Spring Fishing Report
Can you believe this beautiful weather? Ahhh Southwest Florida, we really do live in paradise.It was definitely one of the warmest winters this year and spring time is upon us. Fish use water temperature as their seasonal time clock and it decides which part of their life cycle they are in. Since the water is warmer earlier, fish patterns dictate that and their cycles start earlier. That is good news for us. If you can dodge the windy days that are common this time of year, the fishing should be spectacular.
Snook have made their way out of their winter haunts exiting the creeks and canals toward the outer bays and now the migration begins into the passes and along beaches as they get into spawning mode. Tarpon are moving north up the beaches and should be arriving in the passes early and oh so hungry. Serve up a live crab, pinfish, pilchard, threadfin, shrimp, cut bait and artificials as these first few waves of fish are ready and willing to bite.
Redfish are loaded around flats in sounds and bays with good numbers of bait. With the strong East winds blowing the water out, the low tides make for some great sight fishing for tailers, otherwise fish potholes and mangroves on the high tides. Big trout are on the flats in 4-6 feet of water over grass and this is also a great time to catch big trout on the beaches. Sheephead and snapper are always willing to eat a shrimp offering and their schools are big and growing daily.
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Grouper and snapper are plentiful out on the live bottom and the artificial reefs in 30 feet of water on out. The big permit that feast on crab floating with the seaweed grass lines are showing up down south and the barracuda schools should be hovering. Big Kingfish as well as schoolies are smoking reels along the whole sw coast. Look for tripletail on the buoy lines where their also may be cobia.
Captain Dave Morningstar
Winter Fishing Report
Its been a mild winter with beautiful weather and near perfect temperatures.
Spring is just around the corner with more great weather coming our way. Look for the bite to get even better as the water temperature rises and spring approaches.
Fish the high tides close to the mangroves for Redfish, sheephead and snapper. Fish the grass flats for big numbers of quality trout, jacks and ladyfish.
As the tide falls look for the fish to move to the deeper creeks, troughs and potholes. Redfish move to the shallow flats searching for food, their tails will stand like flags in the air while they feed on crustaceans and small bait fish. Shiners, pinfish and shrimp are the top producing live baits. Cut ladyfish or mullet does well this time of year also, as well as artificial lures.
The offshore bite has been excellent and you don't have to travel to far out this time of year to catch fish as the cool water brings the fish closer to shore. Grouper, snappers and mackeral have been keeping anglers busy with bent rods and constant action. Keep an eye out for schools of bonito and mackeral smashing baitfish on the surface for some real fun.
Its a great time to be in sunny southwest Florida. We are blessed with perfect temperatures, magic sunsets and some of the best fishing in the world bar none. Come and Enjoy.
Captain Dave Morningstar
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