fishing Forecast

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  • 04/26/2019 3:15 PM | Ron Presley (Administrator)

    Life is good. 
    by Capt. Greg Stamper

    Well, not a lot is going to change as we enter May and continue to catch all kinds of fish. Tarpon will continue to be a big draw throughout the area this entire month. Snook fishing gets better and better as the fish start cruising the beaches. Redfish of all sizes become plentiful in our back-bays along with the possibility of some trout sprinkled in. Even the passes and jetty’s will be great for action with fish such as pompano, mackerel, sharks, etc.

    Tarpon fishing throughout the area will be done a lot of different ways. Some anglers will focus primarily on the schools of big fish found along our beaches and sometimes several miles offshore. These big schools of fish can be seen rolling on the surface, free jumping at times, and with the new technology side scanned on your GPS. Crabs, threadfin, ladyfish, and even catfish are the typical baits for the tarpon. In the back bays we’ll have a bunch of smaller tarpon typically ranging from 10-60 pounds. These are fun sizes to catch as they can be landed in a generally short amount of time on both spinning gear and fly rods.

    Snook are going full speed now and can be found both on the beaches as well as stacked up on the local wrecks and reefs. Anglers can go after snook several different ways. Leader size and length can make or break the day. Depending on the size of the snook that you’re catching as well as the clarity of the water, I recommend 30 pound fluorocarbon in general. Snook leaders should be a minimum of 3 feet in length and artificial baits, live white bait, and flys that mimic them all work effectively. When the fish get big bumping up the leader size a bit is a good idea. Snook over 30 inches or so can chew through 30lb rather easily so bumping it up to 40lb and occasionally 50lb may be necessary.

    The passes throughout the areas will be loaded with all kinds of different fish at different times. I use the passes as a starting or stopping point for fishing the change of tides. Basically, those areas will have the first moving water and the last in general. One thing for sure moving water is a key component down here for catching fish. So, when we get close to that last hour of tide that’s a good place to be.

    Tight lines,

    Capt Greg Stamper
    Snookstampcharters.com
    239-313-1764

  • 04/26/2019 3:03 PM | Ron Presley (Administrator)

    Fishing improves as days get longer
    by Capt. Tom Van Horn 

    As the length of daylight and the water temperatures increase, so do the fishing opportunities along the Lagoon Coast of Florida. May is one of the better fishing months on east Florida's coastal waters, so make sure your lunch is packed, mental health days are scheduled, and I'll see you on the water.  

     On the lagoon flats, redfish and spotted sea trout will provide most of the action for light tackle and fly anglers. For sea trout, fish your favorite top-water plugs at first light in about two feet of water concentrating in areas were baitfish are active. After the morning top-water bite fades, switch to your favorite soft plastic jig fished in three to five feet of water alone the edges of flats or spoil islands. In May the water has warmed to the point where the jack crevalle, ladyfish, snook, and tarpon will begin to show up in good numbers. In addition, there is a huge showing of finger mullet this season, so it's time to break out your DOA Bait Busters. Schooling redfish and other predators find the Bait Busters difficult to resist when retrieved quickly just under the surface of the water in areas of concentrated mullet schools. Remember when using the technique; keep your lure moving until you feel the fish on the line.

    Near-shore along the beaches, concentrate your efforts in the areas of active bait pods (pogies). Typically, when you see concentrated areas of bait with birds feeding on the surface, big fish are just as active underneath. Species feeding on these pods include tarpon, jack crevalle, redfish, cobia, and sharks. Near the end of the month, you can add kingfish into the mix. Also, tripletail and flounder numbers should be improving around the Port Canaveral buoys. At the inlets and beaches, Spanish mackerel, snook, redfish, jack crevalle, bluefish, flounder, sheepshead, and black drum are just some of the species available this month.

