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Peace River    Harbor Heights & upriver along with Shell Creek  "Fishin' History"

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/11/2024 Slow. Lots of catfish, though. Maybe a bit of rain will perk things up.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/27/2024 Extraordinarily quiet. Few people have been fishing here. We have heard about a couple mangrove snapper, Mayan cichlids and rolling tarpon.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/06/2024 No reports, and the crystal ball thinks it's not getting better.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/23/2024 Redonkulously slow. Reports of two little snook, from half a dozen people fishing.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/16/2024 Extremely slow. One Mayan cichlid, one baby redfish, and one baby snook in two days of fishing.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/09/2024 A couple small snook and a couple rolling tarpon.

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Darst Park boat ramp I-75 bridges "boat only"     

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/11/2024 Slow here. Some catfish, and another reported sawfish sighting.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/27/2024 Small snook and at least one keeper (that was released). Small bull sharks at the canal mouths. One baby sawfish sighted.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/06/2024 No reports, and the crystal ball thinks it's not getting better.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/23/2024 No reports. Crystal ball says it will be slow or slower.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/16/2024 No reports. Crystal ball suggests very slow action for a couple months.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/09/2024 No reports. Crystal ball suggests very slow action.

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US 41 bridges - ..... Live Oak Point park          "Fishin' History" 

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/11/2024 Some very small cobia and baby bull sharks. A few trout and mangrove snapper have been caught. If you're bored after dark, try for a snook.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/27/2024 Several baby bull sharks reported. Juvenile tarpon early in the morning. Cobia are around. A few snook have been caught.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/06/2024 Some snook at night. A couple small bull sharks in the area. Some undersize trout near the power lines. A few cobia reported this week, including one keeper.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/23/2024 Snook at night and just before sunrise, but only one keeper reported this week. Small bull sharks, mangrove snapper, a couple sheepshead. Not too incredible but not terrible.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/16/2024 Powerlines have had a few trout, also under the bridge. Some small mangs and a couple sheepshead. A few undersize snook and at least one over the slot, but no keepers reported. Baby bull sharks too.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/09/2024 Lots of small snook, especially at night. A couple short cobia and baby bull sharks. Several trout reported, including some that were bare keepers.

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Laishley Seawall  (pier currently closed due to hurricane damage)    "Fishin History   River Side

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/11/2024 No reports. Probably there are mangrove snapper, small snook and maybe black drum.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/27/2024 One legal redfish reported, along with Mayan cichlids, mangrove snapper and some snook.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/06/2024 No reports. Crystal ball says fish lures at night for small snook.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/23/2024 No reports. Crystal ball says there are probably mangrove snapper and snook around the seawall.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/16/2024 No reports. Crystal ball suggests not enough information to make any kind of call.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/09/2024 No reports. Crystal ball suggests not enough information to make any kind of call.

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Bayshore Pier     "Fishin History"

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/11/2024 A few baby bull sharks. One small cobia reported, one tarpon hooked but not landed.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/27/2024 Only report was a couple short cobia (gotta be 36 inches to the fork).

Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/06/2024 No reports, but the crystal ball says a persistent angler might catch a cobia or bull shark.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/23/2024 Attempts at cobia fishing has produced only small bull sharks.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/16/2024 No reports. Crystal ball says there might be baby bull sharks and possibly a cobia if you're lucky.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/09/2024 One short cobia and one small bull shark reported.

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Port Charlotte Beach Pier  

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/11/2024 Some snook, including a couple slot fish (season is closed anyway). Some small trout, a couple keepers. Fishing here is OK, not great.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/27/2024 Lots of snook, mostly short but a couple keeper fish this week.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/06/2024 A few snook, including one keeper reported. A small school of tarpon was rolling around the basin but not eating. Some small trout and mangrove snapper are around.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/23/2024 Lots of short snook and one legal one, plus one that might have been a keeper but came unhooked. A few trout by the boat ramp. Small mangrove snapper, of course.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/16/2024 A couple keeper snook reported this week, along with many short ones. Also a few trout, ladyfish and mangrove snapper. For as many people are fishing it, the reports have been slow.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/09/2024 Some small snook but at least one keeper. Small mangrove snapper in abundance. Lots of tiny bait, too small to really throw even a quarter-inch net. 

