Captain Terry says “Offshore reports good Red Grouper, Cobia, Gray and Yellow Tail Snapper bites.”

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) In my last report, I felt that coming into the ‘Full Moon’ Phase would produce some good fishing if the winds allowed access to ‘less pressured’ areas for both Snook, Redfish, Seatrouts, Pompano and other species, and it did. Pictured here is junior angler, Tom Moslander III., of Granite City, Il. proudly displaying a nice Redfish he caught on a jig with a shrimp (under a cork); while hIs grandfather, Tom Moslander caught this large Jack Crevalle on the flats, just off of Sanibel in Pine Island Sound.

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A few days later, Mr. Mike Swift of Ft. Myers was given an ‘anniversary’ charter by his lovely wife, Rebecca. Mike landed this 29 ” Snook in the back country behind ‘Burnt Store Bar’. Mike also had lots of success when he landed a couple of nice Redfish in the Pineland backcountry earlier in the day.

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Inshore fishing should continue to be good all this week as the ‘Full Moon’ just begins to phase out. Tides will be good and if southerly winds ‘blow’, lots of opportunity awaits anxious anglers to access more remote areas. The Seatrout bite seems to have picked up a bit and hopefully will continue. Pompano, are being caught off of the sand shoals in about 5 to 6 ft. of water on shrimp under corks. Look for ‘murky’ greenish colored water.

Offshore reports good Red Grouper, Cobia, Gray and Yellow Tail Snapper bites. Tarpon still around with the better bite off of the lighthouse around Sanibel Island.
This is Captain Terry Fisher wishing you ‘tight lines’! Charter information and other fishing articles/tips/ reports may be obtained on my website; www.fishfacecharters.com. Feel free to call me at 239-357-6829 or email me at fishfacecharters@yahoo.com to book a charter.

Capt. Terry says “Offshore continues to offer good fishing opportunities for Groupers, Snappers, Permit and Porgy’s alike.”

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Last week I had the opportunity to spend some time in the beautiful clear waters of the Keys (Islamorada, Fl). My 1st Mate and I spent time searching out destinations and locations to promote future fishing charters to that area with a few of our clients from our home base in Cape Coral. It was a real ‘treat’ to go back there again and spend some serious research time for fish habitats and utilizing different tackle, baits and techniques to target the Atlantic species, such as Dolphin, Wahoo, King Fish, Sail Fish, Bonefish and Permit.

Nonetheless, it is good to be back on the ‘Gulf Coast’, chasing a variety of species in the ‘back country’, even though the tannin waters of the Punta Rassa Bay and Pine Island Sound make it difficult to find the fish. While the ‘run-off’ water from Lake Okeechobee is definitely a hindrance to charter captains, fishermen and fisher-ladies alike, do not be too discouraged, as one suggestion is to go very early in the morning regardless of tide status. This should prove to be the best chance of catching fish, especially under ‘dismal’ circumstances. Moreover, pick a location south of Ft. Myers Beach or the northern end of Pine Island Sound (including Charlotte Harbor) for some relief of the dark waters that surround us.

A while back, I had the privilege to charter the Lobell family of Cape Coral and New Jersey, pictured here.

Lobell Family

I took them north into the Charlotte Harbor area as suggested above. Alexia Cedrone (10 yrs old), of Cape Coral is shown here with a nice Redfish.

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Alexia caught Snook, Snapper and Seatrout as well. GREAT GOING ALEXIA! Three of the family members are fly fishermen and good one’s at that. Working with Eric Lobell was a pleasure, as I do not get many clients that are able to handle fly equipment in a ‘salt-water’ venue. I am looking forward to getting them out again soon.

Offshore continues to offer good fishing opportunities for Groupers, Snappers, Permit and Porgy’s alike. Sharks are plentiful and the surface action on a calm day is enough to get anyone excited. Have lures and jigs ready to cast and you may be pleasantly surprised. The best part about fishing offshore; is one never knows what they might catch!

Feel free to contact me at 239-357-6829 or email me at fishfacecharters@yahoo.com with any questions on a particular species, where to find them, how to catch them or charter information. Check out my website www.fishfacecharters.com for all information relating to charters and fishing in general.

River Snook and Snapper Snafu!

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Lots of reports about the river, “Peace River” that is. It’s funny that when it gets too rough to be on the Harbor that river fishing is “rediscovered”. Try a full sized glitter Zara spook and hold on tight – the Snook are pulling the hooks straight! Cast close to the shore and try to find deeper

bends. When you cast let it sit still for about 20 seconds, then start walkin’ it back. Yes, the big ole Snook are thick in both rivers!

 

On the subject of harbor snappers . . . well, there are NO dog snappers in Charlotte Harbor, only Lane, Mangrove/Grey, and once in a blue moon some Yellow Tail, Mutton, or Bee liners (small vermilion snappers). So the whole Dog snapper thing is a myth / mistake/ wrong. As I have maintained for years, if you caught a small fish that looks kind of like a smallmouth bass with teeth like an ally cat, it’s a Mangrove Snapper. These are a tricky snapper with a red belly and dark back . . .  how could they possibly be called a Grey Snapper? Well if you catch them out in the gulf they are completely Grey with no other color. You will not know that it is a mangrove Snapper until you put it in the ice chest and all the colors come out. This does stand to reason as a dark color fish would stand out in the clear waters of the gulf of Mexico, and would be eaten by larger fish. So, the snappers change colors to match the water they are in. Clear water they turn grey, dark waters reds, browns and black. So anyway, what I wrote before was wrong, and now I am eating Crow. I should never type anything until I check into it first. But then why should typing be different than talking? I am usually somewhat surprised by what I say, most of the time!

