South Florida offers ideal conditions to attract new anglers

If you’ve always wanted to bring a kid, partner, or friend fishing, now is the time to head to the nearest Everglades Channel.

“Right now is just a good time to go fishing, and it will be until May,” said Captain Alan Zaremba, explaining that low water levels in the Everglades swamps have forced various species of fish to move through the channels that criss-cross the Everglades. in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

“It’s a great time to take the kids and show them how to catch fish with artificial lures. You want to occupy them and have tugs. This is what hooks fishermen for life.

Low water levels allow for exceptional fishing for native species such as largemouth bass, bluegills, crappie (known locally as speckled perch), and warmouths, as well as exotic species such as peacock bass, oscars, mayan cichlids and jaguar guapotes.

Zaremba, of Hollywood, said one of the best places to launch a boat is at the newly renovated Everglades Vacation Park in Broward County, at the end of Griffin Road and U.S. Highway 27. He said that Canal L-67A, which runs south of the park to Tamiami Trail, is teeming with fish, as is the Tamiami Canal.

The channel along the west side of US Highway 27 north of Interstate 75, which has multiple boat launches, has provided Zaremba customers with 100 days of fishing. The canals along Alligator Alley were also productive. Access is available at the Miami Canal Rest Area boat ramps, plus two ramps east of there and two ramps west of the area.

Although many anglers and fishing guides believe that live bait such as minnows or night owls are the best way to catch fish, Zaremba ( says his clients catch everything in the channels at using decoys.

“Jerkbaits will always do great,” Zaremba said. “Sometimes they love surface plugs like Torpedoes and Pop-Rs. Large mouths will eat more plastic worms and sticky worms. If you want to catch a lot of sunfish like bluegills, warmouths, and mayans, Beetle-Spins will rip them apart.

“It’s also a good time to catch fish on a fly rod. I cast poppers, but you can cast (weighted flies such as) Clouser cheats and minnows. It all works right now, it depends on what you want to catch. Woolly buggers will catch a wide variety of fish: warmouth, crappie, peacocks, jaguar guapotes.

When fishing a jerkbait such as a Bagley Minnow B or floating Rapala, Zaremba said you first have to shake the lure on the surface two or three times for it to act as bait. of surface. If you don’t get a bite, retrieve the lure below the surface with a series of quick jerks, which triggers the peacock bass as well as the big mouths. A series of stop-and-go jerks will get more bites from Oscars and Mayas.

He also said to adjust your retrieve based on what the fish prefer. Sometimes they like it to shake and sometimes they like it to move below the surface.

“You just have to pay attention to what’s in front of you,” Zaremba said.

Do this and you’ll be hooked, along with your new favorite fishing buddy.

Local Swordfish Trips

Swordfish caught this time of year off South Florida apparently enjoy traveling to Canada for the summer, according to newly released data from two tagged fish.

Last May, two boats participating in the inaugural Gray Fishtag Research Swordquest tournament each caught a swordfish, placed a satellite tag in their fish’s dorsal fin, revived the fish, and released it.

Last Wednesday, tag data was presented to anglers at RJ Boyle Studio in Lighthouse Point by biologist Eric Orbesen of the NOAA Southeast Fisheries Research Center in Key Biscayne.

An 80-inch, estimated 240-pound fish caught on May 1 by Chris Koulouvaris on Mine’s Bigger collected data for 242 days before the tag was released on December 29 and floated to the surface, where the information was uploaded on a satellite. This fish swam up the Atlantic coast, hooked up around a protected no-take area near Nova Scotia, then swam straight south to Grand Cayman, where the tag was dropped.

Barron Libasci, fishing Forever Dusky with Captain Bouncer Smith, tagged a 72-inch, 125-pound swordfish that swam more than 2,600 miles in 186 days before being caught in the North Atlantic Ocean by a Spanish longliner in november.

The boat returned the expensive satellite beacon, which will allow Orbesen to retrieve all the data from the beacon – over five million depth and temperature readings. Beacons floating on the surface can only send a fraction of the data they collect. Also, by returning the used tag to the tag maker, a new one will only cost $2,000 instead of $4,000.

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