Everglades City Fishing & Planning

Saturday, October 15, will be the outing for Everglades City.

Tomorrow evening, October 11, we will have a logistics meeting at the club at 7:30. The boat and kayak launch points will be reviewed. All the secret spots to fish will be disclosed.

Bridge fishing, Kayak fishing in Chokoloskee Bay, or Flats Boat fishing in the Gulf with access through the Baron River.
Tom will be bringing Piza so we can chow down and enjoy the planning. This planning opportunity is special since we missed the bullet on Hurricane Matthew.

October 15 is the first day of Stone Crab Season for the whole world. All stone crabs are caught and process through Everglades City. The plan is to fish in the morning (after breakfast at the local cafe), until about 1:30. Then we will have lunch at Triad Seafood Market & Café, with Stone Crabs.

Everglades City is 1 1/2 hours from Miami, same as Flamingo. An early morning drive is across Tamiami Trail. Alternative is to spend Friday and even Saturday evenings like Carmen and me.

We will stay at River Wilderness Resort, but there are also Everglades City Motel, the Captain’s Lodge, and Outdoor Resorts (at Chokoloskee).

Trivago has all of them listed here

Start planning this minute.  Planning is more than half the fun.

Hope to see you there. :-)


DOB Tournament fishing – guest presentation

A special guest, Eric Tietig, is coming to give a presentation Tuesday evening, September 27, 7:30, about the Day-On-The-Bay Tournament for 2016 which will be on October 1, 2016.

The Day-On-The-Bay is a great tournament which has been held for many years. This is a very reasonable entry competition – each angler is only $70.  This is sponsored by the FNGLS and proceeds from this tournament support scholarships in horticultural sciences or landscape architecture.  Very worthwhile.

The location is any water around South Florida including Florida Bay, Chokoloskee on the West Coast, the Keys, or Biscayne Bay. Fishing is on Saturday, from safe light to turning in tournament sheets at 4:30 pm on Saturday.   I want to include that fishing can be from land, kayak, or boat. No restrictions.

The Captain’s dinner is Friday night at the FOP Lodge at Harris Field. The Awards Meal is at 5:30, the same location on Saturday evening, after slips are turned in.

You cannot find a more fun, more open, more friendly tournament than this one.

Eric will share lots of funny stories with us. He is the Tournament Director plus he and his wife are very competitive.

Award Species are: Bass, Bonefish, Permit, Redfish, Shark, Snapper, Snook, Tarpon, Trout, and Hard Luck.

It would be really great to have a good turnout for Tuesday Evening meeting and registration for the Tournament.

There will be BBQ Roast Pork for the meal, only $7.00.

1. Plan on attending this meeting Tuesday night September 27, 7:30
2. Plan on participating in the Tournament, Octobe 1.

Enough politics, lets talk about fishing.

Come on down, everyone is welcome. See you there.

These are Entry Form links:

Outside:  and Inside:



Fishing Florida Bay – Flamingo Tuesday: Sept 13

There’s lots of fishing news for September. Tuesday evening, September 13, at 7:30, we are getting together at the clubhouse to share stories, discussion, B.S. session about fishing Florida Bay at Flamingo.

Bring your species specific stories about Flamingo and Florida Bay.  Be prepared to share them over Hot Dogs, cole slaw, and Cerveza (or carbonated beverage).

We are going to Flamingo, Out Front, Florida Bay, for the Saturday, September 17 fishing outing.

Fish from shore at the Campground. Kayak East to Snake Bight, or West toward the shore and Bradley Key, or South to Murray Key. Just off the Campground is no-name river with a 15 foot hole and big fish coming in and out along with tidal movement.

Saturday’s outing can serve as a prefishing practice run for Day-on-the-Bay Tournament on October 1. Nowhere will you find a fun tournament like this for $70 per adult. Species for the tournament include Bass, Trout, Redfish, Shark, Snapper, Snook, Tarpon, Bonefish, Permit, Snapper. There are also Grand Slam categories.

Day-On-The_Bay Brochure

Henry is cooking Hot Dogs with Chili. David is making gourmet cole slaw.

This awesome evening is just $5 for food. You will not find a friendlier group with more knowledge about fishing than South Dade Anglers.

There will also be a special video guest appearance about Forida Bay fishing too.

You should be here for this get together. Hope to see you then.


Snook fishing season starts September 1

Snook are such beautiful, smart, and intelligent predators. Fishing for them is a great challenge, man versus animal in the animal’s habitat.  Thursday, September 1, is the opening of Snook fishing season.

