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02/07

Trout fishing continues to very good with limits of trout in the keeper range and oversized fished in the mix. Deeper flats with scattered potholes are worth your attention. Drifting these flats while casting to the edge of the potholes with various jigs until fish are located, once you hook up anchor the boat and spend some time working the area,  after some time move on and repeat the pattern.

With the cold weather that finally blanketed the area big red fish have moved into shallow water potholes and can be taken with cut bait soaked on the bottom. The key here is patience; redfish have a keen sense of smell and will find you offering if left in the soaking long enough. It’s also a good idea to scatter the area with cut bait to chum the area to increase your chances.

Offshore snapper and grouper have continued to good when the weather allows you to venture out. Deeper water is producing bigger fish but I expect that the cold fronts we have had will move these fish closer to shore.

Tarpon season will be here in a short time and my book is beginning to fill up for May and June. I have most of my morning trips filled but the afternoon trips are mostly still available. Making your plans early is the key to fishing with a successful Captain.

 

 01/07

Trout fishing has re-opened giving everyone another option for taking home fish dinner. Most of the deeper flats and potholes are holding keeper trout. The bite has been on the light side so a fast action sensitive tip will pay off. Natural color jerk baits are the only bait being used on my boat right now but with the warm weather there is a lot of bait around.

Red fish are in small groups and pairs and are in potholes on the low tides and then move up to the bushes as the tide rises. When these fish start towards the bushes a crab imitation is your best bet. Most of the areas are seeing a lot of pressure the warm weather is not only producing an early crop of bait fish but also making the boating season longer.

Snapper and grouper have been very good offshore with 4-5lbs mangos and nice keeper gags. Chum bags on the bottom and cut bait for the grouper while a shrimp tipped jig gets heads up for the snapper. Amberjack are also stacking up on some of the deeper wrecks with any thing that swims for bait.

Tarpon season will be here sooner than you think so start planing now the prime months May and June will get filled up. With the weather pattern we are seeing I expect a hot tarpon season.

The photos below are some of  catches from trips over the past few months just click on an image to enlarge the photo. I just don't have the room to put every photo up I have taken so many if you don't see your picture I apologize in advance. 

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12/06

Wintertime is fast approaching and water temps are falling, which means its time to change your game plan. Florida winters no matter how mild they seem still affect fishing. The tides are at there lowest, which means some areas may become inaccessible, and some areas during the low tide may be void of any water. This is a good time to explore and find deeper flats with deep potholes find these and you will more than likely find the fish. More often than not these fish will be in higher concentration because of the lack of water.

Winter is also the month I switch form looking for live bait to catch, and simply make that trip to the bait house for shrimp. Most shrimp offerings this time of year are seldom refused and are on the menu of every inshore species that swims. Redfish trout and snook live primarily on shrimp for the whole winter.

Trout fishing is beginning to pickup but its catch and release this time of year. Snook are plentiful and best bet is strong incoming tides. Redfish are` staging up in potholes on shallow tides and are very receptive to shrimp as well as plastics. If the mornings start out cold its best to wait for the afternoon when the sun will more than likely warm the water, a few degrees is all it takes to make a big difference.

Grouper should be on the move coming closer to shore. Amberjack should be stacking up on deeper reefs and wrecks. Kingfish should be mostly gone with the exception of large residents. And cobias are present along with some tripletail near shore.

Tarpon season will be here sooner than you thank and as always I am starting to book trips for prime time May-June so its never to early to make arrangements.

11/06

The long awaited opening of Bass Pro Shops In Fort Myers has finally arrived I can only tell you to check it out your self. I have long been a fan of Bass Pro Shops and really enjoy visiting every chance I get. I took my son 4 years old and he was excited. Bass Pro Shops has some awesome displays and the tackle camping and hunting selections are up to par. Its really tells you the town is on the map when you get a outfitter like this in town. Cabalas where are you we are waiting.

