Great Weather and Good Fishing in Southwest Florida

     The weather is absolutely perfect and the fishing is pretty darn good too around Pine Island in southwest Florida. Last week started off a little on the breezy and rainy side but by the weekend the temperature, humidity and wind dropped leaving us with bright blue skies and calm seas.

     Big trout were a common catch again this week with the largest measuring twenty-seven inches. We found these trout on just about every oyster bar or Island point while looking for redfish.

     Snook are moving away from the beaches and back into Matlacha Pass and Pine island Sound. We caught and released a few up to thirty inches around mullet schools, again looking for redfish.

     The inshore snapper fishing hasn’t been as good as years past but there is still plenty of fat fish for a good snapper nugget dinner.

     I continue to see schools of tarpon in the twenty to sixty pound range in Matlacha Pass early in the mornings on the falling tides. The problem was keeping the other critters including ladyfish, bluefish, mackerel, jacks, trout and garfish, yes garfish off the bait. We are hooking at least a couple garfish every day as the summer rains have obviously flushed them from their fresh water homes into the salty estuaries.

     With plenty of bait around and finally some beautiful fall weather our fishing should only get better for the rest of the month. Get out there and take advantage of it!

For charter information please contact us at:

Phone: 239-283-7960



“Catch the Action” with Captain Bill Russell