So Tuesday evening, August 23, David G. will be giving a presentation and facilitating a discussion on fishing for Snook.

Where, How, When, What, and other details we can go over.

Secret spots really don’t exist, so where and how do you find them?

What conditions do they favor?

Are you a lifetime Snook fisherman? Are you a first timer?

These conversations will be of interest to everyone.

There is a lot of combined knowledge within this group.

Come and share in the discussion and have some good food.

There will be Ropa Vieja with white rice for dinner.  $10.00

Don’t want to miss this evening.



Family Fishing Brunch on Black Creek Canal 8/20 at 7-11 am

Bring the kids, grandkids, everyone for this freshwater canal fishing social on Saturday morning, 8/20.

Fish a little, eat a little, sit a little, and talk a little.

Pancakes plus pulled pork sandwiches are the brunch fare. Bring some fruit or other sides plus drinks. Water bottles will be available.

Bring your own chairs, there will be fold up tables and a few chairs. There will be a canopy for food.

Bring some shiners, worms, and tackle for the kids and yourself.

Where: Black Creek (C1-W) canal adjacent to the West End District Park. We will use the lot for parking and set up a canopy on the Black Creek Trail. 11255 SW 157th Ave, Miami, FL 33196

Maps location

Parking: Enter the parking lot, turn left, and go to the North end of the lot – by the bridge on 157 Ave.

Safety: Recent rains have water flowing in the canal. Be prepared to watch your children for safety. Don’t forget mosquito repellent.

Have fun and a good social time at this event.

This is a great time Saturday morning before the heat starts.


Picnic and Canal Fishing planning – Tuesday, Aug 09 – 7:30 pm

Tomorrow evening, our first meeting for August (August 09), it’s time to liven this group up a notch for family/friend social fun and entertainment.

We are planning a 4 hour family fun canal fishing picnic. How about wives, kids, and friends attending? We are planning a pot luck breakfast or brunch to share.

Tomorrow evening we will set the event time, location, and specifics.

Also there is a prepared discussion about South Florida Invasive and Non-Native species which are available with canal fishing.

There will be pictures and sharing of experiences. Bring some photos if you have them.

South Florida fresh water is a wild place!!! Nowhere else in the world is there a mix of species like this. There is always a surprise when you get a strike.

There will be pictures of species, and discussion of their habits and techniques.

It’s a great time to attend, participate and be part of what we do.

There will be Pizza to munch on for $5.00 along with beverages which are $1.00 more.

Hope to see you there.


Coulda’ – Shoulda’ – Woulda’ Casting contest honoring John Melchior

Tuesday, July 26th, – 7:00 P.M. in the Clubhouse (note earlier start)

If you can help, come earlier and give a hand. This includes setup, scoring, and cooking.

I will bring a Smokey Joe grill and we can cook charcoal burgers with beans and chips – $10

Contest Rules – True John Melchior

All contest participants must provide rods, reels and lines, which may be owned, borrowed, begged but not stolen, for any contest they intend to enter. The spirit of the contest is to replicate casting to a fish in the wild. The lure must land forward of the fishes mouth. What you cast is what you get!

Categories: There are three contest categories:
1. Three Individual Casting Contests – Spinning, Plug, and Fly.
A participant may enter more than one contest and may win more than one contest.
2. The “Superior Overall” Casting Contest – Requires competing in all individual contests.
The winner must have the Lowest Aggregate Score of all Categories.
3. The “Tree Huggers Casting Contest” – Requires Lure(s) Placement(s) into the trees. The winner must show grace, poise and flair while performing this cast. Anger, screaming and disdain may not be directed at the trees. The caster having the greatest number of lures cast into the trees wins this contest. A lure landing into the trees will result in a score equal to the distance from the caster to the fishes mouth.

An award certificate will be given to the winning participant of each contest during the next general meeting and non-winners will state their single, best excuse for their worst cast of the day (wind, gravity and darkness excluded).

The specified lures and weights, supplied by the contest judge, are:
Spinning – will use a 1/2 ounce sinker and any line weight class.
Plug – will use a 1 ounce sinker and any line weight class.
Fly – will use a 2 inch piece of yarn and any line weight class.

The first cast is the contest cast. No repeats, no “do-overs” and no practice casts at the line are permitted.

The lure must be cast in the designed method of using the rod. No tossing, slinging, zip lining or using trained animals (other anglers) in the delivery of the lure is permitted. Losing the lure when casting, carrying, cavorting or carrying-on will result in a maximum score (casting line to the fishes mouth). Crying quietly will be permitted.

See you there at 7:00 pm.



