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Posted: Jan. 23 2006,06:09

Over the years I've heard/read some neat things about fishing in West Lake(E.N.P.).And I've fished it with only marginal(read lousy results)
Recently I've been hearing some pretty good reports coming out of there and I thought I would give the place another try.
So last Thurs. armed with my favorite flies I headed down there to slay'em.I was rewarded with nothing,nada el zilcho.For such a fishy looking place I really expected to have a least a decent day but it just don,t happen for me there.
I'll admit that I'm hopelessly addicted to fly fishing,but I consider myself able to hold my own in most situations.But not here.I don't want to give up on the place (it looks so d$%n good).
So all you guys out there who fish there and have had some success how about a pointer or to re;tides time flies weather anything that might point me in the right direction.I'm not looking for anybobys super secret spot just a nudge in the right direction.

Thanks in advance

Dave
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Posted: Jan. 23 2006,06:32

Let's start out with - where do you launch, what spots did you try and what was the tide/current/time of day/techniques/lures, etc.  did you use?

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Posted: Jan. 23 2006,06:41

Launched at the ramp(the only put in I know)low tide,first light. fished 1.5 miles of north shore. wind NNE 15-18 mph.
Jim, were talking west lake in Everglades National Park right?

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Posted: Jan. 23 2006,07:57

Oops!!!

I thought you were talkin bout West Lake in Hollywood, which has a reputation for lookin fishy but not really producing.  Still Chef Mike and I discovered a few neat spots.

I know not much bout the Glades WLake.  But with some notable exceptions I've had little luck at low tide, prefer a rising tide beginnin at max flow (mid tide) and fish through high tide.  The bait and predators will be moving to and under the mangroves particularly in cold weather.

Of particular importance in the winter is focusing on sunny, wind-protected areas (lee side of keys, etc) that are near but free of current.  Some predators wait under the mangroves on say a point, wait for the bait to flow by in the current.

You're into fly, I use spinning gear - learn to skip cast jigs or topwaters (literally) under the mangroves.  Wait, wait, and work em very slowly.

Was recently over at Sanibel's J. Ding Darling park in VERY cold weather.  Local guide advised me to work the culverts (very high flow) using a chartreause jig and curly tail.  Got a nice slot snook, very feisty, nice fight who was waiting in the rocks just outside the flow and ambushed my jig.  Nice...

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Posted: Jan. 23 2006,15:11

Ask  LunaSea your question about West Lake over on the KFS Forum. They have been kicking butt over there. He just recently caught a nice snook over there. He really know ENP. :cool:

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Posted: Jan. 23 2006,19:13

Yes, Lunasea has been fishing there quite a bit from the reports on KFS. He is a plug fisherman and uses a plug that is pink and green with success. I don't know much about fly fishing but the times I have fished Flamingo area backcountry have had good results with pink colored lures. Used the old Milley's flats jig in pink or Exude in funky chicken color. The other best is of course white/red combination bucktails.
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