I love ‘Summer-Time’ fishing in our estuaries with the high summer tides and southerly winds. The waters have been very clean and clear this month, especially in the northern half of Pine Island Sound and Matlacha pass. The passes are always beautiful on the incoming tide which forces the fresh rainwater back up the creeks and rivers for 3 to 4 hours, twice a day. Our waters are unique in as much as we have Diurnal Tide Flows, allowing two high tides and two low tides a day. Every 12 hours the tide rises and falls providing opportunity to fish shallow haunts on the 2 incoming tides as well as providing plenty of oxygen on the outgoing 2 tides to fish the passes and flats.

Fishing has been good throughout the month and I am looking forward to it getting better over the next few. Pictured are long time Junior Anglers (now grown up), Luke, a junior in high school pictured with a shark and Redfish. Older brother Josh, is headed to his freshman year at Penn State (go Nittany Lions) with a larger Redfish. These boys are the grandson’s of long time friend and client, Dick Sharrer of Pennsylvania. Dick and his wife, Barbara has a home in Cape Coral and love the area. Not to be ‘out-fished’, the boy’s father, Joe is pictured with a Redfish as well.  Great day on the water with a variety of fish species caught. Nice job guys! See you over the Thanksgiving Holiday again.

The fishing has been so good that I took a day with my wife and neighbor friend, Vicky Filley, of Cape Coral out to hunt for new Redfish locations. We caught 10 in less than 2 hours. Vicky is pictured with the largest Redfish caught on my vessel this year. It was 33 inches and weighed in at 17 pounds. Pictured are both ladies proudly displaying other Redfish they caught that morning. Snook, Mangrove Snappers and Seatrout rounded out the adventure.

In closing, the balance of August should offer great inshore fishing. September should hold lots of promise as well, so long as our estuary remains free from Red Tide and Algae Blooms.

This is Captain Terry Fisher of Fish Face Charters wishing all tighter lines.  Call me at 239-357-6829 or email fishfacecharters@yahool.comto schedule a fishing trip to catch Redfish, Snook, Seatrout and a number of other species. I am also available as ‘Captain for Hire’ (by the hour) on your vessel to demonstrate safety, navigation, fishing techniques and locations that will insure your every trip is a success.

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