Fishing Report: Use catfish to catch the now-appearing tarpon
Published 04/24/2013 at 8:20 a.m.
Spring! When a young mans heart yearn for ... tarpon, of course. Tarpon are making their presence made from down in the Ten Thousand Islands to off Fort Myers Beach. These are the big fish on the annual trek up ...
Fishing Report: Snook, tarpon action picking up like it's summer
Published 04/17/2013 at 7:52 a.m.
It is really warming up out on the water, and I am not just talking about the air temperature. Our warm-water species, like snook and tarpon, are making it feel like summer because they have come out of the winter ...
Fishing Report: Snook action picking up with warmer temperatures
Published 04/10/2013 at 9:09 a.m.
Could it be that spring fishing is finally here? Perhaps!
Fishing Report: Spring has finally arrived, and red grouper are legal again
Published 04/03/2013 at 9:14 a.m.
April 1 was no day for fooling around. The weather finally turned beautiful, and it was the first day that red grouper became legal again. Seas were calm and the water had rebounded nicely from the churned up mess we ...
Fishing Report: Colder waters, lack of tides affecting inshore anglers
Published 03/20/2013 at 8:30 a.m.
Weak tides and cool weather have had an impact on inshore anglers the past few days. Depending on your location, bait availability also became an issue.
Fishing Report: Anglers battling continuing shifts in weather, forecasts
Published 03/13/2013 at 10:12 a.m.
A roller coaster of weather patterns has made for less than ideal conditions for anglers this past week -- from last weekend's big cold front, to the most recent one on Tuesday. Of course before the front, strong winds and ...
Fishing Report: Foul weather still around, but wind has reduced red tide
Published 03/06/2013 at 8:11 a.m.
For a while I thought that we might make it through the winter months without much in the way of winter weather, but I was wrong.
Fishing Report: Despite the calendar, fish thinking it's summer
Published 01/16/2013 at 4:16 p.m.
While our friends and relatives up north are freezing their butts off, we are enjoying summerlike weather, which has made for very nice conditions to get out on the water. Tides have been fairly low in the morning, and the ...
Fishing Report: Great weather leading to great action
Published 01/09/2013 at 8:19 a.m.
If you went north for the holidays and have recently returned to "Paradise," you might think it was October, not January. For the past week, we have enjoyed some really great fishing weather.
Fishing Report: Anglers adjusting to changing water temperatures
Published 01/02/2013 at 12:23 p.m.
Happy New Year to one and all! May 2013 be the year of your trophy fish.
Fishing Report: Cold front affected inshore action, not offshore
Published 12/26/2012 at 8:40 a.m.
Well, we didn't have a white Christmas, but the cold front that blew through this past weekend sure felt like snow was a possibility. The chill also seriously changed the inshore fishing as water temperatures also plummeted.
Fishing Report: Winds making things bumpy out there
Published 12/05/2012 at 9:10 a.m.
A consistent easterly wind of 15 to 20 mph has been blowing for the past five days or so, and it has made for some skinny water in the bays for morning anglers.
Fishing Report: Chilly temperatures slowing down morning action
Published 11/28/2012 at 8:47 a.m.
Windy weather over Thanksgiving made for some rough rides offshore, and some stirred up water inshore. As of Monday we were seeing water temperatures in the low 60s, which really slowed down the early morning snook and redfish bite.
Fishing Report: Action has varied depending upon day and tide
Published 11/21/2012 at 5:26 p.m.
Well, besides turkey on this Thursday, we will be having another light cold front moving into area waters. Winds will be out of the north or northwest until Sunday night, when they are scheduled to turn northeast.
Fishing Report: Be ready for a battle if you tangle with an amberjack
Published 11/14/2012 at 8:41 a.m.
On Tuesday, the winds finally died down somewhat, and that made for easier fishing both inshore and off.
Fishing Report: Good news for grouper fishermen
Updated 11/07/2012 at 10:48 a.m.
Some great news for all the grouper fishermen -- and ladies, too. Thanks to the major effort made by Tom Marvel, the Gulf Council has made a significant change that will benefit anglers.
Fishing Report: High winds mean stirred up water
Published 10/31/2012 at 8:18 a.m.
In case you hadn't noticed the wind has been blowing rather hard for the last week. Most of that time it has been coming out of a northerly direction, which means that in addition to having some really stirred up ...
