Captain Ann Holahan
Fishing Report for May 14th, 2009!
The Bite is On!!!
The Fishing Report that goes
to all readers and anglers and
I hope to future anglers.
The weather for us has gone back
to a Summerlike pattern this week,
dealing with light winds and water temps
in the 80's now, and has been a great
start to the Spring Tarpon Season,
and the bonefishing has been fantastic
along with sightings of nice Permit.
But, we have had a good start for
the Spring Fishing Run, and it has been great
with some great catches and releases
of trout, redfish, large snook ladyfish,
snapper, and redfish.
Alot of the fish are being caught
in the mullet muds in the backcountry, if
you don't know what the backcountry
consists of, it is very shallow waters
located in Florida Bay, surrounded by
many small islands, and channels and
flats that we fish around the Bay, and Flamingo
area, which is a beautiful ride and shows
Snake bite has been holding some nice
reds and snook. Using live bait shrimp,
jigs tipped with shrimp, and plastic baits,
Trout season opened Jan. 1st, 2009, with a limit
of 4 per person per day, and 1 over 20", make
sure to check the FWC regulations on your fishing
adventures on your own, if your not familar with
the closed seasons and open seasons.
Bonefishing has been a great this week, calmer
winds, and getting them on the right tides. They have
been on a cruising path, and we have seen a quite
a few tails on the outgoing tide, and many groups
on the first part of the incoming tides,
the latter part of the day, there have
been a few tails on the flats on the bay side,
but, with the flyfisherman having great casting
time this week, and no difficulty in the
winds, it has been a great time and challenge to all.
Many tarpon holding up in the channels and on the
flats on the high tides, great for our fly enthusiasts,
and been seeing and catching some big fish.
Reef fishing has been great with some great
catches of yellowtail, and spanish makeral,
Throw a chum bag out and get with the current,
you will have plenty for dinner or lunch.
I know fishing can be expensive especially
as our economy is not a realiable one,
I want to rest assure the anglers a good
and fun and memorable time they spend
here in the Keys, and to be a cost effective
and a fun one too.
Just call me directly, at 305-664-5891,
and ask Capt. Ann about some of the fishing
packages, and I can make some fishing packages
relatively to a selected budget you maybe working
with. I am here to help you and ensure you get
out on the waters and have some fun with Spring
Fishing, and coming into the Prime Time of Tarpon
But, since its Spring Finally, the snook
season is open, but don't forget about
our Tarpon Season, right on us right now,
through July. Also, keep in mind bonefishing,
and permit fishing is fantastic now too, so
our Spring and Summer is coming in with a big
Just a quick reminder to my anglers,
in case of windy and rainy conditions,
I always like to remind the anglers
to bring a foul weather jacket, dress
comfortably, and always make sure to
put a foul weather day in your schedule
just in case, you can not handle some of
the wind speeds we have had. Also, I like
to to remind all anglers to make sure they
hydrate themselves with gatorade or propel,
and bring good sunblock with them, for
the water acts like a mirror and sunburns are not fun
when your on vacation.
Flamingo has got limited services, and the store has limited
food, drinks, and gifts, at the Marina Store. Canoe rentals
are still available, but there is stil no gas, so make sure your guides have an extra gas can aboard for that run way back there,
there is no gas at Flamingo yet, they are still cleaning
up from the spill they had over there, and should have
gas in the next few mohts we hope.
The offshore for the anglers are spectacular
everyone enjoying the sailfishing, yellowtail, dolphin,
fishing. Along with nice and big catches of tuna, kingfish,
and cobia, and dolphin.
Also, I want to let you know I have joined
the tagging and release program for bonefish
and tarpon, and very excited to work with
this great research on how, when, and where
all these fish get caught and released in
all areas of the waters.
It is an exciting program, and constitutes my
catch and release practices.
Don't forget our Spring Fishing for
Tarpon, Bonefish and Permit in 2010.
Book in advance, so you can get the dates
you want for next season too, and don't forget
those great fishing packages I put together
for one and all, and remember I can make up
any fishing package you need.
But, now lets keep the Spring and
Summer in mind, that Spring is here and
anglers from all over are calling for trips
and dates for the 2009 season, and the
dates are getting full and limited, so
make sure you call well in advance for
your trips, we want you to get the days
you want to fish, but if I get overbooked,
I can always try to set you up with
other guides, and try to put you in
for an afternoon trip or evening trip if available.
