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

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/25/2023 More and more snook, but still mostly small. Redfish from 14 to 18 inches are relatively abundant, plus a couple in the low end of the slot. Please use inline circle hooks so we can release healthy fish. Juvenile tarpon are up around the creek. The water is getting clearer and we're seeing lots of Mayan cichlids around the docks.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/18/2023 A lot of little snook. Some undersize redfish and a few on the low end of the slot. Some Mayan cichlids. A few juvenile tarpon popping up to frustrate people.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/11/2023 A few small redfish and a couple slots have been under the docks, especially on the Punta Gorda side. Some small snook are heading up toward Shell Creek. Most of the docks up here have some mangrove snapper, sand brim and Mayan cichlids.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/05/2023 No reports.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/28/2023 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/14/2023 Nothing, zero, nada.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/07/2023 A few snook around the creek, but lots of Mayan cichlids and tilapia.

Capt. Josh & Fishin' Frank 10/03/23  Some snook, not huge numbers but enough to play with. Dock fishing is worthwhile, so are mangroves. Some smaller redfish up here too. Gangs of juvenile tarpon scattered throughout.

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

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/25/2023 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/18/2023 A few short redfish near the ramp and bridge, and there are probably some black drum around too.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/11/2023 A couple small snook and some black drum (on frozen blue crabs).

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/05/2023 The nearby islands and docks have been producing redfish (mostly shorts but at least a couple keepers), some snook and enough mangrove snapper for dinner. They all like live shrimp.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/28/2023 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/14/2023 Nothin.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/07/2023 No reports.

Capt. Josh & Fishin' Frank 10/03/23  Redfish at the ramp. Cast left along the edge. Should be some snook around also. No reports from the bridge.

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

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/25/2023 Some short trout, short snook and short bull sharks.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/18/2023 Quiet. Some small snook at night, and we heard about a few trout and mangrove snapper. Baby bull sharks are around too.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/11/2023 A bit quieter. Some snook at night. Glass minnows have been hanging out, and a few tarpon have been around to eat them (but no one hooked any).

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/05/2023 Some mangrove snapper, some short snook at night, and that's it.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/28/2023 A few reports of mangrove snapper, and at least one keeper redfish. There are evening snook, but nothing big enough to keep.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/14/2023 Few reports. Some snook at night, possibly keepers if you take luck. Shrimp, pinfish and various lures have been working.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/07/2023 No reports.

Capt. Josh & Fishin' Frank 10/03/23  Some mangrove snapper and a few trout. Some snook around the pilings from 10p to 5a. Try a MirrOlure TTR-11 around sunrise.

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Laishley Pier      "Fishin History   River Side

Robert &  Capt. Josh  08/19/2023 TV news reports indicate the pier might be closed for another 12 to 18 months.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  02/18/2023 Closed until further notice due to hurricane damage.

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Bayshore Pier     "Fishin History"

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/25/2023 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/18/2023 Some baby bull sharks and a short cobia reported.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/11/2023 Some small bull sharks and the occasional trout, plus one short cobia reported.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/05/2023 No reports.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/28/2023 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/14/2023 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/07/2023 No reports.

Capt. Josh & Fishin' Frank 10/03/23  No reports. Now is usually the time fishing picks up though.

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Port Charlotte Beach Pier  

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/25/2023 Lots of short snook and a few short trout, plus some short mangrove snapper.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/18/2023 Some short snook at night. Small mangrove snapper under the pier. A few trout around the general area.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/11/2023 Smaller mangrove snapper. A few snook in the evening and at dawn. A handful of trout, one short redfish, and a plethora of catfish.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/05/2023 Some nocturnal snook, some mangrove snapper, and at least one baby bull shark.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/28/2023 Lots of short snook. A few small trout and mangrove snapper.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/14/2023 A few snook, mostly shorts. A few small trout also. Jacks have been busting in the area.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/07/2023 No reports.

Capt. Josh & Fishin' Frank 10/03/23  Been pretty good. Lots of snook around. Trout sporadic, but should get better soon.

