Boca Grande Fishing Guide

Fly fishing the Ten Thousand Islands is an experience you will never forget. The Ten Thousand islands are a chain of islands and mangrove islets off the Gulf coast of Southwest Florida, between the southern end of Marco Island and the mouth of Lostman’s River. The Northern part of the Ten Thousand Islands is the Ten-Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge, and the southern part, south of Everglades City, is Everglades National Park. These government protected waters and coastlines offer endless mangroves and flats, unique untouched environments, and provide premium opportunities to target un-pressured trophy fish such as tarpon, snook, redfish, sea trout and bass among other species. The 99-mile long Wilderness Waterway also runs through this remote and beautiful area. Almost all of the Ten Thousand Islands (which actually number in the hundreds) are uninhabited except for the largest, Chokolokee, which make these waters a prime thriving habitat for fish, without the disruption of human daily traffic. Because these fish are so unpressured, fly fishing the Ten Ten-Thousand Islands can be very productive, and a unique experience you wont have to share with crowds. Their proximity to Everglades National Park also make this chain of islands perfect for fly fishing enthusiasts and adventure seekers. But the wild landscape also necessitates a fishing guide, someone who can show you where to go, navigate the environment, and safely put you on the Tarpon or Snook on your bucket list.

I am very passionate about being a 10,000 Islands fishing guide and I’m excited to show my fishery to both the beginning angler and to the most experienced anglers alike. Ten thousand islands fly and plug fishing should be on any angler’s bucket list, as it is a locale that offers minimal boat traffic and a pristine fishery. I believe I am lucky enough to be able to live out my passion as a full time fly fishing guide in Ten-thousand Islands because of my high level of customer service and dedication to find fish in any conditions when other guides cannot. I chose my career to be a Ten-thousand islands fishing guide and I want to help share my enthusiasm and expertise with other fishing enthusiasts while exploring one of the best fisheries on the planet. Fish of the 10000 Islands see much less pressure than most guided Florida fishing areas also because of it’s tough navigation; recreational anglers often cannot fish this area alone as the waters are very shallow, and studded with oyster beds.

I guide out of two different skiffs depending on the season and target species. I run a larger 18 foot skiff powered by a 115 Suzuki for fishing tarpon, which allows for longer runs and more stability. I use a shallow draft skiff in the wintertime with a 60 Suzuki for targeting trophy snook, redfish, baby tarpon and bass when the tides are low and most boats cannot access the areas. I pole a skiff 100% of the time and do not use trolling motors whenever possible. I believe this gives my fly and plug clients the advantage over some guides that will not put in the work to pole a skiff for long days. Poling throughout our trip gives us stealth when stalking and hunting Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, juvenile fish, Bass, Trout, or whatever species, as many of the fish we encounter in the 10,000 Islands may have never seen or heard a motor before. We would like to keep it that way.
With many options to stay and play around Ten Thousand Islands, it is very family friendly with plenty of activities that are in close proximity to world-class fly-fishing. Sight casting triple digit tarpon and trophy snook in 10,000 Islands is worth building any vacation around. I am raising my family in the area and I can recommend a variety of non-fishing guided activities for any family members to do while we chase trophy fish in Ten-Thousand Islands on a once in a lifetime guided fishing adventure!

Please don’t hesitate to call and chat- I am off the water by dark and love to chat with fellow anglers about the endless opportunities when hiring me as your personal fly fishing guide in Ten Thousand Islands. I am a client’s dream as a fly fishing guide; I fish long hours and I am 110% dedicated to the sport of catching monster fish on the fly!

South West Florida fishing guide

Planning your fall/winter trip to Florida hopefully involves some fishing and if it does somewhere deep in the Everglades should be on your list. Definitely the top winter fishery while the Keys rival the location in the early summer. I pick up on Chokoloskee Island which is a 5 minute drive from Everglades City. Everglades City is 45minutes from beautiful Naples, 30 minutes from Marco Island and 2 hours from Miami/Fort Lauderdale area. It is centrally located between major airports and lots of hotels and dining close by. I do recommend staying overnight in Everglades City a night to see the Old Florida charm of a last of its kind fishing village. Fall fishing will be on fire and everything will get in place including big and small tarpon, big snook and schooling redfish. Fall is a time before many second home owners travel to their winter homes in Fl so many days you do not even see another boat on the water which lends itself to literally endless opportunities at on of the most unique fisheries in the US. I recommend booking your Tarpon migration dates early as they will fill up! (Feb-April) I look forward to chatting with you about what is going on in the park if you are looking for a Everglades fly fishing guide!

Upcoming Fishing Season!

 

Here is look at the upcoming fishing season!

