Islamorada Fishing Report 8-4 – Great Day On The Flats

August 4, 2022

I had a great day on the flats, wading and fishing for bonefish with small grubs on an 1/4 oz jig head.

I arrived at 8am and my plan was to fish until high tide at 12:30.

I was tight with my first bonefish by 8:15 and continued to enjoy a consistent bite right up until high tide.

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All the bonefish were in the 2-4 pound range.

Florida keys bonefish on the flats

You would not believe how difficult it is to take a photo of yourself with a bonefish while standing hip deep in the water and balancing your fishing rod with your arm and your cell phone in your hand!

There was a steady supply of tarpon coming by my location, but I was unable to get them to bite.

Also saw a nice permit, but not until I had spooked him.

I was amazed by how many sea turtles were cruising the flat in water about chest deep. Seemed to be the same travel route as the tarpon.

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The weather was perfect when I arrived, with a light southeast wind, but it picked up as the morning went on and I was dealing with some pretty good waves that were soaking me to my chest. I was into fish, so I fished with my back to the waves, which made it much easier.

The best part was that I had this flat all to myself and didn't see another fisherman all morning!

The author fishing the flats in the florida keys

For tackle, I was using a St. Croix Premier fishing rod paired with a Shimano Vanford XG 4000 Spinning reel spooled with 10 pound test P-Line fluorocarbon fishing line. This is one of my favorite bass fishing rods and it is ideal for fishing the flats as well.

Can't wait to get back to the keys for another trip and maybe add a tarpon and snook to the mix!

It was a great day on the flats!

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John VanDerLaan

John VanDerLaan is the founder and lead editor at Fisherman's Authority. John is a passionate fisherman whose travels have taken him all over the country in search of different species of gamefish. He has won bass fishing tournaments, including the 1987 Candlewood Classic. He also chases winter steelhead in upstate New York, summer stripers in New England and spends a lot of time fishing the waters of Florida Keys. John is an active member of the Outdoor Writers Association Of America.

2 thoughts on “Islamorada Fishing Report 8-4 – Great Day On The Flats”

  1. Wish I was out there with you John! You paint a pretty picture. Loving the site, and hope it goes ballistic here shortly!


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