10/06

Fall patterns are falling into place as fish get set for the approaching winter. Redfish schools can be found through out the harbor. Snook are all but done spawning and are starting to migrate back to the creeks, rivers and backcountry. Kingfish are heading south for the winter. Trout fishing should pickup and start filling up pot holes on deeper grass flats.

With all this action fall can be the best time of the year with a wide variety of options. There is still a good amount of bait available in the area and for those who like artificals topwater is a good choice for the AM then switch to jigs with soft plastics later in the day.

Grouper and snapper should start moving closer to shore as the water temps begin to cool. Look for larger fish to show on the ledges and near shore reefs in the 50-60 ft mark. Anchoring and chumming the area should get the mix started and a flat line of the back will more than likely pickup a curious kingfish.

05/06

Tarpon Fishing is in full swing. The Harbor is stacked with good numbers of fish easily caught with threadfin hearing under a float. Drift through the area then move slowly back up wind or current. Make wide swings when moving the boat as not to spook the school. Pine Island Sound is just as good same method. Later in the afternoon shift to the beach and cast crabs free lined. Remember to be polite and not to crowd other anglers it will take you along way.

Boca Grande Pass has stated its normal run with good eating fish early in the morning then as the tide moves out the tarpon flush to the outside and can be caught out the buoys. Law enforcement will again be present and the three-line rule is in affect until the end of June.

Redfish are scattered but still being caught in good numbers, snook are moving on to the beaches to spawn so catch and release only. Big trout are cooperating and the permit are on the near by reefs.

I still have some afternoons open late May and guite a few days left in June so start making plans and get in on the action.

02/06

Trout fishing continues to be good with plenty of 20+ inch fish to be had. Most of the trout we have found have been grouped together in pot holes on low tides. Jerk baits have gotten more fish to the boat than shrimp. 1/8 ounce jig bounced will get picked up from the bottom by the bigger fish.

Redfish have been small and uncooperative with the big fish i have seen are tailing in extremely shallow water. With the heavy rain we experienced this weekend the water clarity will be gone making it even more difficult. However the rains will probably push the fish out of the rivers and move more reds on to the flats.

Snook season reopened on Feb 1st and snook have been better than average so far. I have been finding them sunning on cold days on the lee side of islands but they are not hanging in the area long so you have find them on a daily basics.

It might seem early to talk about tarpon but I am booking trips for the peek May-June with only a couple of days left open at the end of May. If you are planning on be in the action my advice is to book early as most good Capt's will book up prior to the season.

10/05

With the first hint of fall arriving this weekend in Southwest Florida fishing should be about as good as it gets. Water temps are falling and fish are becoming more aggressive. Schools of redfish are scattered through out the area. Look for tailers on a low tide then work the bars on a rising tide.

Snook fishing is improving as these linesiders move back to the winter haunts. River mouths, island points, tidal creeks with good moving water should produce. Snook are fattening up for the winter and will take most offerings if presented correctly. If the fish you have found aren’t eating try tackling down and finesse fishing to entice a strike.

King fish should start moving south and the runs in our area have been bigger and better each year. However near shore fish have been seriously affected by what seems to be an everlasting redtide bloom, pushing these fish and the bait they eat further offshore. Start looking for water temps in the mid to lower 70’s with a good hard bottom and bait, you should have success.

 
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04/05

If you fish the Boca Grande Pass this year don’t forget the law has changed to only three lines in the water at a time and no gear that breaks away this includes floats or corks or anything not attached permanently to the line. Don’t look for this quick fix to solve any issues some groups still want to have this great fishery to themselves. Go Fish Charters Inc and its captains will adhere to all rules and have developed a style and artificial bait that will work better than previously. Looking forward to the start of the season.

If you are planning a to fish with us we only have a few spots open in May and June is starting to fill up so get you plans made and lets go catch a Big Fish.

Fishing has been as good as it gets here in our area with Snook Redfish and Trout on every trip. The white bait is plentiful and artificial baits are working strong. The mornings have been cold and the tides start out low so the afternoon trips have been more productive. Seems like the unusual cold weather is just hanging around for a few more days. Tarpon have yet to show but I have heard reports from Sanibel and the Everglades as soon as we get warm nights with some consistency they will be here.