     Blue water trolling should be excellent in May, with the larger dolphin being the focus of most blue water anglers. Also, in the mix are tuna, wahoo, kingfish, sailfish, and an occasional marlin. When targeting these species, work areas of color and water temperature changes (lines) in 120 feet of water or deeper, and in areas of concentrated floating weeds and debris. In addition, don't forget that kingfish and cobia are present on the near-shore shoals, reefs and wrecks like Bethel Shoals, Pelican Flats, Chris Benson, and 8A reefs.

    Finally, fishing on the St Johns River freshwater is very good in May.  The crappie are balled up in deeper water if you know where to look for them.  Also, the bluegill and shellcrackers are concentrated on beds and are very tasty and great fun on light tackle.  Lastly, the larger channel catfish will be on the move once the water levels start rising from our summer rain. 

    As always, if you have questions or need more information, please contact me.

    Good luck and good fishing,

    Captain Tom Van Horn
    www.irl-fishing.com
    407-416-1187

  • 04/25/2019 3:35 PM | Ron Presley (Administrator)

    Holy Mackerel
    by Captain Tim “SGT” Peterson


    Migratory fish will be in high numbers as the month goes on. Summer fishing season is in full swing!  Unfortunately, that also means more sharks. Reel fast.

    An angler’s best bet inshore in May is to catch Spanish mackerel and king mackerel. Spanish mackerel can be caught closer to shore.  Look for schools of bait fish. They may even be jumping out of the water. You can catch them on Gotcha Plugs and spoons. Really anything fast and shiny will get these guys in the boat. Tube jigs, or shiny long shank hooks with pieces of straws also work. In a pinch, a jigging with Berkley Gulp will work.

    Always keep a pitch rod ready for mackerel even if you are anchored up for bottom fishing. In addition, always, always have a flat line out between May and November. You never know what you will catch around here. Someone caught a billfish 12 miles offshore this way last year. But kings and big Spanish mackerel for sure can’t resist the flat line. If using frozen bait, make sure the bait looks perfect. The picky kings won’t touch it unless it looks live. Usually the current will give a little motion and you can slowly reel it in and the kings will hit it.

    Slow trolling, also known as bump troll  works too. I can’t tell you how many times I leave the flat line out when I leave a fishing spot just to see if something will hit it when we start pulling in the anchor, and BANG fish on. You can just bump the boat in gear for a few seconds at a time and just go less than a few miles an hour. Chumming with oily fish will ring the dinner bell for kings. Menhaden milk and oil are also great attractants. Some anglers mix it with oatmeal so it sinks to the bottom. Don’t use bloody chum or the tax man (sharks) will be sure to come.

    High speed troll, using cedar plugs, 3 oz casting spoons, and all kinds of skirted baits all work for kings. They are not as picky when the bait is moving fast. Troll them as fast as you can while keeping them in the water.

    An angler’s best bet offshore in May is to catch king mackerel. Fish water color and tide changes especially when they are offshore in 40ft plus of water. I have caught some of my biggest kings in dirty looking water 3-10 miles offshore when the current is ripping, especially just before sunset, and on cloudy days.

    Blue runners and cigar minnows are everyone’s favorite, but any live fin fish will do. Frozen cigar minnows, and Spanish sardines also work. Use light wire, small hooks, and small swivels. Always have a casting spoon or jig ready for king and Spanish mackerel and possibly a school of mahi mahi that come by. If you are catching white grunts, you are not on the spot to catch grouper. If you want to catch grouper, you can’t be lazy. Move the boat.

    Try fishing for bait around makers, or floating debris. Find small depressions and peach fuzz on your bottom machine screen at least ¼ mile away from big structures, or you will just lose your Sabiki rigs to a grouper. To get the best bait, make sure you are in 40ft+ of water.

    Watch for what looks like rain on the top of the water. This is usually fin fish being chased by king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, but it can be a billfish or a wahoo if the conditions are right so get ready. Cast or slow troll right into these bait balls.