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Port Charlotte canals salt/brackish         

           "Fishin History"           

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/25/2023 Mayan cichlids and sand bream are eating cut shrimp around the docks. Some snook, mostly shorts but a few bigger ones have been spotted around the lights. Some jack crevalle might be anywhere. Some keeper mangrove snapper and a bunch of shorts. We're seeing sheepshead but not hearing about many caught.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/18/2023 A lot of Mayan cichlids this week. Little snook are getting very active. A few juvie tarpon are there but not biting. A few jacks have been caught on the troll.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/11/2023 Some keeper mangrove snapper in here, along with sand brim around the docks. Small snook, a few black drum, and the occasional jack. East Spring Lake has produced a few tarpon from 20 to 80 pounds; they're frustrating but keep throwing small soft plastics, big chunks of cutbait or live pinfish.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/05/2023 Random baby goliath grouper, a few snook of mixed sizes, lots of sand bream, mangrove snapper are starting to perk back up, and lots of baby tarpon rolling around.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/28/2023 The jacks have been around. Small snook, decent sand bream and keeper mangrove snapper are around the docks. Small tarpon are rolling throughout the canals, but they've been more or less unhookable.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/14/2023 Plenty of catfish, if you're interested. Snook are popping around the area. Juvenile tarpon rolling but hard to hook. Several reports of sand bream, including some caught in the crab traps.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/07/2023 Some jacks have been busting small baitfish. Snook caught on the troll. Ladyfish near the canals mouths. Juvenile tarpon are rolling, not so much biting.

Capt. Josh & Fishin' Frank 10/03/23  A few mangrove snapper and sand bream. For the bream use small hooks and pieces of peeled shrimp. Lots of tilapia and Mayan cichlids.

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El Jobean Pier           "Fishin History"        

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/25/2023 Black drum are slower but there are a few. Some short trout here also. Lots of snook at night, including a few keepers. Mangrove snapper are mostly small but a few are big enough to harvest.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/18/2023 Some black drum both day and night. A lot of snook, but no reports of legal ones. Good numbers of mangrove snapper and a few trout.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/11/2023 Still quite a few black drum, but not as many as before, mostly eating blue crabs. Lots of nocturnal snook and juvenile tarpon. A couple sheepshead were caught, but it wasn't repeatable. A few decent keeper mangrove snapper.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/05/2023 This is a snook hotspot at night, mostly short but a few keepers. Swimbaits and shrimp are working well. Tarpon up to about 60 pounds are scattered around at night. A few larger black drum are under the bridge and pier, eating frozen blue crabs.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/28/2023 A lot of short snook here too. Some juvenile tarpon seen but not hooked. Black drum are eating blue crabs on the bottom. No snapper or sheepshead reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/14/2023 Very slow.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/07/2023 Pretty quiet, probably due to all the rain. A few short snook, but no mangrove snapper reported.

Capt. Josh & Fishin' Frank 10/03/23  Sporadic for most fish, but the snook bite late at night has been good. Cast parallel to the trestle with a large Crystal Minnow or Rapala X-Rap 10 size.

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

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/25/2023 Small trout have been reported around Hog Island.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/18/2023 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/11/2023 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/05/2023 No reports.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/28/2023 Trout are around the southwest side of Hog Island.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/14/2023 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/07/2023 No reports.

Capt. Josh & Fishin' Frank 10/03/23  A few small sharks around the marker. One redfish reported at Cattle Dock.

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South Gulf Cove canals     "Fishin History"     

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/25/2023 Mayan cichlids and tilapia around the docks and bridges, mostly on worms.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/18/2023 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/11/2023 Some largemouth bass were reported near the boat ramp on live shiners.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/05/2023 Tilapia and Mayan cichlids around the docks.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/28/2023 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/14/2023 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/07/2023 Bluegill, tilapia and Mayan cichlids are eating worms around the docks.

Capt. Josh & Fishin' Frank 10/03/23  No reports.

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The West Wall   "Fishin History"

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/25/2023 A whole lot of smaller snook under the shrubbery. Redfish are at the creek mouths taking shrimp and pinfish, and some will be keepers.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/18/2023 A lot of redfish are under the bushes and they're moving around, so your hot spot from yesterday might suck today. A few snook are also under the trees. The trout outside the bar are still biting, but it's not like it was a couple weeks ago. The south end has had some ladyfish, and there might be a tarpon there to eat them.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/11/2023 A lot of little snook, but also an assortment of redfish (mostly just under the slot, but a few keepers). Some trout are in 4-ish feet of water outside the bar south of the halfway point.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/05/2023 Snook and redfish under the bushes, eating shrimp, pinfish, cutbait, soft plastic paddletails, and MirrOdines. Trout are at the mouths of the bigger creeks and in 4 to 6 feet outside the bar. Pompano have skipped but not caught.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/28/2023 One of the better spots overall. Redfish and snook under the bushes and in the creek mouths, taking shrimp, cut ladyfish, live pinfish or whitebait, and of course soft plastic lures. There are trout and ladyfish on top of and outside the bar. A few small bull sharks are around too.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/14/2023 Redfish are under the bushes, and so are snook. Trout and ladyfish on the flats and at the bar edge. Spoons and soft plastics are working well for the trout and ladies, then chop up a ladyfish for redfish bait.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/07/2023 Scattered schools of ladyfish on top of the bar and out to about 8 feet of water, with lots of undersize trout mixed in. Redfish and snook under the bushes and in the creek mouths; reds are slot to oversize and the snook are all small. Fish cut ladyfish or pinfish for the redfish.

