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    Closed due to falling pick up truck fire

 
Social distance on the piers a rod length apart !!!!  piers are closed in charlotte County.
Social distance on the piers a rod length apart !!!

Social distance on the piers a rod length apart !!!!

 

Peace river systems  "Fishin History"
Harbor Heights & up river along with Shell Creek
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Harbor Heights park-  Sans Souice trestle  River Side
Liver Pool       Chester Robert Park
Patty Ave Pier                          760 Boat ramp    
water treatment plant 

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/23/20 ------  SOme Tarpon and Snook by harbor heights under the docks , it is better on the Punta Gorda side under the docks but it is shallow over thee

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/16/20 ------ Red fish around Harbor heights and Snook between the trestle and the dam on shell creek
Rage swimmer and jerk baits

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/02/20 ------ BIg Snook above arcadia all the way up to Wachula and the Tarpon are hanging out by the Navigator
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Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/25/20 ------ Some Bigger Tarpon up to 761 and by the water treatment plant Smaller Tarpon and quite a few Snook from the navigator down to shell creek>  Black tip sharks by the Navigator, and a few Bulls

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/18/20 ------ Some tarpon, but the big story continues to be Big Snook, From Harbor heights up in the deep and By shell creeks
Up in Arcadia big huge snook, By the Navigator Black tips and Bull sharks n mullet chunks bait

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/11/20 ------  Snook fishing from Harbor heights to Arcadia, Storm Swim baits are working and in Shell creek there is some small reds and nice size snook 

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/04/20 ------  Nice Snook and or Tarpon in Shell creek fish the bends before the trestle
and watch under the docks on the PG side for big Red fish.   

jacks are "boiling the water" on peace r----caught a few using "spec rigs"--white. Last few days the jacks have been ignoring them---any suggestions on other lures to try??? 
thanks for ALL your help --  larry   
  Answer ----while white is normally one of the best colors, this is when i really get into pink lures or any of the chicken colors, which have pink and green
the other thing is I would switch to Paddle tail like a DOA cal shad to change the noise or sound profile.  cast past the school and rip it fast to the center of the boil and then stop and let it drop a couple feet,
then lift your rod tip and reel fast again. Fishin Frank

 

   

     

Darst boat ramp     I-75 bridges "boat only"     

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/23/20 ------ Some black drum and whiting 

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/16/20 ------ Black drum and some Black tip or bull sahrks

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/02/20 ------ ?/
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Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/25/20 ------ Some black tip sharks, Possible black drum and possible whiting
with snook and reds at Darst

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/18/20 ------ ?/

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/11/20 ------ Some whiting and Black drum, With Possible Silver Trout  

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/04/20 ------  ?   

 


41 bridges - ..... Power pole park          "Fishin History" 

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/23/20 ------   Snook possible tarpon and there is black drum and Spanish watch for Cobia there are regular

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/16/20 ------ Snook and some Tarpon with quite a few Spanish and on hte bottom Black drum and Snappers

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/02/20 ------ The north end walk way has Snappers Snook and some Tarpon under the bridges
By boat there is Trout and Sharks even some Spanish mackerel , Night fihsing for Tarpon not steady but good from 10:pm to 6 a; am
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Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/25/20 ------ with Tarpon at the bridge with some sharks and Spanish mackerel

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/18/20 ------ Lots of Snook and the Tarpon are hit or miss with Spanish mackerel and Black tips
 

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/11/20 ------   A lot of snook with possible over night tarpon with Spanish during the day with sharks

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/04/20 ------  Black drum and some Trout with possible Spanish,
Shark fishing is good for Black tip and Bull sharks   

    

 Laishley Pier     -  "Fishin History   River Side
Patty Ave pier
Darst  

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/23/20 ------   Snapper and some Spanish and the sharks are hitting pretty regualar

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/16/20 ------ Some Snapper and black drum with Snook at night

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/02/20 ------ Some Snappers and Snook by the sea wall
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Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/25/20 ------ ??

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/18/20 ------ Some Small Trout and a few Mackerel

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/11/20 ------   ?? it is open but no report

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/04/20 ------  ?   