Fishing Report: Red tide is around, but very spotty
Published 10/24/2012 at 8:34 a.m.
Red tide has been causing some very localized problems for area fishermen, but hopefully the big wind we are having this week will help to greatly dissipate it. And it has been spotty indeed.
Fishing Report: With bait aplenty, give the fish something good to look at
Published 10/17/2012 at 8:25 a.m.
Fishing has been reasonably good the past week, even though we had some pesky strong winds over the weekend. The wind stirred up the water in many areas, but by Tuesday the water quality had improved in many places.
Fishing Report: Fall fishing means anything is possible
Published 10/10/2012 at 8:35 a.m.
Tuesday at 11:30, I got a call from a friend fishing within 300 yards of the beach. He was not real calm on the phone because his boat was surrounded by rolling tarpon.
Fishing Report: Fall season means fish are ready to fatten up
Published 10/03/2012 at 8:13 a.m.
We are definitely in the transition to fall fishing in Southwest Florida as water temperatures get a little cooler, and fish are moving around to look for something to eat. And eat they will!
Fishing Report: Arrival of cooler temperatures means fish are ready to bite
Published 09/26/2012 at 7:56 a.m.
Finally, some relief from the summer temperatures. Today was almost fall-like, and that helps to lower the water temperatures and to turn on the fish. Incoming tides in the morning are making for better conditions than last week.
Fishing Report: Wind, rain should clear up by weekend
Published 09/19/2012 at 8:06 a.m.
Since Sunday, we have had winds out of the south or southwest, and a fair number of showers and thunderstorms that put a damper on local fishing. Prior to that, the nice easterly winds had allowed the water to clean ...
Fishing Report: Community comes together to take a soldier fishing
Published 09/12/2012 at 8:01 a.m.
As this week’s report is being written, we as a nation are recalling that fateful day 11 years ago that forever changed all of us.
Fishing Report: Conditions, water clearing up after Isaac
Published 09/05/2012 at 8:16 a.m.
Conditions have certainly improved considerably since last week's report. Light winds, mostly from the east, have helped to let the water clear up.
Fishing Report: Isaac's effects may still be felt until later this week
Published 08/29/2012 at 8:19 a.m.
Isaac pretty well shut down the fishing in local waters for the past four or five days, and it will continue to influence conditions for another several days. Very high and dirty tides have been the norm, and probably won't ...
Fishing Report: Reds better at withstanding the summer heat
Published 08/22/2012 at 8:05 a.m.
Ho-hum! Another week of fairly typical summer fishing was had by those anglers venturing out onto area waters. Winds, at least until Tuesday, had been light and tides were decent.
Fishing Report: Summer routine staying true
Published 08/15/2012 at 8:21 a.m.
I would like to lead off this week's column with a story contributed by Charles Haskell of Naples. On a recent excursion to catch pinfish for an offshore trip later in the week, he and buddy Jason Zadorski were just ...
Fishing Report: Full moon and afternoon heat affecting action
Published 08/08/2012 at 9:13 a.m.
After being out of town for a number of weeks it was great to be back in paradise, even though it might be a tad hot and humid.
Fishing Report: Head out in the mornings to avoid rains, heat
Published 07/25/2012 at 7:49 a.m.
Unless you have a fairly large boat -- with an enclosed cabin -- your fishing excursions are most likely limited to mornings considering the regularity of afternoon rains. Not only that, as the morning hours progress and the temperatures rise, ...
Fishing Report: Short red snapper season successful
Published 07/11/2012 at 8:32 a.m.
Summer fishing has returned to normal patterns, and the catching part ranges from OK to really good, depending on where you fish and what you're targeting.
Fishing Report: Gag grouper season right around the corner
Published 06/20/2012 at 8 a.m.
For all you grouper enthusiasts out there, we are getting close to the July 1 opening of the gag season for our area. While they tend to move farther out as the water temperatures climb, there are sure to be ...
Fishing Report: Calming winds improving conditions
Published 06/13/2012 at 8:34 a.m.
Don't look now, but the wind hasn't been blowing out of the west for a couple of days, and that sure makes for better fishing conditions for inshore and offshore anglers alike. In fact, on Sunday, you could actually look ...
