Florida Fishing Reports

 

Boca Grande, Charlotte Harbor Fly Fishing and Light Tackle Report 05-24-13

 With less than three weeks left here in Charlotte Harbor I have been landlocked all this week doing the last big project of our home renovation. It's killing me to do drywall work while the tarpon and snook play along the beaches of Boca Grande and Cayo Costa... It's a good thing that Barb has returned to Maine during this part of the project which is a complete redo of the garage. Picture the entire contents of a garage including a washer and dryer, water heater, tools and even two bicycles piled up in our living room. To say nothing about the DUST! OMG... By Memorial Day's end the project will be done and I'll be fishing Pine Island Sound. Yesssss!

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Tarpon Jump on the Beach at Boca Grande

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05-18-13 Tarpon On and Gone Just That Quick... Brad Osborn Jumped an 80 pounder this morning off the beach at Boca Grande on spin fishing gear and a live crab. Unfortunately she cut the leader with her gill plate.

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Charlotte Harbor /Boca Grande Fishing Report: 05-09-13

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High pressure and westerly winds last week made inshore fishing a bit challenging. The beach had swells and white caps making chasing tarpon impossible. Mid-day high tides put the redfish way up into the mangroves. Monday and Tuesday the back country was shell shocked from the Flatsmasters redfish tournament. With all that, we still had some great days on the water. Thanks to some small snook, flounder, Spanish mackerel and the ever happy sea trout…  The coming week should provide lighter winds, warming water and great tides. Tarpon fishing should be very good both along the Gasparilla beaches and in Pine Island Sound. The huge snook that are laid up on light bottom of Bull and Turtle Bays should be more aggressive as the high pressure moves off. The redfish will settle down and move back on the oyster beds and out of the mangrove roots. This is the beginning of late spring Prime Time in Charlotte Harbor and Boca Grande! I have openings in my schedule so give me a call and we’ll go get em! Nothing recharges the batteries like a relaxing fun day on Beautiful Charlotte Harbor. All skill levels welcome.

 

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Boca Grande, Charlotte Harbor Fly Fishing and Light Tackle Report 05-09-13

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Low pressure to the north has caused westerly winds and 3'-4' swells on the Boca Grande beaches since Friday. Looks like the weather pattern will finally change tomorrow night and things will settle down. Here's a teaser of things to come! Frustrating to know the tarpon are out there just waiting for us... Lots of snook have moved to Gasparilla also. It's spawning time for them too. That's ok, there's always fish to catch in the backcountry of Pine Island sound! Headed there in an hour or so with fellow Maine Guide Bill Stevens and his wife Janice.

 

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New Orvis Tarpon Fly Fishing Rod on it's Way!

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I contacted Scott McEnaney at Orvis this week with a request. It took some doing but he hooked me up with a pre-release Helios2,  11wt rod! I'll have it later this coming week. Watch out Boca Grande tarpon... Thank you very much Scott. If this rod is as nice as the 10wt that I have (I fully expect it to be!) it will be a deadly tarpon stick. Check back for my review of it in the coming days... They will be available next month for purchase. The tarpon are here in the passes of Pine Island Sound and Boca Grande in good numbers and more are showing up daily. I have a few openings later in the month - Call me for available dates.

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Interesting few days here in Charlotte Harbor

Sunday afternoon the fuel pump on the Yukon crapped out while we were picking up take-out at the Nav-a-gator. Take-out became eat-in at that point... Some the regulars suggested we have the Yukon towed to a garage 5 miles from our place so we called AAA. Then we bummed a ride home from Barb's sister and fiancé. Two days later we're back up and running. Other than an unexpected charge to the credit card it actually worked out very well. Veteran's Auto Repair treated us great just like my buddy Merle Ambrose would have in Maine. Barb got some down time to recover from a spill on her bike (she's fine, even peddled a mile home after it happened.) and took care of a bit of business she'd been putting off. We met some nice folks at Nav-a-Gators. And I got some painting done in the house. The Tarpon, Snook and Redfish will be there this coming week. Life is good!

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Charlotte Harbor /Boca Grande Fishing Report: 04-28-13

 

Only been on the water of Charlotte Harbor a few times in the past two weeks... Been enjoying some vacation time with Barb. She heads back to Maine the end of the week and I'm already missing her...  The fishing is excellent right now. Snook are cruising in 4-6 feet of water in Pine Island Sound and the Beaches of Gasparilla. The spotted seatrout are aggressive in Bull and Turtle Bay. Spanish are in the deeper water of Gasparilla Sound. The tarpon are showing up on the Boca Grande beaches though not to the point of steady action. Bait balls everywhere on the beaches, in the sounds and backcountry. Love this time of year in Charlotte Harbor!

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Charlotte Harbor /Boca Grande Fishing Report: 04-18-13

 

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The first tarpon are showing up. Just two pods on the beach at Boca Grande so far. Gulf water is 76*. Another 2-4* will improve things. Haiden Shea had a baby tarpon (3'er) spit the hook yesterday in Turtle Bay. Snook seem to be everywhere in Gasparilla Sound and Pine Island Sound this week but are not eating all that well. Redfish are moving in and out of the skinny water of Bull and Turtle Bay. Spotted searout, ladyfish and Spanish are at Bokeelia and the flats up toward Punta Gorda. The Shea boys and dad; Scott (Seaspray Kayak) had the full show yesterday... Porpoise, manatees, eagles, ospreys all were out in numbers. All totaled they caught 7 different species of fish. Haiden will be sending me some video from his Go Pro. I'm off the water for the next few days, spending some time with my bride! Trip to the beach, lunch at Sharky's And maybe a bike ride on today's itinerary...

 

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Preparing for a Busy Week of Boca Grande Tarpon Fishing

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This is what happens to a dining room table when your bride returns to Maine leaving you to my own devises. Tasty tarpon tidbits are now prepared for the coming week on the beaches of Boca Grande and the waters of Charlotte Harbor.

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Charlotte Harbor /Boca Grande Fishing Report: 04-01-13

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Now this is more like it. 72* at 6am w/ 4mph southerly winds and clear skies at the Boca Grande causeway. Look out Charlotte Harbor snook and redfish!

 

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Charlotte Harbor /Boca Grande Fishing Report: 03-18-13

Settling in now. Still working out an internet connection and getting the skiff ready for guiding. Shakedown on Charlotte Harbor yesterday went pretty well but I found a cracked livewell seacock and the new trolling motor blocks my bow light socket. Fished a few hours with Gordon and Mary Gillies on the Punta Gorda shore. Spotted seatrout for supper tonight and I now know where the redfish aren't. Been cold but today I woke up to 62* and it will be in the 80s this afternoon. Water temps are in the mid 60s.

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Charlotte Harbor /Boca Grande Fishing Report: 03-30-13

Cold front moving off 54* this morning with highs in the low 80s. today. Charlotte Harbo water temp is climbing and will be back in the 70s by the end of the weekend. Best news of all is the water levels are back to just below normal in the Pine Island Sound and the bays. Though it’s been fun watching boaters run aground almost every day this week. Tide charts are great but... Had a great spotted seatrout bite yesterday and fly and spin fishing will improve dramatically over the weekend. Good thing too, I have 6 charters this week. Everyone have a great and blessed Easter.

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