Capt. Josh & Fishin' Frank 10/03/23  Mixed bag here. With so much fresh water coming down the rivers, bait is dying quickly. Use a bucket with an aerator. All the large creek mouths have small to medium redfish and some snook (mostly small, but bigger if you get up into the creeks).

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Cape Haze Bar       "Fishin History" 

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/25/2023 Some small trout. A couple out-of-season flounder this week. Spanish mackerel on the deep edge (Boca Grande side). A handful of smaller sharks in the vicinity.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/18/2023 A couple bonnethead sharks, a few bluefish, a bunch of lizardfish, and one pompano.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/11/2023 A couple trout and bonnetheads and of course Flipper.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/05/2023 No reports this week.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/28/2023 Some ladyfish along with an occasional Spanish mackerel. A few bonnetheads sharks here also. One angler reported skipping some pompano but then couldn't find them.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/14/2023 Some trout on the bar, and dolphins being aggressive about wanting to share.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/07/2023 Lots of scattered ladyfish and some small trout, both on top of the bar and out to about 8 feet deep. They're pounding small baitfish fry.

Capt. Josh & Fishin' Frank 10/03/23  Trout, some Spanish mackerel, quite a few smaller sharks. There are usually some flounder showing up here this time of year.

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Turtle Bay &  Bull Bay         "Fishin History"

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/25/2023 Lots of smaller snook and redfish, plus a few reds to keep. Bigger snook have been spotted but not caught. Lots of trout, mostly shorts. There are bull and lemon sharks in the 3- to 5-foot range, plus a handful of bonnetheads.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/18/2023 One of the best spots in the area. Redfish of assorted sizes from dinks up to about 25 inches are under the bushes and around the oyster bars. Bigger fish have been taking cut sardines, ladyfish or mullet. A lot of snook are around, mostly smaller ones. A lot of trout scattered around the flats. Mixed sharks (bulls, lemons, blacktips, etc) are more abundant than expected.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/11/2023 A lot of trout of assorted sizes scattered around the area. Quite a few snook and redfish are under the bushes, and there may be a few around the oyster bars too. Lots of lizardfish around too.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/05/2023 Redfish and snook under the bushes and around the oyster bars. A few trout and a couple small sharks reported also.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/28/2023 One of the better spots overall. Redfish and snook under the bushes and in the creek mouths, taking shrimp, cut ladyfish, live pinfish or whitebait, and of course soft plastic lures. There are trout and ladyfish around the grass. A handful of larger sharks (lemons, maybe) around the area.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/14/2023 Snook and redfish under the bushes, mostly on cutbait but also shrimp or pinfish. Trout are scattered all around the bays. Sharks up to about 6 feet have been seen in random areas. Big schools of mullet have been in the area as well.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/07/2023 Scattered redfish and snook on the oysters and under the bushes. Live pinfish, cut ladyfish, live shrimp, soft plastics and spoons are all catching fish.

Capt. Josh & Fishin' Frank 10/03/23  Trout are good in Turtle. Drift with a tandem soft plastic jig, bouncing it along. At the mouth, we're seeing some jacks and trout.

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

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/25/2023 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/18/2023 A couple Spanish mackerel and that's it.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/11/2023 A couple Spanish mackerel and that's it.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/05/2023 Some mangrove snapper reported on the bottom.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/28/2023 A few Spanish mackerel and mangrove snapper, but not many and not big.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/14/2023 Some ladyfish and a couple Spanish mackerel.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/07/2023 No reports.

Capt. Josh & Fishin' Frank 10/03/23  No reports.

