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|12/13/2013 09:01 AM|
|Daymaker fishing charters, Jensen Beach report 12-12 Pirates Cove Billfish report|
1ST Day of Pirates Cove Sailfish Classic
Report Date: December 6, 2013
Today was the first day of the Pirates Cove Sailfish Classic fishing aboard the Outlaw as a crew member with Capt. Ian.
We had a great day and came out of the gate quick hooking a quadruple header of sails but...
|12/13/2013 08:46 AM|
|Sebastian Inlet fishing report 12-12|
12-12-13 THURSDAY: BLACK DRUM, POMPANO, SPANISH MACKEREL, SHEEPSHEAD, FLOUNDER, BLUE RUNNERS, JACKS AND CATFISH
We have blustery conditions at the inlet this morning. It's overcast and winds are blowing out of the North at 22 mph, gusting to 27, so hang on to your fishing hats. A small craft...
|12/12/2013 11:11 AM|
|The 8th Annual Palm Beach Sailfish Classic was held November 22 -24, 2013.|
The 8th Annual Palm Beach Sailfish Classic was held November 22 -24, 2013.
The tournament is a charity event that benefits the Make A Wish Foundation of Southern Florida and The Marine Industry Education Foundation.
The Captains meeting was held at the Buccaneer in Palm Beach Shores where 19...
|12/11/2013 06:57 PM|
|8th Annual Ed Alber Tarpon Rodeo June 6-7, 2014|
8th Annual Ed Alber Tarpon Rodeo
June 6-7, 2014
CASH & PRIZES TOTALING $4,000.00
TARPON-SHARK TOURNAMENT INFORMATION AND RULES
PHOTO ALL-RELEASE FORMAT
Schedule of Events
|12/11/2013 02:30 PM|
|Sheepshead fishing video|
Published on Dec 11, 2013
Capt Dave & friend Nick, on a December 2013 Sheepshead adventure, covering
two days, two boats, two kinds of weather.
http://www.captdaves.com - Your private fishing guide, since 1996.
|12/11/2013 01:30 PM|
|CB's Outfitters fishing report, Sarasota 12-11|
Captain's Weekly Fishing Report
Capt. Rick GrassettÂ’s Sarasota, FL Fishing Report for 12/8/2013
Anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBÂ’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released trout and bluefish in Sarasota Bay, snook at night...
|12/11/2013 11:45 AM|
|Mega Bite charters, Pensacola report 12-11|
Monster Red Fun Pensacola Bay - Mega-Bite Inshore Charters
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The first week of December has been off the charts with the bulls. IÂ’ve put the trout fishing in the upper bay areas on hold, because most of my...
|12/11/2013 11:36 AM|
|Good Snapper Fishing in Ft Lauderdale- Especially at Night|
Good Snapper Fishing in Ft Lauderdale- Especially at Night
Posted onDecember 9, 2013byCaptain Andy
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Nice mangroves caught on the night anchor trip aboard Catch My Drift
WeÂ’re getting some...
|12/11/2013 11:31 AM|
|Snook Nook fishing report, Jensen Beach 12-9|
Well the change of season is here and the cooler temps have moved some species in and some out but for the moment every body is here. From Tarpon that like it warm to Blue fish that like it cold, migrating Sails to Permit at the boils, fishing has been excellent.
|12/11/2013 11:10 AM|
|Sebastian Inlet fishing report 12-11|
12-11-13 WEDNESDAY: BLACK DRUM, POMPANO, SPANISH MACKEREL, JACKS, BLUE RUNNERS AND CATFISH
We have another lovely day at the inlet. Winds have picked up a little and we've had a switch in direction. The wind is blowing out of the North-Northeast at 11 mph and gusting to 14. There is a moderate...
|12/10/2013 03:41 PM|
|South Indian River Fishing Report 12/10|
Beautiful sunny skies awaited us this week on the water. The weather has been fabulous and so has the fishing. Look for the same conditions for the next week. The windy days are still out there, but you can always find a place to enjoy a day of fishing on the Treasure Coast. The...
|12/10/2013 03:36 PM|
|51ST ANNUAL BUCCANEER CUP TO SUPPORT RFA|
51ST ANNUAL BUCCANEER CUP TO SUPPORT RFA
Catch & Release Sailfish Tradition Continues January 25-26
December 10, 2013 - Does this winter weather blast have you dreaming of Palm Beach sailfish?
