Southwest Florida Fishing for Redfish, Sharks, Snook and More

Strong tides with big afternoon highs gave us good opportunities for a host of fish around the waters of Pine Island. The bite wasn’t always red hot, possibly due to the full moon, but fishing was good overall each day. A mixed bag of sea trout, Spanish mackerel, bluefish and small sharks kept rods bending and the kids smiling with often non-stop action over deeper grass flats.

Our best shot at Redfish was over the afternoon full moon high tides; this was our best week for reds this spring with fish averaging twenty-four to twenty-six inches and one whopper that measured out at thirty-five inches.
The snook action was good all week; most are coming while targeting redfish along the Islands. We have caught and released snook of all sizes, it’s great to see them rebounding from the winter freeze a year ago.

Late afternoon shark fishing in Charlotte Harbor was good for blacktips from four to upwards of six feet. When these brutes grow to five feet or better they become one powerful fighting machine with no quit in them. Lots of fun!
   Tarpon are still rolling into the area, we haven’t targeted them just yet, but we did hook two over the week, one trout fishing with a live shiner, and the other on a cut ladyfish for sharks.

   With April quickly coming to a close it’s almost time to get serious about tarpon fishing.

   Have a happy and safe Easter.
For charter information, please contact us at:
“Catch the Action”
                                with Captain Bill Russell
Phone: 239-283-7960