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Gasparilla Sound     "Fishin History"

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/25/2023 Lots of trout, mostly short, from Three Sisters to Whidden Bay. Some keeper redfish in the 25- to 28-inch range, plus some shorts. A lot of little snook and very few slots around the mangroves. Sheepshead are around the mangroves and oyster patches. And of course there are lizardfish.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/18/2023 Spanish mackerel and trout are in 3 to 6 feet of water over grass or sand. Lots of smaller snook and assorted sizes of redfish along the shorelines. Sheepshead are scattered around the area. Lots of lizardfish as well.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/11/2023 Trout in 4 to 8 feet of water, along with Spanish mackerel, ladyfish and a bunch of sharks in the 2- to 3-foot range. Some tarpon were spotted rolling around the clam leases. The mangroves are holding snook, redfish and the random sheepshead.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/05/2023 Pretty fishy here. Snook and redfish are under the bushes. All the previously mentioned baits are working, but so are topwaters. Some sheepshead are around the oysters and mangroves. Trout and ladyfish are in open areas in 3 to 5 feet. A few Spanish mackerel are out toward the ICW channel in 6 to 8 feet.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/28/2023 A good variety here. One of the better spots overall. Redfish and snook under the bushes and in the creek mouths, taking shrimp, cut ladyfish, live pinfish or whitebait, and of course soft plastic lures. Lots of trout, including some good keepers, in 2 to 6 feet of water near grass. Spanish mackerel are spotty, following the bait around.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/14/2023 Whidden Bay and Three Sisters have plenty of trout in 3 to 6 feet, along with some ladyfish and Spanish mackerel. Redfish and snook along the shorelines, mostly under the trees.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/07/2023 A few blacktip and bonnethead sharks, plus a lemon if you're lucky. Trout are small but plentiful. Lots of ladyfish. Jumbo snook up to 40 inches have been caught this week, but also a bunch of little ones. Redfish under the mangroves.

Capt. Josh & Fishin' Frank 10/03/23  Trout, ladyfish, a few jacks, mangrove snapper and a little bit of everything else. Redfish and snook are good around the mangroves. Lots of fish around, but long casts are mandatory.

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

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/25/2023 Lots of sheepshead stacking up. Quite a few dinky mangrove snapper. Some snook at night from the pier, mostly short but a couple are just big enough to keep. Lots of baby gags in the 6- to 10-inch range.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/18/2023 Some sharks from the piers. A few trout from the piers. Some little snook scattered around. A few sheepshead from various points on the trestle.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/11/2023 Snook are decent at night. Daytime anglers have caught mangrove snapper, a couple bonnethead sharks and inconsistent sheepshead.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/05/2023 A few sheepshead are starting to show up but aren't consistent yet. You can use fiddler crabs but shrimp are great. Mangrove snapper are popping up, along with mostly undersize snook.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/28/2023 Some Spanish mackerel around bait. Short snook at night around the pier and bridges. A few sheepshead in the area, but it's not on fire by any means. Some smaller mangrove snapper. Redfish reports around the trestle.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/14/2023 Some snook, some redfish action after dark, and a handful of trout. A few mangrove snapper at the trestle.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/07/2023 Mangrove snapper at the trestle, along with some whiting and Spanish mackerel. There are also Spanish at the pass.

Capt. Josh & Fishin' Frank 10/03/23  Sharks out by the trestle, but few other reports.

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Lemon Bay           "Fishin History"

Stump Pass  Lemon Bay Park Indian Mound Park

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/25/2023 Stump Pass has had Spanish mackerel, jacks and whiting. The whole bay is shot full of short trout.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/18/2023 A lot of small snook scattered around the area, plus a handful of trout and a couple redfish. Shrimp and whitebait have been catching everything.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/11/2023 Some trout and a lot of lizardfish, plus some baby gags.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/05/2023 Indian Mound has had some trout, a few snook, and some mangrove snapper.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/28/2023 Few reports, but we did head about a few trout in the Stump Pass area.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/14/2023 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/07/2023 No reports.

Capt. Josh & Fishin' Frank 10/03/23  No reports.

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

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/25/2023 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/18/2023 A couple legal sheepshead reported, plus a few trout and some very short snook at night.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/11/2023 Some snook at night and a couple sheepshead during the day. Random bonnethead sharks too.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/05/2023 Some snook at night, a few small mangrove snapper and some random sheepshead.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/28/2023 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/14/2023 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/07/2023 Closed.

Capt. Josh & Fishin' Frank 10/03/23  Closed.

