Finally, it appears a high pressure system that has hung over southwest Florida for the better part of the past week has finally lifted. The system brought northeast winds both day and night that really played havoc with our tarpon fishing off the beaches, in Pine Island Sound and Charlotte Harbor.
By Sunday morning you could feel a change for the better in the weather and sure enough within the first hour of fishing, a tarpon was boat side.
Snook fishing has been surprisingly good with the high mid-day new moon tides. Free-lining live shiners have yielded fish to thirty-five inches.
It sure is a lot easier to catch a snook than redfish, at least on my boat. In fact most of our snook are caught while targeting reds. The few we are catching are singles and doubles. The redfish bite should improve as the month progresses.
Fishing for sea trout was best at the beginning of the incoming tide in sand potholes behind the long bars that border Charlotte Harbor.
When the tarpon weren’t cooperating other critters often came to the rescue to bend a rod.
The unusual weather pattern for the past week has really made it tough for both fish and anglers to establish any type of a consistent pattern, especially targeting tarpon. Maybe we are at the beginning of a stretch of favorable weather conditions to get back on track. There are a lot of tarpon out there still waiting to be caught!
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