Tarpon fishing guide

When looking for an Boca Grande  fly fishing guide  passion is everything! I am lucky enough to have found one of the greatest sports on planet earth; fly fishing in saltwater. It is one of the most explosive, rewarding and passionate things I have ever done in my life and I love to share these experiences with our clients. Tarpon on the fly get all the glory and rightfully so; I grew up crazy about white tail deer hunting and can only compare it to such an experience. Much like a deer, you wait for long periods of time for tarpon to appear but there is no trigger to be pulled to end this game of cat and mouse– its big game hunting and I’m totally consumed! Its time to coax this 30-50 year old swimming dinosaur that weighs upwards of 150 pounds to eat a little tiny fly usually smaller than a trout streamer. That is were the magic is for me: we can communicate with that animal through the materials we have tied onto a bare hook and watch how he reacts to it. With a perfect cast and with a little twitch, wiggle, and luck, he swims over to it and nonchalantly opens and closes his mouth and moves on. Then all hell breaks loose and he usually has the standing line from the deck of the skiff onto the reel and halfway to Mexico before you ever knew what happened. It’s simply amazing and I’m lucky enough to get to guide clients in some of the greatest Tarpon fisheries on the planet.

Dog days of summer

The dog days of summers end are in sight here in the everglades and Naples. I love this time of year in September-November as all of the visitors do not come to The Everglades and Ten-thousand islands until after the holidays of Thanksgiving and X-mas. It also means the big snook are still on the outside beaches and river mouths along with lots of Tarpon still hanging around waiting on the big southern migration. Any drop in water temperature will produce balls of bait on the outside passes especially on outgoing tides. These ‘bait balls’ will have tarpon, big jacks, false albacore and many other species in a feeding frenzy! A great time of year to book a fly fishing guide in the everglades and Naples!

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!

Boca Grande Fishing Guide

Everglades Fishing Guide.
Late summer and fall is a special time and place for Everglades fly fishing guides. Most of the big fish are on the outside of the ten-thousand islands and everglades river mouths. This is a great time to fish early mornings and late afternoons for rolling and tailing fish. I love this time of year as the water is a bit stained and fish readily take poppers and top-water plugs. Top water plug fishing is usually doe with a casting ‘bait-casting’ rod and reel. This type of equipment not only allows you to throw longer distances with larger plugs with more accuracy but helps you keep your plug walking on the water for much more time throughout the day as you are not reeling up and opening and closing the bail as on a spinning reel. I enjoy showing my fly-fishing clients the art and skill of effectively throwing and working a bait-casting rod and reel. Top-water action in the stained water of the Everglades is second to none. Large snook, tarpon and redfish readily take top-water plugs with aggressive explosions on the surface. I love the fall fishing as most recreational anglers have not came down to Southwest Florida from their summers homes yet so most of these fish haven’t seen much if any pressure for 4-6 months. I look forward to hearing from you and please don’t hesitate to call with any questions regarding injuries for a Everglades Fly Fishing Guide.
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Summertime Fun

The summertime is a great time for fly fishing the Everglades and Naples area! Plug fishing with top-waters and twitch baits is Very stable early in the morning with top water and with twitch baits when the sun gets up during the day. I love to show clients how to throw traditional “plug gear” on my skiff with Calcutta baitcasting reels. Conventional plug gear is the most accurate way to throw big plugs tight into the mangrove shoreline and consistently keep it there, it spends much less energy than spinning gear throughout the day. We are getting lots of juvinelle tarpon moved into the area taking smaller flies and gurglers off the surface. The giant snook are coming from top water plugs early in the day. If your interested in a late summer or fall trip please shoot me an email and I will get you some details. Thanks!

Fresh water

 

Post storm fish have been on fire! Everglades and Naples fly fishing has been productive for mid-sized tarpon, big snook and redfish. With the tannic water these fish will be on the top and ready to eat. Its a great time to fish The Everglades when everyone is dealing with wind, rain and other boats! None of those bother us in the protection of the tall mangrove trees there is always somewhere to hide. Adult Tarpon fishing was good prior to the front and should stabilize after the water settles and clears. I just love the time after the rains as it seems like the place is flushing out and as good as it gets. Come inquire about a fly fishing guide in the everglades and ten-thousand islands.

I teach about the estuary and encourage first time fly fisherman and plug fisherman alike. I am passionate about both kinds of angling here in the everglades and ten-thousand islands. I am located south of naples so can always meet up for some fly-casting lessons or refer you to one of my master casting instructors in the area. I look forward to your next fishing adventure in the beautiful Everglades!

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

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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Winter time Southwest Florida Fishing

Fishing has been on fire in Boca Grande and the Everglades! If you are looking for a great overnight trip to a destination fishery, the Glades is the place! Chokoloskee and Everglades City are back and operational after hurricane Irma; both have affordable accommodations available, and The Island Cafe is open for business once again- which means its time to fish!

Snook fishing has been great the past week out of Chokoloskee. Blind casting edges and sight casting laid up snook in brackish water has been highly productive. It is a true adventure each day and a monster snook on the fly should be on every angler’s bucket list. Last trip we held onto one of the biggest snook that I’ve ever seen eat a fly, until he broke us off into the trees to fade away into the Everglades maze of mangroves. The large snook are moving from the outside into the back bays and now is the time to get after it. December is the best month for monster snook and we are also catching smaller tarpon. I still have December dates available for stalking snook (like the one shown in the video) around Boca Grande area as well as single and multi-day trips in Chokoloskee (2 hour commute from Boca Grande). I am running state of the art Beavertail ‘Mosquito’ skiffs that can make longs runs in shallow water for a comfortable ride.

Late February into June I will be chasing larger resident and migratory tarpon that can be caught on fly as well as plug gear. It is the season I think about all year, with some of the best fishing in the world taking place, when it’s on. I have a few April dates still available as well March. 

Let me know if you plan to be in southwest Florida or if you want to plan an Everglades trip and we can talk about some tides and accommodations. I also have a larger bay boat available for getting the family in on the action.

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