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Port Charlotte canals salt/brackish         

           "Fishin History"           

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/11/2024 Some juvenile tarpon rolling in the Manchester Waterway and other spots. Lots of little itty bitty snook. More mullet than we expect. A few black drum cruising around. Some small jacks. Overall it's been kind of quiet.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/27/2024 Black drum are cruising through all the canals. A lot of little snook are around, but we haven't heard of any keepers. Sheepshead are few, but the ones caught have been quality fish.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/06/2024 Some black drum swimming around have been seen and heard. Small jacks (up to 2 lb) have been caught by trolling. A couple sheepshead are still around. Little snook are near the bridges and lights.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/23/2024 A few small snook and a couple sheepshead. Lots of black drum sighted but I've only seen one caught in a pic. Jacks and rolling tarpon out in the middle.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/16/2024 A lot of small snook in here. Some juvenile tarpon are showing up but the bite is tough. A few sheepshead. Lots of small mangrove snapper. Black drum are moving around, schooling up in the "lakes," but not many have been caught.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/09/2024 Lots of small snook. Some jacks reported by anglers trolling small lipped plugs. Small mangrove snapper. A few black drum have shown up; more should be arriving soon. A lot of small tarpon have been rolling but not so much biting.

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El Jobean Pier           "Fishin History"        

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/11/2024 Some small mangrove snapper, a couple black drum, and some small snook at night. With snook season closed, fewer anglers are targeting them.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/27/2024 Quiet, except for snook at night, which have been pretty good. Juvenile tarpon are rolling at night, but very few have been hooked.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/06/2024 Some snook at night, including a few keepers.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/23/2024 A couple keeper snook after dark, plus lots of little ones. Juvenile tarpon have been seen regularly at night, but only heard about one caught. There may be trout, sheepshead and small black drum.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/16/2024 The most consistent snook reports around. Shrimp and live freshwater shiners are working. A few small mangrove snapper and trout also.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/09/2024 A few legal snook, all at night. Trolling the pier with shrimp or freshwater shiners has been working well. 

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Myakka River area  (the bridge all the way to Marker 8)          "Fishin History"

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/11/2024 A couple small bull sharks. A few small snook in the Myakka Cutoff.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/27/2024 The west end of the Myakka Cutoff has had lots of smaller snook, a few redfish and some tiny trout.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/06/2024 Trout and small snook are in the Myakka Cutoff. You might find a redfish if you look hard.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/23/2024 The west end of the Cutoff has had a bunch of little snook, small trout and a couple slot redfish. Shrimp will catch them all.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/16/2024 The  west end of the Cutoff has had some redfish and snook, mostly smaller fish but at least one overslot red. A couple small trout.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/09/2024 A lot of little trout in the Cutoff, along with some dinky snook. Some redfish reports as well, mostly small but one over the slot. 

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South Gulf Cove canals     "Fishin History"     

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/11/2024 No reports.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/27/2024 A few tarpon rolling, but not so much with the catching. There are probably some bass in the back.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/06/2024 A couple bass way in the back.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/23/2024 No reports. Crystal ball says there are probably a couple small snook, and a couple bass way back in the back.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/16/2024 A couple small snook, and a couple bass way back in the back.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/09/2024 A couple small snook, and a couple bass way back in the back. 

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The West Wall   "Fishin History"

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/11/2024 A lot of little snook, constantly on the move under the mangroves. Redfish are also under the trees eating shrimp; most are in the lower end of the slot. Trout in 3 to 5 feet outside the bar. A few bonnethead sharks spotted. A couple short cobia have been seen on the bar.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/27/2024 Lots of snook out here as they move down toward the beaches. Creek mouths and mangrove overhangs also have some redfish. Trout are on the grass on the south half. Some cobia and Spanish mackerel are on top of the bar.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/06/2024 Lots of snook, mostly under the slot. The bushes and creek mouths are holding redfish. Short cobia and baby bull sharks are cruising the bar.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/23/2024 Lots of little snook and some smaller redfish. A couple pompano and small cobia cruising the bar.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/16/2024 Small redfish and snook are abundant, all under the bushes and in the creeks. A few pompano and short cobia on the bar. Little bull sharks are around too.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/09/2024 A lot of little redfish, but they've been well up under the bushes. You can fish creek mouths, but again, get it near the trees. A few smaller snook around. A couple pompano caught on top of the bar. Some short cobia on the bar as well.

