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Everglades MM35 & MM41
« on: January 13, 2018, 07:01:53 PM »

Conditions:
Partly Sunny & Cloudy
Temps: Mid 60's - Lower 70's
Water temps: 67-71degrees.
Winds: NW 5-10 mph
Water clarity: clear
Water Levels: Normal for this time of year, and falling.
Current: light
Fishing time: 830am-430pm
(Side note to self) Lake Okeechobee 15.42ft



My BIL and I decided to fish MM35 today. We started Miami Canal South, and it was dead. 0 signs of life. No birds and no fish activity. After 45 min, I decided to run all the way North on Miami Canal to the dam. On the run up there, there were tons of birds and tons and tons of gators.



When we arrived the water came alive with activity. GAR activity. The gar were going nuts. They were there by the thousands!!
I tried to capture all the commotion in this picture.



We also noticed a lot of Oscars and exotics succumbed to the cold water. There were many of them dead floating down the canal.



It took us a while, but we started to find bass.  I figured out that they were willing to go after Uvibes. We caught a few throwing plastics, but the fish were small and I was after nicer fish. By 12pm the activity was too slow for my taste and I decided to run to MM 41. It took us about 40 min but we made it. :)

Fortunately the decision paid off. We fished the South side of MM 41 in area where the depth is 6-8 ft. Here I began to manage coaxing the fish to go after my frog ;)



It took me a little bit, but I found out how they wanted the frog presented. I had too cast into shallow areas under and around thick vegetation in sheltered pockets. Their strike zones were very small, roughly the area about a 2 foot radius.

We had to cover a lot of water, but we kept at it, and were finding  fish.




All in all we had good time. The bass weren't going crazy by any means today but we found a few willing to play.

A couple of things to note: Water levels are coming down fast, and the bass are spawning. This Spring the fishing ought to be spectacular!!

We finished the day with 22 fish.


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Re: Everglades MM35 & MM41
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2018, 08:11:55 PM »

Thanks Lou, great report  ~c~  You covered a lot of water today.  I haven't run that far for many years.  I'm sure this next cold front is going to thin out the exotics even more.  The gators will bee feasting for weeks.  Was anyone else out there fishing?
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Re: Everglades MM35 & MM41
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2018, 08:13:27 PM »

Thanks Lou, great report  ~c~  You covered a lot of water today.  I haven't run that far for many years.  I'm sure this next cold front is going to thin out the exotics even more.  The gators will bee feasting for weeks.  Was anyone else out there fishing?
Thanks George. I only counted 3 boats today. The rest were airboats. I did cover a lot of water. At least 15 miles.
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Re: Everglades MM35 & MM41
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2018, 08:32:56 PM »

Great report. Love the pictures.
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Re: Everglades MM35 & MM41
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2018, 10:19:26 PM »

Nice report, glad you guys found a good spot


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Re: Everglades MM35 & MM41
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2018, 06:56:26 AM »

  MM41 my favorite area.  Miss going there with my friend Chuck who moved away. We used to fish way west to the buoys in the middle of the canal.  Lots of bigguns in there.  Sad for the exotics but glad Mother Nature is weeding them out. Glad you found a pattern and caught some nice fish.
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Re: Everglades MM35 & MM41
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2018, 07:19:50 AM »

Thanks for the report Lou! Glad you guys found some fish even though it was slow and tough. But you got them on the frog!
I've been on MM35 when the gar take over and it is crazy how many of them are in there. I remember one of the few times I boat worked and I was out there it was damn near impossible to get a bass to strike the frog because there was a frenzy of gar on it every cast.
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Re: Everglades MM35 & MM41
« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2018, 07:26:06 AM »

Thanks for the report Lou! Glad you guys found some fish even though it was slow and tough. But you got them on the frog!
I've been on MM35 when the gar take over and it is crazy how many of them are in there. I remember one of the few times I boat worked and I was out there it was damn near impossible to get a bass to strike the frog because there was a frenzy of gar on it every cast.

Yeah, there areas where the gar can be thick. Maybe that's why the concentration of gators was so high as well. The cool part about MM 35 is that the water is just high enough for my boat to go through the weirs and fish West.
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Re: Everglades MM35 & MM41
« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2018, 07:28:33 AM »

Yeah itís good to have that option. The gar and gators might have been chowing down on those dead Oscar. Who knows.


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Re: Everglades MM35 & MM41
« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2018, 07:34:34 AM »

Yeah itís good to have that option. The gar and gators might have been chowing down on those dead Oscar. Who knows.


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The life cycle was is full swing yesterday. None of those gators look like they were starving. The bad part about this is that the gator concentration is only going to get worse as the water levels continue dropping. I'm telling you, this Spring is going to be crazy. I better start stocking up on more frogs now.  lo lo
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Re: Everglades MM35 & MM41
« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2018, 07:36:42 AM »

Yeah assuming we donít get rained on out of the ordinary again. Iím going to have to start stocking up on my booyahs too lol


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Re: Everglades MM35 & MM41
« Reply #11 on: January 14, 2018, 07:44:16 AM »

Yeah assuming we donít get rained on out of the ordinary again. Iím going to have to start stocking up on my booyahs too lol


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I highly doubt that. From what I heard , this year is going to be a dry spring. You better get your boating affairs in order, cuz when the water gets too low in the glades the big boats don't dare to launch.  :)

I'm also beginning to track as you can see in my reports, Lake O water levels in direct proportion with the fishing activity in the glades. So far as Lake O levels continue to drop, the catch rate in the glades continue to improve.
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Re: Everglades MM35 & MM41
« Reply #12 on: January 14, 2018, 09:16:17 AM »

Thanks for the great report Lou and some nice Frog fish. Looks like you and your BIL had a nice day. ~c~ ~c~
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Re: Everglades MM35 & MM41
« Reply #13 on: January 14, 2018, 09:17:26 AM »

Thanks for the great report Lou and some nice Frog fish. Looks like you and your BIL had a nice day. ~c~ ~c~
Thanks Lip.
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Re: Everglades MM35 & MM41
« Reply #14 on: Yesterday at 01:22:34 PM »

Good to know the Glades still has some life left. Good job!  ~c~
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« Reply #15 on: Yesterday at 01:28:58 PM »

Bout time you caught something!  ~roflmao
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Re: Everglades MM35 & MM41
« Reply #16 on: Yesterday at 01:38:47 PM »

Bout time you caught something!  ~roflmao
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Good to know the Glades still has some life left. Good job!  ~c~

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