Fishin Frank

Charlotte County Fishing Report with Frank

The flats fishin requires a Lewis & Clark attitude.  Yes indeed boys & Girls if you are going to find fish on the east side, put on your explorer out-fit.  Right now those Red-Fish, Trout, Sheep head, Snapper are all tucked in between the islands.  This will require two people (one of you drawing straws seems to work out) for who drives the boat and who gets to stand on the bow.   Yup one of you gets to stand on the bow as you idle slowly, very slowly around the keys “Islands” of the east side.  You are looking for deeper water flowing between two islands.

When you find a place, it is not going to be good fishing yet, since you just ran your boat into, over, & through it.   Take a minute to look around.  Study where the hole/trough is and where you should anchor to get your best cast.  Get a game plan in your head, then go off to find the next spot.  By the time you find the next one, the first one you found should be ready to fish.  Head back to your first spot. come in using your Electric motor or push pole.  Use a stick-it pin/pole to anchor with not, not an anchor with a chain (this is a quiet area).  You have to be sneaky about this.   Once you are set, you should be able to start catching.  And, as we all know, that is just the “bonus”.  But it is really nice to be catching and not just fishin every once in a while.

Have fun & be safe out there.

Frank

Lee County Fishing Report with Captain Terry

(FT. MYERS BEACH-CHARLOTTE HARBOR) The waters are cooling and the fish are moving.  Spanish Mackerel are along the beaches doing their ‘fall run’ as well as in the passes. They can be found just off the beach at casting distance or as far out as 20-30 miles. Look for the birds and throw your favorite lure or put on a chunk of ladyfish and enjoy the action.  The ‘Kings’ should be following anytime. Grouper, Snapper and other species are moving in closer to the beaches as well as in the passes and into the sound.

Redfish will continue to ‘fatten-up’ for their journey from the mangroves and the flats and will be gone by Thanksgiving.  They are cruising the bars and flats in Pine Island Sound.  While they have been sort of ‘hit and miss’, many are in the 30”-35” range. Although many are over slot, they make for a fantastic fight and there maybe some ‘slot-size’ within the same school. Snook is also a good bet as they begin their fall migration into the estuary. They are being found near passes and inlets while staging around pilings and docks. These game fish are in good numbers moving along the mangroves shorelines as well, especially, where points and creek mouths make great ambush spots.

If you have any questions or need to book a charter, I am easily reached at 239-357-6829 or at fishfacecharters@yahoo.com. Check out my website at www.fishfacecharters.com for monthly and weekly articles. Until next week: GOOD FISHING!

Lee County Fishing Report with Captain Terry

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) The water temperatures in the gulf are beginning to cool and come alive with baitfish and the game fish that pursue them. Snook are beginning to move back to their homes in the canals and rivers. Redfish will continue to come out of the mangroves to spend more time on the  ‘flats’.  Early morning ‘top water’ and chunked dead bait will be a good bet to catch the quality Redfish. Sea Trout are around the oyster bars and the flats, making them easy targets using a popping cork and live shrimp. There are still some ‘local’ Tarpon around in Pine Island Sound, the river and the canals. Most are small, but put up a great fight.

Off shore anglers should continue to enjoy good catches of Grouper, Snapper and Permit so long as the weather permits. One does not have to go as far out to enjoy bottom fishing at its best as the weather and water temperatures continue to cool down.

Until next week; GOOD FISHING AND BE SAFE! If you need or want any information to assist with your fishing or boating needs, I am easily reached at 239-357-6829/239-471-7332 or email me at fishfacecharters@yahoo.com. Check out my other fishing and boating reports at www.fishfacecharters.com

Lee County Fishing Report with Captain Terry

By Captain Terry Fisher, Fish Face Charters

(FT. MYERS BEACH TO CHARLOTTE HARBOR) Yes, the fishing is improving since my last report. The Snook are still the easiest to target on the beaches and in the passes as well as on the last half of the higher tide in the Mangroves. The stronger the tide, be it outgoing or incoming, the better.  I suggest targeting deeper cuts and points as the fish are looking for relief from the heat. When you spot your quarry or have the intuition one is lurking around, make four to five repeat presentations in the target area. If you do get a ‘swirl’ or ‘slap’ at the presentation (especially if one is using artificial lures) odds are in your favor that they may not resist other opportunities. However, after you have caught a couple of fish from a school or made several passes, they get wiser and it is probably to your advantage to move onto another spot.

Likewise, the Redfish (‘Red’s’) will move up in the Mangroves on a high tide and in the deeper cuts as well until they move out just at the flats as the tide subsides. Based on my recent charters and other reports the ‘Reds’ seem to be more concentrated in the upper part of Pine Island Sound.

Gray Snapper and Flounder bites have also been good in the back country and they are tasty as well. The Sea Trout seem to always be active and I have had recent success with some Permit and Pompano on the sandy flats in about 4-6ft. of water. The bait and tactics that I am using are both live and artificial depending on the time of the day. I prefer artificial in the early morning hours and live/cut baits during the daytime.