Sunday, September 21, 2014

Archery Elk New Mexico - Fishing Predictions

As I promised September archery elk season is coming to a close here in unit 46 N.E. New Mexico. All my hunters have left the lodge and are back to their families and jobs. It was a very interesting and action packed 22 days. Here is the breakdown results 3 groups of hunters 8 hunters total. 1 elk harvested, 3 elk shot and lost. Every hunter had close encounters with elk and all got to watch and hear the sounds of bull elk bugles filling the mountain sides. It is one of north america's most spectacular events and a gift from god. Good food and lots of laughs were had by all! As long as I can and am able i will return to the mountains every spring. My gun hunters start October the 1st and I have hunts booked through mid November. Will keep you posted as hunts progress. Now for my fishing report back home in the Everglades? You might ask how can he give a fishing report when he is in the mountains of New Mexico? Easy when you have been hunting and guide fishing your entire life in the same woods and waters you learn a few things that never change. October signals the start of fall, cool fronts start to push further south dropping water temps. Snook will start to move into the back country in numbers. Some of the largest Red fish of the season will move in from the gulf and should be targeted on the outside barrier island rock points. These bull reds are breeders coming in to spawn and should be handled with care and released. Offshore look for diving birds to locate schools of Spanish Mac's spoons and buck tail jigs worked fast will produce. October can sometimes produce some of the largest Cobia of the season around offshore wrecks as long as the cold fronts are mild, and you get there first. I will be back in action in Florida third week in November hunting fish! Capt Wayne Fishhunt Charters

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Captain Insane Wayne on the mountain

Getting ready for my other passion guiding elk hunters in north east New Mexico. For three months out of the year, I leave my beloved Everglades of Florida in pursuit of putting my clients in a position to harvest an elk. This year looks to have all the signs of a great season. Good rainfall has the mountain covered in lush green grass. Green grass + water = great hunting. September 1st is opening day of archery season. I have been at our lodge for about a week getting everything ready for the hunters. Every day I have seen Big Bull Elk. So keep checking in, for a hunting report update. If you would like to see some previous happy hunters and their trophy's. Check out my website and click on the elk logo at bottom of home page. Check out the photo galley. Not to leave you without a fishing report captain Ned Small out of Everglades city tore up the red fish today! Hope he leaves some for me!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Captain Wayne's Everglades Fishing Report ( early August )

Monsoon season is upon us, almost every day dodging thunder storms is just a part of every trip. Lots of fresh water is flowing out of the interior mainland into backcountry creeks and bays. Tannic Acid produced by mangrove trees has pushed lots of fish mostly sea trout and red drum into the bites and coastal bays. Incoming tides bring more saline waters into these areas, where the above mentioned fish thrive. Snook and juvenile tarpon can tolerate this fresh water flush, good numbers are still being caught in the back country. Fishing early in the morning and evenings has been great! Not only do you escape the heat of the afternoon, you will dodge most of the rain storms. We have been strictly using live bait this month, ( pilchards ) This season they have been running on the small size, so use a cast net with 3/8 or smaller mesh. I haven't been offshore this month but some of the guides tell me the red grouper fishing has been excellent on the rock bottom from 30 foot and deeper. September, October and November I will be in New Mexico running my elk hunting operation. I will stay in contact with some of my fellow guides in Everglades City and keep you posted on what's biting, where and what there biting on!! Captain Wayne Krystopa of Fishhunt Charters

Friday, July 18, 2014

Old dog new trick!

Haven't gotten out on the water last couple of days, been busy building a website for my business. It should be up and running within a week. Make sure you check it out! I would like to thank Captain Ned Small of and the team at Go Daddy for their patients working with me on my project. To check it out go to

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Captain Wayne's Everglades Fishing Report ( Posative Attatude! )

Well I am back. As I promised on my last report, I would up date on Cobia and Permit charter Saturday. Was really looking forward to this trip, windows of opportunity to fish the wrecks and open water structures have been limited, due to the weather. So when a fellow Captain Ned Small sent a client my way that seemed to fit in perfect, the trip was on. My new first time client was from Texas and was hoping to fish for something other than the Redfish and Sea Trout that he fishes for in his home waters. We left the dock in the early morning twilight with high expectations! The NOAA weather radio was giving a forecast of southeast winds 5 to 10 mph seas less than 2 ft. Perfect I had a plan, run 14 miles south of Chokoloskee through the Ten Thousand Island than jump offshore 9 miles to a old wreck that sometimes holds permit. The sunrise ride through mangrove islands was god gorgeous. But when we turned the corner and started our leg of the trip heading out into the gulf. It was apparent the weatherman was wrong! We were greeted by northeast winds blowing around 15mph marginal conditions for my 18 ft skiff, but we were determined and made it to the wreck. No permit, a decision, do we fight the conditions and go to the another wreck or change plans. We both new the conditions were getting worse, I suggested we could head back inshore and keep fishing or just call it a day, my new client asked what we might catch. I went down the list of types of fish we might encounter, including redfish, snook, jacks, sharks, ladyfish etc. Let go! anything but redfish was his reply. So off we went 9 miles later back inshore on our fist stop a large oyster bar on a good point we set up. I know big snook lay up on this bar waiting for baitfish ( Been here Before ) and its alive with life! I instruct my client to cast his bait on the front of the bar where most of the bait has gathered, instantly he's hooked up. Turns out to be a nice upper slot limit fish, not a Snook but a nice Redfish. At that point where conditions are looking good to salvage a bad start and have a fun day catching fish, my new client turns and tells me that I am wasting his money and time catching Redfish, and wants to call it a day. And that's my report, 46 mile trip, 2 stops, 1 Redfish, no new client, Can't please everybody! Hope I never get tired of catching all fish including REDFISH Captain Wayne of Fishhunt charters 1 239 657 2445 Fishing the Everglades

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

July Everglades Fishing Report

Hot weather and warm water temperature = early morning and evening bites. My clients are catching good numbers of Red fish pitching brown 1/4 ounce buck tail jigs around oyster bars and any mangrove shorelines with good current movement. Most fish are in the lower to middle of the slot size. For larger Red's and big Snook cut Ladyfish chunks are hot baits fished on the outside points of barrier islands. Remember fish the points with current! There are also plenty of sharks this time of year, mostly Black Tips. Saturday if the weather is good, going to head offshore and look for Cobia and Permit. Wish me luck! Will let you know how we did. Captain Wayne of Fishhunt Charters