For those looking to get into the outstanding winter sailfish action off the Atlantic Coast of...
|12/10/2013 03:27 PM|
|Snook harvest seasonal closure in Atlantic starts Dec. 15|
Snook harvest seasonal closure in Atlantic starts Dec. 15
The recreational harvest season for snook closes Dec. 15 in Atlantic state and federal waters, including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River, and will remain closed through Jan. 31, 2014, reopening to harvest Feb. 1. Snook can...
|12/09/2013 04:53 PM|
|The winning hand is 4 Aces in record breaking 50th Annual Islamorada Sailfish Tournament|
The winning hand is 4 Aces in record breaking 50th Annual
Islamorada Sailfish Tournament
Rough seas and windy conditions would lead to great sailfish action in the 50th Anniversary of the Islamorada Sailfish Tournament. 330 Sailfish were released out of the 356 called in hook ups over the...
|12/09/2013 08:21 AM|
|Jacksonville video fishing reports|
Fort Myers Sanibel Island Fishing Report
|12/08/2013 12:00 AM|
|Fort Myers Fishing Report for December 8, 2013|
It's been an unseasonably warm and beautiful start to December here in Southwest Florida. With temperatures in the mid 80's, it sure beats the poor weather conditions the northerners are having to endure. Makes me feel good to be living in paradise! We've had a steady week of fishing with Snook, Redfish. The wind was calm enough this past week to venture near shore to a few good wrecks where we hooked some nice snapper and large snook. Let's hope mother nature keeps on being so nice because it makes the mornings a lot easier when it's not freezing cold out. The fish seem to like it too.
|11/12/2013 12:00 AM|
|Fort Myers Fishing Report for November 12, 2013|
If youâ€™re fishing inshore near Fort Myers and Sanibel Island this time of year, your target is probably for Snook, Redfish or Trout. Thereâ€™s probably a few more weeks left of warm weather before Snapper and Sheepshead add to the target species and the snook head up into the river for the winter.
Every morning when Iâ€™m out catching bait for the day, I like to get enough bait so that I can chum. When I get to the fishing grounds, I take out my bait bat and fill the bat up with bait fish. This sounds cruel but I leave the bait fish in there until I hear them stop flipping around, this way when they hit the water they start flopping around trying to gasp for air. I then fling the bait fish in the area I plan to fish and wait for popping noises from fish eating them. Once I hear and see the fish, Iâ€™ll then throw a baited line towards the direction of the game fish and wait for them to strike. If thereâ€™s not much action after chumming the area, Iâ€™ll leave and head to the next fishing spot.
When Iâ€™m fishing for Snook, Reds and Trout I use 30-40lb leader, 20lb. power pro line and 2/0 kale hooks.
Here's two fish we caught this past week using this method.
|11/11/2013 12:00 AM|
|Fort Myers Fishing Report for November 11, 2013|
The fishing this past week in Fort Myers and Sanibel has been really good considering the windy conditions. Wind speeds were consistently 10-20 mph with gusts up to 25 mph. We had a couple cool fronts move in bringing lower pressure to the area which always gets the fish biting.
Although we had to hide behind barrier islands from the wind and contend with a choppy bay we managed to produce some really nice fish. I took my sons football coaches out last Saturday to celebrate the end of a great season and to thank them for their time. I had 5 men on the boat, wind and a little rain and we had an awesome day of fishing. They had a blast and we caught over 100 fish! We hooked up with Snook, Trout, Redfish and Flounder. We release the Snook on my boat. Needless to say, I spent a lot of time at the cleaning station that day and we ate Redfish and Trout for dinner that night.
Although every day of fishing is not that active, you have to learn when it might be and deal with the circumstances. In this case the wind and drizzly rain were the obstacles because of a cool front approaching. The day before or the day of a front is always a prime time to fish because of the low pressure moving in. Once the weather clears the bite slows down.
|10/08/2013 01:00 AM|
|Fort Myers Fishing Report for October 8, 2013|
Fall is prime fishing for Redfish here in the Fort Myers and Sanibel Island area because it's thier spawning season. From August through October, redfish will be found in large schools near passes and inlets. You can easily sight fish for them right now on a lower tide. Redfish tend to move to the flats to feed so keep an eye out. They feed on live baitfish, just about any jig, gold and silver spoons, and even topwater plugs are potential meals. Redfish don't move around too much. If you find fish on a flat or in a channel, it's a good idea to go back to the same spot the next day. Chances are good that the fish will be there again.
