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Fort Myers Fishing Report 1/24/2012,
 The Fort Myers fishing has been very good. With the exception of a few days this month the weather as been mild and the fishing has been hot. Trout on almost every cast with many reaching 25 inches. The redfish have also been cooperative with good groups of fish on the flats and staging on shorelines when the tides rise. Flounder have also been showing up in the catch for a good mixed bag.

I am getting a lot of inquires about snook fishing, and as of this date the snook fishery remains closed to harvest and is still catch and release only. I personally have not even fished or looked over areas for snook since most of my charters have been dedicated to red fishing and trout fishing. I have heard reports of some areas being better than others and most if not all of the populations are recovering at a slow pace.

Tarpon fishing is always on my radar and the season should be a good one. The weather has been mild and if it continues tarpon could see an early start. I have plenty of room on my books still but also have a lot of dates unavailable. Tarpon fishing has become ever increasingly popular and I am booking a lot earlier than normal.

It also seems that there are plenty of new and old guides trying to stake their claim as tarpon fishing guides. I made tarpon fishing a top priority over the last 14 years and along with a few others spent every day April-August in the most fertile tarpon grounds in the area and some of the claims from other guides are a bit much. I know you have to start some where, just like I did, it was 1998 and I know a whole lot more now than I did back then. So a word to the wise when booking a high dollar tarpon charter do you home work. You can't just come out of the flats fishing game and decide to be a tarpon guide it takes a lot of hard work and experience to put up numbers every day for 120 days straight.

And I stake my reputation as a tarpon guide who catches fish consistently, experience is a determining factor. As one of my good friends and fellow Tarpon Fishing guide said recently "that's why I put my name and phone number on my boat so when another guide comes up to me his clients know who actually found the Tarpon".

Fort Myers Fishing Information 239-283-9340 or 1-888-880-0006
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24' Ranger Bay Boat - Tarpon, Grouper, Snapper, King Fish, Amberjack, Sharks, Permit
22' Texas Shallow Sport - Snook, Redfish, Speckled Trout, Flounder, Pompano, Sheepshead, Spanish Mackerel, Ladyfish, Jacks,
Sanibel & Captiva Islands - Pine Island Sound - Cape Coral - Matlacha - Boca Grande - Fort Myers - Charlotte Harbor - Punta Gorda

  • THANK YOU for a great day on the water, not only did we hook six of the giants but you proved to be a professional in every sense. What a privilege to go fishing with you. For your clients, you are the real deal, not a lot of hype and excuses but a great guy out on the water.
    Ken Tompkins,
    Lakefield, Ontario, Canada.
  • Thanks for the great day on the water, your efforts in finding the fish are to be commended. You gave us a day of fishing that will live in our memories forever. Thanks again
    Steve, Kody and Kristin Elmquist
  • Thanks for the great 'first catch' of the year with my son and his friend! We still talk about the 3 tarpon we caught...memories forever. THANKS for your skill!
    Randy Dalton
  • Hi Capt.-
    Thanks for the wonderful time yesterday. You were the perfect "captain" for us. You put us right on the fish so that my son hooked fish after fish with hardly a break. My grandson was thrilled that he caught 8 fish. He neglects to tell people that you hooked most of the fish and he did the reeling in. After he tired of the fishing, as 6 year olds often do, it was super of you to teach him how to get the fish off the lines and how to bait the hooks. Thank you for keeping him occupied and positive about fishing for his first flats trip. He will be excited to go again, which is everything we hoped for. It was nice that you suggested when we had enough "keepers" for a major feast that we release the rest of the fish we caught, no matter what the size. We will be back with you for our next fishing adventure.
    Thanks again be well,
    Gerry Friedman

West Coast  Fishing Charters serving Sanibel & Captiva Islands, Pine Island Sound, Cape Coral, Matlacha, Boca Grande, Fort Myers, Charlotte Harbor, Punta Gorda
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