Sunday, September 19, 2010

Naples Fall Tarpon Fishing 9/19/10

The winds have switched over the last two weeks going northeast. This
is a sign that Fall is coming, the humidy is down and the weather is
more enjoyable. The fishing has been excellent both off the beaches
and in the backwaters. The schools of bait are beginning to flood the
beaches and eating them are tarpon, sharks, mackeral, ladyfish and
jacks. I have been targeting the tarpon first thing and them messing
with the others as the tarpon bite slows. We have had some excellent
mornings on tarpon. Today I had Gordon on the boat and we were looking
for the early morning tarpon bite. Live ladyfish have been the bait of
choice, we got 10 live one by 6:45am and were on the tarpon by 7am. We
ended up hooking up 7 tarpon in 1.5 hrs landing 3 including this
monster Gordon caught. She was around 150lbs and put up a serious 50
minute fight.
Redfish have also made a good showing in the Naples area. They have
been easiest to target in the backwaters around mangroves and oyster
bars. I have been chumming live pilchards to get them feeding. Most of
the fish are in the 23-30in range with some small rat reds mixed. The
beaches have had some big schools of monster reds, 100 or more fish in
the 30-35in range. The only problem is they haven't been reliable,
here one day gone the next.
Snook season is officially closed this Fall and will reopen next
year. The northern regions lost a lot of fish this Winter due to the
very cold weather. Naples faired very well and are snook fishing has
been great. We aren't catching any monsters right now, but the numbers
are making up for it. Most trips are catching between 25-50 snook
depending on how much time we spend fishing for them.
October fishing should be excellent with Tarpon fishing being in
full swing before they head south for the Winter. Snook fishing will
get better as the waters cool and the big fish will start to move back
inshore. Redfish will make an even better showing and become easier to
target. Along with the cooler water will be trout and pompano in the
backwaters and kingfish, grouper and bonita on the inshore wrecks.
October is the start of the busy season with the return of clients
from the colder states. If you want to get out fishing don't wait to
call or email me. Tight lines