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Posted: Feb. 29 2004,16:23

Has anyone found reds around the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area.

A few months back I caught a chicken red off the canal on 30th in Dania but other than that, I've never seen any 'round these parts.

Are they here?
Where are they?
If not, why not?


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Posted: Feb. 29 2004,16:54

Tanner, I used to spend alot of time years ago going up to Mosquito Lagoon and Sebastian Inlet Fishing for Reds. I was spoiled back then. That area is Redfish Mecca. Never had an idea there was Reds in the area.
I am certain they are around the Oleta River area. I have fished back in that area a number of times...but not much luck. I will continue my quest till one is hooked!
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Posted: Feb. 29 2004,17:16

I;ve heard stories to the effect that back in the 30's and 40's Redfish were prominant in Biscayne bay.I've also talked with oldtimers and they repudiate the stories saying they've never seen any great numbers of them east of Card sound in So. Biscayne bay.Florida International University was stocking them in the bay several years back but they stopped because of poor results.Theres a school down around Blackpoint,theres supposedly some dinks in the Oleta river ,and a friend of mine caught one in the same canal system as you about 6 or7 years ago.Habitat/salinity/pollution or some mixture there of is probably why we dont see more of them.

Just my .02 cents

Dave

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Posted: Mar. 01 2004,11:36

I think I may have posted this on the old forum some time ago, but a long time ago--and it must be ten years or more--I caught a 4 1/2 lb. redfish off Dania Bch. Blvd.  I confirmed the weight and species at Lou's Bait & Tackle on Griffin Road as I was as surprised as the next fisherman.

I had never heard of anyone catching a redfish in Ft. Laud. at that time but Lou's told me it happens now and again, though rare.

Tanner's catch of the small red in the Dania Cut-off Canal is the only other catch I personally am aware of but I have heard rumors from local old-timers that it's not that uncommon.  I think it IS rare, but if I were to guess where one might find one it would be West Lake in Hollywood.  

If anyone is familiar with Dania Bch Blvd.  they may know the abandonned building on the North side of the road just before you reach the bridge over the ICW heading East.  Once that was a gas station and then a gift/produce shop afterr the gas station was closed.  A friend of mine --an old local--used to hang out there with the owners and they had a key to the gate to the FPL access road going North of Dania Bch. Blvd. right next to the store.  

Back in the mangroves behind the store was a large troop of escaped and "naturalized" monkeys from and old amusement park that used to be back there.  The monkeys used to come to the store to get the free hand-outs of produce.  Nobody knew this except the people at the store and my friend as they were very protective of the monkeys.

I asked if I could go back up the road to try to photograh them and fish a bit.  They let me but I never got pictures.  I used to collect unsellable produce from supermarkets to bait them but they never showed when I had the camera.

Once, while fishing there very early in the morning I turned around and saw at least twenty or thirty monkeys quietly watching me fish.  As soon as I showed an interest in them they drifted back into the mangroves and disappeared.  Amazing.  To the best of my knowledge they must still be back there but access is now denied.

Did I get off the subject a bit?  It was at a culvert under the access road at a falling high tide that I drifted a shimp out with the current and caught the redfish.

Another amazing story of South Florida and I'm thankful I got to be there.

Don

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Posted: Mar. 01 2004,14:51

South Florida really is amazing.The awesome fishing aside, I personally dont know of anywhere else that has the flavors ,textures and personality here.Plus theres all kinds of great stories.

Just my .02 cents

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Posted: April 28 2004,17:07

True words. I've caught maybe a half a dozen juvie/barely legal reds back behind Jimbo's shrimp shack (another Jimbo. Not The Godfisher! But, yes, he's a character too.) over the years. The best I've seen are the bulls and cows that I used to care for when I did a stint at the RSMAS Snook Hatchery. If anyone knows about reds in Miami that are accessible by kayak, and are so moved to divulge locales or co-ords, I'd be happy to hear (read). BTW, I was also drifting/soaking a live shrimp with a small weight (maybe 1/4 oz max.) on most of the hits.
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Posted: June 20 2004,13:52

I've heard of a flat near black point thats loaded with Reds, don't know where it is though. Heard they are very spooky.
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Posted: Dec. 24 2004,06:02

one day i saw 3 reds and 3 cudas stacked up in the curant catching glass minnows in the hot water canal coming from the FP&l plant across from John Loyde boat ramp.I threw every lure I had at them and they didn't move until the sheriff came by to see why I was hanging around the Tanker ships.If you want to catch a tarpon that is the spot,just hang around the mouth with a mullet head on 6 ft. of 80# flouro.Hang on:angry:
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Posted: Dec. 25 2004,17:40

I had one on for about 40 minutes, two weeks ago. Hooked it on DOA shrimp fishing the lights along ICW in Hollywood. I think if I had been using my Shimano Baitrunner instead of my 4600 Abu baitcaster with 15 pound line, that fish would have had his picture taken on my yak.

Six jumps and half mile down current he runs under dock and I have to release drag to keep from cutting off.  He is dead beat, just sitting in one place facing in to current. I spend 5 minutes trying to figure out how to get me and yak on other side of dock without cutting and retying.  Fish is another hundred yards downstream just catching his breath.

Decide to lock drag and try to horse him back, then hook pulls out.

That was my first experience with tarpon from yak. I know it would have gone 65 to 70 lbs.

Will have the right equipment for the job next time.
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Posted: Dec. 25 2004,19:42

I have seen many Reds tailing in the back canals of the Biscane River. especially this time of year , but so far no hook ups

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