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Charlotte Harbor is 100 miles south of Tampa and 30 miles north of Fort Myers and includes the areas of Boca Grande, Pine Island, Gasparilla Island, Placida, Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda.  “A tranquil getaway on Florida’s Southwest Gulf Coast and a premier charter fishing destination”.

Charlotte Harbor redfish, snook and sea trout fishing is among the very best in Southwest Florida.  

Spring tarpon fishing along the beachfronts is known as the best in the world.  

Other sport fish species available; sheepshead, Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, bluefish, cobia, bonito, snapper, grouper and flounder.  mangroves, grass flats, canals, beachfronts, passes, and artificial reefs.  The fishing and exploring possibilities are endless.

This twenty five mile long, five mile wide Harbor lends itself perfectly to guided light tackle and fly fishing.  Sight fishing is exciting along the flats and mangroves of the East Side, Bull Bay, Placida and Gulf Beaches.  Blind casting the grass flats of the West Wall, Cape Haze and Turtle Bay is very productive. On windy days the Peace River, Myakka River and endless canals provide shelter and consistent action.  There are over ten area boat ramps that make for short runs to productive fishing

Pine Island Sound, Ding Darling Reserve, Eastern Charlotte Harbor Fishing

 

What’s biting: Snook, Redfish, Seatrout and Jacks.

Gear Used: light tackle spin fishing and fly fishing.

Conditions: The weather fronts are becoming weaker as we move further into Spring. Bait is becoming more plentiful and water levels in the upper Charlotte Harbor are improving.

Technics that are working: If clouds or water conditions keep you from sight fishing you can blind cast to edges and potholes around the grass flats for redfish and sea trout. On the warmer days, try fly fishing the back country. Make your presentations tight to the mangroves. The snook and redfish will be there escaping the heat. When fly fishing after a passing cold front switch to a sinking intermediate or sink tip line and fish the deeper channels and holes using weighted flies.

Tip: I have never met an oyster bed I didn't like. It's worth a few snagged flies to explore them. There are many of these beds in Pine Island Sound to explore.

Outlook: The exiting cold front will give way to light east and southeast winds. The water will continue to warm ushering the first of the 2014 tarpon run. Watch for them at the passes and of Boca Grande and Captiva.

 

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Pine Island Sound Fly Fishing Report - Just for Fun 04-13-14

Launched at Pine Island Sound the other day for a morning of spin fishing and fly fishing. This guy launched right behind me, tied up his tunnel hull skiff and then left the scene to park his rig... He was ovboiusly rigged for some light tackle redfish and snook baitfishng action.  Mr. Pelican and his lookout, Mr. Egret almost cleaned him out of shrimp and white bait before his return. I'm guessing $30 - $40 in lost inventory. I offered these photos to the boat owner to use as evidence... No charges were filed however. Always remember to close your livewell lid.
 
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Boca Grande, Charlotte Harbor Fly Fishing Report 04-11-14

 

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Obsession Charters Fishing Report Friday, April 11, 2014

 

Big winds early in the week and rain on Tuesday stirred things up in Pine Island Sound and Gasparilla Sound. Monday we fished light tackle the mangroves along East Wall of Charlotte Harbor from Punta Gorda to Burt Store Marina escaping the 20-25MPH SW winds.  Cloudy water and a drop in temperature after the front passed put the Sea Trout and Redfish into deep water. Patience and constantly changing up flies and lures did produce some fish. Surprisingly, the snook stayed on the flats and we were able to sight fish to them every day we were out. The wind shifted to ESE on Friday allowing more moving water on the incoming tides in the cuts of Turtle and Bull Bay. Some of the live bait fishers were seeing some action after a couple days of lockjaw.

 

The tarpon migration has been slow to start due to the endless fronts pushing through Charlotte Harbor and Boca Grande. There have been a few rolling and laid up tarpon spotted in Pine Island Sound and near the Passes at Captiva and Gasparilla so things are starting to happen. I’ll be fishing in Matlacha, lower Pine Island Sound and the Ding Darling Reserve several days the next two weeks. These are very fishy places for both fly and spinning gear.

 

 

 

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Bill's Charlotte Harbor Snook and Redfish Fishing Trip

A great day of spin fishing in the mangroves of Charlotte Harbor's East Wall for sea trout, snook and redfish. With an impending cold front coming and 20-25mph SSE winds the mangroves were the place to be. The Harbor had a 3' chop and the beaches were getting pounded by 3'-4' swells. The 5 mile run back to Ponce De Leon Park in Punta Gorda at the end of the dsy was easy. We stayed in 18" - 24" of water tight to the shoreline. The sandbar knocked down the chop just like a barrier reef. I love fishing here!


This is a long video but Bill left his phone at the Philly Airport and didn't get a chance to take and pics while we were fishing. I wanted him to have something to remember the trip by. Bill, those pulp log sized snook will bite the next time your down. We didn't get skunked the trout and jacks cooperated. Safe travel home to you and Fran!

