Being a Pro Staffer for BASS PRO SHOPS, one of my duties is to test new Bass Pro fishing tackle, including rods and reels. Since my boat is equipped with light tackle, I prefer to use Inshore Extreme and Inshore Elite rods and Inshore Extreme reels and Johnny Morris Signature Series spinning reels. My clients always remark as to how much they like and enjoy fishing with these rods and reels. We have several BASS PRO SHOPS located in South Florida that can outfit any fisherman, whether he fishes from his boat or whether he fishes on the side of a lake or canal.
Did you ever stop to think how fortunate we are to live in South Florida? For those of us who have a passionate love of fishing, whether it's fishing in the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, Biscayne Bay, Lake Okeechobee or just fishing in the local canals that wind their way throughout southern Florida, we are very blessed to be surrounded by these magnificent bodies of water. Anglers have their preference as to where and which type of fishing turns them on.
This past year Biscayne Bay has been my focus for chartering trips with local residents, as well as tourists from out of state. I have found that the grassy flats of Biscayne Bay yield spectacular catches of Spotted Sea Trout and Mangrove Snappers and this year of 2012 is one of the best yet! From the beginning of March through May, large Sea Trout move from the deeper, cooler waters to the warmer temperatures of the grass flats which range in depth from 2-5 feet.
My charter clients agree on getting an early start, just before the sun comes up, because the larger Spotted Sea Trout will attack top water lures during the early part of the day. So, after launching the boat from the ramp in downtown Miami, I motor east towards Miami Beach, travelling the channels (10-14 ft. deep) until I reach the east side of Biscayne Bay. From Government Cut (Port of Miami) north to the Broad Causeway, the grassy flats range from 1ft. to 6ft. deep.
After quietly and stealthily cruising the flat, I choose the spot where I decide to fish. I then shut the motor down and anchor the Power Pole into the grass. Now is the time for the chum bag and its contents to do its work. By this time anglers on the boat are casting Storm Chug Bug top water lures and Offshore Angler Scamper Grubs. It doesn't take long before a 4 lb., 21 inch Spotted Sea Trout clobbers the Chug Bug on top of the water. What a thrill to actually see the fish smash that lure! Better yet, children (their Grandpas too) squeal with delight as they reel in their catch. Not only is the fish hooked, but the kids, their Dads and Grandpas never forget this experience! Carefully netting the catch is of utmost importance since it's possible to lose the fish right at the boat because of their soft mouths. After successfully boating the catch, pictures can then be taken to capture this memorable moment.
Now the chum bag, which has been doing its work, has caused the surrounding water to come alive with pilchards and pinfish. When youngsters are aboard they like to use the Sabiki rod to catch the bait themselves. They love this as much, if not more, than catching the big fish since it enables them to bring up several fish at a time. If this isn't enough bait, I then fling my cast net into the water and hoist up a "mother lode" of bait. Supplied with more bait ensures us of a better catch for the rest of the trip.
Not only do these fishing trips provide educational opportunities for the children, but they never forget these happy and exciting trips with their parents! So, for young and old, and those in between, fishing is a most wonderful form of recreation for anyone to experience!
This is best time to fish BISCAYNE BAY
CAPTAIN BRIAN LEIBOWITZ
LICENSED UNITED STATES COAST GUARD
50 TON MASTER
BASS PRO STAFFER