeg
    212.8 KB · Views: 40
  • A2136CFA-9E2D-4A07-8627-028667B7356B.jpeg
    A2136CFA-9E2D-4A07-8627-028667B7356B.jpeg
    190.7 KB · Views: 42
  • 16570AB0-4C42-4EBE-8953-BA1D2AC73AC3.jpeg
    16570AB0-4C42-4EBE-8953-BA1D2AC73AC3.jpeg
    246.6 KB · Views: 40
Were you fishing with Captain Scott Hamilton?

It sounds like a good trip!
 
Yes. Always a good trip with him. He has so much knowledge and very little competition in that niche of fly fishing.
 
We vacationed in the West Palm/Boca area last week and I took a couple trips with the fly rod. Here is a quick summary as a point of reference for anyone headed down there in the future:

June 22, 2022: Offshore fly fishing charter (Fly Fishing Extremes- Capt. Hamilton). This was a spectacular trip. The ocean was not in great shape. After two days of a 15-20 mph north wind, the weather was in the process of transitioning to a south wind and the ocean was churned up pretty good (3-5 foot rollers). It did not feel dangerous in anyway, but it was not comfortable to make long casts in. To adapt, we dropped fast sinking lines with Clousers/Baitfish patterns down to the reefs and stripped them back in varying retrieves. The fish variety was amazing! Off the top of my head, (Yellow Jack, Yellowtail Snapper, kingfish, false albacore, bar Jack and a big Jack Crevalle.

We later ran out to the deep water wrecks and lost a couple of giant fish that we could not control. UU fish as they were unidentifiable and uncontrollable in the Captain’s words. We had a small school of Mahi show up and we were able to get one in the boat.

At the end of the day, Captain brought out a fast action 3wt and put me on a reef with a bunch of bar jacks. It was a blast fishing such a tiny rod out in the Ocean.

The fish of the trip was the Jack Crevalle. It was about 22 lbs and kicked my butt for about 30 minutes during the fight. The raw power of those fish is impressive and it inhaled the fly. Needless to say it was a bit of a blood bath when boated.

(Inshore/surf fishing)
I explored the surf a bit with the fly rod as well. Really rough conditions as the sargasso weed was terrible in the surf and on the beach for the majority of the trip. I did not spot any Snook, but had a couple nice visual hits from needlefish. I just could not connect.

(Drift fishing)
I took my daughters on their first drift boat trip. It was pretty special. I helped my youngest hook her first Mutton Snapper, then she caught a yellowtail on her own. My oldest caught a nice yellowtail snapper then almost had the rod pulled out of her hand by a big cuda. I will always remember the look on her face, when it first hit. After a twenty minute fight with a little help supporting the rod from Dad, she landed it. The picture says it all on that fish.

Great times all around and I hope you guys/gals enjoy the write up and pictures.
Great report- thanks for sharing!
 
Nice JC on the fly. Had to have been a blast.
Thanks. The Jack Crevalle is an underrated and overlooked game fish. Especially, on fly gear. I always found it funny that some in the fly fishing community will hype up the GT’s over in Australia with no mention of the budget GT’s stateside. Next trip down there, I think I am going to make a point of targeting them. They are freakishly strong, even compared to the False Albacore.
 
Always good to get the kids involved!
 
I haven't got over to that side of Florida since I was in the Air Force, Homestead, however the wife's family is from Palmetto/Bradenton area on the other coast of Florida. Just got my first salt rod and reel this year. Played with it a bit on the Gulf in the AM in May this year looking for schoolie snook in the surf. Far too many people walking through my back cast for me to be comfortable being out there long. I had maybe 15 to 20 minutes of peace before the beachcombers showed up. Maybe a kayak and the back bays and mangroves next summer.
 
I'm glad to hear that you got into some good ones. Those maybe referred to as "Trash Fish" they pull pretty darn good. I cant say I've done enough fly rodding as I should have over the years, but some of the fish I have managed probably would have dumped a 12 wt. with ease. GG
 
Back
Top