We still have days open, so don't hesitate to make
your bookings for 2009, no later than the end of December
to get the dates you want for 2010. Our repeat anglers start
locking in their dates for flyfishing and live bait fishing.
In Everglades National Park the snook
season opens on March 1st, not Feb 1st,
the Feb 1st season is only for the Atlantic
side, the park has changed the opening
to March 1st. Snook season is closed May,
June, July, and August for the Park,
and for Atlantic Coast June-August.
So, get your gear ready and there have
been reports of some large snook.
Also, I want to make perfectly
clear to all my readers and anglers
again, that I am no longer affiliated with
the old marina. If you call there, you
will be told I am no longer there,
and how can they help you to set you
up with one of their guides that are
slow, and/or be told I am out of business,
or am not fishing no longer, Not True!!
I am happy to say I am docked now at
Papa Joe's Backcountry Marina, and glad
to be amongst World Class Guides, and
do me a favor, Please call me directly,
not there at the Marina, but,
for you can reach me directly at
305-664-5891 or 305-664-5793, or
you can drop me a line via my email
at email@example.com, and please
visit my website at www.boneranger.com
I am still fishing and everyday getting
my ribs into strength to show you all
that I am back and getting into the realm
of missing that fishing while recooperating.
I am exploring new grounds and on my
own terms with all my anglers and repeat
anglers, and future anglers. Rest assured
I am looking forward to getting you on
the bow of my boat, and I am back on the water,
and enthusiastic to get you all stalking and searching
for the best saltwater gamefish available
here in Islamorada, Florida Keys.
I am docked at the Papa Joes's Backcountry
Marina, and still have my fishing packages
and am pleased too still offer that service,
but would like you just to call me directly for
all bookings for your group trips, fishing charter
packages, daily bookings, corporate bookings,
whatever you need I will ensure you
get the best service and the best of guides,
whether for flats or backcountry fishing or
Also, there is going to be new, we are trying
to put together new packages for offshore and
flats fishing and backcountry fishing too.
So, you can get the best of both worlds. Isn't
that what the fishing is all about in the Sportfishing
Capital of the World.
Lets enjoy the beauty, fish, and most
of all the wonderful island chain we call
The Fabulous Florida Keys. I also want to let
you know I am know offering eco-tours.
You can obtain more information on
my website pertaining to the eco-tours,
and you can call me with any questions
you may have.
When I was out with a rib injury for several months,
and have been honest and forthright with all my anglers
via the fishing reports and phone calls, and appreciate
all the good well wishes I have received. I just want
to thank all of you again, that I honestly, thank you
all very much that I was happy to have accomodated each
and every angler with a well reputable guides. Now I am happy as a clam to be out on my boat, and taking anglers to the choices of fish they are there to sought after.
And I assure you that I will be on the water for the
2009 season, giving the go ahead by the doctor, be careful, as I am being treated for a really bad injury, but the injury is healing and
it better, and I may need your help with just a bit of assistance, but I am looking forward to seeing you all and fishing with you this upcoming months. You and I and your party will definitely will
not be far off the waters of Islamorada. Again, I am back
to work, and ready for my anglers to be back
on the bow of my boat searching and stalking any and all
saltwater species they would like to go for.
So, please again direct all your phone calls to Capt. Ann Holahan,
so your not placed with another guide or told I am out of business,
and not rightly given my phone number, so your placed
with another guide that is starting out and slow, you
can contact me directly, so you ensure I am in business,
just a different local, and you can reach me a at 305-664-5891,
or 305-664-5793, and you an email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, and aquaint yourself
with my website at www.boneranger.com.
Don't mean to reiterate, but Make sure all you anglers coming to the Keys to visit and to fish, especially for the our young visitors and fisherman, have plenty of sunblock, and lots of water and gatorade to replace those lost electrolites we loose through the extensive heat. Most important, don't forget those hats, and breathable clothing so you can stay as cool and comfortable as the temps rise up.
I have to say, this has been an auspicious Winter.
Spring already being here, it has been windy this week in the Florida Keys. I don't remember it being so cool, this
time of the year, but I think every season we all say it
is different every year.
Bonefishing has been good and spotty this month, all over the
place on bayside and oceanside, this has been one of the challening months for those screaming reels, and elsuive bonefish,
and the bite is getting spotty in some areas and better
in other areas of the Keys.
The anglers are getting challenged with some winds and
fish that are pushing fast and furious on the flats which
can be exhausting and frustrating at times when your seeing
the fish, your looking into that catching and releasing some big fish on light tackle and/or on fly, although flyfishing is tough, trying to be the one nailing the big ones.