    Most offshore rods around are 8000-8500 series rods rigged with 10-30lb test and 35-65lbs test wire bronze leader. If you ask around, you will hear a wide range of what people like to use. When you get offshore on reefs, I would bump it up to a 8000 series rod at least if you are using spinning set ups. Not so you have enough drag to pull a fish off a reef or wreck, but for when you hook a large king, billfish, or wahoo and they try to spool you.

    Offshore, we use 20-25lb test mono filament top shot for the first 50-100 yards, backed with 30-50lb braid on the spinning tackle on reefs or towers. You desperately need the monofilament for its stretch as the kinetic energy that these pelagic super fish hit with often will tear the hooks directly from their skin. They often strike the back of the bait to wound it, then come back to eat it. This means you often get the stinger treble hook in the side of the fish’s mouth.

    The braid is used for three reasons. One, so you can keep more line on your real. Two, so there is less friction on the main part of the line for very long runs and fighting the fish back to the boat. Three, so when you get an inexperienced person trying to reel one in, they don’t twist up the monofilament very bad by reeling when the fish is taking out line. When you twist mono, it stretches more and can break easier. I always tell my clients to pretend they are reeling in their favorite child, as a baby by the lips. The trick is people often think the fish fell off. What they don’t know is that fish that just made a 300-yard run to the side of the boat, and is now running directly at them. You need to make sure your drag is set super low (I mean like 2lbs) when they hit. If it is too high, they will break you off after they hit. Keep tension on the line while slowly tightening the drag.

    The Spinfisher 8500 has more than enough drag to pull a grouper off the bottom, so if you lock it down say good bye to your fish. I once had buddy of mine throw out a flat line with a 6000 series rod that we use for jigging that only had braided line on and of course he had the drag locked down as he was new and had seen how big they get. After hearing what sounded like a shotgun go off, we needed a new rod. A king had hit it so hard; it broke the rod at the base where it sat in the rod holder. Make sure you have it in a rod holder that is easy to get to, well out of the way of other lines. When a king hits, it’s all hands-on deck. Get all of your other lines out of the water, or you may have a snarlfest.

    A reel with a high retrieve ratio is very important so you can get the slack out of the line. This is one of those instances where you need to reel like your baby depends on it to survive. The one good thing about kings and wahoo is the sharks don’t seem to go after them. Now if you hook a Spanish mackerel on a flat line or slow trolling, you better get him to the boat asap before a King mackerel or wahoo disembowels it. It will happen so fast, that you will barely see it.

    Until next month, practice your Fish Jitsu.

    Captain Tim Peterson
    Captain ‘SGT’ Peterson’s - “More than just fishing”
    captsgtpetersons.com
    tim@sgtpeterson.com

  • 04/25/2019 3:30 PM | Ron Presley (Administrator)

    Beach Tarpon and Snook
    by Captain Michael Manis

    Right now, it’s hard not to think tarpon. For many, including myself, we wait all year for this window of opportunity. However, during early summer, this is by far not the only game in town. With good water temperature and plenty of bait, all our bays and sounds should fish well. Redfish, jack crevalle, spotted sea trout, sharks, and of course snook should be prowling the flats.

    Off the flats, the beach is the place to be and after spending all winter in the backcountry it provides a nice change of pace. That change includes migrating tarpon and schooling snook. What is more, the snook can be fished from the beach. In fact, it’s probably the best shore fly fishing all year. They can be seen moving up and down just off the sand either in or just outside the trough where the waves break.

    I like the beaches of Boca Grande and Sanibel. Both can be accessed without a boat. White and grey or silver bait fish patterns from size 2 to 1/0 rigged with a nine-foot leader on an eight-weight and floating line work well. I have fished from both the sand and wading and have found staying out of the water works best. It’s sight fishing and they definitely notice me when I’m in the water. It’s also a good idea to bring a stripping basket.