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

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/25/2023 From the beach out to 15 miles, we're seeing Spanish mackerel. Some smaller kingfish up to 30 inches are mixed with them and have been caught trolling or drifting. Grunts, porgies, lane snapper and mangrove snapper are in about 40 to 80 feet. The nearshore reefs have had quite a few sheepshead caught on shrimp. A few out-of-season flounder have been caught.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/18/2023 Spanish mackerel and a random smattering of kingfish from the shoreline out to about 20 miles. Mangrove, lane and a few yellowtail snapper from 15 to 25 miles out. Barracuda are on all the reefs and wrecks. A blackfin tuna was caught on a freelined bait near the Mohawk.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/11/2023 Spanish mackerel and kingfish are from the passes out to about 8 miles. Bottom fishing has been netting lots of lane snapper along with a few mangroves plus grunts and porgies from 8 to 25 miles. A few cobia have been spotted but not caught.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/05/2023 It's been a bit too windy for most folks. We can expect Spanish and king mackerel from the passes out to about 25 miles, and a mixed bag of lane and mangrove snapper in about 60 feet.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/28/2023 Spanish mackerel from the beaches out to about 15 miles and a few kingfish from 10 to 25 miles. Random bonita schools have been reported too. Lane and mangrove snapper plus good grunts and porgies are at about 15 miles. A few tripletail have been reported around the stone crab trap floats.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/14/2023 Weather has kept most boats in, but we heard about some bonita and Spanish mackerel around the School Bus reef. We also heard a few mangrove and yellowtail snapper.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/07/2023 Some nice lane snapper and grunts 25 miles out of Boca Grande, and there are Spanish mackerel around the passes. But wind has let a lot of boats in.

Capt. Josh & Fishin' Frank 10/03/23  Bonita are schooling out a few miles off the beach. Try to cast to the edges of schools with small lures (pompano jigs, small Kastmaster-type spoons). Blackfin may be under the bonita; let the lure sink if you want one. Nearshore reefs producing snapper and grunts, along with short grouper. Better fish at 80 feet; even better at 120. Red snapper are in at least 100 feet, and be ready to move around to less-used spots. Gags are deep also.

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Venice Jetties and Venice Pier

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/25/2023 Lots and lots of snook at night, including some slot fish. Sheepshead on the rocks. Spanish mackerel and small kingfish from the pier. Good numbers of sharks all around.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/18/2023 According to officials, we can expect repairs on the south jetty to happen sometime in February or March. The north jetty has had Spanish mackerel and ladyfish, plus some snook at night. A few mangrove snapper and sheepshead are around but small. The pier report has been a few Spanish mackerel and the mafia at the end fishing for sharks and kingfish.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/11/2023 The pier has had a lot of Spanish mackerel and some random kingfish. The Nokomis (north) jetty has had pompano, Spanish mackerel, whiting and some snook.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/05/2023 Spanish mackerel are at both. The north jetty has some snook and sheepshead.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/28/2023 The south jetty is still closed. The pier has produced Spanish mackerel, some pompano, and a few kingfish.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/14/2023 Some Spanish mackerel and ladyfish in the afternoon, and some smaller snook after dark.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/07/2023 The north jetty area has had pompano, whiting, jacks and small snook.

Capt. Josh & Fishin' Frank 10/03/23 Some Spanish mackerel and a couple random sheepshead.

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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  11/25/2023 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/18/2023 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/11/2023 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/05/2023 Nope.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/28/2023 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/14/2023 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/07/2023 No reports.

Capt. Josh & Fishin' Frank 10/03/23  No reports.

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Captiva Pass   "Fishin History"

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/25/2023 Spanish mackerel and mangrove snapper.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/18/2023 Small snook, whiting, Spanish mackerel, and a few sharks (bulls, lemons).

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/11/2023 Spanish mackerel, mangrove snapper, some short gag, and some blacknose and/or sharpnose sharks.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/05/2023 Some Spanish mackerel and mangrove snapper, and some snook still hanging out around the beach.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/28/2023 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/14/2023 Some Spanish mackerel and snook.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/07/2023 No reports.

Capt. Josh & Fishin' Frank 10/03/23  No reports.

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Boca Grande Pass  "Fishin History"

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/25/2023 Mangrove snapper, Spanish mackerel, a few tarpon (and even a couple hooked), sheepshead around the pilings and hard bottom patches.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/18/2023 A couple sheepshead and mangrove snapper from the rocks at the beach. A few Spanish mackerel and bluefish out along the dropoff. Tarpon are in the Pass in targetable numbers, but are down deep and not rolling. Try a larger shrimp, a pinfish or a threadfin dropped down to them.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/11/2023 Spanish mackerel, mangrove snapper, a few baby gag and red grouper, random tarpon both on the bottom machines and free-jumping, a few small sharks, and a couple kingfish in the channel heading out.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/05/2023 Spanish mackerel, some ladyfish, and at least one free-jumping kingfish plus another hooked. We're also seeing some strongly suspected tarpon on the bottom machines.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/28/2023 Spanish mackerel and ladyfish together in open water and around bait, mangrove snapper in 30 to 35 feet on the bottom off Cayo Costa, snook and redfish along the shorelines, a few sharks along the beach.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/14/2023 Spanish mackerel and ladyfish, plus a few bluefish mixed in. Mangrove snapper are on the pilings and rocky areas. A few redfish and snook are biting along the surf line.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/07/2023 A few Spanish mackerel, some whiting and jacks, mangrove snapper on the rocks, and some overslot redfish.

