Fly fishing Biscayne Bay Florida
Photo from Marcos Mazzola

Podcast Ep. 107 – Wade Fishing the Saltwater Flats of South Florida with Marcos Mazzola

In this episode we Wadeoutthere with Marcos Mazzola from South Florida.  

Podcast episode appears at the end of this short article.

Marcos began his fly fishing journey wading and fishing from a skiff in the saltwater flats with his close friend from school who also became his fly fishing mentor.  As he progressed as a fly fisher, his photography passion began to become more and more intertwined with his love of the outdoors. 

We discuss:

  • Wade fishing the saltwater flats of South FloridaFighting the same fish twice
  • Saltwater fly fishing in Biscayne Bay
  • Line management on a skiff
  • Casting with fiberglass rods for saltwater species
  • Bringing down your emotional “levels” through fly fishing
  • The importance of perspective

Key Takeaways

  • You don’t need a boat to fish if visiting South Florida and want to get out on the water
  • Clearing the line is very important when fighting a fish that takes you to the reel
  • Rubber mats with spikes help keep your line managed on the skiff
  • Buckets on the skiff help manage your line when its windy on the skiff
  • Fishing fiberglass rods force you to slow your cast down which can help with your casting stroke
  • Biscayne Bay you is a great fishery for wade fishing
  • Species in Biscayne Bay are bonefish and tarpon… (and permit if you can find them)
  • Let your fly sink to the bottom when bonefishing
  • Use slow long strips as a technique for bonefish
  • Fishing close to the grass on the sand
  • An 8 weight is a good rod size for bonefish
  • A 12 weight is a good rod size on a boat for tarpon
  • A larger reel helps with more drag and fighting fish
  • Spawning shrimp is a great pattern for bonefishing

Learn More

You can find out more about Marcos or view his photography at his website:

Or on Instagram at:

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I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I enjoyed talking with Marcos. Wadeoutthere friends.


Jason Shemchuk

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