02/04

 Spring is all but on us and the Snook are moving out of the rivers and starting to feed. With signs of live bait starting to show Snook fishing will only improve. Top water early in the morning on high tides and at night near docks and lighted bridges for the keepers. Trout fishing has been great and has improved each year. Big gator trout are becoming the norm and will take about any offering form live shrimp under a popping cork to a plastic jig of most any color. Redfish have been hit and miss with several schools moving up on the bars on a rising tide in the northern part of the harbor. But some days they just don't show.

Tarpon fishing is just around the corner and fast approaching. I am taking inquires daily and booking up quickly i still have numerous days left but I have a lot more trips on the book this year at this time than for the same time last year. Most good tarpon guides book up prior to the season. So weather you are considering fishing with me or any of the other numerous veteran tarpon guides I would suggest you start putting your plans together so you don't get caught searching later.

Kingfish should start making a showing as the water temps begin to rise. The last few years I have seen the fish run further offshore in are area than normal so you may want to start looking at the 10-15 mile mark near the numerous artificial reefs.

05/15/04

Tarpon are here in good numbers on the beach up in the harbor and through out the bays. However the big pass is still not holding fish due to wind and unusually cold-water temp. The tarpon have moved in and out with the tide but just will not stay for any length of time. This should make for a late season. Hopefully the big pass will hold up to its reputation.

Snook season is closed and its catch and release only with big snook already on the beaches and in the passes. Redfish are breaking up and moving back into the bushes on hide tides. Trout are plentiful with shrimp taking more fish, there is bait fish everywhere.

Hopefully the winds will lay down, as they have been relentless blowing daily and keeping most offshore fishing to a minimal. Most reports have been snapper and small grouper close to shore on nearby wrecks, which should be holding some permit as well. Cobias are also throughout the harbor along with plenty of sharks.

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 04/20/04

Patterns are setting up to the normal and if you fish this time of year you should find fish in all the usual hangouts. Snook are already heading to the beaches and the passes and can be caught on good running tides. Redfish are still schooled up and can be found on the bars as well as some smaller schools during higher tides near the mangroves. And if you are looking for a Slam trout will eat just about anything you offer them. And for the die-hard willing to put in early before the winds pickup you just might hit that Gulf Coast Grand Slam with a tarpon. Kingfish a also in the area but the winds have been pretty relentless keeping most of out of the pursuit.

Tarpon fishing will be in full swing by the end of the month. I Tarpon fish exclusively May-July and hopefully the season will be a good one. Last year was a little tough with most of the fish moving out of the pass by the afternoon. I have seen some schools of tarpon already and the season looks promising.

A big thanks goes out to all the helped and donated time in an effort to help in the annual Boca Grande Pass clean up. This kind of event needs to mirrored in many places all through the state. The fishing resource in the state is seeing a lot of pressure and its just a good thing to see people who care give back to resource that gives so many great pleasure.

 03/15/04

With the days becoming longer and warmer spring is arriving. Bait fish are starting to show and can easily be netted for a day of fishing. Best time is right at sun up for about 45 minutes with a good chum slick.

Snook are moving out of the back country and can be found at mangrove points and sand holes in the northern parts of the Harbor. There have been some nice schools of redfish running up to and over the bars on incoming tides. You need a lot chum to keep them interested.

Kingfish should start to show soon as the water temps rise, 69-70 is ideal. You should start looking in about 30-40 feet over hard bottom and on the days when the wind is blowing off shore the kings will run closer to shore in sight of the beach. Also look for the bait pods its a tell-tell sign.

10/27/03

Snook fishing is really hot right now with slot fish everywhere and they are being caught on just about anything. Redfish are still schooling and offering some great days on the water. I found a school baled up just of the beach. This is the first time I have seen this in several years. Couple of buddies of mine where King fishing this week slow trolling ballyhoo and 150+ pound tarpon hit the bait and they had a good fight for half hour they both told me there where several tarpon in the area just off Boca Grande.