 

   

Bay shore piers- . .............  "Fishin History"

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/23/20 ------   Shark and Cobia with some Triple tail and the silver Trout

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/16/20 ------ Some god shark fishing and weird enough the Cobia and Triple tail are hitting with possible big black Drum

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/02/20 ------ Triple tail , BLack tips sharks and fishing pretty good
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Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/25/20 ------ pier closed

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/18/20 ------ Pier closed

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/11/20 ------    Some Snook if you fish under the pier . the pier is closed but you can fish next to it.

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/04/20 ------   ?  

 

 

    Radio fishin report

 

Port charlotte Canals Salt/brackish         

           "Fishin History"

 Port charlotte Beach pier- .  
  Spillways along 41   
 East Spring lake       Edgewater Ramp
 
Lister Park   
Sunrise waterway

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/23/20 ------   Jacks are the big story and a lot of Sand bream and the Tarpon in good numbers with black drum and snook late in hte day

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/16/20 ------ Jacks and some Snook with a lot of sand bream,

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/02/20 ------ Lot sof smaller Snook and schools of Jacks and the black drum
in schools as well, .
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Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/25/20 ------ snapper are bigger on average and the Jacks are not huge but fun and decent size schools and there is plenty of Tarpon

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/18/20 ------ Jacks and quite a few Smaller fish, and a lot of sand bream, The countryman and Ohara have Mayans

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/11/20 ------ A lot of snook mostly smaller and there is a lot of Jacks , The Snapper fishing is getting better
A cobia caught in alligator bay  

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/04/20 ------  The canals have a lot of jacks and snappers with some Snook
The sand bream are in good numbers, Some small tarpon.  Free line a sardine for Cobia in alligator bay   

       

  El-Jo bean Pier ...           "Fishin History"

  El-Jo bean pier-
 

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/23/20 ------   Snook and Tarpon with black drum and a ton of Small Sanppers
The boat fishing at night for tarpon and big snook is good

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/16/20 ------ Been a bit better and there is some Snook after dark and
 day time snappers and black drum with jacks even once in a while

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/02/20 ------ just opened
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Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/25/20 ------ closed

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/18/20 ------ closed

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/11/20 ------ closed   

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/04/20 ------      pier closed

   

Myakka River area ...           "Fishin History"

 Myakka cutoff-    "Fishin History"
 Cattle dock      Tippy Canoe bay  14 foot hole
   El-Jo Bean Ramp       

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/23/20 ------   All over the river Mackerel Shakrs and Cobia the shore line iin tippy has good number of Snook and some Trout in the open

   Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/16/20 ------ Spanish near the mouth with quite a few sharks and by hog Island there is possible tarpon watch for big clumps of moss that is where the snook are hanging out under the moss

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/02/20 ------ Snook tarpon which are moving to the gulf to spawn..
Spanish mackerel and sharks all through the river.
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Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/25/20 ------ around the bridge the tarpon and snook even some sharks.
The north end of hog island has a bunch of big Snook,
 

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/18/20 ------ Tarpon and Snook under the bridge Huge Jacks working and towards the mouth Black tips and Spanish mackerel
Possible Cobia in the RIver

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/11/20 ------  Some decent snook and red fish fishing
 

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/04/20 ------  Lot of snook in tippy and the cut off
Watch for bait you shold see Spanish mackerel  

 

  

South Gulf cove canals- ........     "Fishin History"     
Butter ford Ramp
South Gulf Cove park

Locks S.G.C.

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/23/20 ------   ?/

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/16/20 ------ Talipha and Mayans and Bass with some snook.

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/02/20 ------ tailipha and Mayans
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Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/25/20 ------ a lot of Tilapia big huge T's 5 pounders on worms try the new big red worms for them
Mayan's are also hitting

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/18/20 ------ Mayans and Bass are the big story lots of people buying fresh water Shiners for Bait

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/11/20 ------  Mayans and tilaphia with worms  

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/04/20 ------ Some Snook trolling    

 

      Radio fishin report

 

The West wall & Creeks
 

West wall.                   "Fishin History"
Blow down creek.
 Muddy Bay   
Oyster Creek.     Trout Creek

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/23/20 ------  The north section is slow but the south half is good with Cobia on the bar and Red fish with some snook in the creeks
Lots of manatees and Cow nose rays in huge schools

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/16/20 ------ The north end is slower the best action is south of the tower and there is Cobia and Sharks on the bar with reds under

the mangroves in the south end.

