Shallow Tails Guide Service
Capt. Raul Montoro
This past Labor Day weekend brought us lots of rain and very few days of fishing. Thankfully the weather gave us a brake in the rain and I was able to get out and reschedule some trips around the weather.
Waking up early is the key to getting on some good bonefish actions in September, especially if it rained all night. This cools the water temperature down quite a bit, and this makes the bonefish active and tailing looking for food. I find myself at times being the first one at the dock in the morning, because I like to run in the dark and get on some tailing bonefish at the crack of dawn. At times during a bright moon you can catch them tailing before day break. On slick calm days on the ocean side flats in deeper water you can find fish moving really slow and swimming on the surface at times. This normally happens during day break. It almost looks like a school of baitfish on the surface, but if fact their bonefish.
The past couple of days have been glass calm on the water with a good falling tide in the morning and a long slow incoming tide the rest of the day. When it is so calm that the water looks like a mirror, and you have bonefish tailing all around you, stealth and presentation is crucial. Leading the fish when it’s so calm is very important especially if you’re casting a shrimp at them. If your fly fishing you can get allot closer too them without spooking. This is true when it comes to bonefish and permit, but yesterday we had permit tailing all around us for a good hour and a half on the ocean side and couldn’t get close to any of them. This was very frustrating and we tried every trick in the book and could not get them to eat without spooking. I always prefer a little bit of wind on the water when it comes to sight fishing bonefish and permit, this way you can get allot closer to them without having too make extra long cast.
On one of our trips waiting for some clouds to pass and the tide too turn, we fished a channel edge jigging for permit and whatever else might swim by. We caught several Yellow jacks up to 15 lbs, mutton snappers, and a gag grouper that was a 1/4 inch shy of the fish box that hit a top water plug in 15 feet of water. It was some pretty cool stuff seeing a gag sky rocket and hit a top water plug.
You can’t always expect to catch every fish you cast at, and that is what I love about this sport. Conditions and fish patterns change everyday and being on top of your game and putting in the time is a key factor. Even on days that I’m not guiding I’m still on the water so I know what going on. If I miss a week I feel completely lost and I hate not knowing what is going on. Put your time in and you will find the fish.
I have some day’s open this week and the fishing has been phenomenal. Now is great times too book a trip and get on some good bonefish and permit action. I appologize for the poor picture quality, but my camera is not working and I had to settle for my blackberry camera phone.
-Capt. Raul Montoro