Charlotte Harbor / Pine Island Sound Fishing Report January 4th, 2016 - Happy New Year Everyone! Welcome to the first of 2016 weekly Fishing Reports from Charlotte Harbor Florida. My guiding season kicks later this month and I'm looking forward to enjoying the sun and warmth of Southwest Florida through early June.
Conditions: Typical January fishing conditions this week. Low water levels and dropping water temps.
Bait: Mullet, Ladyfish, pinfish, shrimp, crabs
Fishing Tactics: Cool temps and northeast winds will move the water and fish from the mangroves into the potholes and troughs. Concentrate on deeper water with slower presentations.
Species to target: Redfish, Snook Seatrout, Jacks, Spanish Mackerel and Ladyfish.
My Fly Fishing Tip of the Week: Cool water tactics, swap to a sinking or sinking intermediate line and weighted flies. Fish edges and holes.
My Spin Fishing Tip of the Week: Fish slow and low during cool water conditions.
7 day outlook: Average temps and northeast winds subsiding mid-week. 40% chance of showers on Wednesday.