Fishing Report August 2017

We are nearing the end of the summer stretch and the fishing has continued to be great here in Southwest, Florida. Wise anglers are taking advantage of the first light bite and are off the water by lunch time. Then after a several hour break you have the option for a late afternoon trip where the bite will resume. Some of the best trips of the year have been right here in August. Snook, redfish and lots of young tarpon are roaming the backcountry and more importantly are eating. 

For those who enjoy throwing topwaters, this is the time to do it. Bait is all over the place and the warm temperatures have these fish super aggressive when the tide is right. All these considerations have made for some epic fishing trips as my anglers have seen the explosive strike of a tarpon and snook on their plug within feet of the bow of the boat. 

Fly fishing continues to be superb. In certain areas the water is gin clear even on the dead low tides, creating some of the best sight fishing we have to offerr year round. Gurglers and poppers are an effective fly to use at first light, then switch to your favorite white baitfish or black and purple ep fly as the sun climbs up. 

For those who are planning to visit this month, I encourage you to take advantage of some ideal opportunities to catch a variety of species. Feel free to call or email me if you have an questions or would like to book a trip!

Until next time... Got to make that cast!

Capt. Mitch Wozniak

Fishing Report July 2017

Summer patterns are continuing, as the afternoon rain accompanied by thunderstorms have been relentless the last month. Fortunately the first six hours of the day is all it takes this time of year to have a memorable fishing experience and catch a variety of species. 

Snook are still around in good numbers. They have retreated a bit from the shallow beaches and outside points as their spawn season is coming to a close they will slowly start making their way to the backcountry once again in time for fall. Fishing a bit deeper water can be the difference between phenominal fishing and not getting a hook up. Water temperatures this time of year are important as these snook will tend to stack in areas with extra rich current flow as this will move cooler water. Redfish are also around but require a bit more work as they are spread out over many of our waterways. Fortunately this month we have had some anglers pull several over slot redfish boatside and released to be fought another day. 

As with any month there are always surprises, both good and bad. July has been a pleasant suprise with great numbers of Tarpon sticking around both in the back bays and out front feeding heavily on certain stages of the tide. Early morning is the ticket to finding the fish that will readily eat a variety of both flies and artificials. 

Another great month of fishing in South West Florida is in the books, please don't hesitate to call on questions about fishing the area or info on fishing trips. 

Until next time... Got to Make that Cast !

Capt. Mitch Wozniak

June Fishing Report 2017

June 11th, 2017

Summer time is here and we have welcomed the rainy season with open arms as our long drought stretch is finally getting some relief. Hot summer days coupled with afternoon thunderstorms is the norm this time of year but on the fishing side of things the bite is just as hot. Bait is everywhere, tarpon can be found rolling and distant echos of snook popping can be heard in the serene, remote waters of our backcountry. 

Snook fishing is shaping up to be great this month just like it was last year. Lots of overslot fish are being caught out front on both stages of the tide. For the fly and sightfishing enthusiast there have been some amazing shots at big laid of snook in shallow waters the past several weeks. 

Tarpon season will be winding down the next month. These fish have been on the move quite a bit but once located the majority of these fish are willing to eat most importantly. Swimmer baits, plugs and flies have all been getting it done. This is an area where live bait is defintely not the only ticket to hooking up multiple times to the Silver King. 

As the days get hotter and consequently the water temperature continues to climb, keep in my the night fishing will be stellar. If you haven't experienced the sighfishing opportunities that exist at night for snook, tarpon and trout, the next several months will yield some incredible fishing trips. 

If you have any questions on the area or would like to book a trip to experience beautiful Southwest Fl, don't hesistate to give me a call. Until next time...

Gotta make that cast !