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/02/20 ------ Southern part of the wall has a bunch of Snook and reds and on top of the bar Cobia and pompano and the Tarpon are more on hte out side edge of the bar and there is a ton of manatees on the south end close to cape haze watch
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Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/25/20 ------ More on the south end a lot of Reds and bunches of Snook anywhere along the bar on top of the bar Tarpon and mackerel,

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/18/20 ------ A lot of Snook they are heading south but the reds are all up and down the wall and Cobia on the bar
The south end has a big school of Manatees

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/11/20 ------  a lot of snook and reds keep your distance back these fish are spooky
shrimp and or pin fish. The Spanish are in 6 foot of water  off the bar , the Cobia are crusing the bar as well

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/04/20 ------  Pretty good for Pompano and Cobia with some big Tarpon on top of or just out side the bar.
Under the mangroves from hte towers south is best for big Snook and mixed sized Red Fish   

question -

Hi Frank 
Love the area fishing reports.  West Wall intrigues me.  I have a hybrid bay boat, so can't get in as skinny as a skiff.  I'm comfortable in 2 ft using my trolling motor.  Can I get inside the bar, at least at the south end?
 Thanks Marty

Answer--- 
You are right about the south end having more water,
https://fishinfranks.com/cape_haze.htm     this is a link to my cape haze page
 
the 3rd picture and the 6 th picture show how to get in behind the bar pretty good.
on the 3rd you see the yellow circle and the slightly deeper water, just to the north
and now keep in mind depending on the tide that could be 3 to 1 deep
Just be SURE you are at dead slow IDLE when trying to go into this area. pay NO attention to other boat do not really try to follow other boats,
Go slow and do your own thing, their boat may draft a couple inches less than you and you follow on plane at speed and bam stuck.

After a couple trips in and out you will get to be an old hand and have no trouble getting in or out, give yourself time to learn and explore.
I often use Cape Haze as an entrance to the West wall fishing
Have fun , Stay safe and healthy
Fishin Frank
 


 

       Radio fishin report

 Cape Haze -    
Muddy Bay        "Fishin History" 

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/23/20 ------   Some Spanish and Sharks with lady fish

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/16/20 ------ Spanish and lady fish with sharks all aorund

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/02/20 ------ Reds and Snook thick inside muddy bay and out on hte bar Spanish and Sharks lots of them

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Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/25/20 ------ Muddy has a lot of snook and huge red fish
On top of the bar spanish and lady fish, even blie fish are here again

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/18/20 ------ Spanish mackerel and blue fish with Trout and a lot of Sharks
The Snook are hitting better afternoon towards evening

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/11/20 ------ Spanish mackerel on or beside the bar , Sharks  black tips , small Bulls and Bonnets The reds are more up in muddy bar, watch for big Saw fish   

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/04/20 ------   REds in Muddy and Spanish and lady fish , Blue runners and some Big jacks
Cobia on and around the bar. and some Sharks out by marker 5  

 

 

 
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Bull bay- 
Turtle bay
Gallagher's Cut

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/23/20 ------   seeing a lot of snook with the clear water see them back off the long distance cast
The Snapper under the shacks are good

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/16/20 ------ Pompano and flounnder just in front on hte pretty sand beaches
with a lot of sharks in the bay.

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/02/20 ------ A lot of snook and bunches of red fish with a lot of sharks on the open flats
Turtle bay has quite a few Tarpon in the way back
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Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/25/20 ------ Snook and red fish great numbers with some Trout and a few sheep head , But the snappers are moving in , the sharks are thick on the open flats , but youneed distance the water is very clear

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/18/20 ------ Take your pick Trout or Red fish and Mangrove Snappers a few big sheep head left and Tarpon even Pmpano
WIth the pompano more just out side the bays

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/11/20 ------ amazing amounts of reds and Snook, take 7.6 foot or 8 foot rods you need to be back away from the fish
So casting distance is important with all of the people fihsing   

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/04/20 ------ The better fishing area right now Reds, Snook and Trout and the open water has Trout , lady fish , Sharks
Ot front there are schools of Snook and some nice reds in schools ,     

 

Cape haze reef, and Danger Reef -. ......     "Fishin report archive History" 

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/23/20 ------   Spanish and Sharks

