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 the 25 inch mark. 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 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 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”.
Capt Andy Boyette
Speckled Trout Fishing and Redfish fishing will continue to be a main stay on my boat through out the winter. With mild temperatures