Fly patterns for tilapia

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  1. Rattus

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    I'm traveling to Florida for a few weeks and the local lakes/ponds have lots of tilapia. I'm bringing a fly rod and was wondering if anybody has had success fly fishing for this species and what patterns they used?

    I've read people have success throwing flies into their "nests" during their spawn but I think we're passed their breeding season.
     
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    In my experience, they are very difficult to fool, much like mullet and grass carp. Seems like they like worm and small buggy flies, from what I've seen online.
     
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    I've caught 2 on beadheads but they were both on beds
     
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    Sacrilege I know but a fly rod with sinking line would work great for tossing a weightless live redworm. And yes, they would eat it.
     
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    Haha, that probably would work! Maybe put a strip of cut bait or piece of shrimp on a clouser? JK, I’m not quite desperate enough to try Dark Side techniques (yet).
     
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