Capt. Josh & Fishin' Frank 10/03/23  Spanish mackerel doing pretty good. The 30-foot line off Cayo Costa is producing some legal and near-legal mangrove snapper.

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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  11/25/2023 Caspersen Beach has had some snook and whiting. Pompano are scattered from Boca to Venice, with the best reports at Stump Pass. Jacks, bluefish and Spanish mackerel might be anywhere. Some small sharks of assorted species.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/18/2023 A few snook, mostly closer to the passes. Whiting, Spanish mackerel and sharks might be anywhere, but the passes are a good bet.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/11/2023 Some whiting, a few snook, blue runners, jacks and a handful of small sharks. If you're near the passes, Spanish mackerel are a strong possibility.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/05/2023 Caspersen Beach and Stump Pass have had snook, sharks, jacks and Spanish mackerel. Boca Grande has Spanish mackerel and a few mangrove snapper. A handful of whiting are scattered all over.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/28/2023 Caspersen Beach has had Spanish mackerel, whiting and pompano. Stump Pass has the same plus snook. Jacks and lizardfish might be around anyplace.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/14/2023 Boca Grande and Blind Pass are producing whiting, snook, ladyfish and some Spanish mackerel. Conditions have been a bit rough lately.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/07/2023 Caspersen Beach has had a mixed bag of pompano, Spanish mackerel and jacks. Stump Pass has been producing whiting and snook.

Capt. Josh & Fishin' Frank 10/03/23  Most of the snook have moved away, but there are whiting and sometimes Spanish mackerel getting close to shore.

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Matlacha  "Fishin History"

Indian Fields    Smokehouse Bay

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/25/2023 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/18/2023 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/11/2023 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/05/2023 Nothin.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/28/2023 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/14/2023 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/07/2023 No reports.

Capt. Josh & Fishin' Frank 10/03/23  Redfish reports are coming from the area, but there are few details.

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Pine Island Sound, south end

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

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

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/25/2023 Some redfish and small snook along the mangroves. Small trout and big ladyfish on the grass and sand in 3 to 8 feet of water.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/18/2023 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/11/2023 A lot of trout, including some bigger ones over 20 inches. Also lizardfish and puffers a-plenty.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/05/2023 Snook and a few redfish around the trees. Some decent trout plus a million shorts on the flats, along with a few random bluefish and puffers.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/28/2023 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/14/2023 Redfish, snook and some trout are scattered around the whole area, feeding on the abundant whitebait minnows.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/07/2023 No reports.

Capt. Josh & Fishin' Frank 10/03/23  Very good fishing: Trout, small sharks, Spanish mackerel. Redfish in small groups and singles. If there are any big tarpon still around, they'll probably be in the ICW in Pine Island Sound.

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Jug Creek Shoal & Bokeelia   "Fishin History" 

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/25/2023 Lots of little trout, a couple Spanish mackerel and a bunch of lizardfish.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/18/2023 A few trout and Spanish mackerel around the area. Bull sharks reported here too.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/11/2023 Some trout and a couple Spanish mackerel.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/05/2023 Nothin.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/28/2023 A few trout and Spanish mackerel, but not many reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/14/2023 Some trout in the area, both from the boat and the pier.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/07/2023 The Bokeelia pier has had trout, whiting and lots of small random fish.

Capt. Josh & Fishin' Frank 10/03/23  Spanish mackerel and redfish around the bars, snook along the banks.

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Burnt Store & Two Pines      "Fishin report archive History"

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/25/2023 Small trout, small snook, smaller redfish plus a couple barely big enough to keep. Also a couple of keeper pompano.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/18/2023 Some decent redfish and random snook along the bushes, mainly on cutbait, but a few on topwaters also. Trout around Two Pines on top of the bar in 3 or so feet of water.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/11/2023 Snook along the bushes and a few redfish. Trout and ladyfish outside the bar in 4 to 6 feet.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/05/2023 Some snook, redfish and trout.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/28/2023 Redfish and snook are around the bushes. Trout and ladyfish on the bar and outside. You might find a pompano around the bar too.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/14/2023 Redfish are in singles and small groups. Lots of snook in the area, but most are small. Trout, ladyfish and bonnethead sharks are also showing up.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/07/2023 Lots of single redfish and some snook around the mangroves, plus some trout out on the grass.