Other than redfish, I've had a few other nice catches this past week. While fishing for reds we landed a nice 45" Cobia. Beautiful fish and good table fare. We also managed to get a few tarpon to the boat really late in the season. Tarpon more than 40" long must remain in the water, however the fish that was photographed had 5 hooks in it's mouth from previous anglers. We snapped a quick picture after I removed the hooks before his release.
|09/17/2013 01:00 AM|
|Fort Myers Fishing Report for September 17, 2013|
As you all may know, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer has been releasing fresh water from the over flowing Lake Okeechobee into the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee River because of the record rainfall we've had this summer. Last week the organization decreased the flow from the lake by 60%. I have definitely noticed an improvement in color and in salinity levels. When the maximum discharge capacity starting flowing on July 25, I could not catch bait before picking up my clients because it would die before making it back to the boat ramp because of the fresh water. I could also scoop water into my hand and taste the freshness (yes I tried it, lol). The water was ugly, like coffee and I had to pick my clients up and head north towards Boca Grande before I could catch bait and start fishing; once we did the fishing was red hot! I believe the fish headed north where their was a higher concentration of salt. This narrowed down our potential fishing areas and made it easier to catch fish.
We're now beginning to see a huge improvement in overall water appearance just in time for tournament season and the fall redfish spawn. There hasn't been a day that I've been out the past week where I haven't slayed the redfish. Keeper reds are 18"-27" and one per person.
|08/11/2013 01:00 AM|
|Fort Myers Fishing Report for August 11, 2013|
The fishing has been really good the past few weeks here in Fort Myers and Sanibel Island, considering the fresh water that is being released from Lake Okeechobee. Usually during August and September we struggle with catching fish because of the warmer water temperatures. This summer we've had so much rain that the water temperatures haven't risen but the fresh water in our salt water estuaries has.
July began as the wettest start to the wet season since 1968, and the last four months have been the wettest April-through-July time period since 1932, according to the South Florida Water Management District. Becuase of this the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer has been releasing the fresh water from the over flowing Lake Okeechobee into the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee River. There is so much water being pumped into our estuaries that we've been having to fish further north where there is more salt water. My personal opinion is that the fish have been pushed out of the river and have traveled to areas that have greater concentration of salt. Making it easier to narrow down fishing spots for the day.
The bites been great for Redfish, Shark, Trout and Snook. Your best bet is to get out in the morning with a 4 to 6 hour fishing trip before the afternoon storm begin to pop up around 2:00 pm.
|07/21/2013 01:00 AM|
|Fort Myers Fishing Report for July 21, 2013|
In 2010 A prolonged cold snap in Florida caused a devastating and widespread saltwater and freshwater fish kill of Snook. Reports from around the state described dead fish floating in the water by the thousands up and down the coasts. The cold temperatures were a natural weather event, yet the cold snap, which began at the start of the year, lingered for an abnormally long time. The cold water temperature and drastic changes in dissolved oxygen content in the water caused fish to go lifeless and eventually die.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation issued an executive order in January 2010 to close the harvest of Snook in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic waters until stock could be replenished.
During the June 2013 Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) meeting, Commissioners voted to let the recreational harvest of snook in Gulf of Mexico waters reopen to harvest Sept.1, 2013.
Recreational regulations for the gulf coast, state that Snook season
We, here at FishSkinner Charters choose NOT to harvest any Snook on our fishing trips. We however will continue to enjoy catching and releasing this special fish so that our kids and our kids children can experience the excitement of a Snook on!
To support our stand on this you'd have to understand that the odds of a Snook making it to a slot sized fish for you to bring home for dinner is 2 out of ten million. That means that out of ten million eggs hatched, an estimated two Snook will become 28" to 33". This is because of predators and mother nature. These fish are extremely sensitive to water temperatures and fluctuating oxygen levels in the water.
Snook are hermaphrodites, which means that when they grow big and mature, male fish turn into females around the age of six or seven. This makes catch and release even more important for the continued growth in population. Taking home one Snook per harverster per day (most likely a female because of her size) will play a crucial part in the decline of the Snook Population.
We should only hope that if all anglers were aware of this information that it would make it a lot easier for them to catch and release.
Next time you hook up with a 30" inch Snook or larger, know what a trophy you have on the end of your line and think about releasing it for someone else to catch.
|05/21/2013 01:00 AM|
|Fort Myers Fishing Report for May 21, 2013|
Tarpon Fishing Basics in SWFL
April through June is prime season for Tarpon fishing here in SWFL. We've had a lot of people asking us how, when and where to land the Silver King. I've put together a how to guide based on my professional experience but kept it very basic. Unfortunately Tarpon don't always like to follow the guidelines so you may need to tweak my recommendations based on their moods, tide, weather, temperature, location, appetite, did I mention moods? The best time to fish for Tarpon would be morning or evening just before sunset. The less boat traffic, the better. Always remember to bow or point your rod at the fish when they jump!