Also, the bonefishing has been especially good
in the late afternoon, and the best bite on shrimp, our
big shrimp are here, and those delicious shrimp are being
gobbled up by all species. You can also use a jig tipped
with shrimp, so make sure you use those days that are not
too windy and make sure to use them to your advantage.
With flyfishing or dead baits or even small crabs, they
are not too fussy, they are opportunistic, and they will
eat pretty much what you will toss ahead of them.
but we are getting some nice size live bait shrimp, when
they are not too big, we can always use but quarter
size crabs or DOA crabs have presented to be a great bite
for the bonefish, but the best tip, of course on light tackle,
is the shrimp, and make sure you go when the bite has been great in the early morning and evening just before sunset.
Remember also, if you have a bonefish on don't horse the fish,
let him take the line, and make sure you put your rod in the
air as high as you can get it, or you will end up reeling against
the drag and lose the catch you long waited for. Then slowly
reel the rod tip up and reel down, and repeat as your guide
directs you. Always listen to your guide.
The water in Florida Bay is still warm, and the bite there too
has been a bit spotty. Although, you are still looking and trying to find the muds for trout, jack crevelle, snapper, redfish, snook
Needless to say, the fishing has been
good some days and great on other days,
but everyday is different here in the Keys, on the
flats and backcountry.
Also, don't forget Snook season is reopens
Feb. 1st, on the Atlantic side, but has opened
in the park on March 1st, just want to let you all know
of the change, and if you need to check out the closed
seasons, go to my homepage, and you will see the link
for the Florida Wildlife Conservation for all information needed.
I expect the snook season to be productive with some
great fights and bites whether on fly or light tackle, make sure
you get your gear and baits ready for these true bruisers and stay within the regulation limits.
Stone Crab season is also open, so don't forget to go to
your favorite restaurants and have some great crab either
hot or cold, and that will leave you wanting more. But closes
May 16-Oct. 14th, 2008.
Don't forget the next season tarpon trips for the 2010 season, and
is a real experience and a great idea for those looking for some great fights, and to experience the shuttle launching
off with these beautiful fish, and what a rush to get one on fly or
live bait. Also, it gives you all a chence to see our beautiful sunsets for the wives, or girlfriends, or even for the diehard fisherman that want to duke it out with those expolsive and beautiful
Bonefishing Tournaments and Tarpon tournaments will be starting
in the Spring months of 2009, you bonefish, and tarpon
enthusiasts, if you or any anglers interested in upcoming events. Please email me, or give me a call at 305-664-5891, and I will give you all the information your looking for.
I hope all my Readers and Anglers have had a Great
Time Fishing and Had Some Tight lines.
But, I want to let everyone know we all had a good time and enjoyed
having each and everyone of you all aboard my skiff, and hope to see you all come back fishing.
Every year, I keep saying time surely does fly by and
can you believe it, Spring and Summer fishing is right now, and what a variety of fishing we will all have. So, please don't wait till the last minute to get your bookings in, days do fill up, and I want to give everyone the experience and dates they would like to enjoy the fishing, and even the beautiful birds, dolphin, and islands here in the Keys.
Don't forget to book in advance for any trips you will like
to do with the family, spouses, kids, or with your friends, we can
set you up with extra boats for bachelor parties, corporate tournaments, family get togethers, friendly fishing
tournaments, and most of all, just lots of fun with each other, and the ones you love.
It does get busy after the holiday season, and I would like everyone
to get the dates they are looking for. Again, don't forget the
Holiday Incentives I am offering for the month of January only.
Even though the Holiday Season is over so fast, lets make
it last a bit longer for anglers to be able to enjoy a low price,
and some great fishing on the water, in the hard times of
money and trying to enjoy a vacation.
I am getting alot of calls and emails about the upcoming
Spring and Summer season, and for 2009 and 2010, and you should definitely make sure to be making your reservations now, so that ensures you get the dates you want, and lock in the time frame, for those glorious evening trips that are available.
Don't forget to go to my website for those great fishing charter
packages I offer, and give me a call at 305-664-5891, or drop
me a line at email@example.com, and I will ensure your emails
are answered promptly and correctly with any questions you may all have.
Remember we get full fast, and it is good to start planning now, and
get a jump on the dates you have in mind, which is also good idea
for our fly anglers too. Season usually starts late March, and
April and runs through July.