Big Pine Key fishing outing

This month is the Big Pine Key outing, July 15-17. There are two places where we usually stay.

Fish on Saturday and maybe Sunday morning. Come down Friday and fish then too.

Make your reservations NOW. This is the weekend BEFORE Lobster Mini-Season so the places will be filling up.

The location is at Bahia Honda (MM 34) and Spanish Channel. This is a great fishing spot.

First is the Old Wooden Bridge Guest Cottages, located on Big Pine Key, was named for an old wooden bridge that linked Big Pine Key to No Name Key. The camp is located at the base of the No Name Key Bridge – the best bridge fishing in the Keys! The original building was built in 1943 and still stands as a store. We will launch at the ramp even if not staying at the cottages.

No online reservations, so call call 305-872-2241.

Come to the meeting Tuesday,July 12, and see if you want to pair up with some others for the trip stay. On the Tuesday meeting we will review information for the outing. There will be a big discussion and presentation on secret places to fish.


Second is the Big Pine Key Motel. This motel is located directly on US1 highway. No waterfront, but there is on-site parking for vehicles and boats, and guests are offered discounted meals at an adjacent cafe.

Rooms come with free, Wi-Fi, air-conditioning and cable TV.

Address: 30725 Overseas Hwy, Big Pine Key, FL 33043
Reservations are available by calling (305) 872-9090.

Hope you can join us there for this great annual outing.



Brooke Black – Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, fish and local ecology

Tuesday evening, June 28, 7:30,  will be a special guest, Brooke Denkert Black.  She is with the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust. She is coming to give a presentation about fish, and local ecology and issues.
BTT has been conducting a multi-year, statewide tagging study of permit in Florida to learn more about permit movement patterns.
In collaboration with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Bonefish & Tarpon Trust launched a two-year Tarpon Genetics Program in 2014. The goal of this program is to analyze the genetic population structure of tarpon to determine if there is a single, regional tarpon population or multiple sub-populations.
In collaboration with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, University of Massachusetts, Cape Eleuthera Institute, and Fisheries Conservation Foundation, Bonefish & Tarpon Trust is launching a three-year Bonefish Genetics Program. The goal of this program is to analyze the genetic population structure of bonefish throughout the Caribbean and Western Atlantic to determine the extent that bonefish populations in different locations are related.
Brooke was born and raised in Miami, FL to a family of devout shallow water anglers and currently resides in Islamorada with her husband, Capt. Richard Black. She received her undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies and is completing her M.S. of Environmental Science with a concentration in estuarine ecology from Florida Gulf Coast University.
Artificial tackle is Brooke’s favorite mode of attack but the fly rod is always on the boat when frequenting Florida Bay and the waters of the Florida Keys. Her favorite fish changes daily but she can’t deny the tremendous respect and curiosity she reserves for bonefish physiology and ecology.
Understanding the importance of all professional arenas, Brooke develops and maintains relationships with the angling, scientific and political communities from Key Largo to Key West with occasional jaunts to “the Mainland.” Much of her work involves GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and a proactive approach to fishery research, conservation and management. You can frequently spot her at public meetings and fishing tournaments
Dinner will be East Carolina BBQ, pulled pork and sauce with beans and cole slaw.  This meal only shows up once a year and this is it.  Only $10 per person.
Please make a special effort to have a good turn out.  You will be very pleased that you do.
See you there.  Time: 7:30 p.m.



Drift Fishing Tackle and Techniques, Tue, June 14 7:30 pm

We are going to get together to review and discuss simple techniques to set up and fish light tackle. This will include how to tie a Spider hitch, leaders, Duncan loop knots, and discussion of Circle versus J Hooks, egg weights, and some bait.

These techniques will be useful this coming weekend when we plan to MeetUp and go out Saturday night on June 18 on Captain Chan’s Gulfstream Princess party boat out of Key Largo. I will post a MeetUp for Saturday evening later this week.

Bring your rod and some line to learn and practice these techniques. You will find these set-ups useful for almost any fishing situation you are exploring. For drift fishing, this announcement is about how to set light tackle so you can outfish anyone on the boat. Your catch can include Yellow Tail snappers, which are only possible on light tackle.

We routinely get together to eat, talk about fishing, and sometimes even go fishing. Come join us and learn more than you thought you could. Where else other than hiring a guide can you learn these skills?

There will be Pizza on Tuesday evening.

Information on Saturday outing:

Gulfstream Party Fishing Boat

1313 Ocean Bay Dr, Key Largo, FL 33037

Reservations: (305) 451-9788

Hope to see you Tuesday evening,
Herman Watson