It’s warming up out there and the fishing has been excellent in the Charlotte Harbor, Boca Grande areas. The Tarpon bite is on by the beaches and in the pass. Anywhere from 80 to 100 pounds of beautiful shiny silver Tarpon thrashing in the water, dragging you around the boat, caught on live thread heron’s, using 50lb super slick power pro braided line with a 60 lb. fluorocarbon with a 7-0 circle hook.
Cobia is still around on the sand bars from Matlacha all the way to the 41 bridge. There are some Tarpon up by the bridge as well.
Redfish have been doing well and are showing up in large numbers in the south region of Charlotte Harbor. They are still feasting on white bait, cut ladyfish and cut mullet. It helps to get out there early before other boats get out and run over your school, breaking them up and spooking them good. Get to your spot; work it for several hours and I promise it will be a productive day! A lot of fish are in the 4 to 8 lb. range.
Snook fishing has been awesome! There are a lot of different schools sitting on the points along the East and West side of Charlotte Harbor. Throw live bait at them with a 2/0 hook, 30 lb. fluorocarbon leader and 10 lb. braid.
The mangrove snapper are starting to move in, June and July is the best time to fish for them in this area. Most of the pilchers will turn small in June and July and that is some of the best bait that you can use for snapper fishing. Put a pilcher on a 1/0 hook with 20 lb. fluorocarbon leader. Try to fish the deep ledges that have some structure around them or in the passes and inlets. They can be a great fish for fighting, size for size and a great dinner fare. Once you fillet and debone your snapper get your grease nice and hot and roll your fillets in corn meal first, scrambled eggs next, and then panko (Japanese breadcrumbs) fry until golden brown. Take them out let em cool down. Throw on a little Frank’s Red-hot or whatever your favorite hot sauce is and enjoy your dinner.
Until next time…I gotta get back out on the water, the time’s a wastin. Come down and enjoy the beautiful area and great fishing that we have to offer with Captain George or Southwest Florida Fishing Charters.