Specifically again, if any anglers are interested
in some of the tournaments that are around, we still have
some going on, please go to my website for updated
tournament information at www.boneranger.com.
Some of the Spring and Summer Bonefish tournaments
are available, so if your interested in any tournament information or just coming down and getting yourself a fix on fly or light tackle, don't also forget the Fall and Winter fishing, it is aways a great time for saltwater gamefishing, and meeting new anglers and friends. It is always good to book ahead for this Fall too.
That is the time of year when the flyfisherman
and live bait anglers are battling
it out with the big fish.
It never stops to amaze me the enthusiasm my anglers show
whether it is on fly or live bait or even light tackle for
our elusive gamefish.
You can get out if the winds are not too prevelent on the flats
boat, in which we can get some snapper, grouper, hogfish, porgies, sharks, and yellowtail are being caught up on the patches of the reef.
There are many anglers here from all over the world, challenging their skills from fly to light tackle, which is wonderful
to see them enjoy and learn new skills.
Whether you challenge your skills on fly or live bait or light tackle, it is great fun to be out in the sun, and getting
that adreline rushing with some really great fish, and
releasing some really big fish from all the different species.
Don't forget I also offer Flyfishing Instruction, with the one to one basis, it makes the pleasure of learning the fly
fishing techniques alot of fun, and a way to challenge yourself with our saltwater gamefish.
Also, I just added a new package for flyfishing instruction and
a half day charter package for anyone interested in a morning
fishing lesson and sometime on the water. Just drop me a line,
or call me at 305-664-5891, and check it out on my website
You and your friends and family are not far from the Best Saltwater Action around!
Remember the snapper that you catch, has limits,
so make sure you take just enough for a good
lunch and dinner, and have fun with your rods
bending on the rest.
Islamorada offers some of the Best Saltwater Gamefishing for
anglers focused either for light tackle, live bait or artifical
baits, or our avid fly anglers, now is the time to be doing your
bookings and hopping on the band wagon for some a great time and
action, for the morning bite and evening bites.
So, don't forget to get into some of that great Flats and Backcountry Fishing in Everglades State Park is a great
way to spend the day fishing, lunching, and enjoying the beauty of the wildlife.
These fish always puts big smiles on the kids
and even us grown ups faces when the rod bends
on these great reef and patch fish, and what
a way to spend an evening for a great meal.
Don't forget I still offer those incredibly
great Value Fishing Packages for late
Summer and Early Fall, where you can get the
best of both Worlds for Flats and Backcountry
So, take a look on the homepage at www.boneranger.com,
and schroll to the Islamorada Fishing Charter Packages
and click on the top icon for Some Great Savings!
Don't forget your extra supplies to bring on
your trip, please Make Sure You Bring Extra Water and
Gatorade or Powerade with you to keep your
body rehydrated, and your Elecrolites going,
with this intense heat, and the heat index,
can dehydrate you quickly with the water acting
as a mirror, and sun beating down on our anglers.
So, please ensure you have Sunblock, Drinks, and
Protective Clothing, to enjoy your morning Flats,
Backcountry or Offhsore Fishing.
I am looking forward to a Great
Spring and Summer Season for all anglers.
Come and challenge your skills from
fly to light tackle, to live bait, and sightcasting.
Rest assured, you too will be hooked.
Since the Holidays are over, you can still get
some holiday shopping down early, I still offer
fishing gift certificates that is still a
great way of coming down and doing some fishing with your loved ones, friends, college graduates, co-workers, husbands, boyfriends, girlfriends, or just yourselves by getting onto giving one of those fishing packages.
I can make gift certificates, or make up a special package for you, and I also do group bookings.
You all deserve a great Get-Away for you and your loved ones.
What better of a place than here in the Florida Keys, Islamorada is the Place for all kinds of Saltwater Gamefishing.
Don't for get the Group Bookings! I can put together any great fishing package for you all, either flats fishing
and backcountry, or Flats fishing and Offshore fishing.
Just give me a call and I will put together a nice
cover letter, and get you all set up for the events your looking to do for your trip on the specific bookings your
looking to do, and I can do a gift certificate
and also a great incentive to good employees who
deserve a get away, and boost a bit of productivity
to those who deserve that special few days or for
being a someone special in your employ.
So, don't forget to call me at 305-664-5891,
and I will be happy to work with you,
and make sure you get it on time.
So, lets make sure that you get your plans
Stalking these Gray Ghosts, or Poling for those
Powerful Permit, or Preying on those Giant
Silver Kings, you have to use a bit of muscle,
but the hand and eye coordination on fly is
a fantastic challenge for any kind of angler.
