Plenty Of Fish February
Being that we had the warmest January on record since 1880. We've had plenty of fish to catch so far this February. Fish really like these moderate temperatures. Not too cold and not too hot. We've also been starting to see a few Tarpon start showing up which means Tarpon and Shark season will be here sooner than normal. Typically Tarpon season runs late April through July.
Snook, Trout and Redfish are still catch and release until May 2020 because of the red tide from summer of 2018 but the good news is the fish population has really bounced back. Especially the Trout.
If you're interested in more than catch and release and you'd like to put some food on the table, we've been catching a lot of sheepshead, snapper and mackeral.
The bottom line is the fishing's been good and if you'd like to get out on the water to soak up the suns rays and breath in the salty air, now's the time to do it. Spring breaks right around the corner and the calendars filling up quick.
Fort Myers Tarpon Fishing
Tarpon season has gotten off to a slow start this year. Typically they're moving up the coast in pods late March, early April but they've only recently started to show up in large enough numbers to target. This past week was really windy but they didn't seem to mind and we got the fish to eat. Below are two charters that got on the poon. #fortmyersfishingcharters #fortmyerstarponfishing
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Take a look at these beauties. It's just a few of the fish we've caught this week while on our charters. Pretty nice catch for some back bay, shallow water fishing. These Black drum were among some nice size Cobia and Snook that we've been catching. If this weather holds up, it looks like March is going to be a great month to be on the water. #fortmyersfishingcharters#fortmyersfishingguides
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Cobia Fishing in Fort Myers
It's paradise and I'm just lucky to be living in it. Our snow is sand. It's messy but i'll take it any day over the cold, snowy weather that our northern friends have to face. We didn't get sandy this week but I did come home smelling fishy from all the Cobia we caught on our charters. I even got pulled over for a random safety check by an fwc officer during a trip which btw, is extremely annoying; Clients still kept fishing and caught the Cobia pictured bottom left. Not an ideal situation but we made the best of it and they went home with dinner.
March availability is getting slim. Book your charter soon so your not "fishing" for a last minute trip!
Fort Myers Redfish Charters
Today was a beautiful day spent catching fish. A lot of fish. Redfish to be specific. This is such a welcomed site considering the fish kill from the red tide that plagued our coast this past summer. The past few days of fishing have been good to us. Proof that our fishery is headed in the right direction.
Book your Spring break fishing charters soon. Spots are filling up quick.
*Snook and Redfish are catch and release through May 2019.
Fort Myers fishing
The past week of fishing in Fort Myers has been all about the sheepshead bite. We've had a great week of weather and flat water which has allowed for us to get to some nearby wrecks. Although the bites been good in general, the Sheepsheads have been the most productive. I's safe to say there's been a lot of fish put on the dinner table. Within the next few weeks some of the best fishing of the year will begin, just in time for our spring break visitors. Book your charter soon. Spots are filling up quick.
Fort Myers Grouper Fishing
Inshore fishing in October in the Fort Myers and Sanibel Island area can most often be very productive. Nice sized bait fish have been plentiful before the sunrise but start to become more scarce once the sun comes out.
This past week I've been catching smaller snook, slot sized reds and snapper. I've been focusing most of my attention on inshore grouper. During the day the Snook bite has been a little slow, so I've been taking my clients to a grouper that always seems to produce fish. The technique for fishing this way is a little more advanced, but even if my client misses it, at least he got to feel the rod bend and the line scream. I use lady fish for bait with 80 lb. braided line and 100 lb. leader with 6/0 circle hooks.
We had a blast. It took about three break offs but we finally landed one. We then gently released the grouper right after a quick picture.
Goliath grouper, formally called Jewfish, are protected from harvest in Florida waters. It is illegal to boat, gaff or harm a Goliath Grouper. All care during handling and releasing must be diligently done as quickly as possible.
Fort Myers Shark Fishing
One of the most extreme forms of fishing in the inshore waters of Fort Myers and Sanibel Island is shark fishing. This type of fishing can be challenging and unpredictable which is why it's become a popular charter for those thrill seekers out there.
Prime time for shark fishing is June through September when the water is the warmest. Once the Sun starts to fade into the horizon, through the morning hours is the best time of day to catch this predator.
We will throw out a chum bag and then rig our poles with any fresh, bloody bait. Sharks prefer fresh over anything that's been frozen.
The best shark bait is a stingray if you have the patience to snag a few. Just debarb them when you snag them before you drop them into the live well. Rig it and cut into the side of one of the fins and then cast it out. You'll catch the large boys with this technique. If you prefer the easier method of using cut bait, we tend to use ladyfish, mullet or jacks with the hooks rigged through the gills.
Tackle of Choice :
-Canyon Reels and St Croix Rods, size 6'-7'ft.
-Spool these reels with 60 to 80 lbs test braid or 40 to 80 lb mono.
-First, always use cable, not single strand wire. Sharks will kink and pop single strand in a matter of seconds. If you can find coated cable it's even better because it dampens the electrical signal your wire will give off that the shark could pick up.
-Get a fighting belt, even if it is not very expensive.
-10 o/-18 o/ size hooks.
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Inshore Fishing Report
Now that we are out of our peak tourist season, I have the opportunity to sit down and let you know a little bit about how the fishing's been.
This has seemed to be one of the worst springs we've had for lack of rain, abundance of wind and forest fires. The windy conditions and drought have contributed to a slower bite. I believe that is past us now. The forecast for the next couple of weeks shows great weather and calmer wind speeds. We've also been blessed with that much needed rain we've been needing for months. With that being said, I've still had some great trips and caught quality fish while enjoying the company of great clients.
These fish were all caught using live white bait or live shrimp. I've been fishing with both to make sure I have what the fish are eating because every day's been different.
Fishing for Tripletail
Fishing the past couple weeks in Fort Myers and Sanibel has been hit or miss. The wind and temperatures have played a large role in the bite. Depending on mother nature's cooperation, I've been trying to fish off of the beaches for Tripletail, Kingfish or Redfish. For this report I'll focus on Tripletail because that's where I've had my most success. The tripletail inhabits inshore, nearshore and offshore waters and often is found near floating weed lines, crab traps, channel markers and other structure. I sightfish while running a line of crab traps looking for floating fish near the buoy. Once I see a trap that has a Tripletail, I'll throw a small shrimp with the current drifting toward the fish. These fish will eat just about every time.
Not only are these fish fun to catch and mess around with but they are also great on the dinner table.
The tripletail’s meat is white, sweet and flaky. Consider pan sauté, broil or baking them. They're delicious. One of the few fish I like.