The Beaches off of Fort Myers and Sanibel Island tend to be the areas where we begin to see large pods of Tarpon early in the season. This is because they're migrating North towards Boca Grande Pass, where they'll feed before they head offshore to spawn. The best time for fishing these waters is morning or evening. Look for pods in and around 30 ft. of water.
The method for catching these Tarpon is on a drift while your free lining a live thread fin.
Tackle of choice is:
-6,000 to 8,000 size spinning reel
-7ft. to 7.6 ft heavy action rod
-50 to 60 lb braided line
-60 to 80 lb fluorocarbon leader
-7/0, 8/0, or 9/0 circle hooks.
Inshore on the flats is often a common place to see a few free jumping tarpon. Look for rolling fish near creeks, troughs or the mouth of the river.
When your fishing the flats you can use fresh cut mullet placed strategically in or near a pot hole. You can also use thread fins (my preference).
Once your anchored you'll need to attach a buoy to the anchor rope that you'll then leave inside the boat. After your hooked up, drop your buoy. This improves your odds of landing the tarpon. You'll be able to find you anchor again by spotting the buoy. Leaving you with no questions as to where you just jumped that last tarpon.
Tackle of choice is :
-6,000 to 8,000 size spinning reel
-7ft. to 7.6 ft heavy action rod
-50 to 60 lb braided line
-60 to 80 lb fluorocarbon leader
-7/0, 8/0, or 9/0 circle hooks.
Boca Grande Pass is the most common and congested area to fish during tarpon season. I would recommend the "ditch", to anyone who is experienced and doesn't mind a lot, and I mean a lot of boat traffic and people with bad tempers. This is where the PTTS (Professional Tarpon Trounament series) along with many other tournaments are fished every year.
There are two common techniques used when fishing Boca Grande. Fishing with Live bait such as crabs seems to be the most effective and jigging with artificial lures being the other option. I do not recommend jig fishing. Not always but in many cases, your foul hooking the fish which contributes negatively to the survival of tarpon.
Traditional live bait gear consists of:
-7-7.6 heavy action rods.
-Line: 50-100lb braided line or use 40 to 60lb. mono.
-Leader: 80-100 lb mono.
-6-8 ounce weight
-6/0, 7/0 or 8/0 circle hooks
The pass has it's own rules of etiquette for fishing and they're strictly enforced by hollering, bad language and behavior. You'll learn to follow their rules once you've been mooned by an overweight hairy woman who gives you the finger and then tries to hop on your boat and beat you up, lol. True story. Entertaining non the less.
Whether your fishing in Boca Grande Pass, Redfish or Captiva Pass, you should follow these guidelines.
Keep engine running at all times.
DO NOT anchor.
Begin your drift at the head of the pack by going around boats.
Once hooked up move your tarpon out of the school of fish.
No more than 3 fishing lines in the water at once.
During April through June (prime Tarpon season), NO break away gear such as bobbers, floats, rubber bands, etc.. This is exclusive to Boca Grande Pass.
Standard Rules regulations for Tarpon fishing:
Never gaff a fish.
Leave the tarpon in the water while photographing and removing hooks.
Tired fish can be revived by towing slowly forward with the boat.
Using circle hooks increases the survival of fish.
|03/02/2013 12:00 AM|
|Fort Myers Fishing Report for March 2, 2013|
|02/12/2013 12:00 AM|
|Fort Myers Fishing Report for February 12, 2013|
South West Florida offers an array of fishing opportunities from the novice to the seasoned angler. Sanibel Island and Fort Myers exhibits great fishing year round because of the fall and spring migrations of a few, warm water game fish; not to mention our year round residents.
I get asked fairy often, "can I fish for tarpon in December"? No, because they havenâ€™t migrated north into our waters yet. "Can we book a fishing charter in January to catch shark"? We donâ€™t target shark during the winter months because itâ€™s not warm enough. So, I've decided to put together this article of sorts so as to have a better understanding of when, why and how we catch certain species of game fish.
During the winter months of December through February, our focus is on Mangrove Snapper, Sheepshead, Redfish and Trout. Trout, being the main attraction during this time of year because they prefer cooler water temperatures; which leads to them more actively feeding. This is a great time for family fishing. The game fish are all usually slot sized and a lot of fun for the kids.
-Mangrove Snapper and Sheepshead are caught using a 1/4 or 1/2 oz. split shot with a #1 or #2 long shank hook. Look to catch them near structure and deep holes around mangroves.
-When fishing for Redfish, I use a popping cork with white bait or shrimp. Incoming, or outgoing tide on the flats - Or I free line the bait near the mangroves.
