August was absolutely amazing in the Islamorada area this year. Diversity was the name of the game. It didn’t matter whether we were fishing right outside of Islamorada looking for bonefish and permit, or whether we ran back to the park to target snook, redfish and tarpon; the bite was on and we ate it up.
Since August is great time of the year to target bonefish, I would like to take a moment to comment on the current state of our bonefish fishery. This August I saw more bonefish on and around the flats than I have seen in years. In my humble opinion, I think the bonefish are making a comeback in South Florida. The numbers of juvenile bonefish have spiked dramatically. I can only hope that over the next few years we continue to see the fishery rebound even more. It is very exciting from the perspective of someone like myself that absolutely loves to stalk bonefish on the flats.
One other thing worth commenting on is the juvenile tarpon population. Anyone that fished in and around Flamingo this past summer/fall will tell you that the juvenile tarpon fishery is flourishing. I had many enjoyable mornings catching 10-20lb. tarpon on fly with my clients. These fish are a ball to target on 7-9wt. fly rods.