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Cape Haze Bar       "Fishin History" 

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/11/2024 No reports. Crystal ball says there are ladyfish and Spanish mackerel along the edge.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/27/2024 Spanish mackerel on the west side dropoff, along with a couple trout and ladyfish.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/06/2024 No reports. Crystal ball says there could be Spanish mackerel and sharks along the deep edge.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/23/2024 No reports. Crystal ball says it's slow.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/16/2024 People are fishing here but not finding anything.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/09/2024 No reports. Crystal ball suggests Flipper has been busy, and a lot of the grass is gone. Mackerel and ladyfish should be here in a few weeks.

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Turtle Bay &  Bull Bay         "Fishin History"

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/11/2024 A whole lot of redfish and snook under the bushes. The redfish are focused on shrimp; snook will also take whitebait and pinfish. Trout on the open flats, mostly smaller with a few keepers.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/27/2024 There are lots of snook both in the bays and out front. Redfish are under the bushes and on the washboard bottom out front in 2 to 3 feet. Small to moderate sharks have been cruising thru. No trout reports, but there must be some.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/06/2024 Lots of redfish under the bushes; very few on the oyster bars. Snook are same, but there are also some out front between Bull and Turtle bays. That's also where the bigger trout are, or you can catch the little ones in the bays.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/23/2024 Probably the best choice for redfish. Lots under the bushes. Trout on the flats and out in front of the barrier islands in 3 to 5 feet of water.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/16/2024 A lot of redfish, but your bait needs to be under the bushes. A few trout, mostly small. A few sheepshead around the shacks and oyster areas.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/09/2024 A lot of redfish reports out of this area and mostly in the slot, but all under the bushes. Very few on the oyster bars. Some small snook. Sheepshead and trout around the oyster bars and fish shacks.

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Cape Haze Reef & Danger Reef       "Fishin report archive History" 

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/11/2024 Some Spanish mackerel in the area, and one very short cobia.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/27/2024 Some Spanish mackerel in the area. A couple pompano were caught around Danger Reef, and also between the reef and Turtle Bay.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/06/2024 A few Spanish mackerel. Not hot and heavy.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/23/2024 A couple Spanish mackerel, and something stealing baits on the bottom.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/16/2024 Several pompano reported at Danger Reef.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/09/2024 A couple pompano, small mangrove snapper, and a few Spanish mackerel in the area. 

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Gasparilla Sound     "Fishin History"

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/11/2024 Spanish mackerel and trout are in 3 to 6 feet of water on both sides of the ICW. Snook are along the shrubs and occasionally cruising the open flats. Redfish are under the bushes eating shrimp.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/27/2024 Spanish mackerel and a few trout are in 4 to 6 feet, along with an assortment of sharks. Snook and redfish are abundant around the shorelines of Whidden and Catfish creeks.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/06/2024 Some Spanish mackerel in 4 to 10 feet. A few smaller sharks plus one decent lemon reported this week. Lots of little trout around, but very few keepers. A scattering of redfish under the mangroves. Snook reports are OK, mostly small fish except under docks in Boca Bayou.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/23/2024 Lots of trout scattered all around the area in 3 to 6 feet over grass. A handful of small sharks, also in the grassy areas. Redfish and peanut snook under the bushes.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/16/2024 Trout are in 4 to 6 feet. Lots of redfish in the Whidden Creek area. Small snook and a few ladyfish also reported. Juvenile tarpon have been reported rolling around Sandfly Key.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/09/2024 Lots of trout, mostly small, in 3 to 6 feet of water. Lots of redfish along the bushes, and more than a few peanut snook. Some bluefish and Spanish mackerel out in that 5- to 8-foot range.