-I catch Trout using white bait or shrimp with a popping cork on the flats or reeling in a small weight across the bottom of deeper cuts with a shrimp attached.
During March and April, the water temperatures start to warm up and it begins an exciting time for fishing in Fort Myers. These months are good to fish for Trout, Redfish and Mangrove snapper. Shark and Snook are starting to feed more actively, tarpon are migrating and the Cobia migration to the north begins. In the winter months itâ€™s common for certain fish such as Snook to move away from surface feeding and shallow flats, towards fresher water like the river and connecting canals, which stays warmer. March tends to be when these fish move out and start feeding on the bait that is laid up on the beaches and flats to regain lost body fat and prepare to spawn. Cobia, are more common in the panhandle but we do get the migration run near shore, from north to south. Tripletail, also become a target if fishing off the beaches. These beauties are not rare but also not abundant anywhere. So keep your eyes open for these fish. Theyâ€™re great table fare.
Cobia can be caught using a few different techniques:
-Bottom fishing with weights and live bait such as pinfish, blue runners and crabs. Cobia, are attracted to sound and movement, so using artificial baits is also a great choice. I prefer bright, noisy plugs which sink and/or dive. You can also troll for Cobia from your boat using a heavy rod and reel with about a 4oz. weight and live bait.
-Cobia, are known for putting up a fight, which makes the hunt all the more exciting. They take a little more skill and patience to land, but the prize is the fight.
-Tripletail, tend to hang around channel markers, buoys, crab traps and bridges, the common factor being structure. They are a slow moving fish, preferring to drift with the currents especially if their floating under debris or vegetation.
-For bait, nothing beats a juicy live shrimp. Tripletail just canâ€™t seem to resist them. A close second to the natural critter would be a D.O.A. root beer color shrimp fished under a cork. Tripletail will also take a variety of chunked baits such as fresh cut pieces of pilchards or mullet and a small whole squid will also be too hard to turn down.
-My line of choice for both Cobia and Tripletail is 15-20 lb. mono and 18â€ť â€“ 24â€ť long 30 lb. leader, using a 7ft medium action rod.
During May through July, fishing is what I consider to be the best time of year to catch that trophy. We target Trout and Redfish with the spotlight being on Snook, Tarpon and Shark.
May begins the Spawning season for Snook. They can be extremely temperamental during this time but the fishing can be phenomenal! The tarpon migrate north beginning in late spring just off the coast of Sanibel and Fort Myers beaches. Boca Grande Pass and surrounding areas offer Tarpon the leisure to nourish in preparation for spawning because of the large number of crabs, shrimp, and baitfish that drift in and out of the pass on the tides. Shark fishing is great all through summer. You can catch shark during the day or even better in the later afternoon through evening hours.
-I fish for Snook near the beaches, in the passes and under docks. With the larger Snook I would use a live ladyfish with a heavier action rod, 30 pound power pro, 30-40 lb. leader and 6/0 circle hooks. I like fishing for Snook with small live ladyfish and large white bait. You can also fish the mangroves and flats using 20 lb. line, 30 lb. leader and 2-3/0 hooks.
-Tarpon can be caught about 3 miles off the beaches when free lining threadfins using 6 to 8 size hooks, 40 pound braid and 60 to 80 pound leader (depending on the clarity of the water and location). In the passes you can drift both threadfins and/or crabs. In Boca Grande Pass, free line crabs if you see them rolling. In the afternoon, they head to the bottom to shade themselves from the sun. Try using a weight that will keep the crab down.
- 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. We drift a chum bag off the back of the boat.
-I use Canyon Reels and St Croix Rods. Spool these reels with 60 to 80 lb. test braid or 40 to 80 lb. mono with 10 o/-18 o/ size hooks. 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.
August and September, are the hottest months of the year here in Fort Myers. We fish for Snook, Trout, Redfish and Shark with the spotlight being on the water temperature.
By this time of summer, the heat has really warmed up the water which can make the fish and your live bait a little lethargic. Try fishing in deeper water where the temp is cooler. Finding shade and deep water together, youâ€™re generally going to be looking at a honey hole. Morning and evening hours are the best time to fish during these months.
During October and November, we target Trout, Sheapshead and Mangrove Snapper with the spotlight being on Redfish. The reason for this is because the fall is when Redfish begin to spawn in the mouth of inlets, such as the Caloosahatchee River. This is the best time of year to catch the big red. Also look for the fall migration of Cobia to the south starting late September and October.
Look for Redfish on the flats of cuts or inlets. If you see a large school of mullet, you'll be on the Redfish. Use white bait or pin fish with a popping cork on 20 lb. line, 20 lb. leader and 2-3/0 hooks.
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