A great week of fishing here in SWFL. The snook bite has been on fire with lots of medium sized snook crushing pilchards. The beaches and passes have been awesome spots to target these fish. Along with snook bite the mangrove snappers have been very hungry. I've found the redfish bite to again be alittle better on the end of the incoming tide and start of the outgoing. We are approaching a great time of year here in SWFL so get out and do some fishing. Here is Mike and his son Miles from Mike's Bait House putting a smackdown on the snook and redfish.
Capt. Joey Benko
Hope everyone had a great July 4th and is preparing for alittle week of bad weather. Fishing in SWFL has been fantastic with snook, tarpon and redfish roaming the beaches from Doctors Pass to 10,000 Islands. Large schools of small baitfish can be seen near the beaches with schools of fishing working them first thing in the morning. For those artificial guys this is the perfect time of you to get out and throw some top water baits for those monster explosions. Get out early to beat the heat and also the thunderstorms. We also have some great charity fishing tournaments coming up that everyone should participate in. July 9th-10th is the 1st Annual Captain Colby's Memorial Tournament and July 16th-17th is the Gone Fishing For Sean Hurley Inaugural Tournament. Hope to see everyone supporting these events.
Capt. Joey Benko
Fishing here in SWFL has been heating up as warmer water temps are increasing the anglers action. Bait is still plentiful and a snook will not pass up the opportunity to eat one. I've been focusing on the end of the incoming tide for redfish and snook. The falling tide as been producing lots of snook and jack action. The upcoming forecast is going to depend on how strong the next front will be coming in this Sunday but once through look for things to continue to improve quickly. Tarpon should be showing up soon on the beaches and passes. Here is Tom with one spectacular trout caught and released for another day. Time to go fishing. Capt. Joey
SWFL has started off with lots of adversity. From water temps rising and falling, redtide moving in the area, and cold fronts fishing has been challenging for anglers. Pilchards have pretty much disappeared and it's a shrimp and jig game. I've been finding some nice trout in the backcountry focusing on finding clean water. I've been using 1/4 oz jigs with gotcha grubs and new penny gulps. Live shrimp pitched up into the troughs and mangroves with a popping cork is another great technique. I'm super excited about and looking forward to more great guest experience. Here is Matt and Tom scoring on some awesome trout fishing and Charlie catching reds and snook.
Capt. Joey Benko
Fishing here in SWFL has been nothing short of fantastic. Redfish have moved into the area and can be targeted using a wide variety of techniques. From livebaits, artificial lures and on the fly this fish puts up an awesome fight. The snook bite has also remained solid with fish laid up in the passes, beaches and anywhere the water is flowing around mangrove shorelines. Large schools of bait can be found on the beaches and near shore wrecks. Here are some pics of some successful anglers this past week. October is a great month to get out and fish.
Capt. Joey Benko
Fishing is red hot right now with lots of action in the area. Redfish and snook can be targeted from Doctors pass to the 10,000 Islands using pilchards, threads, cut ladyfish, and artificial. The redfish bite seems to be best on the later stages of the tide and then on the start of the outgoing tide. I love looking for activity along mangrove shorelines from Pelicans diving on bait, fish blowing up on baits, or little ripples of glass minnows. Activity is the key to success when looking for some great action. Snook are very active right now with all the abundance of bait but the big ones are still alittle finicky when it comes to hitting a good bait. The beach fishing has also been very productive lately with some very clean water on the outside right now. Here is Luca Musico with one of many redfish landed this past week.
The fishing here in SWFL has been fantastic and heating up more and more everyday. Pilchards are very plentiful along the beaches and nearshore wrecks. Look for diving pelicans to help locate these schools of bait. Snook fishing has been very good from Doctors Pass all the way to 10,000 Islands. Baits of choice have been pilchards, threads, and right now the early top water action is a blast. Redfish can be targeted on the higher stages of the incoming working beaches, and mangrove shorelines where small bait is present. The trout bite remains awesome as I've been targeting trout using finger mullet and also 1/4 oz jigs with a Doa Shad and also Gulp Shrimp. Don't forget the rules and regulations when keeping fish as the closure is still in effect from Gordons Pass to Tampa. This weeks forecast should remain consistent with the time of year. Get out early to avoid the heat and also the big thunderstorms that have been blowing up in the afternoons.
Capt. Joey Benko
Here is SWFL inshore fishing is absolutely amazing from the variety of species we catch to the pure beauty of the backcountry. For this months fishing report I'm offering up something a little different for guest looking for a fishing charter. Top 5 Things to Know When Booking a Trip.
1. The Company/Captains Reputation
With all the new booking sites available today research a Captain/Company and look for some genuine testimonials. Also research the type of fishing you will be doing from artificial, livebait or fly fishing. Just because someone maybe on the top of the list doesn't always mean they will be a good match for your trip. Don't settle for just one opinion check with local bait shops to local fishing charity events. Ask around.
2. Group Size
The number of people you want to bring with you on your fishing charter will determine the cost and also availability. Most inshore charters typically take between 1-3 guest with the 4th adding to the cost of the charter.
3. Cost "Cheapest is NOT best".
Cost is another important factor you need to consider. There are lots of fishing guides who operate and are not properly licensed or insured which relates to lower prices. Ask for his or her credentials. Also many charters require a deposit or may charge extra when add another guest.
4. Catch and Release / Catch and Keep
It's important to ask not only what you will be targeting but also if you are able to keep your catch. New rules and regulations can permit keeping certain types of species so it's important to ask in advance.
5. Whats Provided.
Every charter is different so ask the Captain what he/she may supply. Some Captains provide water, soft drinks, ice, bait and tackle. It's important to find out ahead of time so the Captain is prepared. Also who is responsible for cleaning your catch. Being prepared is key to an amazing adventure on the water.
Fishing here in SWFL has been fantastic with lots of snook, redfish, trout and tarpon being the main players. The waters have been very therapeutic with very light boat traffic due to the new way of life for everyone. Anyone looking for some peace of mind and tranquility should definitely book a charter.
The midweek front that has come through has created alittle game changer with rough seas making catching bait very challenging so it's good to be adaptable switching to gulp new penny shrimp on 1/4 oz jig heads. Here are some great catches for the month.
On a side note it's crucial to adapt to the new world we live in so before and after every charter it's important to take the necessary precautions to sanitize the seats, rods and reels that the guest may use to protect every guest.
Enjoy getting out on the water.
Capt. Joey Benko
Naples Fishing has been really good approaching hopefully what will be the last cold front of the year. Bait has been plentiful and the snook bite has been on fire with multiple double digit catches. The redfish bite has been better on the higher stages of the tide and the trout bite has also been solid. With the cold front coming through things are going to change drastically. Look for water temps to plummet into the mid 60's so it will be back to the shrimp and jig game until mid week. Here is some beautiful redfish and snook that have been released to fight another day this past week.
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