 

Speaking of Tarpon anybody who as ever read anything I have written or knows me personally knows I love to Tarpon Fish. Recently there has been a big move to ban artificals in Boca Grande Pass specifically the break away jig. A group of individuals have made the unproven accusation that the break away jig snags fish and that tarpon do not eat it. I personally fish many different methods for tarpon and do use the break away jig as well as live and other artificial methods. I personally have never attempted to snag a fish by any means and find the whole idea of doing it totally unethical and unsportsmanlike like.

The break away jig does not snag fish especially when it is connected to a circle hook.

I write this as information only and to let anyone who is interested know there is current discussions taking place by the FWC to address this issue as well as overcrowding and mortality. There is a scheduled meeting on 10/13-14 at Mote Marine in Sarasota and probably continued at November meetings in the Keys. I suggest if you have an interest in this you get involved no matter which side you may be on.

It is YOUR RIGHT to fish and fishing method (or style) that is at stake.

9/30/03

Fishing has been as hot as it can get through out the year, and has been one of my personal best. The snook, redfish, trout, and of course my favorite the tarpon cooperated all through the season. I spent numerous days and hours fishing with clients from all over and just had such a tremendous time, I couldn't even find time to keep a updated fishing report. Now with the summer months over i have slowed down enough I can find the time to be consistent writing and trying my best to keep you updated on the fishing scene in and around Boca Grande and Charlotte Harbor area.

The redfish action is starting to heat up in Charlotte Harbor with some schools of oversized fish being caught. Snook are still being caught at the beaches and passes, especially on out going tides; remember the season opened and the limit is one per person and carefully release any fish not being kept. Tarpon have left Boca Grande Pass but numerous schools and numbers worth targeting are still in the Charlotte Harbor. With high temperatures during the day the best fishing times will be early in the morning or late in the afternoon.

Kingfish will start to show soon as they make their southern trip down the coastline. I personally like to locate the fish and then anchor and keep them chummed at the back of and around the boat using light spinning gear.

 

6/23/03

Tarpon Fishing has been hot in Boca Grande Pass but with a shortage of fish this year due to a fish kill you should time your trip. The out going tides are the best when the crabs are flushing out.

I have managed Tarpon on every trip but will admit I had to work for them. The tarpon on the beach have been taking crabs and threadfins. Look for the fish that are moving slowly and approach them quietly so you don't spook them. It's best to try and get up from there movement and wait for the tarpon to come to you. As always it seems that most people can't find tarpon on there own so they look for a boat that is already working a pod. I can only say do what you think is right and give the same respect you want in return.

Redfish are in the bushes and can be found with little effort. Snook are still out of season and a spawning in the passes and on the beach. If you target them release them carefully i prefer to leave them alone. Trout fishing continues to get better and better every year and i had trouble finding fish small enough to keep.

Fishing Report
March 25 2003

The spring fling is on! Snook redfish trout and nighttime tarpon are cooperating well. Redfish action has been good throughout the Charlotte Harbor area with big oversize fish being caught in good numbers. There are several schools of redfish on incoming tides that will keep your rods bent. Look on the bars on a rising tide and bring plenty of fresh caught greenies to chum the fish to you. Big snook are on the move coming out of winter haunts and heading on to the flats and already moving to the passes. These snook are hungry and readily taking live bait as they fatten up from the winter and prepare to spawn. Look for good out going tides and work structure and mangrove points where good flow will allow snook to ambush live baits A few tarpon have been caught already this year and it looks as if the season may kick off early. On my pre-dawn bait catching excursions I have seen numerous tarpon rolling at the bridges and other tarpon spots. Nighttime trips are getting underway with some nights being better than others. This is really just post-season tarpon fishing, the big pods should start to show over the next few weeks. Kingfish and cobia have shown up recently just offshore and are already being caught as far north as Venice. Be careful venturing off shore as the winds have been blowing most days and a few thundershowers have already run through the area.


