Tides are starting pull here in southwest florida, fly fishing Boca Grande is pretty good daily, the water is starting to clear and fish are very active. Still tuff to see in some areas but blind casting some edges are producing good numbers of snook on surface flies along with some real quality singles. Juvenile tarpon fishing remains a good plan b on slack water but you cant beat a good snook in the branches for me on moving water. Lots of bait around some we are throwing top-water plugs in the low light and smaller light color baitfish patterns when the sun gets up.
Temperatures in southwest Florida are becoming more comfortable and we are seeing the water temps cool a bit. Tailing redfish are slow but will get better in the coming weeks and months. Looking forward to seeing some freak-shows on the flats with reds any day now. Come book a fly fishing trip in Boca Grande or The Everglades this fall and winter, it will not disappoint!
Fly fishing Boca Grande
Fishing is on fire right now! Lots of great fishing being caught in Boca Grande and Everglades areas by our clients. Such a great time of year when the morning temperatures help cool the water.
The Pelagic blitz’s are happening on outgoing tides nearshore down the Gulf Coast with Bonito, Jack Crevlle and Mackerel! These fish smash anything that is 2-3 inches and white, the mackresl you will need a bite tippet or a long shanked hook. They will also eat a variety of fast moving twitch baits. The retrieve is the most important with two hand stripping of the fly works best and to keep it moving till it’s a goner!
Snook of all sizes have moved back into some of our favorite back country areas and a white colored fly stripped close to the edges usually does the trick. Top water plugs early and late in the day on strong tides will produce some trophies on big points and bars.
Redfish have began to school in Boca Grande and south! These fish come off the ocean looking for food and to spawn. Low in coming water is what I like to look for schools at. Once they are spotted I will pole to them and sometimes even stalk them on foot when needed. You can catch several fish from the school as well as doubles!
We just started carrying some new fiberglass rods to test out and love fighting all these fish on them, it presents itself with the challenge to fight them on a totally flexed rod with the butt of the rod. Echos Bad Ass Glass is what we are carrying on the boat and so much fun to cast and use. Here is a link to the new rods, a great price point and always fun to try something new!
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Fishing Report October 1st
Red October is the name of the game this month! Fly fishing in Boca Grande in October for Redfish is as good as it gets. I love when the larger groups of Reds break up to tail on the low-in coming tides, it is stalking fish at its finest. A stealthy presentation is key, be it from the skiff or on foot that fly needs to land in the right spot not to spook them when their heads are buried in the grass and mud. After locating the fish fly line is the most constant variable when it comes to feeding a fish or not. Be it poor presentation, tangles or knots in the line, the best way to avoid this is constant cleaning after each use and not ‘stretching’ the line too much on smaller weight lines I have found. Talking about fly lines, we as guides are on the eternal search for the perfect line and they are producing some really great ones these days. Personally I think the RIO line is pretty consistent along with Scientific Anglers lines. There is a brand new much anticipated ‘RIO Flats Pro’ on the market, this is RIO’s first full float ‘clear tip’ as well as a stiffer core that helps with hook-sets, I’m very excited about this product as it is available in weights 6-12. Here is good article from ‘Gink and Gasoline’ about the line if you would like to learn more about it.
The Everglades will continue to produce big fall snook as well as the southern migration of some larger Tarpon from Chokoloskee to Flamingo. I like throwing big top water plugs to these fish as well as ripping and stripping some edges when the water is dark. The big snook are still on the outside edges of the bigger bays looking for food before making their east migration to the brackish shallow water of the Glades. It is a great time to explore the Everglades as it can be very explosive with the fall bait being pushed back near shore!
Fishing Report 9/24/2017
South Florida is moving forward with the Irma cleanup and this is a great time to take a guided fishing trip to support the local economy. The Everglades park entrance remains closed with hopes of opening this next week, with The Everglades still being accessed by much of the Keys at this point.
Boca Grande area remains with some tannic water but the fishing is heating up with plugs and top water flies early and late in the days. We are looking forward to amazing fall fishing in Charlotte Harbour along with 10k islands and The Everglades. When one of these big storms wash through estuaries like these it is a re-set and the fish will remain hungry and aggressive throughout the fall season in all areas effected, it’s going to be amazing fishing the next 3-4 months!