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/16/20 ------ Spanish and sharks

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/02/20 ------ Spanish and a lot of sharks
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Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/25/20 ------ sharks and a lot of Spanish mackerel sharks 3 to 7 foot

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/18/20 ------ Spanish mackerel and Sharks decent fishing fun for kids

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/11/20 ------  Spanish and sharks from 3 to 6 foot

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/04/20 ------ Spanish and some Snappers with possible Bulls and black tips watch for Hammer heads    

 

      Radio fishin report

Gasparilla sound/ tailing flats       "Fishin report archive History"

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/23/20 ------   Good for Snok and some reds the creeks are slap full of fish . The flats near the ICW is full of lady fish Trout and Snook with tarpon.

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/16/20 ------  Back side of whidden thee is a ton of Snook and by the ICW Jacks and lady fish with a lot of Spanish

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/02/20 ------ Been good with a lot of snook moving in on htier way to spawn in the gulf
with a lot of sharks by the ICW
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Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/25/20 ------ A ton of fish Snook and reds with snapper , Tarpon, Spanish and sharks,
 

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/18/20 ------ Along the shore behind Boca Reds and Snapperts and over across the flats Spanish and Trout and reds fish
With Tarpon along the ICW

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/11/20 ------ A lot of fish and lady fish with a bunch of Tarpon as you get by the magroves a lot of Snook and Reds with a lot of Permit, which is rare but happens and this appeares to be the year so Wow.  

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/04/20 ------ Lady fish , jacks , Big Reds and Tarpon close to the ICW    

 

 

Placida pier / Placida  "trestle" Coral Creek pier    "Fishin History of this spot"  
Little Gasparilla pass

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/23/20 ------   Spanish and a hand full of Sharks and the bridge has better bigger Snappers

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/16/20 ------ NIght time the is snook and Snappers with sharks and the Spanish and snappers during the day

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/02/20 ------ pier is open Snapper and a lot of Gag grouper small ones and Tarpon moving in around the trestle
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Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/25/20 ------ the pier is closed but the area has a lotof fish with mackerel and Snappers with Tarpon passing through

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/18/20 ------ the pier closed around it they are catching tarpon and a bunch of Snappers
The Spanish macks are in great numbers
 

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/11/20 ------ pier closed but the area has Tarpon and Sharks wirth some Pompano and Spanish
some Big Bull sharks  

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/04/20 ------   The  pier closed, There is Spanish and sharks    

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Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 03/28/20 ------ Closed

Social distance on the piers a rod length apart !!!

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 Lemon Bay ...

  Stump Pass      Red bug  

Lemon Bay park      "Fishin History"  

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/23/20 ------  A lot of snook on hte beaches and in side under hte docks with Jacks and Spanish in
the ICW 

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/16/20 ------ ??

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/02/20 ------ Spanish in stump pass with whiting and lizard fish
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Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/25/20 ------ Snook with reds under the docks, The big story is a lot of Lizard fish

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/18/20 ------ ??

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/11/20 ------  Some Spanish clos eto stump pass and the red fish are moving in under the docks
Indian mounds has Snook and some reds 

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/04/20 ------   no reports   

 

 

   Englewood Ainger pier
 next to Tom Adams bridge
 "Fishin History" 

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/23/20 ------   Spanish and some smaller snapper possible Sharks

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/16/20 ------ Snook at night with whiting and Spanish with huge pin fish being caught with smaller jacks hitting the spoons

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/02/20 ------ just opened
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Social distance on the piers a rod length apart !!!

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/25/20 ------ the pier is closed

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/18/20 ------ Big Snook and Spanish mackerel

 Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/11/20 ------ pier closed  

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/04/20 ------  pier closed, Under the bridge whiting and some sheep head   

 

Venice  Jetties    Sharky's Pier

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/23/20 ------   ?/

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/16/20 ------ The jetties have Tarpon and Jacks with a bunch of sharks

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/02/20 ----- just opened or soon
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Social distance on the piers a rod length apart !!!