Capt. Mitch Wozniak

Fishing Report May 2017

It is that coveted time of year that we have been waiting 10 months for. Many anglers, and guides alike are in full tarpon mode come May and June. Tarpon are making their way in full swing up the coast of Florida as water temps continue to climb. The reality is this year has been a bit wacky with consistent windy fronts that refuse to retreat. For the fly fisherman, it has not been easy. Beating the wind by getting out very early has saved some trips. There are good numbers of smaller fish (20-60lbs) showing upin the backcountry creeks when the wind is too tough out front. As water levels continue to rise expect this fishing to only get better. Nevertheless, the larger migrating tarpon are out and about. Locating them is always the key as these fish move around ALOT. I would guess we will have another 5-6 weeks of lights out Tarpon fishing. Now is the perfect time to call and get your trip penciled in. 

Snook and Redfish have been consistent targets all month but with the high winds we've had, it is very important to find clean water. Snook fishing will only heat up more. Lots of great sightfishing opportunities for these worthy adversaries along the white bottom areas south of Marco Island. 

With what we are anticipating is the last of the heavy windy fronts this weekend, now is the perfect time of year to get out there and experience beautiful Southwest, Florida!

Until next time, Make that cast.. !

Capt. Mitch Wozniak

April Fishing Report 2017

So far the month of April is off to a great start. The challenge for many trips the past month has been the relentless wind. Fortunately, I have had some great anglers on the bow of the boat capitalize on many quality fish that are still chewing despite the less than ideal conditions. Tarpon fishing kicked off with bang at the end of March but has taken a short term hiatus as we await the calm conditions in the gulf and the subsequent clean water. The rest of April appears promising as the Tarpon fishing will only heat up more and more from here on. 

Backwater fishing for snook and redfish is heating up as well. The majority of these fish have all moved out front making it much easier to target them along bays and shorelines that litter the Ten Thousand Islands. Many overslot 'snuke' as we like to call them, have been brought in and released to fight another day. Redfish although a bit more spotty, have been chewing along the broken, rocky shorelines in many of the dead end bays south of Marco. 

For the fly enthusiast, remarkable sight fishing opportunities in the backcountry for redfish still exist along with first class snookin showing forth along the beaches. Pompano and trout are also staged on the sandy shorelines happy to take a variety of feathers on the long rod. 

It's no secret that April and May provide some of the best inshore opportunities of the year for the Silver King and snook. Book a trip today to secure your desired date and make some memories that last a life time here in Southwest Florida!

Until next time.. Make that cast.

Capt. Mitch Wozniak

February Fishing Report 2017

So far the 2017 season is off to a great start, with terrific fishing throughout the Ten Thousand Islands and Everglades on most days. The month of February looks to be just as promising with minimal, mild cold fronts and warmer than usual water temps. Water temps are peaking in the mid 70's, so our Spring-like trend are in effect. Water clarity has been good to great on calm days, making it ideal conditions for the sight fishing opportunist. 

The last several weeks have been stellar for those on the hunt for quality redfish on both fly and spinning gear. With our winter negative tides, coupled with easterly winds, we've been able to take advantage of the low water sight-casting opportunities in the back bays. Along the mud banks, oyster bars and creek spills, we've had days with numerous shots at quality fish. Lots of over-slot 'pumpkins' have been caught and released to be fought another day. 

Snook fishing has been per usual for this time of year but some of the trips this month have yielded great shots at sub-30 inch snook with some close to 40". The last half of the falling tide has been key and finding clean water is also crucial as these lunker linesiders can be quite finicky in the ultra shallow water. 

Trout fishing remains excellent. We'll often spend a little time jigging through some hard bottom holes looking for these tasty adversaries as we wait for the tide to line up. Pompano, sheepshead, jacks and large lady fish have all been fired up and waiting to take a properly placed offering of jighead with shrimp. 

We patiently await the arrival of our beloved tarpon. The typical migration suggest the middle of march but our warm water temps are pointing to them showing up a bit earlier. If you haven't had the chance to tame one of these prehistoric & magnificent creatures, the time to do it is on the horizon. Call today to book a trip as spots will be filling quickly. Until next month...Make that Cast!

Capt. Mitch Wozniak