September was another ridiculously good fishing month. We were blessed with the typical low wind conditions and my anglers took advantage of it.
In preparation for fishing the Herman Lucerne Memorial Fishing Tournament, I spent a good deal of my September fishing in Everglades National Park. It was great to see how abundant the snook were. On a number of occasions when the water was clear enough, we spent most of the morning sight-casting snook on fly. Most of the fish we landed were in the 4-7lb range, but there were some larger fish mixed in as well. We also took advantage of multiple big schools of redfish. One of the pictures above is of myself and my angler Betsy doubled up with redfish on fly. This was one of six double headers we had that day.
For anyone wondering about booking a charter in September, I have to tell you that this is my favorite month of the year to fish. Most of the hotels are operating at minimum capacity, the restaurants don’t require a reservation, and the flats aren’t packed full of flats skiffs. Although there is always a chance of a hurricane, most hotels and guides will refund your money in the event of a named storm. My favorite species to target in September are Bonefish, Permit, Tarpon, Redfish, and Snook.