Spring Fishing Report

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May is a great time of the year to target one of our favorite species, the snook.  Snook fishing will continue to improve as the weather continues to warm.  These great fishing game-fish begin to move to the Gulf beaches to feed and spawn as the water temperature rises into the high seventies.  Snook can be found around the Sanibel Lighthouse, as well as around the passes.  Shore-bound anglers should begin walking the beaches looking for schools of snook.  Fly anglers often have an advantage over spin fishermen, because stealth is critical when fishing for beach snook, especially on calm days with clear water.  Snook can also be found in the back-country around mangroves and oyster bars.  Live whitebait is the ultimate bait for snook.  Fly fishermen should have a selection of bait-fish imitating streamers including chartreuse and white clousers.

Tarpon fishing should also be excellent this month.  Tarpon can be targeted off the Gulf beaches, specifically around Knapp’s Point, Bowman’sBeach on Sanibel and Johnson Shoals outside of Boca Grande Pass.  The passes hold large numbers of tarpon, and anglers.  Pine Island Sound also holds a lot of tarpon.  Anglers should have a livewell full of threadfins, whitebait, or live crabs.  Cut baits such as fresh ladyfish or catfish can also be productive tarpon bait.  Large size Rapala X-Raps are productive artificial baits.  Fly fishermen should use cockroach and toad patterns.  Make sure you are prepared for battle with one of these prehistoric monsters.  Spin fishermen should use forty of fifty pound braided line, with at least six feet of sixty of eighty pound flourocarbon leader.

Trout fishing is most productive on a strong incoming tide.  Anglers should fish in three to five feet of water for trout.  Dropoffs on grassflats and around oyster bars are great places to locate trout.  Trout fishing is often more productive around dawn and dusk, especially with topwater baits.  Aside from providing exciting strikes, topwater baits are a great way to catch a trophy trout.  A three inch New Penny Gulp! Shrimp on a jighead is a very productive bait for trout.

If you have any questions about fishing the area, or would like to spend a day on the water, please give us a call, 239-579-0399 or email us at info@whitneysbaitandtackle.com.

Winter Fishing Report

20130223_141701So far this winter, the fishing has been great, despite the cooler water temperatures.  The trout and sheepshead are plenty active, and anglers have been catching quite a few snook inside the Blind Pass area.  We’ve also had a few really nice sharks caught right along the beach.  Come on in and we can help you get rigged up for them, provide the baits and talk to you about the best way to handle and release them.We really like this time of year because the sheepshead and trout are very active, the water is clean and beautiful and our perfect weather makes for a great day on the water.  Our charters have been routinely catching really nice sheepshead, trout and ladyfish with redfish mixed in.  One customer last week even caught a bunch of bluefish.  There are also lots of ladyfish around and they can keep your rods bent all morning.

In the back bays, redfishing has been good when the water warms up a few degrees in the afternoon sun and on the flats trout action has been great, especially early in the morning on top water plugs.  Snook will take baits this time of year especially when the water warms a little in the afternoon.

There have also been a good mix of pompano around the Sanibel Lighthouse.  They are great tasting, hard fighting and lots of fun to catch – we can show you how to rig up for them and what baits to use.   We have a few charter captains catching groupers in the passes while drifting live baits.

The cold fronts that come down this time of year are relatively short lived and the fishing turns right back on within a day or two, so if you’re in town and want to go fishing, don’t let a cool front cancel your plans, we can get you out on the water, put a bend in your rod and a smile on your face.

Please keep the pictures coming in, we love to see our clients having a great time catching fish. If you have any questions about fishing the area, or would like to spend a day on the water, please give us a call at 239-579-0399 or email us, info@whitneysbaitandtackle.com.

Call us for a fishing report, come on in and get rigged up, get some bait, and let’s go fishing.

Whitney

Fall Fishing Report

DSC_0545October and November are some of our favorite months to fish in Southwest Florida.  The days are cooler and very comfortable, the summer rains have subsided and the water cleans up nicely and most importantly the fish are very active.

If you are out there on the water just about anything can happen.  Just this week an angler fishing at the Sanibel Pier jumped a tarpon, which almost everyone considers a spring and summer fish but it just goes to show you what kind of variety is available.  We have also had a few anglers catch king mackeral.  Some very large redfish and snook have also been caught at the pier and at Blind Pass on the Gulf side.

We also really like this time of year because the Sheepshead get very active, if you’ve never caught a sheepshead they are really unique fish with black and white stripes, they primarily eat crustaceans (shrimp and crabs) and they have an unbelievable set of teeth.  If you like to keep fish for eating, they are also great tasting.  This time of year the seatrout also get very active and will readily take spoons, flies, plugs and a variety of baits.  There are ladyfish, jacks and spanish mackeral everywhere.

We have even caught a few groupers in the passes while drifting live baits.

We do get a few cold fronts this time of year but they are relatively short lived and the fishing turns right back on within a day or two, so if you’re in town and want to go fishing, don’t let a cool front cancel your plans, we can get you out on the water, put a bend in your rod and a smile on your face.

Please keep the pictures coming in, we love to see our clients having a great time catching fish. If you have any questions about fishing the area, or would like to spend a day on the water, please give us a call at 239-579-0399 or email us, info@whitneysbaitandtackle.com and let’s go fishing.

Whitney

 

 

September Fishing Report

Here's Allen from NC with a 5lb spotted seatrout caught on one fo our recent trips.

Here’s Allen from NC with a 5lb spotted seatrout caught on one of our recent trips.

Anglers, summer fishing has been good and with fall right around the corner things are going to get even better.  Much has been made about the above average summer rainfall we’ve had this year in Southwest Florida, the water has certainly changed color and it’s brown just about everywhere you go, but fish need to eat every day and they are still out there and are taking topwater plugs, jerkbaits, spoons, live and frozen baits of all kinds and even well placed flies.

The back-bay fishing has been very good for trout, jacks, ladyfish, spanish mackerel and pompano.  Off the beaches there are plenty of sharks, king mackerel are beginning to appear along the bunched up bait balls and there are still a few tarpon around.  We even jumped a few this week ourselves along the beach.  We have been fishing early in the day to beat the afternoon thunderstorms back to the dock, if you can get out late after the storms have cleared it’s also a great time to fish.

If you like fishing for sharks, come on in, we’ve got all the bait and rigs you need to get out there and catch a big one.  There are plenty of sharks to be caught along the beaches, day or night.

With fall right around the corner we will begin seeing redfish schooling up on the flats.  Snook will remain along the beaches and Blind Pass, also plenty of snook are being caught at the Sanibel Pier.  This time of year we also begin to see large groups of bait all along the beaches , they are easy to spot with diving birds and these are great opportunities to get into ladyfish, jacks, mackeral and even some tarpon and sharks.  When you find diving birds like that the fishing action can be non-stop, it’s a great way to spend a few hours and the kids really love it.

Please keep the pictures coming in, we love to see our clients having a great time catching fish. If you have any questions about fishing the area, or would like to spend a day on the water, please give us a call at 239-579-0399 or email us, info@whitneysbaitandtackle.com.

Fishing Report

April fishing is getting great and you should be here.  This month is one of our favorite times of the year, the water temperature is just right for all our locally targeted gamefish.  For the kids, trout, ladyfish, and spanish mackeral are everywhere and for the more serious anglers, redfish and snook are working along the mangroves and will take well presented baits, flies and lures.  We are even seeing a few tarpon begin to show up.