Fishing Report: Be careful when releasing fish during the summer months
Updated 05/30/2012 at 11:11 a.m.
When the water temperature and the air temperature get to be a similar number, and that number is in the high 80s, it means we are seriously into summer fishing. Back bays become warm enough that a lot of the ...
Fishing Report: High temperatures, rain not affecting action
Published 05/23/2012 at 7:54 a.m.
Temperatures are high both on land and in the water, showers are ranging up and down the coast at times bringing out the mosquitoes, and the royal poinciana trees are blooming.
Fishing Report: Summer is here, so water is warming and rains are coming
Published 05/16/2012 at 7:51 a.m.
Summer patterns are firming up, with afternoon showers popping up more frequently every day. The quantity of rain is still low and not causing dirty water in the bays, and no major swings in salinity are being noted.
Fishing Report: Take advantage of the clear water while it's here
Published 05/09/2012 at 7:58 a.m.
Why go to the Bahamas or the Keys for crystal clear water when you have it right here? Conditions have settled down, and the water along the beaches and the passes is the clearest of the season.
Fishing Report: Wind, rain continue to wreak havoc
Published 05/02/2012 at 8:12 a.m.
Once again, we had a great weekend, if you wanted to fly a kite, but not so great to get out on the water.
Fishing Report: Windy weekend ruined the action
Published 04/25/2012 at 5:28 p.m.
Another wild and windy weekend ruined many a fishing trip. With gusts hitting well over 30 mph and sustained winds well over 20 mph, no one in their right mind would want to be out on the water. This was ...
Fishing Report: Red grouper fishing remaining strong
Published 04/18/2012 at 8:28 a.m.
If you spent any time here this winter, you know that it was extremely mild. So mild in fact that we have had reports of small dolphin (the fish) being caught by grouper fishermen, and several sightings of sailfish not ...
Fishing Report: Water clearing up after last weekend's weather
Published 04/11/2012 at 7:49 a.m.
After last weekend's big blow, conditions are vastly improved this week. Water that was brown is actually clear enough to see the bottom in three feet of water along the beach. Large schools of threads are moving just off the ...
Fishing Report: Mild winter means early spring activity
Published 04/04/2012 at 11:39 a.m.
This afternoon I saw a young boy of about 12 catch his first ever snook. He was fishing from a dock and when the fish hit, his level of excitement was infectious. All I know about him is that he ...
Fishing Report: Red grouper season opening Sunday
Published 03/28/2012 at 12:05 p.m.
Another week in paradise! As we near the end of March, I reflect on the fact that last year March went out like a lion — a wet, windy, cold lion. This year, March has been a pussy cat. All ...
Fishing Report: Counting the days until red grouper are open again
Published 03/21/2012 at 8:17 a.m.
On April 1, recreational anglers will finally (after two closed months) be able to keep a legal-sized red grouper, but the gags are still off limits.
Fishing Report: Full moon, strong winds have shaken things up a bit
Published 03/14/2012 at 5:06 p.m.
Full moon and strong winds have made for interesting conditions for area fishermen recently.
Fishing Report: Strong winds affecting otherwise good conditions
Published 03/07/2012 at 8:09 a.m.
Air conditioners have been humming for a week or two now in my neighborhood, and more people have been in the water at the beach.
Fishing Report: Spring is in the air, and in the water
Published 02/29/2012 at 8:47 a.m.
Spring is bustin' out all over, especially for the inshore anglers. Everything from mackerel to snook, and pompano to redfish are eating up a storm. Schools of live bait are roaming the near shore and beaches making conditions ripe for ...
Fishing Report: Mild winter is a thing of beauty
Published 02/22/2012 at 6:48 p.m.
If you are a regular visitor to Southwest Florida you know that we have pretty mild winters, but this one takes the cake. For the past two weeks I have been seeing manatees near the passes, and this is February. ...
Fishing Report: Action should get back up to speed after cold snap
Published 02/15/2012 at 6:20 p.m.
OK, so we had a taste of winter over the weekend, and now let’s get back to spring.
Fishing Report: Warm temperatures, light winds a double-edged sword
Published 02/01/2012 at 8:14 a.m.
In a recent issue of the Bonita Banner, there was a picture of a nice-sized tarpon caught offshore by an angler fishing for grouper and this was in January! Warm temperatures and some light winds (until this week) have let ...