September-February (Everglades National Park- Chokoloskee)
Will be great time to target big snook, all tarpon sizes, redfish, jack crevelle on the outside of ten-thousand islands and in the rivers of the Everglades, a true wilderness experience. The bait will be pushed nearshore which causes the game fish to school up on the bait balls including large tarpon smashing through bait on the right tides. We will also be hunting laid up large snook and small tarpon in the deepest part of the everglades.  Will target snook and tarpon on fly and plug gear
March-April (Everglades National Park- Chokoloskee)
The annual tarpon migration and resident tarpon time of year in the Everglades. This is as good as tarpon fishing gets in my opinion. You can find tarpon in all different situations and target them with fly and plug gear. One the right weather you can look in one bay and think there is more tarpon there than anyplace in the world, free jumping, slashing mullet and eating flies ands plugs. This is the best place in the world to catch your first tarpon as they are more forgiving. My favorite time of the year!
May-June (Florida Keys- Islamorada)
Private boat and pick-up location in Islamorada, Fl fishing the legendary Florida Keys. This is sight casting with fly only and in gin clear water you can see some of the best tarpon fishing in the world those 2 months. Large tarpon will be eating smaller flies and some of the most visual takes ever, the fishery here demands accurate quick cast. Fishing is right out our back door here and will make a bit of longer runs when the worm hatch starts around the full and new moons. A beautiful time of year!
I hope you can plan a couple day trip in advance and look forward to fishing with you!

Big fish, no boats

Tarpon season has been on fire in the glades, lots of laid up fish along with big snook swimming the outside. Its a great time of year to come fly fish the everglades and plug fishing with remain second to none through the fall. Lots of fisherman have went to the keys and north of us so we have the glades all to ourselves. I just love this time of year, it really is having the park to ourselves and fish that are un pressured. We caught countless big snook, redfish and laid up tarpon on the same edge for hours with fly and plug all week. They are ready to eat and what an amazing experience for someone hiring their first everglades fly fishing guide!

I will be filling up my fall calendar in the next month so please book ahead for the southern migration early! I look forward to fishing with a new and returning clients alike

 

Everglades Tarpon fishing

Early Season Cold Spell

Most saltwater anglers scratch their heads when the cold front comes through and everything that was happening starts to stop, thats what I pride myself in; finding my clients quality fishing opportunities in even the worst of fronts. Snook, Tarpon and Bass are very predictable in The Everglades. Thats why you hire me as your Everglades fly fishing guide, I stay on the water! I have seen this year after year and the fishing heats up once the fish are comfortable with the cooler water temperatures, they are not going anywhere, not migrating or spawning yet so they are easily located. Ive had explosive tarpon fishing for triple digit tarpon fly fishing the Everglades and Naples area when the water temps drop and they do not “show” techniques and areas are key and then after we get our tarpon on the fly out of the way we go after some trophy snook and I love getting fooled by a largemouth bass in snook country, thats why I love being a Everglades fly fishing guide, we just go fish untouched water and we never know what we are going to catch; Bass, snook, and the mighty tarpon are of course my main targets but being secluded in a park the size of the everglades and getting the opportunities to guide great clients out of Marco Island and Naples is why I’ll never really work a day in my life, its way too much fun to call it work.

Lets get after it! I will be following the migration I still have June dates available if you are looking for a Boca Grande tarpon fly fishing guide

Fly fishing for Bass in The Everglades
Fly fishing for Everglades Snook

Everglades Tarpon Season

These next two months I migrate toward these giants, I am in full on Tarpon mode at this point with still fishing for snook when the opportunities arise. I pick up at Chokoloskee Island and have lodging options available for traveling guest. The Everglades in March and April are worth planning a trip around, I still have a day or two available each month along with good May and June dates to chase these magical fish. Tarpon deserve all the credit, best fish that swims in any water know to man and readily eats flies and plugs with some serious acrobatic maneuvers. I love them when they so peacefully roll and gulp air then once hooked they turn into the most aggressive animal Ive ver seen. We have been getting them good on multiple trips, the fish of a lifetime! Give me a call for Boca Grande fly fishing for tarpon or Everglades fly fishing for tarpon.

Winter time stalking

Stalking big snook and redfish on foot is as good as it gets, you get very close to them and can have some of the closest and best eats you’ve ever seen! The water temperatures are still warm and these fish are already in the deep backcountry looking to eat. Fly fishing in Boca Grande is as good as it gets right now and will continue through February where we stalk these fish in tiny creeks on foot. Not many Boca Grande fly fishing guides fish is this manner and I believe it gives my clients the upper hand and landing a true trophy snook. I will be fishing here until the Tarpon show up in the Everglades in late February/early March so book your trips now to fish with a truly passionate hard working fly fishing guide!

December in Southwest Florida

December has been unseasonably warm which has these monster snook confused and just seem to be everywhere we look and big boys too! Have had some great moon tides that have turned our water gin clear, with small cold front approaching the water will be highly visible for low water wade fishing or higher tide sight casting from my new Beavertail ‘Mosquito’ skiff.  These skiffs get us anywhere shallow we want to go and such a comfortable ride!

Snook have been eating a lot of high riding sub-surface flies in skinny water, I like brown when the water clears up like this in the backcountry. For me there it dosen’t get much better than feeding a giant snook after you have seen and stalked him on foot and feeding him within 20 feet, it just as good as it gets fly fishing in Boca Grande.

Fly fishing in the Everglades around Chokoloskee has been great and with some longer runs some of these fish haven’t even heard a boat since Irma and are willing to eat anything they see, the big tarpon can be fantastic on a warm winter day along with smaller tarpon daily but the edges have laid up giant snook in The Everglades currently and I love every minute of it!

Hope to see you out soon to share this great sport of ours.

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snookosaurus

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

Irma

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!