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Alligator alley MM39, 2/1/15, Super Bowl Sunday, Temps 60-70, wind 10-25 ESE, clear sky, water clear, W/T 68*, no signs of bedding fish.

Went out today at 7:00 with Dave (Canesfan), and fished the north side of the Alley until mother nature encouraged us to leave. We ran to the dead end and started fishing with an assortment of plastics. On the first cast I hooked a healthy 3.5 bass. Then the action was constant and conditions were near perfect. We caught most on stick-o's and flukes. Before the wind came up I was throwing weightless and getting a walking action through the pads. Around 10:00 the wind got ridicules. It was a steady 25, and I had to add weight. Big problem at that point was you could not feel the bite and it was hard to keep the bow out of the line.

At this point it was apparent, it was time to get the chicken wings and tacos ready for the big show. We finished the day with 45 bass caught. Both Dave and I lost big fish way back it the pads wrapped in the pads. It was a fun morning, and we are so lucky to live where we can fish all year around. Can't wait to go again.

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Thanks for the report!!!! Ya, the wind has been ridiculous lately. Definitely been hindering my fishing to.  I was out on the alley to, last week. Not sure what mm it was but its the ramps that has the turn around/rest stops to.  The one was short and really fat full with eggs. We headed along the alley then  went north northwest towards the pump house. the water had some current so i decided to start there instead of going down to the pump house. Out of about 50 fish one was 2 3/4's my buddy caught.  All the others were dinks. He's a newb but got the hang of it pretty quick dragging a worm real slow . Most were caught that way with 3/16 bullet weight in 8-10 ft of water. Although I did catch about half  of mine punching a 1oz ugly otter. Although I didn't see any distinctive circle style beds but I did see sandy areas that were fanned out and now rocky. No females on them but the males were swimming around them. I hit up the finger canals west of 27 on saturday. Saw beds everywhere  but only one had a female swimming around it. I had no luck in the canals so I hit up the alley. Caught a few on a 4 in. junebug  stickworm (BP brand). Lost a few to in the pads as well. Tightlines...

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Thanks for the report too. On the Alley the big rest area with ramps is MM35. The canal you were fishing north from there is the Miami River. It goes north through the Holey Land, all the way to Okeechobee. There are several flood control gates along the route.

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Any insight into why there are so many dinks? Are they all males getting ready to spawn?

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Any insight into why there are so many dinks? Are they all males getting ready to spawn?

 

This is the normal cycle of the glades. As far as I can remember this always occurs.  In the Winter the fishing slows down. Fronts, water levels, etc effect the fishing. The fish normally run small this time of year. Spring, the water levels recede and it becomes a fishing bonanza for several months. In the Summer, fishing can be pretty good until the rains begin and the water rises filling the marshes once again. The big fish return into the glades. In the fall, fishing can be ok, water can still be high and the fish quality is similar to the winter. The curve ball during the summer/fall is if we get hurricane or tropical storm. If its a storm that dumps a ridiculous amount of water, fishing can be ruined for months due to the high water. Marsh fisherman who know what they are doing do well because the water is so high that make the marshes  easily accessible. We are now in the Winter cycle with Spring around the corner, so the beginning of the bonanza should happening by early March. 

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Those big old girls are back in the sawgrass and way back in all the junk. They are feasting on everything that lives out there. When the water starts to drop they will seek out deeper water and many will move back into the canals or die. The canal fishing will get crazy for a few months until the summer rains.

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Thanks for the report too. On the Alley the big rest area with ramps is MM35. The canal you were fishing north from there is the Miami River. It goes north through the Holey Land, all the way to Okeechobee. There are several flood control gates along the route.

Nah, not the Miami river. I went west for a while before crossing over to the north side of the alley. The canal I fished ends at the pump station by that Miccosukee service plaza/gas station. It goes north/northwest from the alley, then goes due west all the way to the pump station.

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From MM35 you had to run 8 miles west to get to that gas station..  That a hell of a run, and you had to go around a weir to do that.  Did you go past the warning signs to stay out of  the Indian Property?

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Yup, thats the area. I fished that dead end canal with that sign 1st but moved to the other canal since I wasn't getting any bites. I've never pasted that sign either. Don't want to get scalped..lol 

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Yup, thats the area. I fished that dead end canal with that sign 1st but moved to the other canal since I wasn't getting any bites. I've never pasted that sign either. Don't want to get scalped..lol

You were fishing the mm41 offshoot as we call it. That dead end canal can be incredible for action. Many days with well over 200 bass in there. Never really caught size in there. How about all the gators back there? I had a issue with a gator back there. Started carrying a pistol ever since.

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You were fishing the mm41 offshoot as we call it. That dead end canal can be incredible for action. Many days with well over 200 bass in there. Never really caught size in there. How about all the gators back there? I had a issue with a gator back there. Started carrying a pistol ever since.

How ironic, I had a issue with a gator there to that day. I had them come from a far when throwing topwater or have one tail ya for a a while. This one  came straight towards the front of the boat from a distance. Once it was about 10 ft away ( wasn't stopping)  I had to smack the water with my flipping rig. That got him to stop but then he opens his mouth a few inches tail out of the water and just sits there. I was amazed as usually they want nothing to do with anglers/boat. I wonder if this one was fed by someone in the past. I do know there territorial especially during matting season but I never had one act like that..

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How ironic, I had a issue with a gator there to that day. I had them come from a far when throwing topwater or have one tail ya for a a while. This one  came straight towards the front of the boat from a distance. Once it was about 10 ft away ( wasn't stopping)  I had to smack the water with my flipping rig. That got him to stop but then he opens his mouth a few inches tail out of the water and just sits there. I was amazed as usually they want nothing to do with anglers/boat. I wonder if this one was fed by someone in the past. I do know there territorial especially during matting season but I never had one act like that..

 

Every once in a while there are gators out there that act out of character. I just pick up and move. They are so stealthy, they sneak up on you if your not paying attention, and that really makes me uneasy. 

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This year was an aggressive year for gators on the Alley. We had a ten footer come aggressively at the boat from a distance (at least 40 yards)and did not stop. When he got within 5 feet of the back of the boat, I hit the trolling motor on high. He accelerated along side the boat, and then hit the boat with its tail. Very unnerving! I have been fishing a long time on the alley, and never had a gator that aggressive. It was obvious he was ticked we were in his territory.

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That's crazy, I've had a few check me out and try to grab a buzz bait sometimes but never has one come that close to my boat. I Think the one with the tail in the air and mouth open was definitely trying to warn you. If you weren't careful he might have tried jumping in your boat. Carrying a pistol is a good idea for sure.

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