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FLORIDA: Quality Fish in Naples & Marco Island Backwaters!

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Where do I start this week? We have truly had some exceptional trips this week. The honest guy I am, I admit that one out of the ten for the week didn’t pan out as planned. But, that’s fishing sometimes. The others were some of the best of 2011 so far.

I’ll start with a snook report. I am happy to say that there are plenty of nice fish showing in some backcountry areas where I really have not found good numbers since the fish kill of 2010. We caught several fish this week from the 29 to 34 inch range along with countless numbers of the common 20 to 24 inch fish. Most were caught with live white baits but we also had good luck with them on a fly trip on Thursday morning.

I fished with Andy and Brian Roettger on Thursday morning with intentions of fly fishing for some of the laid up tarpon that have been showing up. We were disappointed to have a northerly breeze which put the fish down making them impossible to sight fish to. Although we saw several rolling in pretty close range, we really never had any clean shots. I promised that we would dedicate an hour at the end of the trip to try to get some snook action or bend the rod somehow. We moved to a bank where I had been having some action during the week and both guys caught a few snook and trout on a white streamer. Taking turns between fish, Andy laid a nice cast under the mangrove overhang and a large snook inhaled the fly instantly! The fish made a hard run under the cover, but Ted managed to turn it and after a tough battle, Andy boated a nice 32 incher!

We also had some amazing trout fishing this week. Several trips got into schools of large spawning fish. Most of them ran between 18 and 24 inches! We caught them free lined live baits. On Wed. afternoon, Ted Noethling brought his 6 hear old son, Tanner out for Tanners first fishing trip. We made two stops all afternoon and one of the two of them were never with out a strike of a fish on. They wore out the snook, big jacks and sea trout! After a few hours, Tanner announced he might be ready to head in because he had already caught “a million” fish. It did seem like a million! Way to go Tanner!

We have quite a few big tarpon in the back country now. I did hook up with a couple this week, but none boated. Large sharks are also dominating the same spots. Cut bait such as lady fish and jacks don’t go long without a bite.

On this morning’s tarpon trip, we hooked 5 bull and lemon sharks to 200 lbs. less than 4 feet of water. A couple of kayakers paddled up to us to ask what we were fighting. They inquired “what are you catching?” When I said it was a shark, they asked “what, 1 or 2 footers?” I said, “No it’s about a 7 foot bull shark”, Those guys couldn’t paddle out of there fast enough! Great fun!

Lastly, I can’t leave out the redfish. While I got distracted with other options as the week progressed, We did find plenty of eager schoolies early in the week using bait at high tide. They are in the larger bays now and south facing shorlines with oyster bottom are holding them.

Capt. Todd G. Geroy
p: 239-793-7141


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FLORIDA: Different fish bring new action to Tampa Bay!

Saturday, November 6th, 2010

Fall? Summer? Fall? Summer?

It is indeed fall, but the weather sure makes it feel like it is still summertime; it is downright hot! Despite the fact that the fish are on the move lately, fishing has been really good. Because the fish are moving around a lot, it has been taking a bit more time to find the bite.

It’s great to be catching snook. Lately, we’ve caught some great sized fish and great numbers of them. Even though snook are out of season, it is still fun to catch them and release them. The snook bite should keep getting better as the water temperature drops. We managed to catch the biggest snook of two tournaments last week, which is great because 30 inch snook are hard to come by these days.

The redfish bite is pretty awesome! Occasionally, we’ve had to do a little more boat riding than I like to do to locate a big school of fish. Once we found the fish, we quickly realized the ride was well worth it. We have been catching many fish that are over the slot limit. On certain days, we’ve had to work really hard to catch keeper-sized fish, and others all we catch are slot-sized fish. Either way, we’ve managed to catch a few fish to take home every trip.

We have been changing it up a bit by starting our mornings off by fishing off the beach for mackerel, cobia, and king fish, and it has produced some great action. Mixed in with the mackerel, cobia, and king fish, there have been some big sharks. Get a 5 foot to 7 foot black tip shark on the other end of your rod and you are in for a great fight.

Tarpon are still in Tampa Bay. We’ve caught many great sized fish lately. Last week, we jumped not only some 100 pound fish, but also some 150 pound fish.

Capt. TJ Stewart
Castaway Charters, Inc.
P: 941-737-5985

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