Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Fort Myers Fishing Forcast

First Things First

I hope Everyone Had A Great Christmas and And A Even Better Beginning To The New Year.

I know it is a lot to look over but the in depth 2011 rates are located here Go Fish Charters Tarpon Fishing And Back Country Fishing Rates. There are some interesting changes that my regular clints will want to look over, as well as enticing to those who have inquired and not booked yet.

Outlook and Forecast For 2011 Fishing Season


Now to my favorite subject; and as every one who knows and fishes with me the most exciting, Tarpon Fishing. I expect another action filled season with large numbers of giant tarpon. The forecast looks good based on previous years catches, and with the lack of red tide and no major water quality issues, I have personally seen more and bigger fish coming to my boat. I would like some input form my regular clients on how they thought the season went, given the fact that I did no jig fishing in 2010. I really would like to know your thoughts and you can do so here at a special email I set up to accept your input, input@gofishcharters.com If you are not a regular client and fished with me or inquired please feel free to leave you input as well


My thoughts where the catch ratio was better the landing percentages where higher and the trips where overall more fun and pleasant not mixing it up in the pass with the jig fleet. Please take the time to give me your thoughts they are important to me. Also again please take note to the rate schedule I added a whole host of available trips. the rates can also be found here gofishcharters.com/rates


January 1st was the fist day of the year as well as the first day of opening sea trout season after the two month closure. Trout fishing in the winter time is a staple fishery here for me, since adding the Shallow running 22 foot winter boat to my fishing arsenal. Most of the trout fishing I am doing now consist of high double digit catches with some exceptional days in triple digits. I also manage to catch a good number of redfish on these trips, and with the open season on trout this makes for a good bag of cleaned fish for the dinner table.



The redfish fishing should continue to improve as we continue into the winter months. The negative tides and lack of white bait forces the reds to forage more on the shallower glass flats making sight fishing a good proposition. Also these negative tides will push these fish into pot holes only accessible by the shallowest of boats. This is where my Shallow Sport comes into play, allowing me to access water that very few can. For those of you have fished in it, you know that this boat needs very little water to run in and truly runs shallower that any boat I have ever seen or owned.




The snook closure remains in effect and will continue to be a catch and release fishery until there is word from the State that their recovery is
sufficient. 2009 was the best snook fishing I had experienced in quite some time, but the cold winter of 2010 took its toll. I have seen encouraging numbers of large breeder snook, and of course nature has a way of producing stronger stocks form survivors, so I look forward to seeing more snook in the future.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Fishing Fort Myers

Boca Grande to Fort Myers Florida Fishing Summer Outlook
The April-July tarpon fishing season was awesome. Tarpon should stay here in good numbers through out the summer. The snook fishing reports have been better. The redfish are starting to school up and will continue through the summer and in to the fall. Mangrove snapper will move on to the flats, along with some decent grouper in the passes. Late Summer fishing in the Boca Grande and Fort Myers area should continue to be on par, with some spectacular late tarpon fishing leading the way.

Tarpon Fishing
GOT TARPON! The spawning season for tarpon may be over, but the summer season is just starting, from Charlotte Harbor to Fort Myers Florida, the summer tarpon fishing will be at its best. I always have my best tarpon fishing days in the summer, look for tarpon in Charlotte Harbor, Pine Island Sound and on the beaches, all the way to Fort Myers and throughout Southwest Florida. The fact that we have had no oil in our area and with oil north of here it is affecting the migration of tarpon and sending them back in the area THE NEXT COUPLE OF MONTHS WILL BE AWESOME


Snook Fishing
Snook fishing despite the cold weather affects from earlier this year is very good and August-October should continue. Snook feed well during the spawn and the catch and release action has been really good with plenty of large Snook. These fish stage in areas close to the passes and are excited to see a live wells full of bait. The night time snook fishing around the lighted docks in Punta Gorda, Ft. Myers, Boca Grande Gasparilla to Sanibel and Captiva will have fantastic snook action and the night time temps are more fishing friendly to the anglers. Snook are still catch and release through September 1st as we wait to see if the State will reopen the harvest.

Redfish Fishing
Redfish fishing will heat up as late summer and early fall approach. The redfish will start to school up as they begin their annual spawn. Beginning in August and lasting well into October. Look for redfish to be on the outside of the bars where larger fish are maturing and venturing off into deeper water. Pinfish and sardines are key to success along with cut bait. Chumming well know areas on rising tides well activate these schools into a feeding frenzy where non stop action can be experienced. A tale-tale sign of this spawning occurrence is the shorter days leading into early fall.

Mangrove Snapper and Grouper
The near shore fishing action should pick up especially for mangrove snapper and grouper. Mangrove snapper will be found on the flats and in the passes. Fishing the Boca Grande and Captiva passes will no doubt reward the angler with a limit for the table. Light tackle and fluorocarbon leader is a must. The gag grouper in the keeper range will also be available and will require bigger tackle than the snapper.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Fall Tarpon Fishing And Schooling Redfish

After another very successful Tarpon Season I would like to thank everyone that fished with me this year. I work very hard to achieve a level of ability that stands out in my business and to be successful at achieving the goal of catching fish for my clients. For those who where unable to get on my book this year I would like to extend an invitation to consider my services in the future. As many of you know it is never to early to book for Tarpon Fishing. I would also like everyone to take note that the 10 hour split trip was very popular and most of my trips where the 10 hour charter. However most everyone who booked this trip asked for extended time so take notice to the additional All Day Tarpon Charter trip this upcoming season.