We have been throwing top water plugs for search baits to find areas where these large snook and redfish have pushed into, now that we have seen some great fishing in our backcountry areas we can work the edges with blind-casting white baitfish patterns along with poppers and gurglers’. When you find the smaller tarpon this time of year you can depend on them using those same edges and creeks for the next month or so until the water temperatures begins to fall. Tailing redfish on the low – incoming water will become more consistent as the fall moves in and the temperatures start to cool. The bait-balls has moved in from offshore and will be getting ‘blitzed’ in the coming weeks with Spanish mackerel, Bonito, And Jack Crevelle.
Again now is time to support the local economy’s that were effected by Irma and booking a Florida fly fishing guide is a great way to do so!
As we all know the hurricane Irma touched down in the florida keys as well as a lot of southwest Florida. We are very sad for Key West as well as much of The Everglades and were very fortunate here in Boca Grande that the storm spared many of our homes and property.
This storm has many fish displaced currently but we hope it will give the backcountry water the good cleansing it needs. We will be looking forward to schooled spawning Redfish along with big Jacks and Bonito on the outside and blind casting the edges of the tannic water for Snook. Tailing Redfish season on low water will heat up as the water temperatures cool in the coming weeks. The small Tarpon are displaced at the moment but will fish well for the following months. The winds have subsided and make for great morning and afternoon fishing. We have openings here starting in October and look forward to seeing new faces along with returning anglers!
Late summer and early fall is a great time to fish The Gulf Coast as little pressure presents itself with endless opportunities and willing fish when you can dodge some rain and see through the tannic water on the gulf coast.
With some big storms that have passed much of the water is flushing out of the Everglades and all of the Gulf Coast and bringing down the water temperature. Smaller tarpon around in abundance, with this darker water gurglers and other top water flies are the ticket, they are always willing to take subsurface flies as well. I always lean towards the incoming cooler water for these fish.
Snook are still in the bigger water, beaches and inlets, blind casting chartreuse or white will generate strikes with some work big fish are mixed in there and willing to eat.
The cooler water temps will spark the spawn of our big ocean dwelling Redfish that will school up and tail on our larger flats on low-incoming tides. Still a lot of adult tarpon making their way south hanging on open flats, with stained water visibly is difficult where early mornings and late afternoons will be the good to see these fish rolling on the surface and will generally take any well presented fly. I like to fish early this time of year to beat the heat and possibilities of afternoon showers.
We will be on the lookout for the Gulf to explode with large bait balls with Bonita following close behind as well as big schools of large Jack Crevelle.
Baby Tarpon-HB Hopper (gurgler)
Snook-EP style baitfish (Chartreuse/white)
Redfish-Shrimp or crab imitations (olive or root beer)
Adult Tarpon-Dark Colored Tarpon Bunny for laid up or smaller shrimp pattern in cleaner water and rolling fish
Fishing with 9wts all day can suffice anything unless you run into the big boys it’s good to stick with the 8wt and switching out to the 10wt when the opportunity arises
We are in our rainy season here in Boca Grande which can be some of the best spilt days or early morning fishing. Plug fishing is especially good when the tannin waters are present. These fish are sitting in warm water and looking to attack on top. Tarpon on the fly remains stable as well as big snook on topwater plugs. We are coming into our Redfish spawning season where schools of oversized redfish will be present. Fly fishing in Boca Grande is about to heat up for our sub-species Redfish and Snook! We will be offering day and overnight trips in The Everglades (Everglades City) as well as Ten-Thousand Islands (Naples) starting in November. So weather you are looking to spin or fly fish, lets get out there and stab something!
Tarpon season has actually been up and down and all around with this weather, the good news is when the weather breaks the fish come to eat flies! Great time of year now in June to book a Boca Grande Fly fishing guide! Tarpon are swimming strong in the backcountry as well as the outside and with little pressure from weather they are happy to play ball. Smaller Tarpon are all around the harbor as well, I look forward to showing you a great day on the water.
The fish started swimming pretty early this year on the outside and inner harbor, lots of cooperative fish with very little pressure. With many of Boca Grande Fly fishing guides fishing snook it was a good opportunity to get out there and really feed some big fish. The winds came up last week but should settle in for another great Boca Grande Fly fishing Tarpon year. I still have some spots available in June so please don’t hesitate and call to talk about conditions (231) 409 4231
We had a great March and April in the Everglades fishing for Tarpon. Lots of Tarpon hooked and landed on fly as well as plug rods. A great place to be when the resident fish start to float up to the surface and you can get some calm warm days! I am back in Boca Grande fly fishing for Tarpon in the clear water and in the backcountry of Pine Island and Charlotte Harbor. Here are some great pictures for you to enjoy!