November 7 2002

I have been hitting the snook lately as they are in the feeding mood. As snook gear up for the winter they go into a feed that can be phenomenal. With the first cold front that passed and the shorter days the water temps are climbing down and snook know to fatten up for the winter when during cold fronts they will lay up for days with out eating. Snook are being taken in good numbers all across Charlotte Harbor with slot size fish being the normal and quite a few snook in the oversize class including a 48 inch snook we caught on Monday ahead of a another front.

Redfish seem to have scattered a bit and can be spotty. I covered a lot of redfish territory to bring three keeper reds for my customers last week. They should be on the move towards winter flats where on a sunny day after a cool morning you will be able to find them tailing for food and warming up in the sun.

Kingfish have been making the best run in my recent memory and are being taken from Tampa south to Naples as close as a mile form the beach. There are a lot of Spanish Mackerel mixed in with the Kings so I have been trolling big baits at about 10 Knots to keep them from taking my rigs, this as brought Kingfish to 35 pounds to the boat.

I have been rather busy the past few weeks catching up on fishing after a two month stay at home with my new son born August 29. No doubt as soon as he is old enough he will be on the water. We are already watching the fishing shows on TV together

September 1, 2002

Snook season is open and the outlook is great with good numbers of keeper fish hanging out close to the passes and in deeper holes around the harbor. I found snook at the mouth of peace river south of Colony Point readily taking top water plugs early in the morning. Later in the day we switched to live bait and continued the action. Remember to release the fish you are not going to keep carefully and its one fish per person 26-34 inches. I usually only keep fish under the 30 inch mark.

Redfish are schooled up on the outsides of the bars and eager to take most anything thrown there way. Incoming tides are the best and the action will heat up the higher the tide gets. Most of these fish will be to big to keep, slot is 18-27 inches and these fish tend to be larger than the 27 maximum. Redfish are very hardy and will take the catch and release better than most but these bigger fish are the ones getting ready to move offshore and begin breading so take a little time when releasing them and make sure they swim away. Catch and release doesn't work if you don't insure a good release.

There are still some Tarpon to be had for the hard core poon-a-ticks so scout around and you will find a few pods still hanging around. Some of these fish are resident fish and have seen everything in a fisherman's arsenal, so finesse them with artificials or hunt down some larger live bait, threadfin herring works best.  

 

July 23 , 2002

Fishing has been as hot as it can get through out the year, and has been one of my personal best. The snook, redfish, trout, and of course my favorite the tarpon cooperated all through the season. I spent numerous days and hours fishing with clients from all over and just had such a tremendous time, I couldn't even find time to keep a  updated fishing report. Now with the summer months here things have slowed down enough I can find the time to be consistent writing and trying my best to keep you updated on the fishing scene in and around Boca Grande and Charlotte Harbor area. 

The redfish action is starting to heat up in Charlotte Harbor with some schools of oversized fish being caught. Snook are still being caught at the beaches and passes, especially on out going tides; remember however this is still catch and release for another month. Tarpon have left Boca Grande Pass but numerous schools and numbers worth targeting are still in the Charlotte Harbor. With high temperatures during the day the best fishing times will be early in the morning or late in the afternoon. 

Also don't forget the last of the Redsnook Tournament  Series will be  Sept. 20-22 check them out at www.redsnook.com this is still an exciting tournament with some big money prizes.  Our team is still holding on to fifth place in the professional standings and we are hoping for a first place win in Sept. there are some great teams in the professional division and it will take more than luck on our part.

The photos below are some of  catches from trips over the past few months just click on an image to enlarge the photo. I just don't have the room to put every photo up I have taken so many if you don't see your picture I apologize in advance. 

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   Go Fish Charters and Guide Service can arrange a private or group Tarpon fishing, snook fishing, backcountry, flats near shore or inshore fishing trips.

  Go Fish Charters and Guide Service can arrange a private or group Tarpon fishing, snook fishing, backcountry, flats near shore or inshore fishing trips.

 

For Tarpon Fishing Reservations Or Florida Tarpon Fishing Information
Capt Andy Boyette
Toll Free 1-888-880-0006 Cell 941-769-1582
E-Mail captandy@gofishcharters.com
  

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