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Placida   "Fishin History"  
Placida Pier Placida Trestle   Coral Creek Pier  
Gasparilla Pass

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/11/2024 Some tarpon in the evenings, in the pass and at the bridges. An assortment of sharks from the pier. Trout, mangrove snapper and Spanish mackerel also caught from the pier.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/27/2024 Some snook at night, including a few keeper fish. The bycatch has been over-slot redfish. Tarpon and sharks have been in the area at night. Spanish mackerel, mangrove snapper and a few sheepshead have been caught during the day.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/06/2024 Quieter this week. A few Spanish mackerel, some sharks of varying sizes, small snook, small mangrove snapper, a couple redfish, and just a couple sheepshead.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/23/2024 Sheepshead are still here, but thinning out a lot. A couple pompano, a couple trout, a few sharks of assorted sizes, a couple Spanish mackerel, and a handful of short snook.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/16/2024 Quite a few sheepshead from the trestle; numbers are dropping but quality is better. Small snook at night, plus a couple keepers.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/09/2024 A whole lotta sheepshead, taking fiddler crabs and shrimp. Snook at night with the possibility of keepers. 

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Lemon Bay           "Fishin History"

Stump Pass  Lemon Bay Park Indian Mound Park

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/11/2024 Trout and Spanish mackerel in 3 to 5 feet along the ICW. Snook under the docks near Cape Haze Marina, taking live baits or soft plastics.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/27/2024 A few redfish and some small trout in the Stump Pass area. They are on the grass and under the bushes. Big snook are under the docks on the mainland side.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/06/2024 Few reports, but there were lots of short trout and a couple short snook. Crystal ball says Spanish mackerel should be showing up.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/23/2024 Bunches of small trout and a few sheepshead.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/16/2024 No reports. Crystal ball says there should be trout and redfish around, and the main channel should be holding some Spanish mackerel either now or in the near future.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/09/2024 Some trout in 3 to 6 feet on the grass and around the Tom Adams Bridge. A few sheepshead around the bridge as well. 

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Englewood Anger Pier
(next to Tom Adams bridge
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  "Fishin History" 

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/11/2024 No reports. Crystal ball thinks there are Spanish mackerel during the day and snook at night.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/27/2024 Some Spanish mackerel and a few bonnethead sharks, plus tons of dinky mangrove snapper and assorted bait thieves.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/06/2024 No reports. Crystal ball says maybe Spanish mackerel during the day, maybe snook at night.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/23/2024 No reports. Crystal ball says maybe Spanish mackerel, maybe snook at night.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/16/2024 No reports. Crystal ball says there should be snook for nocturnal anglers.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/09/2024 Some snook, but all have been shorts. 

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Gulf of Mexico bottom fishin' & trolling
Reefs & Wrecks      "Fishin History" 

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/11/2024 Weather has been windy. Red grouper are in 100 to 120 feet. A few amberjack have also been in the at same range. Lots of lane and mangrove snapper from 15 to 30 miles out. A few undersize cobia and some bigger sharks. Spanish mackerel are from the passes out to about 15 miles, and there are some schoolie kingfish with them.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/27/2024 Some Spanish mackerel from the surf out to 5 miles. The nearshore reefs haven't had much for bottom fish, but there are a few cobia. For better lane and mangrove snapper and porgies, move out to between 50 and 70 feet. Red grouper are decent in 100 to 120 feet.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/06/2024 No reports due to the wind. The crystal ball says there may be red grouper in 80 to 110 feet. Yellowtail snapper and permit should be showing up. Spanish mackerel and kingfish action should be good out past the silty zone.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/23/2024 A little bumpy this week, but we've heard red grouper in 90 to 110 feet of water and some big lane snapper in 50 to 75 feet. Grunts, porgies and sheepshead on the nearshore reefs. Kingfish are showing up from one mile off Boca Grande Pass out to about 15 miles, and also at the Venice Pier. Some Spanish mackerel have shown up as well.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/16/2024 Weird out here. In 80 to 105 feet, we've had some red grouper and small mangrove snapper. Lane snapper, plus the occasional grunt or porgy, have been on 50 to 80 feet. The nearshore reefs have had some larger sheepshead, but not in large numbers. There's a bunch of amberjack around the Mohawk. Mackerel and kingfish are in the near future.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/09/2024 Despite more wind than forecast, there are red grouper in 90 to 110 feet, plus a few mangrove snapper. In 50 to 60 feet, there have more mangrove snapper, lane snapper, porgies and grunts. A few Spanish mackerel have been seen jumping, and there are pods of bonita just starting to show up.

