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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-24-2016, 11:51 PM Thread Starter
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Florida fishing help

Headed to Orlando next week. Any tips or references appreciated. I've never soaked a fly in salt. Looking to get whooped! Thinking of driving to Tampa bay as per Google searches. Thanks
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-25-2016, 07:42 AM
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beautiful work…not a Tampa expert but salt might not be great this early in year unless you get further south a good ways. fwiw. some of the fresh water bass fishing an hour south of orlando might be a great option.
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There is some excellent fishing to be had in that area this time of year....redfish. Are you looking for fly fishing, conventional, guide or unguided?
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I'm a pacific coast guy. It'd be my maiden Atlantic adventure. I'd like to throw some flies. The bass option sounds great also. Looks like all the guides are expensive, 600$ a day, tho they'd put me on fish. Thanks again



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If I were you I would head in the other direction and go to the mosquito lagoon area. It is about an hour east of Orlando. I have done diy there a couple times in conjunction with work trips to Orlando. There are a few places that you can wade. I have never caught reds but I have caught specks (sea trout) and ladyfish wade fishing on my own. Google around and you can find info on wading spots.

Guides are expensive in florida but will be pretty useful.

Oh, I have a buddy who was down in the Tampa area last week and did pretty good on reds and specks but he was with a guy who has a boat and knows the area.
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FYI there is an article in this months issue of flyfisherman on DIY wade fishing florida beaches for snook. Could be worth picking up.
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I've always been DIY in Florida. MY favorite place is the Everglades- you can go in through Chokoloskee, just south of Naples, or drive across Alligator Alley ( watch your backcast in car traffic and fish the canal), to Miami area, turn south to Homestead, and go into Flamingo, my favorite. You can camp and rent canoes/kayaks either place.

If the weather is cold, go sight seeing- the fishing sucks. The fishing gets good when it's hot and muggy. At Flamingo you can paddle out onto the bay and look for fish, or cast to the backside of mudding rays. If you paddle back to Coot Bay, the possibilities are really fun- snook, reds and baby tarpon, with an occasional full-sized tarpon for good measure. Fish the edges like you're bass fishing with top water stuff, or drop subsurface stuff along the mangroves or other structure. And keep an eye out for passing fish in open water- I've seen tarpon working on several occasions, and twice hooked huge fish that promptly showed me what I didn't know about dealing with 100lb + fish in a canoe by myself.

You can also head out the keys, and try for campsites (first come first serve) on the FL State Park locations out there- Long Key, Bahia Honda, and I think there's one other. It's flats fishing, that gets hit pretty hard by lots of people. Not really my thing, but a friend of mine loves it.
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Someone above mentioned driving an hour to go bass fishing but in my opinion there's no need to leave Orlando. I spent a week there for work last fall and took and 8wt with me and had a great time catching smallies and bucket mouths right in town. There's hundreds of lakes and according to the guys at the fly shop, just about all of them have fish in them. Access can be a little tricky but for the most part google earth can help you figure it out.

I've also done a couple of days of guided fishing out in the Mosquito Lagoon/Indian River area. I'm sure it can be good at times but I've yet to have a good day out there.

I rented a kayak from JBs last time I was there and cruised around and fished for a couple of hours, that was cheap and pretty entertaining, no reds or snook but I caught a couple decent sized trout on gurglers.
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