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Now that’s a snook

Big snook are on the prowl.

The big females are hanging around the creek mouths, mangroves and points, fattening up after the summer spawn. They’ll be moving into the rivers and well into warmer backwaters in the weeks ahead, but until then, we’ll be seeing some of the best snook fishing of the year, some years fall snooking is even better than spring and this just may be one of those years if catches like the one seen hear tell us anything.

Live sardines are the snook candy that gets the big ones, but artificials are effective, as well, particularly as the water cools, the fish are hungry and they have the energy to chase a plug, jig or soft jerk bait.

There’s been a lot of freshwater in the backwaters, creeks and rivers, and while snook are tolerant of freshwater, they still like to be close to the saltier environment, so we’re finding them just outside the creeks and around the river mouths. We’ll be following them deep into the backwaters as the season progresses, but for now there are plenty of fish still on the outside, and right now odds are good of finding big fish.

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Trout Time

This is trout time. The water is cooling, the fish know winter is just around the corner and they’re feeding to fatten up for the coming cold. We’re finding them about everywhere we go – the grass flats, rocks, spoils and creek mouths are holding some quality fish right now, with examples 18 to 25… Continue Reading

Redfishing doesn’t get any better than this

It’s on. Fall is here and the redfish are acting like we always hope they will. The fish bunch in schools, so now when we find them, there’s a good supply of hungry fish all packed nicely together, unlike other times of the year when we’re hunting and pecking for onesies and twosies here and… Continue Reading

Reds still a focal point

There seems to be no end to the runoff from the past few weeks of rain, and that continues to push fish out of our backwaters. Evidence of all the fresh water in the Gulf is everywhere near shore, and the water is tea-brown from all the tannins being washed into the salt water. That’s… Continue Reading

A rainy season redfish strategy

As Mother Nature delivers nearly daily rain upon us, an interesting thing happens that’s making our fishing a little easier. Redfish don’t like all that fresh water, and as such all the runoff into backwaters, bayous, canals, creeks and rivers is forcing them out into the Gulf, where we’ve been targeting them with great success.… Continue Reading

Greeting from the tarpon capitol of the world

The tarpon action is in full swing, with fishing options for big silver kings ranging from the beaches and backwaters, to the famous Boca Grande Pass. It’s just a matter of what style of fishing you like most. The tarpon are here in force and cooperating. Weather is the only wild card, but we’ve managed… Continue Reading

Let the 2019 silver king fishing begin

Well, it’s officially ON! The 2019 tarpon season in underway in Boca Grande. I’m in Boca now, where the fish are active and hungry, both in the big pass and in the harbor back country. I love this early season fishing, as the big crowds aren’t here yet and we have a lot more water… Continue Reading

Boca Tarpon are in; get in on the early season action

Well, the tarpon are in at Boca Grande. Fish began showing up in the pass and in the harbor at the beginning of March, so things are shaping up to be a great year for early-season action. I always encourage people to book fishing trips during the early part of the season because it’s a… Continue Reading