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