Or just exciting on Live Bait for the same
species on 6lb or 8lb test, what an adrenaline
Please don't forget your flyfishing enthusiasts.
Even if your a novice or intermediate flycaster, I do
offer fly instruction, I know it can be a bit trying
on the nerves, but once you learn the technique,
and you hook up the adrenaline takes over, and your
knees start shaking, and the thrill of the line
zipping out in less than a minute. It is a true rush.
I cannot describe the feeling, until you actually
hook up. But, let me tell you, that it is one of
the most fasinating, and intriging experiences
you could ever have, whether on fly or light tackle,
it will have your heart racing, and have a lump
in your throat, and a smile on your face, when
you hook up! There is no screaming, just your
elated face and excitement watching you have the
hook up of your life.
Don't forget the Tournament fishing, what a
great way to benefit some great causes, and give a little
back to some of the less fortunate, and a Great Way
to have Fun, and make new Friends.
All of you Flyfishing Enthusiasts, this is the greatest
time of the year to come and challenge all our gamefish on
fly, the challenge can be quite rewarding, and a great way to get
ready for your Spring fishing. Gives you all great hand and eye coordination, so those who you think are bad, don't
think it your eyes that are going, its time to get some lessons. I do offer No-Pressure fly instruction, and love to teach you new techniques to build your skills for the Lake
and Stream fishing your doing.
You can book now, for it is the time, I don' mean to be
repetitive, but I want you all to get the dates you want
in advance for those Tarpon, Bonefish, Permit and Backcountry
Remember, Tarpon season starts late March and runs from April through July for the season of 2009! Book in advance, so
you can fulfill the dates you want.
So don't delay to grab your dates and put together a trip and we will
let you feel the thrill of hooking up the species of choice, whether its bonefish, tarpon, or permit, you may be the winner and lucky
enough to grab that Grand Slam!!!
Whichever you decide to experience, it all has been an exciting and
great way to spend a day with the family or with your friends, wife,
or girlfriend. All I can say is the fishing has been at its best,
and challenging anglers to all aspects of fishing.
So your fishing is not limited to anyone
species. With all year round fishing, you
just cannot miss, especially the Winter
and Spring fishing coming back up, you can challenge a
number of species.
Whether your flyfishing for bonefish,
permit, redfish, or light tackle fishing
for the same species, the effect will have
you hooked for years to come, and where
else but, Paradise, can we achieve such
tremendous catches and releases.
What a great way to enjoy the beauty of the island
chains here in the Fabulous Florida Keys! You definitely
will enjoy the experience and challenge of the Sportfishing
Capital of the World.
If you decide to book a backcountry
trip, don't forget before heading out
into the backcountry in Everglades National
Park, don't forget your cameras to
take some grand pictures of some of
the most intriguing birds, the beautiful
porpoises, turtles, and of
course the fish of the day you caught.
I am offering to Anglers for this
upcoming Late Summer Fishing
Packages to all of those who want
to get away from the kids, or bring
the kids on breaks, or to just get out
of the office, or just to experience some
of the off season. Anglers can
get a great deal and want to do
some great fishing in the off season,
great on your pocketbook, it is a
great value, check it out
on my Rates and Package Page!
I hate to keep reiterating, but I do offer
No Pressure tactics, and offer Fly Instruction,
and what an experience for either
the beginner fisherman, novice fisherman,
or advanced fisherman, to benefit
a day on the water. It is the
growing trend, to stalk these
gamefish on fly and what a wonderful
sport it is, and a great way for
some great hand and eye coordination
for you to learn how to cast to these
beautiful fish! What memories you and
your fishing companion to experience
together, or you can make
it a family event, and ladies don't
forget, we too make it as a
great pasttime for ourselves
to pick up the fly, and surprise
yourself how enjoyable and
challenging it really is.
Isn't that what it is all about, the grandure
and power of all of these great saltwater gamefish,
whether you choose bonefish, tarpon or permit, the
memories are there forever!
Ladies, don't forget, you too can enjoy
the splendors of fishing on light tackle
or fly, and it's a great way to spend the
day getting to know the waters and the
beauty that happens here in the Keys!
Well, until my next report, tight lines,
and Hope To See You on the Flats, and
Remember Catch and Release for the Future!
Tight lines, and Keep Reeling, and
Hope to See Yah on the Flats,
Capt. Ann Holahan