Redfish starting schooling a few weeks ago and this is the best time of the year to catch good numbers of “bull” redfish. These over sized reds are moving though the passes and schooling on the nearby grass flats. Any outside grass flat near the passes can hold a school of redfish this time of year. I’ve been mostly fishing the bars in Charlotte Harbor but Pine Island Sound and Lemon Bay are also holding good schools of redfish.

Even though the fishing charters are pretty slow right now I have been doing quite a bit of fishing to stay with the fall tarpon migration. The tarpon are following the bait schools and feed heavily to fuel their migration for the winter. Most of these tarpon are very large averaging over 100 pounds. I have been doing well with a variety of artificial lure and live baits. Live ladyfish and sardines hooking the most tarpon; with spoons, jigs and soft plastic swim baits producing as well. There are a number a locations that have been holding tarpon. Look for bait schools on the beaches outside of Boca Grande Pass, Captiva Island and Fort Myers Beach. You can also run into groups of migrating tarpon in the bays.

Fort Myers Fishing Forcast: The tarpon fishing is just about over. We may have no more than 2-3 weeks of good tarpon fishing before its over for the winter. Fishing for bull redfish should remain strong for the rest of the fall. The large schools of redfish should be around into early November. After that its mostly singles and small groups.

Flats Fishing And Back County Charters

During the winter I my run 22 foot Texas Shallow Sport fishing machine. This dry stable fishing platform allow me to access the shallowest of flats. As the winter months progress in to negative tides and extremely shallow flats where trout and reds are trapped in pot holes I have the right boat to access these areas, and score days where triple digit fish numbers are the norm. I am ah expert in the use of artificial lures. The majority of fishing from November to March is done with artificial lures. I have found that artificial lures out produce live bait during these months. This insures you are not dealing with long waits at the dock or cancellations due to the lack of or limited bait.

I also own a high end 24 foot bay bay boat for dry and comfortable Tarpon Fishing and near shore charters. Equipped with 4 stoke out board and state of the art electronics, including hi def and side and down scan imaging. I keep up to date tackle From Penn, G Loomis, Accurate Reels and American Rod Smith. I have both earned a reputation in the industry as proven veteran fishing guide with results. An extensive amount of information can be easily searched online or references provided on request, assuring
you are hiring a top full guide.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Fort Myers Fishing Fort Myers Fishing Charters

Boca Grande to Fort Myers Florida Fishing Summer Outlook
The April-July tarpon fishing season was awesome. Tarpon should stay here in good numbers through out the summer. The snook fishing reports have been better. The redfish are starting to school up and will continue through the summer and in to the fall. Mangrove snapper will move on to the flats, along with some decent grouper in the passes. Late Summer fishing in the Boca Grande and Fort Myers area should continue to be on par, with some spectacular late tarpon fishing leading the way.

Tarpon Fishing
GOT TARPON! The spawning season for tarpon may be over, but the summer season is just starting, from Charlotte Harbor to Fort Myers Florida, the summer tarpon fishing will be at its best. I always have my best tarpon fishing days in the summer, look for tarpon in Charlotte Harbor, Pine Island Sound and on the beaches, all the way to Fort Myers and throughout Southwest Florida. The fact that we have had no oil in our area and with oil north of here it is affecting the migration of tarpon and sending them back in the area THE NEXT COUPLE OF MONTHS WILL BE AWESOME


Snook Fishing
Snook fishing despite the cold weather affects from earlier this year is very good and August-October should continue. Snook feed well during the spawn and the catch and release action has been really good with plenty of large Snook. These fish stage in areas close to the passes and are excited to see a live wells full of bait. The night time snook fishing around the lighted docks in Punta Gorda, Ft. Myers, Boca Grande Gasparilla to Sanibel and Captiva will have fantastic snook action and the night time temps are more fishing friendly to the anglers. Snook are still catch and release through September 1st as we wait to see if the State will reopen the harvest.

Redfish Fishing
Redfish fishing will heat up as late summer and early fall approach. The redfish will start to school up as they begin their annual spawn. Beginning in August and lasting well into October. Look for redfish to be on the outside of the bars where larger fish are maturing and venturing off into deeper water. Pinfish and sardines are key to success along with cut bait. Chumming well know areas on rising tides well activate these schools into a feeding frenzy where non stop action can be experienced. A tale-tale sign of this spawning occurrence is the shorter days leading into early fall.

Mangrove Snapper and Grouper
The near shore fishing action should pick up especially for mangrove snapper and grouper. Mangrove snapper will be found on the flats and in the passes. Fishing the Boca Grande and Captiva passes will no doubt reward the angler with a limit for the table. Light tackle and fluorocarbon leader is a must. The gag grouper in the keeper range will also be available and will require bigger tackle than the snapper.