    Most likely, since I’ll have a few more months to chase snook on the beaches, I’ll spend most of my time looking up and down the beaches hunting tarpon. Between Captiva and Stump Pass is a lot of ground to cover; however, in all likelihood I’ll find myself staked out in one or two places looking for groups or strings of tarpon moving north. In order to see the fish better, I like a shallow sandy bottom.  One spot, the northwest edge of Gasparilla Pass can be good but it does see a lot of boat traffic.  So, for more elbowroom I like the area between Johnson Shoals and Murdock Point south of Boca Grande Pass.

    It’s a rather large area with sandy shoals both close in and a good distance off the beach and even though it’s a relatively shallow area, it’s still too deep to stake out with a Power Pole. Therefore, an anchor rigged with a buoy is preferable. If necessary, this allows you to untie the anchor upon hook up. No one minds if you get on the motor to chase a fish; however, you don’t want to be motoring around trying to get in front of the fish. In addition, when staking out be considerate and don’t set up in front of another boat, as you’ll want to move off to the side or even behind them. You’ll still get plenty of shots and you’ll find that everyone helps each other out spotting fish if you show a little etiquette.

    These are big migrating fish so I break out the twelve-weight rod. I’ll throw a floating line unless the fish are staying low in the water column. In that case, I’ll switch to an intermediate sink tip. I like flies on the smaller side and in lighter colors. For example, the Puglisi Boca Grande 3/0 tarpon in day glow and yellow are two good patterns.

     Until next month, good tides.

    Captain Michael Manis

    Punta Gorda Fly Charters
    (941) 628-7895
    mike@puntagordaflycharters.com
    www.puntagordaflycharters.com

  • 04/25/2019 3:26 PM | Ron Presley (Administrator)

    It is calming down.
    by Capt. Charlie Conner

    Inshore:

    The winds of spring have left us, and May brings warm temperatures and lots of great fishing action around the Treasure Coast.  Water temps have risen, and the fish are hungry this month.   May is one of my favorite months to fish with many opportunities to catch lots of different species.



    One of my favorite fish to target this month is redfish.  They will be more active this month and you can fish for them around docks, mangroves and grass flats.  Some good choices for lures will be gold spoons and the DOA 2 ¾” shrimp.  Redfish will be active on the grass flats through most of the day.  They also like to hang under docks and mangroves as the heat of the day arrives.

    Snook fishing will be good this month with night or early morning the best times to fish tor linesiders.  The season will close May 31st so it will be the last chance for a slot fish before fall.  The inlet, bridges, seawalls and docks are all great places to target snook.  Live bait, DOA Bait Busters and feather jigs are among the most popular favorites with snook anglers.

    Trout will feed on top water at first light and live shrimp on popping corks during the day.   As the sun rises, head off the shallow flats to deeper water in the two to four-foot range.  We have had some nice gator trout of late and should see some still big trout throughout the month of May.  I have had great success with CAL jerk baits and Deadly Combos this year in place of live shrimp.  If you are using live baits, try big shrimp or pilchards on the flats.  Look for clean water and good grass to have your best results.

    Bridges will hold sheepshead and drum, while snapper will be moving into the river along with flounder.   Jacks and ladyfish will be just about everywhere creating havoc all over the river.   Beaches will produce whiting with catches of Spanish mackerel and bluefish along with some pompano.  Tarpon will begin their trek into the river and you can start looking for them in the St Lucie River, Big and Little Mud areas and the channels of the river.   May is a great month to fish the Treasure Coast!

    As always, remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!!

    Good Fishing and Be Safe,
    Captain Charlie Conner

    http://www.fishtalescharter.com
    captaincharlie@fishtalescharter.com
    772-284-3852

  • 03/28/2019 4:16 PM | Ron Presley (Administrator)

    Spring brings variety to the Space Coast
    by Capt. Tom Van Horn

    Spring has arrived here on the Space Coast, and my focus thus far has been targeting trophy size redfish and black drum in deeper water. The flats fishing has been good when the weather is favorable and should improve as the silver mullet continue to migrate back into the lagoon. The nearshore tripletail and black drum have been good as well, but in late March and early April Mother Nature holds the upper hand in determining where we fish.

