By Captain Terry Fisher

The first few days of February provided some of the better inshore fishing of the year. I have had most success with my inshore charters catching fish on the late morning to mid-afternoon incoming tides, as northern and easterly winds left lower water levels during the morning hours. This trend will continue from today (February 7) and throughout the weekend. Next week, things should revert to more favorable morning tide conditions. Some of the more recent charter memories and catches are highlighted below:

Charter friends Gene Hall of Hastings, Michigan and Mitch Reilly of Grosse Point (along with their lovely wives, Carol and Beth respectively), enjoy a lunch break at Cabbage Key. Both Carol Hall and Beth Reilly are each pictured with Sheepshead and Seatrout. The ladies definitely out-fished the men. Nice going ladies. Let’s do it again next year! Sorry boys, it just was not your day. Looking forward to more fun time on the water together and hope you enjoy your time in SW Florida.

Good friend and neighbor, Vicki Filley enjoyed time on the water with her visiting father, Bill Bryant, her nephews, Tanner and Tyler Johns of Indolinla, Iowa. Vicki is pictured with a nice Seatrout. Bill displays one of many Sheepshead he caught. Tanner set the stage with a nice Redfish, while Tyler poses with one of two big Sheepshead he landed. I had a wonderful time with her family and looking forward to another opportunity to enjoy a day on the water during their next annual visit. Thanks for the opportunity Dale and Vicki Filley of Coral, Florida.

The weather forecasts are good for the next couple of weeks. The Seatrout bite has picked up and hopefully other species will be encouraged to follow and continue the trend. Again, I recommend fishing the afternoon tides this week, and the morning tides next week, for best inshore results! Offshore fishermen, go way out, for best action but only go during good weather.

This is Captain Terry Fisher of Fish Face Charters wishing everyone safe boating and tighter lines! I am available as Captain for Hire (by the hour) on your vessel or rental vessel for safety, navigational instructions as well as sharing fishing techniques and locations, that will insure you’re every outing is a success and fun! Check out my website at for charter information. Call me direct at 239-357-6829 or email me at to book a charter. Pick up a copy of the Coastal Angler Publication at most marine retail outlets, bait and tackle shops, many Publix Super Markets and Bass Pro Shop in Ft. Myers, Florida to read my Ft. Myers’ monthly Fishing Report along with other informative ads and articles.

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