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Pine Island Sound, Charlotte Harbor Fishing Report 04-04-14

 

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Pesky cold fronts have made the fishing in Pine Island Sound and around Cayo Costa a bit challenging. Water temps are dropping 8-12* when the fronts come through. Cooler water means making adjustments. Spin fishing the deep holes with slower retrieves works As the temps rebound the fish become more aggressive and move out of the holes and onto the flats where fly fishing has an advantage. There’s been some big redfish in up in Charlotte Harbor. The sea trout have been very cooperative in Gasparilla sound. The Gulf beaches have been quiet with just a few ladyfish and Spanish around. Tarpon sightings are becoming more common in the Sounds as they have started dropping out of the backcountry. It won’t be long and we’ll be bending those Orvis H2 rods along the beaches.

 

Want to win a free 4 hour fishing Charter? Answer this trivia question: Where is “Meatball” used in this website and what does it mean? Everyone who emails me the correct answer will be entered into a drawing for a free four hour fishing or sightseeing charter in either Florida or Maine during 2014. Value $350, can be used as partial consideration towards an alternate Obsession charter of your choice. Drawing will be held on Wednesday, April 16th. Happy searching and good luck!

 

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Pine Island, Boca Grande Spin and Fly Fishing Report 03-26-14

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Light tackle and fly fishing is great this time of year throughout Charlotte Harbor. Snook, Redfish and Trout are active and in their usual haunts. Snook can be found on sand near mangroves try light colored soft plastic lures and white flies with a bit of flash. Redfish are up in the shallows and around oyster beds. The old stand by copper spoon and dark colored sinking flies are producing well. Trout are on the grass flats usually near an edge or deep hole. Use top water lures and flies for some real fun. Spanish Mackerel are spread out in the lower Harbor along the transitions from flats to deeper water. They love flashy lures and flies but you have to move them fast. Cobia and tarpon are spotty right now but that will change as the bait continues to move into Pine Island and Gasparilla Sounds.

Have fun and be safe out there! Capt. Dave Pecci Obsession Sportfishing Charters 941-235-1311 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Go to www.obsessioncharters.com and www.facebook.com/dave.pecci for more fishing info including pictures and videos.

 

 

 

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Snook on Light Tackle in Pine Island Sound, Charlotte Harbor

Fished Pine Island Sound with Capt. Gordon Gillies today. This snook was staged up where an oyster bed transitioned to mangroves next to a deep channel, in other words, right where a snook should be... We had a good morning on both snook and trout before heading in aound 11:00 when the showers turned to a steady rain.

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Charlote Harbor Spotted Sea Trout on the BBQ Tonight

 

Charlotte Harbor spotted sea trout on the BBQ tonight. Capt. Dave Pecci, Obsession Sportfishng Charters.

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Tarpon Central - We Have Lift Off, Boca Grande

Brad Osborn from Falmouth Maine jumps a very nice tarpon on a live crab.

 

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A Boca Grande Tarpon Kicks Larry's Butt.

Larry Stelzer from Maine puts a hurting on an 80 pound tarpon. 80 pound tarpon puts a hurting right back on Larry. What doesn't show in the video is the 16' hammerhead shark that tried to eat Larry's tarpon. All is good though, the tarpon got away thanks to Larry's quick boating abilities.

 

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Tarpon off the beaches of Gaspirilla Island

On and Gone - 70-80 pounder pulled the hook on the first run. What a thrill.

 

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Tarpon Meatball

Hundreds of tarpon breaking on the surface and rolling ("Meatballing") off the beach in May 2013.

 

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Charlotte Harbor Tarpon comes boatside prior to a safe release

Matt Stelzer from Maine lands his first tarpon while fishing with Capt. Dave Pecci on Obsession Sportfishing Charters. May and early June is the time to find this kind of action on Charlotte Harbor in SW Florida.

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Redfish and Trout in the Charlotte Harbor Backwater

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Late winter low water levels make for productive fishing around the oyster beds. March is a great time to fish Charlotte Harbor's backwater. Caught this 23" redfish on a 1/4 oz jig head dressed with a root beer split tail. Finished the day up with a few spotted sea trout.

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The Clouser Minnow

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Lefty Krey has said on many occations that if he could only have one fly it would be --- yep, you got it, a Clouser Minnow in chartreus. Trout, spanish, ladyfish, jacks, small snook and even redfish eat this fly. Don't forget to use a wire trace on the toothy guys...

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Whitebait Fly - synthetic

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There are many whitebait flies available in synthetics and natural fiber. Always have a bunch of different ones with you. This particular one has an epoxy head that gets it down in the water. Whitebait patterns work on about any fish you'll find in Charlotte Harbor or the Gulf beaches.

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Whistler - an oldie but goodie

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Whistler an oldie but goodie - Not sure if this pattern is as old as the cockroach but its been around as long as I have been fly fishing. Great for reds, tarpon and snook.

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Synthetic fiber baitfish fly

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Synthetic fiber baitfish fly - These are available at most fly shops. Make sure they are tied on 2X or 3X hooks. You don't need HD hooks for reds and snook but if you come across a back country tarpon you'll be able to keep connected to her beyond the first jump.

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Charlotte Harbor Cobia Catch

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36" Cobia caught in lower Charlotte Harbor on light tackle. Too rough on the beach of Boca Grande for tarpon this morning. That’s the great thing about This piece of SW Florida’s coat; the Sounds and backcountry fishing is there if the beaches fail you.

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Tarpon rolling on the Beaches of Boca Grande

 

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Tarpon, Tarpon everywhere on the Beaches of Boca Grande. Fussy eaters today, but fun non-stop action all this week. .

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