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Venice Jetties and Venice Pier

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/11/2024 Spanish mackerel reports are very good throughout this area. Crystal ball says there must be some sharks around the macks and snook around the jetties.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/27/2024 A lot of Spanish mackerel are taking just about anything shiny, or a shrimp under a float. A few snook have come from the jetties at night.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/06/2024 Lots of little snook around the jetties. Spanish mackerel and a few big bluefish (30 inches plus) from the pier.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/23/2024 A couple kingfish at the pier. Some giant bluefish, a few Spanish mackerel, sheepshead and jacks at the jetties.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/16/2024 Sheepshead and a few pompano.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/09/2024 Some Spanish mackerel and a cornucopia of sheepshead. They like crabs but shrimp are good too.

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Punta Rassa   "Fishin History" 

Robert &  Capt. Josh  02/04/2023 No reports until further notice.

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Redfish Pass   "Fishin History"

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/11/2024 One report: A couple snook, one tarpon.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/27/2024 Tarpon have been cruising just along the inside of the ICW over to St. James City. Some trout and Spanish mackerel are around the same area.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  12/16/2023 No reports until further notice.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  12/09/2023 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  12/02/2023 No reports.

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Captiva Pass   "Fishin History"

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/11/2024 Some snook starting to move thru. A few tarpon and bull sharks. Schooling Spanish mackerel.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/27/2024 Tarpon are scattered around the ICW and thru the pass. An assortment of sharks are also present. Spanish mackerel and trout (including a few keepers) are in the vicinity. Sheepshead have been right along the shoreline on the north side.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/06/2024 Spanish mackerel and a couple tarpon (both rolling and hooked).

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/23/2024 Some Spanish mackerel and a handful of full-size tarpon. If you want a tarpon, try a live shrimp, a threadfin or a DOA Bait Buster.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/16/2024 A couple Spanish mackerel and mangrove snapper.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/09/2024 A couple Spanish mackerel and mangrove snapper caught, plus a blacknose shark. A few tarpon spotted rolling. 

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Boca Grande Pass  "Fishin History"

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/11/2024 Lots of tarpon are stacked in here, with some very large bull sharks in there to eat them. Lots of Spanish mackerel are coming thru the pass too. A couple cobia have been seen. Spotted eagle rays have been jumping any time.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/27/2024 Tarpon have been in and out a lot, but they should be stacking up good any day. Spanish mackerel are consistent, except for Josh. Snook are on the Gasparilla Island shoreline. Bull sharks are cruising around the area looking for tarpon.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/06/2024 Tarpon sporadically, and maybe worth targeting. Juvenile tarpon around the phosphate docks. Spanish mackerel in decent numbers. A few mangrove snapper, sharks, and a random sprinkling of sheepshead.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/23/2024 A few tarpon, some Spanish mackerel, a couple mangrove snapper, and by the phosphate docks we've seen a few sheepshead caught.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/16/2024 Tarpon have been in and out and highly unpredictable. A few Spanish mackerel. A few mangrove snapper in 30ish feet of water on the south side. A few sheepshead from the phosphate dock and oil drums.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/09/2024 A few tarpon rolling or on the bottom, but it's very sporadic. Sheepshead and mangrove snapper are good around the rocks. Some pompano on the dropoff at the north end of the channel. 

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Walkin' the Gulf beaches,
from Sanibel to Venice. Surf fishing anywhere along the Gulf shoreline.

