Author Archives: Mike

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. The areas I like to work are creek and river mouths, working both shoreline on either side and the outlet, which are ambush points for reds that have come out of the backwaters for saltier water.

These fish generally as in an eating mood and we like live sardines for the job, but shrimp or pinfish will do it. Plugs, soft plastics or spoons can be effective, as well, and allow you to test the waters quickly by fan-casting and seeing if you can raise a strike.

On the plus side, all that rain cools the water, which is a blessing right now, as otherwise water temperatures would be very warm putting the fish under stress and making them less likely to chase baits.

As we move into fall, weather patterns will change and a lot of those reds will move back into their backwater lairs.


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

Cool water? Go slow for success

Fish being cold-blooded creatures, when our water temperatures drop at this time of year we adjust our tactics to up the success rate. What’s the biggest adjustment? Slowing things down to make sure the fish, which are low on energy in the cool water, have a chance to take the bait. At this time of… Continue Reading

Trout are big and plenty right now

  This might be one of the absolute best times of the year for trout fishing, particularly when we see a warming trend like the one we’ve been having from Christmas into the new year. My go-to trout zone now is the expansive grass flats and spoil islands south of the Anclote River along St.… Continue Reading