Capt. Josh & Fishin' Frank 10/03/23  Small wads of redfish. Undersize snook and a few in the slot. Big, bigg, bigggg snook way in the way back of Two Pines.

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East Side "keys"   "Fishin History"

Cormorant Key  Bay Back Key Sneaky Creek 

Hobbs Point       Pirate Harbor

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/25/2023 Lots of smaller snook and redfish or assorted sizes up to about 20 inches.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/18/2023 Mediocre. Some smaller trout and a few keeper, if you cover enough ground. You might find better ones north of Pirate Harbor in about 3 feet of water. Shrimp and soft plastics are working.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/11/2023 Mixed reports of a few trout around the channel, plus snook and redfish around the trees.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/05/2023 Trout are scattered out front on the flats and around the islands. Some snook. juvenile tarpon and decent mangrove snapper are in the Pirate Harbor canals.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/28/2023 Redfish, redfish and more redfish around the shrubbery eating a variety of baits. Not many snook, though. Trout on the flats and around the bar, but fewer than the west wall. Schooling ladyfish along the bar, and a few tarpon eating them.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/14/2023 From Burnt Store to just north or Pirate Harbor, we've got lots of redfish along the bushes and lots of trout on the flat. Cutbait is good for the reds.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/07/2023 Some redfish. small snook, and very small trout around Pirate Harbor.

Capt. Josh & Fishin' Frank 10/03/23  A lot of small to medium snook, with a few slots around. You can try a bigger lure to keep the little fish away, but your action will go way down.

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

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/25/2023 Quite a few little snook and some smaller redfish.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/18/2023 A couple small redfish, but that was it.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/11/2023 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/05/2023 Nothin.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/28/2023 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/14/2023 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/07/2023 No reports.

Capt. Josh & Fishin' Frank 10/03/23  No reports.

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Ponce de Leon Park           "Fishin History"

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/25/2023 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/18/2023 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/11/2023 A couple mangrove snapper and black drum.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/05/2023 Fair numbers of mangrove snapper, snook and black drum.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/28/2023 A lot of little mangrove snapper and a few snook.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/14/2023 A few black drum and snook, plus a handful of ladyfish.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/07/2023 No reports.

Capt. Josh & Fishin' Frank 10/03/23  No reports.

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

 Elizabeth Park  Barge Canal P.G. Nature Park

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/25/2023 Lots of smaller snook. Black drum are a little better. Lots of sheepshead seen and a few caught. Some decent keeper mangrove snapper in here too.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/18/2023 Lots of smaller snook. A few black drum. Juvenile tarpon. Mayan cichlids and mangrove snapper around docks and seawalls.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/11/2023 Tons of snook up to about 25 inches, decent mangrove snapper, scattered black drum, lots of tarpon to see but few to catch.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/05/2023 Lots of little snook and a lot of small tarpon for lookin' at. Some very nice mangrove snapper in the 12- to 14-inch range on live shrimp or small pinfish. A couple black drum.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/28/2023 Lots of little snook and uncatchable tarpon. Black drum, mangrove snapper and jacks are also showing up.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/14/2023 Lots of little snook and a couple bigger ones. Good numbers of juvenile tarpon, mostly for watching but a few anglers are actually catching them. A couple black drum are around.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/07/2023 A whole lot of little snook on whitebait. Juvenile tarpon have been caught on whitebait, live shrimp and soft plastic paddletails. Black drum have been heard thumping but not caught. Some jacks are around.

Capt. Josh & Fishin' Frank 10/03/23  Snook are doing very well in the PGI canals on jigs and swimbaits, and there are lots of jacks too. Big goliath grouper (20 to 60 lb) under the docks on big chunks of cutbait. Lots of mangrove snapper, mostly way small.

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 Gilchrist Pier        "Fishin History"    

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/25/2023 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/18/2023 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/11/2023 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/05/2023 Nothin.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/28/2023 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/14/2023 Nothin.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/07/2023 No reports.

Capt. Josh & Fishin' Frank 10/03/23  No reports.

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

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/25/2023 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/18/2023 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/11/2023 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/05/2023 People looked and found nothin.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/28/2023 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/14/2023 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/07/2023 No reports.

Capt. Josh & Fishin' Frank 10/03/23  There have been mackerel around, but recent reports are slim.