17th street, Stump Pass Park
  "Fishin' History"

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/11/2024 Snook are showing up on the beaches in better numbers. Spanish mackerel, jacks, ladyfish, leatherjacks, whiting and assorted sharks are also available from the surf. No pompano or permit reports lately.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/27/2024 Whiting, pompano, Spanish mackerel, a few snook, some giant bluefish. Caspersen Beach, Blind Pass, Stump Pass and Boca Grande Pass have been good spots.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/06/2024 Some big giant bluefish from Venice, Englewood, and Boca Grande. Whiting and a few Spanish mackerel might be anywhere. Some snook showing up near the passes.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/23/2024 All the beaches have been producing. Reports have included small bluefish, whiting, jacks, Spanish mackerel, a few pompano and a few snook. Expect better action near the passes.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/16/2024 Some whiting, pompano, bluefish, incidental sheepshead and random snook. Fishing is OK from Venice to Boca Grande, but hotspots will vary by the day.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/09/2024 Englewood Beach, Stump Pass and Boca Grande all have bluefish, juvenile black drum, whiting, pompano and a few flounder. 

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Matlacha  "Fishin History"

Indian Fields    Smokehouse Bay

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/11/2024 The trout are decent. A few redfish and a few snook under the trees, along with some baby mangrove snapper.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/27/2024 Some redfish, a few trout and a couple snook.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/06/2024 Some keeper trout, a few redfish, and some very small snook. There was a small school of big tarpon between Burnt Store and Bokeelia.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/23/2024 Still some sheepshead around the bridge area. Also, some trout and a few redfish.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/16/2024 Sheepshead and trout are all around this area. Sheepies are thinning out a bit, though.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/09/2024 Lots of sheepshead from the bridge. Smokehouse and Indian Fields are full of trout, but most are smallish.

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Pine Island Sound     "Fishin History"
Rat and Cat keys, Mondongo & Patricio

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/11/2024 Some good-sized redfish up to the 35-inch range under the bushes. They seem to be in clusters. Snook are also scattered around the mangroves. Spanish mackerel, trout and small sharks on the flats. The occasional tarpon will show up on the flats and in the deeper cuts.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/27/2024 Quite a few snook and redfish. A lot of tarpon taking live or dead threadfins. Spanish mackerel scattered throughout in 6 feet or deeper.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/06/2024 Lots of little redfish and little snook. A few tarpon and Spanish mackerel. A random assortment of sharks 2 to 8 feet long.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/23/2024 Reports are wonky. A few trout, a couple redfish, quite a few small snook, and some adult tarpon randomly popping up.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/16/2024 Some redfish of assorted sizes, right along and under the bushes. A couple smaller snook too, but nothing of significance. A few trout and Spanish mackerel over deeper grass and in the channels. A couple flounder reported.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/09/2024 No reports. Crystal ball suggests the bite should be pretty good in this area. 

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Jug Creek Shoal & Bokeelia   "Fishin History" 

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/11/2024 No reports, except bait hunters going for whitebait.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/27/2024 Many trout, mostly short, and lots of Spanish mackerel. Lots of big pinfish.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/06/2024 Some small trout and a couple Spanish mackerel.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/23/2024 No reports. Crystal ball says there should be trout, and probably Spanish mackerel and smaller sharks.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/16/2024 No reports. Crystal ball says there should be trout, maybe pompano, and should be baitfish also.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/09/2024 Some small trout, a couple Spanish mackerel, small sharks and at least one pompano.

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Burnt Store & Two Pines      "Fishin report archive History"

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/11/2024 A lot of snook along the bushes. Redfish in the mid-slot range also under the trees. A handful of trout and Spanish mackerel on and outside the bar south of Burnt Store.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/27/2024 Lots of little snook and a handful of redfish along the bushes. Ladyfish and Spanish mackerel are on the bar in 3-4 feet, plus a few bonnethead sharks.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/06/2024 A few tarpon, some smaller snook, redfish and trout.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/23/2024 Some ladyfish and pompano on top of the bar. A barrage of little snook and smaller redfish under the bushes.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/16/2024 Pompano on the outer edge of the bar. A few cobia are on the bar too. Some redfish and smaller snook under the bushes.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/09/2024 Some redfish along the bushes. Small trout, ladyfish and jacks along the bar.

