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Old 05-16-2013, 01:42 PM
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yeah i have a stiffer 6wt. i use all the time that throws big #2 clousers. think i would take it. ive watched several videos and it looks like you can spot them and get in their territory with a fly until it pisses them off to attack!
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Old 05-16-2013, 01:56 PM
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yeah i have a stiffer 6wt. i use all the time that throws big #2 clousers. think i would take it. ive watched several videos and it looks like you can spot them and get in their territory with a fly until it pisses them off to attack!
That's pretty much exactly what happens . Sometimes you can throw 8 times at the same fish and the ninth cast they explode on it! And after youcatch the male you cast to the female and she will hit. Come back a day later and their both back on the same bed. Wonderfully aggressive fish!
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If you get a warm sunny day you will be able to catch barracudas too. That was always my main target in the canals. They wait right by the shore, head slightly tilted up. They move so fast that you will feel the strike before you realize that they moved. If they strike on top water flies it sounds like a mini explosion. Wonderful fish to catch, just be prepared to lose flies.

I actually found a good unconventional way of fishing for them based on their aggression. Many times, they simply wouldn't be interested in my fly as it cruised past them. I slowly learned that they can sometimes respond very aggressively to noise. When they seemed lazy, I would rapidly tap the rod with my fingernail or bang it with my index finger knuckle while I stripped. This almost always elicited more strikes. I was even able to get strikes while using this noise method and leaving my fly lifeless in front of them. It's strange, I know, but if you are targeting cudas and not having much luck, give it a shot.
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Wow!nice fishthanks for sharing
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Old 05-16-2013, 03:21 PM
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If you get a warm sunny day you will be able to catch barracudas too. That was always my main target in the canals. They wait right by the shore, head slightly tilted up. They move so fast that you will feel the strike before you realize that they moved. If they strike on top water flies it sounds like a mini explosion. Wonderful fish to catch, just be prepared to lose flies.

I actually found a good unconventional way of fishing for them based on their aggression. Many times, they simply wouldn't be interested in my fly as it cruised past them. I slowly learned that they can sometimes respond very aggressively to noise. When they seemed lazy, I would rapidly tap the rod with my fingernail or bang it with my index finger knuckle while I stripped. This almost always elicited more strikes. I was even able to get strikes while using this noise method and leaving my fly lifeless in front of them. It's strange, I know, but if you are targeting cudas and not having much luck, give it a shot.
The canals are an awesome fishery! I've not caught cudas but have caught Tarpon, Jacks and Mangrove snappers . They seem to tolerate the fresh water well. On our last trip my son was casting to a Peacock and half way through the retrieve he hooked up with a huge ****! It took off so quick it popped his leader before he could get his line back on the reel but we did get to see 2 spectacular jumps with a fenced in yard in the background!
Where else can you catch saltwater gamefish freshwater gamefish and some exotics I didn't even mention like Clown Knifefish, Pacus,Monster Grassies,Oscars , Snakeheads and the list goes on . Oh and let's not forget Snook which seem to like the same holes as the Largemouths and Peacocks!
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amazing!! so is this brackish water??
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Couple of others

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Here's a monster Mayan I grabbed on a crab fly in the canals. They don't get any bigger than this.

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amazing!! so is this brackish water??
No its freshwater. There is a water system that keeps the salt out at diffrent points in the canal system.
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No its freshwater. There is a water system that keeps the salt out at diffrent points in the canal system.
I was under the impression that some points are brackish water, which is why so many saltwater species are present and can survive. Maybe I'm wrong.
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