I was scheduled to fish yesterday with my good friend Michael Hetzel and Captain Robert Monroe, but the weather seemed pretty dicey (wind, clouds) and we called off fishing from a boat. No matter; Michael and I quickly decided to give the DIY train a ride and drove up to Bahia Honda State Park with a 9 weight to try our hand at capturing a bonefish. We spent a few hours posted up on white sand, and after not seeing anything we left for Ohio Key.
So began two and a half hours of hard looking, and while we didn’t see a bonefish we did find some feeding box fish as well as a few bonnet sharks, one of which Michael hooked but to which he couldn’t stay connected. Our plan was to return to the same area and fish the better part of it for a longer time. This morning, however, the overcast rainy conditions led us instead to a late wake-up and a lazy Sunday morning; one that I wasn’t unhappy to be a part of.
We did find time to fish last night, however, and had many shots at small tarpon that behaved just as fish at slack tide typically do; like they don’t care very much.
Michael leaves tonight, and Tuesday and Wednesday I am fishing with Joe Rodriguez. Our plan has yet to fully mature, but it may include bonefish near Miami as the park (and consequently our hopes of the 6) is not looking so great. A report, obviously, will follow.