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East Side "keys"   "Fishin History"

Cormorant Key  Bay Back Key Sneaky Creek 

Hobbs Point       Pirate Harbor

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/11/2024 A few snook and a few redfish, but action here is slow. The algae is making things difficult for both anglers and fish.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/27/2024 Kind of quiet, except for some small snook and little trout on top of the bar.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/06/2024 A couple redfish and snook along the bushes. Some very small trout. Tons of algae all along the flats.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/23/2024 Small snook and a few redfish around the trees, and some trout outside the bar.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/16/2024 A few small snook and a handful of small redfish. Lots of algae in Pirate Harbor.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/09/2024 A few trout. A couple cobia cruising the bar. A handful of small redfish.

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Alligator Creek     "Fishin History"                
Poachers Cut & The Skating Rink

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/11/2024 No reports. Algae.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/27/2024 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/06/2024 No reports.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/23/2024 Small snook and a couple jacks in the creek.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/16/2024 A few jacks and short snook in the creek, caught while trolling with small lipped plugs.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/09/2024 Alligator Creek has produced some jacks, small snook and even trout on trolled lipped plugs. 

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Ponce de Leon Park           "Fishin History"

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/11/2024 Some small mangrove snapper, and a few black drum.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/27/2024 A couple snook, mangrove snapper, and some black drum swimming thru.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/06/2024 A couple small snook reported, plus two baby goliath grouper.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/23/2024 Lots of no-see-ums. Some small mangrove snapper, one snook that was poached.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/16/2024 No reports. Crystal ball says there should be snook and jacks moving through the area.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/09/2024 Overall slow. A few black drum, some baby mangrove snapper, one slot redfish reported but not verified.

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 P.G.I. canals & Punta Gorda     "Fishin History

 Elizabeth Park  Barge Canal P.G. Nature Park

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/11/2024 Small snook, big black drum, juvenile tarpon, mangrove snapper, and a couple sheepshead.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/27/2024 Lots of little snook mostly under the docks, but also caught trolling. A handful of larger sheepshead. Lots of juvenile tarpon to look at. Black drum are popping up.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/06/2024 Mangrove snapper, with some decent keepers too. A couple sheepshead. We're hearing and seeing black drum, but not hooking any yet. Lots of small snook and a couple keepers. Small jacks at random locations, but mostly near canal mouths.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/23/2024 Lots of small snook in the canals, and some juvenile tarpon. A couple black drum caught but lots more seen. A few baby goliath grouper around the docks and non-moving boats.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/16/2024 A few jacks, some short snook, a few black drum, a few sheepshead (but bigger), and lots of juvenile tarpon.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/09/2024 Lots of little snook and a whole lot of baby tarpon (not eating). Black drum are starting to gather up into little groups. Sheepshead randomly sprinkled about. Jacks cruising through also. 

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 Gilchrist Pier        "Fishin History"    

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/11/2024 A couple small bull sharks, a couple small trout.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/27/2024 Some trout in the mornings, mostly shorts. One snook and one short cobia reported.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/06/2024 Trout off the pier and seawall; mostly small but at least one keeper.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/23/2024 One baby bull shark caught here.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/16/2024 No reports. Crystal ball suggests don't bother.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/09/2024 No reports. Crystal ball suggests don't bother.

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Alligator Creek Reef
AKA Concrete Reef, 1 Mile Reef, Charlotte Harbor Reef, 41 Bridge Reef       "Fishin History"

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/11/2024 Nothing. Zero. Nada.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/27/2024 A handful of tarpon, but not much else.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/06/2024 No reports. Crystal ball is cloudy.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/23/2024 A few Spanish mackerel in the area, but just a few.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/16/2024 No reports. Crystal ball says to expect a slow bite.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/09/2024 Very slow. A few small mangrove snapper and small sheepshead, but not many. Too much algae.