    Some highlights for fishing on Florida’s east central coast during the spring are: the weather is still cool and enjoyable, the waters warming up and the fish begin to shift into their pre-spawn feeding mood. Some examples of this behavior are the cobia moving north up the Atlantic coast, and the spotted sea trout transitioning into their traditional spawning areas on the inshore flats. Like many saltwater species, the cobia and sea trout spawn in aggregations or groups, not on beds like freshwater species. In the case of the cobia their traditional spawning areas are off the central east coast of the US, and in the northern Gulf of Mexico. As the fish migrate north, they burn energy and feed heavily along the way, hence the cobia run we experience each spring. As mentioned above, windy conditions have and will limit the fishable days.

    On the flats, the smaller male sea trout move up into the shallows first, and then call the females in to spawn by drumming loudly just after dusk when the conditions are right, usually on the first new moon or full moon in April, and then again on the new and full moons throughout the summer.

    As we move in near-shore, tripletail should become more dependable, and look for late season cobia as well. The cobia run has been sporadic thus far, with bait pods (Atlantic menhaden or pogies) arriving late this year. As the bait pod move in, look for Spanish mackerel, bluefish, redfish, giant jack crevalle, sharks, and smoker kings. Concentrate your efforts in these areas. When you see bait balled up and pushed to the surface, there is a high probability that feeding gamefish are pressuring the bait from below.

    In the inlets, look for good numbers of flounder, sheepshead and black drum around structure such as jetties and docks, and Spanish mackerel, blues, and large jacks in open water. Also look for the nighttime snook and tarpon action to heat up in the Sebastian Inlet.

    On the lagoon flats, fish the early morning and late evening with your favorite top water plugs for extreme trout and redfish action, and soft plastics and jigs in deeper water, 2 to 3 feet after the midday sun settles in. Remember, April is one of the months when larger sea trout are egg laden for the spawn, so it’s very important to handle and release the larger females with great care. If you are looking for snook and tarpon action inside, the Sebastian River will be the place to go.

    As always, if you need information or have any questions, please contact me.

    Good luck and good fishing,

    Captain Tom Van Horn
    407-416-1187
    www.irl-fishing.com

  • 03/28/2019 4:11 PM | Ron Presley (Administrator)

    The Great Bait Chase

    by Captain Tim “SGT” Peterson

    The great fish migration is all about the chase, of baitfish that is. As the water warms up, the Menhaden, Blue Runners, etc., move into the area to feed. The pinfish, and croakers move into the shallows. Migratory fish start to move to our area in higher numbers this time of year.  

    By the end of the month, the summer fishing season could be mostly here.  With our 21st century technology, like water temperature readings we have a good chance of finding the water temperature breaks offshore look for water in the upper 60’s. Also, if you have a savvy captain, they will have a water temperature gauge that will read the temperature going down in 10 ft increments. Once we find the right temperature for the fish, we just need to make them strike!  

    An anglers best bet inshore in April is to catch Spanish mackerel and Pompano. Spanish Mackerel can be caught closer to shore.  Look for schools of bait fish.  They may even be jumping out of the water. You can catch them on Gotcha Plugs and Spoons.

    The pompano will be along the beach with the new moon. Later in the month, larger fish will be caught, some with eggs. Crab, Shrimp, and Sand fleas are popular baits. Black drum can be caught near bridges and docks with fresh shrimp or Berkley Gulp. From time to time, you will catch a Gar in the bay this time of year after good amounts of rain.

    Always keep a pitch rod ready for cobia with a larger eel with multiple hooks in its tail or they will bite them off every time, and 2-3oz bucktail with a baitfish or a large plastic eel.