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

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/25/2023 A few tarpon sightings here, but the caught fish were mostly sailcats.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/18/2023 An occasional tarpon.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/11/2023 Some ladyfish and a handful of tarpon, but the bite is wonky.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/05/2023 A few tarpon Tuesday and Wednesday, and they were actually hooked and landed.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/28/2023 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/14/2023 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/07/2023 No reports.

Capt. Josh & Fishin' Frank 10/03/23  Lots of small sharks, a billion catfish, and a few tarpon.

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Baitfish

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/25/2023 Whitebait south of Pirate Harbor, but more around Jug Creek Shoal. A few have also been netted around Devilfish Key, plus a few pinfish. Threadfins, cigar minnows and blue runners are in large schools offshore.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/18/2023 Some whitebait around Marker 2; better around Jug Creek and Devilfish Key. There is an enormous amount of bait offshore from 3 to 15 miles.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/11/2023 Pirate Harbor, Devilfish and Jug Creek are producing whitebait and some small threadfins. Bigger threadies are off the beaches from a half-mile to 3 miles out.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/05/2023 Pirate Harbor and Bokeelia. Some small stuff on the north end of the Harbor, but not much.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/28/2023 Decent whitebait at Pirate Harbor, Bokeelia and Devilfish. Small whitebait might be just about anywhere, especially along the ICW. Pinfish are coming from the back side of Cayo Costa.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/14/2023 Lots of small bait in the upper Harbor. Devilfish, Jug Creek and Placida also have some small bait. Plan on throwing a 3/16-inch or quarter-inch net.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/07/2023 Lots of tiny fry all over. Nettable bait around Pirate Harbor (early in the morning) and Three Sisters (pinfish and whitebait).

Capt. Josh & Fishin' Frank 10/03/23  The beaches have had some smaller whitebait (nettable with a 1/4-inch net).

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

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/25/2023 Most of the reports have been bass, mostly on live shiners but a few on soft plastics. The upcoming cold should fire up the crappie.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/18/2023 Crappie minnows have been selling and people are catch a few. Bass fishing has slowed up a bit but there were plenty caught on shiners this week.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/11/2023 Bass on shiners are the big story. A few anglers are using spinnerbaits and plastic lizards. Lots of anglers are looking for crappie but finding only a few. Mayan cichlids and tilapia are out there and relatively easy to catch.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/05/2023 Bass are doing well. Shiners are still the hot bait, but plastic lizards and worms are working better.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/28/2023 Bass are pounding shiners, with lots of fish in the 2-pound range and a few up to 4 pounds. Some Mayan cichlids and tilapia also.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/14/2023 Bass reports have been good, mostly on shiners. A few smaller fish have also been taken on plastic worms or artificial frogs.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/07/2023 Bass are great on shiners anywhere there's moving water. Bluegill, tilapia and Mayans are biting but have slowed down a little.

Capt. Josh & Fishin' Frank 10/03/23  The bass and tilapia fishing has been good in Webb Lake. Zippin' Ziggy topwaters and Bangtail inline spinners are both good. The freshwater PC canals are producing bass on shiners or shiner-imitating lures. Artificial frogs are also getting fish; spray them down with WD-40 and fish them right up in the weeds. In the morning, fish the sunny side of the canal. In the evening, fish the shady side.

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Tarpon reports Go to Tarpon maps

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/25/2023 Too many inconsistencies, and this year's tarpon season is pretty much toast.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/18/2023 There might be a few in the 20-foot holes, but there's probably a better bite in Boca Grande Pass.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/11/2023 It's possible you might find one in the 20-foot holes or Boca Grande Pass. It's also possible you might fish all day for big fat nothing.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  11/05/2023 The 20-foot holes have had a few. Try a DOA Bait Buster, big swimbait or live ladyfish.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/28/2023 Nothing to mention. I've literally only heard of one fish hooked this week. It's a bummer.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/14/2023 A few have been seen and hooked in the middle of the Harbor, but it's pathetically low for this time of year.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  10/07/2023 Nothing for adults, but there are babies biting in PGI.

Capt. Josh & Fishin' Frank 10/03/23  Cape Haze and Bokeelia have had decent schools of tarpon but intermittently. There are some fish in the 20-foot holes, but not as many as we'd expect. The ICW in Pine Island Sound is worth checking. There are smaller fish in the Harbor Heights area up to just before the water treatment plant. There may also be some fish in deeper holes in Shell Creek and up by the dam.

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      Radio fishin report

In memory of Capt Angel 1975-2010

 

 In Memory of Captain Angel
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        Fishin Frank-----            

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