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Deep holes in Charlotte Harbor AKA the 20-foot holes    "Fishin History"

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/11/2024 A few sharks, a couple short cobia, the occasional tarpon. Probably not worth it, unless you see fish.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/27/2024 Tarpon and a couple sharks.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/06/2024 Tarpon. Fish DOA Bait Busters.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/23/2024 An occasional tarpon, and one free-jumping king mackerel was reported.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/16/2024 A couple tarpon seen rolling around, but nothing I would call fishable.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/09/2024 No reports. Crystal ball suggests check back in 6 weeks.

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Baitfish

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/11/2024 Whitebait around Jug Creek Shoal, Devilfish and on the beaches. Lots of threadfin herring in the upper Harbor, but they are hard to keep alive.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/27/2024 Whitebait is hard, but there are some around Marker 2. Better ones are at Bokeelia, Devilfish and Three Sisters, where there are also some pinfish mixed in. Thread herring are scattered everywhere.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/06/2024 There's been some at Marker 2 and some around Jug Creek. There's been more threadfins than actual whitebait.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/23/2024 Some whitebait at Marker 2 and Devilfish, but there's more off the beaches. Lots of threadfins are around, but don't mistake them for whitebait because they aren't nearly as hardy and die quick in the livewell (look for the trailing thread off the dorsal fin).

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/16/2024 Whitebait is hard to find and mostly small. Better bait is out along the beaches. Threadfins are in open water and offshore.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/09/2024 Whitebait is scattered all over, but all small, probably too small to bother netting. Some threadfins in open water, also running a bit small.

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Freshwater canals, creeks, rivers, ponds and lakes     "Fishin History"

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/11/2024 Very slow. We need some rain. A few bass have been caught on shiners.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/27/2024 Bluegill are picking up a bit in the Port Charlotte and North Port canals. A couple reports from the inland lakes also. The bass are mostly eating shiners.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/06/2024 Bass are hitting shiners and will probably take soft plastics if you have patience. A few bluegill reports are trickling in.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/23/2024 Crappie action is winding down as expected, but the bluegills are perking up a bit. Bass fishing is decent, but almost every fish has been caught on a shiner.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/16/2024 Lots of bass in the local canals, 1 to 4 pounds, all on live shiners. Crappie are OK, but this is probably the last weekend to catch a mess.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/09/2024 Bass are the big deal locally, almost all on the shiners. Decent crappie action still, but mostly on the bigger lakes in Central Florida.

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Tarpon reports Go to Tarpon maps

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/11/2024 The majority of the fish are concentrated in and around Boca Grande Pass. Don't get too hung up on following the pack of boats; fish might pop up anywhere. If you get annoyed with Boca, try Captiva Pass. There are also some tarpon in Gasparilla Pass and on the beaches between there and Captiva Pass. Smaller numbers of fish are in the 20-foot holes and on the beach from Gasparilla Pass north to Venice Inlet.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/27/2024 Boca Grande Pass has not been the main hot spot, but that could change shortly. As of this moment, the best areas have been just inside Captiva Pass and Gasparilla Pass and from the mouth of the Myakka to the mouth of Alligator Creek. There have also been some fish around the 20-foot holes, in Boca Grande Pass, and out up to a mile off the beaches from Stump Pass down to Captiva Pass. A few have been caught at the US 41 bridges, near Bokeelia, around St. James City, and around the Sanibel Causeway.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/06/2024 It's been getting better, but it's not super consistent yet. Best shots right now are in Boca Grande Pass, around the 20-foot holes, and around the ICW south of Captiva Pass. You might also find a tarpon or two around the US 41 bridges, the Sanibel Causeway or St James City. Live shrimp are still great bait, especially in Boca Grande Pass, or try DOA Bait Busters.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/23/2024 There have been some fish in the 20-foot holes, Boca Grande Pass and the ICW side of Captiva Pass. Live shrimp are hot, live threadies are good, or try a DOA Bait Buster (trolling or deep runner model). It's far from a sure thing, but it's worth a shot.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/09/2024 A few fish have been showing up sporadically in the passes and even more sporadically elsewhere, but there's not much point trying to target them yet. Bring your tarpon rod if you want, but plan to catch something else.

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