    An anglers best bet offshore in April is to catch Gag Grouper about 8 to 15 miles out. They can still be caught in state waters. Gag Grouper season in Franklin county starts on April 1st so the boat launch will start to get pretty busy, especially on the sunny calm days. Get to your spots early. Grouper can be caught bottom fishing, or in the lower 25% of the water column. With that said, on a few occasions, I have had grouper chase a jig all the way to the top in 100ft of water. Gag and some Red Grouper are nearby on wrecks, ledges, or reefs.

    Large live bait works best, quality frozen Menhaden, Northern Mackerel, and Squid will put fish in the boat. Jigs of various types work. If you get to a spot on a reef, wreck or ledge and the fish aren’t hammering your bait / tackle within a minute, it’s time to move to a new spot. Always have a casting spoon or jig ready for king and Spanish mackerel and possibly a school of Mahi Mahi that come by. If your catching white grunts you are not on the spot to catch grouper. Stop being lazy and move the boat.

    The best bet to catch the readily available baitfish is with a cast net, pinfish traps, sabiki rigs, or a small hook  tipped with squid or gulp bait. The pinfish and croakers will be in water less than 8 ft deep, over grass flats. Offshore, in over 30ft of water just off of reefs, you can catch squirrel fish.

    The shrimpers have been in town since the begining of last month so many are using new penny shrimp gulp to fish inshore, and smaller shrimp fresh off the boat.  Many old time captains say the Spanish mackerel will be in town after the third heavy fog of the year.

    Most inshore fishing rods around are 4000 series rods rigged with 10-30lb test and 10-30lbs leaders. If you ask around, you will hear a wide range of what people like to use. When you get offshore on reefs, if you are using spinning set ups, I would bump it up to a 6000 series rod at least so you have enough drag to pull a fish off a reef or wreck. Offshore, we use 50-80lbs braid on the spinning tackle on reefs or towers. Bump up your leaders to match at 50-80lbs each.

    Until next month, practice your Fish Jitsu.

    Captain Tim Peterson
    Captain ‘SGT’ Peterson’s - “More than just fishing”
    captsgtpetersons.com 
    tim@sgtpeterson.com

  • 03/28/2019 4:08 PM | Ron Presley (Administrator)

    Lots of Options
    by Captain Michael Manis

    With this month, southwest Florida enters what many consider the beginning of the fishing season. In and around Charlotte Harbor, the increase in activity on the water is quite noticeable. The increase in traffic is balanced out by all the available options. In essence, there’s just not enough time to take advantage of it all.

    It’s definitely the beginning of tarpon season.  At the top of the estuary, the upper harbor, looking for fish that have moved out of the rivers can be productive. They’ll spread out from the U.S. 41 Bridge to the mouth of the Myakka and down to the 20-foot hole off the West Wall. Indeed, you could spend the entire month hunting down these rolling fish. To the south, I like the deeper water along the eastern side of Pine Island Sound in the Demere Key area.

    For me, the spring snook bite is one of my favorite times of year and I’d like to spend as much time possible seeing how many I can get to eat a fly. In part, one of the things I like about snook is where they live. I enjoy being around mangrove structure and throwing flies in the holes and pockets of the roots. In addition, probably most of the snook that I hook will be from blind casting. I have hooked them sight casting; but, as the saying goes, if you see a snook, it’s probably too late as they’ve already seen you first.

    They’re scattered throughout the bays and sounds that surround the harbor. In addition, redfish can be found cruising up and down the same shorelines. Last month, it seemed as though I was seeing them while scouting shorelines just about everywhere I went. It did appear that the majority of fish I saw had moved out of the backcountry creek systems and were on outside shorelines. In particular, corners and points held the most fish.

    Keep in mind, snook are ambush feeders and do prefer moving water or strong current. It’s no coincidence that there seemed to be more fish in spots where the current moved swifter, around points. Generally, even though it’s tough to see with the naked eye, water or tide does pick up speed to make it around points or obstacles. What’s more, because the tides haven’t been real high yet like they will be this summer; it’s a bit easier to scout shorelines, as the fish can’t get too far back in the bushes yet.

