The ins and outs of fishing in southwest florida

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The Ins and Outs of Fishing in Southwest Florida
The Ins and Outs of Fishing in Southwest Florida
The area that is Southwest Florida begins at its northern most point in Boca Grande runs south through Pine Island Sound, Captiva, Sanibel and Fort Myers Beach to Naples and ends its southern most point in the Ten Thousand Islands. The fishing opportunities discussed in this article are practical for most of this area. Although there are many opportunities for off shore adventures, I am focusing on near shore and backcountry fishing scenes.



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The ins and outs of fishing in southwest florida

  1. 1. The Ins and Outs of Fishing in SouthwestFloridaThe Ins and Outs of Fishing in Southwest FloridaThe area that is Southwest Florida begins at its northern most point in Boca Grande runssouth through Pine Island Sound, Captiva, Sanibel and Fort Myers Beach to Naples andends its southern most point in the Ten Thousand Islands. The fishing opportunitiesdiscussed in this article are practical for most of this area. Although there are manyopportunities for off shore adventures, I am focusing on near shore and backcountryfishing scenes.Catching fish in Southwest Florida begins with catching bait. There are many species ofbaitfish available including scaled sardines, thread fin herring and pin fish just to name afew. These baits are usually caught with a cast net around area beaches, bridges or grassflats. If you are not proficient with a cast net, shrimp can be purchased from your localbait shop or marina. Shrimp can be great bait at times, but cast netting your own live baitwill be much more beneficial.As far as the fishing goes, there are many types of fish available in Southwest Florida.Snook, Redfish. Speckled trout, Tarpon, Mangrove Snapper, Sheephead and Permit areseveral species that are targeted in the pristine waters of Southwest Florida. The tactics tocatch these fish vary depending on the seasons, tidal flow and weather. Trout are a greatfish to target for beginner fishermen. With Florida’s vast grass flats and passes, hookinginto trout can be a good bet all year long. The grass flats around Sanibel and Captiva canbe very productive.
  2. 2. Redfish is another species caught regularly most of the year. They are not as subject towater temperatures as some of the other species. To catch Reds, you want to beat up thebushes. Fishing mangrove island shorelines at high tide is a highly effective way to catchthese bruisers. Mangroves are found mostly in the Southwest Florida area.Tarpon or “Silver King”, as they are sometimes called, reign supreme in late spring andearly summer beginning as early as April through the end of June. These beautiful gamefish can be found cruising up the coast of Florida. It is an awesome sight to see schools ofa hundred or more fishing rolling on the surface on there way to Boca Grande and pointsnorth. For these fish I use heavy spinning or conventional reels without the rods. Mypreferred bait is live Jumbo Threadfin Herring fished with a 6/0 circle hook. By pitchingbaits at rolling schools, hookups can come easy at times, but landing these spectacularfish is a whole other issue. The hookup to landing ratio of these Silver Kings in the 80lbor greater range is probably 7 to 1, but the show they put on when hooked will be burnedin your memory forever. Tarpon fishing in Southwest Florida should be in everyone’s“To Do list” once in their lives.If I had to pick my favorite game fish of flats fishing it would be Snook. There is no otherfish that I like to fish for more than these savvy hard pulling line-siders. The best monthsfor Snook fishing are April through nearly November. During the summer months, Snookcan found along the Beautiful beaches of Southwest Florida. Live bait is the key tocatching these awesome game fish. Small Snook can be easily caught by almost anyone,but it is the giant Snook that haunt my dreams at night. I consider a big Snook at thesmall end to be 34″ or 11 lbs going to 40″ and over 20 lbs. These fish will test yourpatience, tackle and angling skills.As you can see there are many angling opportunities her in the Southwest Florida area.All you need to do is come to Florida and witness it for yourself. Please remember, thereare many regulations for keeping fish, so be sure to check local laws concerning seasons,sizes and bag limits. One of the best ways to learn first hand about tactics used to catchfish in Florida is to hire an experienced fishing guide. I have been guiding for years andwould love to share some of my knowledge with you. Do not let life pass you by withoutfishing the flats and near shore coastal waters of Southwest Florida. Book your Fishingadventure today!!!Buy the Award Winning ‘Esca Lures’ online at culturegallery.net/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&pa...Pick up some Kenyan, African Art, Souvenirs, Soapstone, Trinkets and Gifts when yougo to Kenya, Africa. (You can Buy Art Prints and a few other items after you’ve returnedhome.),Celebrate with Style,,Save on crafts 20-50% everyday!!For more information about the best Souvenirs,http://www.culturegallery.netBuy the Award Winning ‘Esca Lures’ online at culturegallery.net/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&pa...

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