It’s been awhile since our last report, fortunately due in part to long days of great fishing. The fishing has been great and as we transition from spring to summer patterns, you never know what kind of action you’ll encounter. Tarpon are still roaming the Bay, Snook are really active along the beaches and passes, the Redfish bite has been great, and the offshore fishing has been on fire!
Right now the Redfish are gathered in large schools across the grass flats. This time of year it is not uncommon to come across a pod of 500 over slot Redfish, which is exactly what happened this morning. We started slowly running the trolling motor across the high-tide flooded grass flats looking for small pods of fish hanging around potholes. Within ten minutes we found our first school, it was about 400-500 fish thick and not a fish under 30″ inches.
Last weekend I had the Chicago crew down again for their annual guys fishing trip. This year the group added another “Mike” to make 3 and 2 days to their trip. They showed up ready to fish, unfortunately Mother Nature threw a wrench in our plan blowing winds 20-30 Knots on the first two days. So instead of trying to get on some Tarpon from the start, we spent the first two days ducking in and out of rivers and estuaries catching everything from Trout, Ladyfish and Jack Crevalle to Snook and Redfish. Read More
This time of year offers lots of different species to target for the inshore angler. We started the day off in the backwater throwing artificial lures for Snook and Redfish. Focusing on mangrove shorelines and small tidal eddies, we scored big and Danielle got her first Snook ever and what a first it was! It measured 38″ inches and weighed in at 18lbs. Once the tide slowed we moved off into some deeper water to look for larger fish. Read More
Capt. Jeff Schneider fished the 16th annual Peter T. Assimack Inshore Slam Tournament last weekend. The Tournament is run out of the Anclote River. It was a beautiful morning for a shotgun start of about 90 boats. As the sun came up so did the wind gusting to around 25 knots and blowing a constant 15 throughout the day. Although Jeff didn’t get to do any fishing in the days prior to the tournament because he was fishing in Boca Grande, he was still confident he had a good game plan. Read More
The Love Bugs are here!!! Now don’t go thinking I actually like these horny little paint killers. Actually, there are few things I dislike more than having to wash them of my car every few days, but they are good for one thing. Every year Love Bugs are a sure sign that Tarpon and Cobia are here. Now we have been catching a few Cobia and some nice Tarpon, but the big numbers had not shown up yet.
We spent Sunday afternoon fishing the Anclote area with Captain Jeff and some friends. Capt. Jeff got out early and battled through windy, rough conditions to get enough bait for the day. We hopped aboard the boat and idled out of the river. We had Cobia on our minds but with the wind up and a moderate chop on the water, it made it hard to spot cruising fish. We ran back into the river in search of Redfish and calmer water. Read More
Tarpon, TARPON, TARPON!!!!
Tarpon have been on my mind ever since the big schools left last year. Well, Tarpon Time is here again! Last week we strung together consecutive days of 5 or more Tarpon ranging from 60-120 lbs. The bait is right where it should be and the Tarpon are ready to eat. We have been hooking them around the bridges and seeing them on the beaches and passes as well. This is just the beginning and it is only going to get better over the next few months. Read More
Last Sunday I had the pleasure of fishing with Jim Denison , his son Ryan and father in law Russ. It was set to be a great fishing day with great weather to boot! Ryan started of the day by landing the first two fish and proceeded to leave everyone in his dust. It is not often I see a 7 yr. old outfish everyone else, but he continued to put on a fishing clinic till the boat reached the dock. The fishing was steady all day with Redfish, Trout, Flounder, Read More
Last Saturday I had the privilege of fishing with Ex Buccaneer Lineman Jason Maniecki and the new Defensive Line coach, Grady Stretz. As soon as we started fishing everyone’s competitive nature came roaring out. From the time the first fish reached the boat it was on. Jason started off strong, but by the end of the day it was too close to call.