    Typically, I’ll throw an eight-weight. It has enough punch to help with the wind and enough backbone to get a fish away from the bushes. I like a weight forward floating line rigged with a nine-foot leader. I tie them with a 40-lb. butt section to 30 lb. then tapered down to 20 lb. Each section is three feet and tied with a blood knot. For flies, I prefer weed less baitfish style patterns.  

    Until next month, good tides.

    Captain Michael Manis
    Punta Gorda Fly Charters
    (941) 628-7895

    mike@puntagordaflycharters.com

  • 03/28/2019 4:05 PM | Ron Presley (Administrator)

    Spring in the backcountry
    by Capt. Joe Garcia

    The warmer and more consistent waters in the backcountry have made for great opportunities for our target species such as Snook, Reds and Tarpon. Metabolism in the fish is stable and it seems that they are constantly hungry and aggressive. Tides are more predictable as well with the negative tides less of an issue allowing for some great access to remote areas. Along with this, the waters are a bit stained so stealthy approaches and close encounters can be the norm.

    The fly fishing in the back has been stellar and traditional patterns are top producers.  The patterns such as Gurglers for exciting top water strikes have no comparison, with Deceivers and EP Baitfish ensuring success in mid water, all these make choices very simple. Work them in a steady and conservative manner as in the warmer water and less tide flow they’ll appear more natural, think of a wounded or stunned prey. 

    The outer edges and beaches are where the EP Baitfish and the Schminnow rule.  The Snook and Reds that cruise here are accustomed to chasing bait so work these in an erratic and quick manner as to mimic baitfish darting and running from predators.  The waters tend to be clearer here and sight fishing these fish can be extremely exciting and productive. In these conditions you may get by with a bit lighter tippet with 30lb acceptable, but adjust to conditions accordingly.

    For tackle the 8 weight rod and reel combo is king in these conditions, but a good 9 weight can be a bit of insurance as well, especially when dealing with big fish in tight quarters! A good size Snook or Juvi Tarpon can make short work of a lighter line, so a bite tippet needs to be stout, I tie them with 40lb mono or flouro just to be safe.  A loop knot from here to the fly will ensure the action is fluid and natural.

    Tight Lines and have fun!

    Captain Joe Garcia
    Southern Glades Charters
    941-281-5881
    www.southerngladescharters.com

  • 03/28/2019 4:00 PM | Ron Presley (Administrator)

    Awesome fishing to come
    by Capt. Greg Stamper

    Well its hard to imagine its already that time off the year, but it is! This is the time of the year, to go after any species an angler may have on their bucket list. Tarpon, permit, sharks, tripletail, cobia, and snappers will be a big target near and offshore all month. Fisherman in the back bays and skinny waters will be targeting snook, redfish, trout, big jacks, and the occasional juvenile tarpon. Calling your guide now to set up a trip is my advice, as most of their good tide days are probably already taken. Clients that are proactive fishing year after year, have already been working on this month’s trip for a year now.

    So, what are we going to fish for? Well honestly that’s the hardest question when it comes to the options available now thru May. Sometimes captains must cater to the clients wants, like just having fun, lots of action, or just bringing home some fish for dinner. Other times individuals will leave the days trip up to the charter captain’s best judgement, and that’s when it gets good. Depending on the inshore tides or the offshore winds typically tells me what I’ll be doing. No one likes getting beat up offshore so from time to time you’ll be restricted to the backbays and rivers. This is a good thing though as snook fishing will be excellent the next few months from the Everglades All the way up the coast to Tampa.

    Redfish become plentiful throughout the region and can be targeted around oyster bars and sandbars during the low tides. During higher water I’ll be fishing the mangrove shore lines. Redfish will be fattening up on pilchards, shrimp, and crabs so using any of these for bait is going to work well.

    Tight lines Capt. Greg Stamper
    Snookstampcharters.com
    239-313-1764

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