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/25/20 ------ closed

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/18/20 ------ closed

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/11/20 ------ closed  

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/04/20 ------   ??? possible closed don't know  

 

   

 

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

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/23/20 ------   3 to 15 with Spanish and Bonita and some Premit and Cobia 10 to 25 with bigger snapper and grouper with A.J.
in good number and if you get out 40 miles the black fin tuna are thick

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/16/20 ------ It has been windy but 10 miles out Cobia , Snapers and grunt
45 miles out Black fin tuna , King mackerel nice red grouper and yellow tail snappers

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/02/20 ------ Spanish and king mackerel are doing well and Cobia om many of the reefs The Snappers and grunts are hitting
Black fin tuna,
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Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/25/20 ------ too windy for much , King mackerel in 60 foot of water with a bunch of Spanish
Decent grouper fishing in 75 foot

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/18/20 ------ windy too windy for reports

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/11/20 ------ windy but when the wind slowes down there is barracuda and King mackerel even a lot of p[ermit over the reefs
Black fin tuna close to the mohawk, The Snappers at 25 miles mile out are huge.   

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/04/20 ------ Near shore to 10 miles out Spanish and kings , with Black fin tuna and Cobia Lotsof them
The bottom fishing that close is OK not greeat, Bottom fishing is way better at 20 miles or more out legal Red grouper are best in 90 to 110
The Sail fish are out in hte 80 foot plus depths, a lot of Options and more sharks than we have ever seen even a lot of 8 foot Hammer heads    

 

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walking the beaches

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/23/20 ------   Lots of Snook 3 feet of water or less

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/16/20 ------ ?/

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/02/20 ----- just getting open again
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Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/25/20 ------ closed yet but open as of Monday the 27th

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/18/20 ------ beaches closed

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/11/20 ------    beaches closed

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/04/20 ------  beaches closed   

 

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    "Fishin History" 

The Passes 
 Punta Rassa

 Red fish pass
 Captiva pass
 Boca Grande Pass 
 Little Gasparilla pass

 Stump Pass 

Venice  Jetties
    
"Fishin History" 

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/02/20 ------ Boca and Captiva have tarpon a lot of them
With a bunch of big sharks, on hte bottom the sanppers are thick and then the Spanish and blue fish schools
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Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/25/20 ------ closed yet but open as of Monday the 27th
Tarpon in Boca and Captiva along with Sharks

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/18/20 ------ beaches closed

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/11/20 ------   ?????? beaches closed

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/04/20 ------      beaches closed

 

     

    

Punta Rassa / Sanibel Island..\/ St.James City        "Fishin History"

Turner Beach
Bowmans Beach.

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/23/20 ------   ?

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/16/20 ------ ?/

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/02/20 ------ Tarpon and the beaches are open
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Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/25/20 ------ Beach es still closed but the tarpon are along the beaches eating threadfins

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/18/20 ------ beaches closed

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/11/20 ------    beaches close3d

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/04/20 ------ beaches are closed, other than that we dont know    

 



 


Matlacha  .--------   "Fishin History"

Indian fields
Smoke House bay

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/23/20 ------   Some Snook from the bridge and the reds are tick under the mangroves

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/16/20 ------ Snook fishing and a lot of tarpon

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/02/20 ------//?
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Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/25/20 ------ a bunch of snook and ok fihsing for Reds

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/18/20 ------ a lot of tarpon by the power lines and the reds are in amazing numbers the fishing is great

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/11/20 ------  >??

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/04/20 ------  A lot of reds and snook through out the area
   

    

Pine Island sound ----  "Fishin History"
Rat and tat keys

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/23/20 ------   Scattered atrpon in the ICW with huge snook under the mangroves
 

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/16/20 ------ Big Snook around al of the island with the spawn going on all of the big ones are here
Spanish and Sharks are all over as well

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/02/20 ------ Very good for huge3 Snook 40 inches this is the area and there is big reds as well.
With tarpon and sharks in the ICW , Spanish and Trout on the flats
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Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/25/20 ------ Very good fishing , Spanish and a lot of different sharks
with possible Flounder and a lot f snook and reds with white bait number one for catching right now, very clear water

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/18/20 ------ Been really good Snook and a lot of big Reds and a lot of spanish along any channel
Tarpon from 20 to 150 pounds from St james city to bokeelia

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/11/20 ------   Everything is here Permit and Pompano , a lot of sharks even 6 foot Hammer heads
Spanish macks on hte flats and Snook and red fish are starting to get in better number under the mangroves a the Tarpon are getting more numbers bu the day.

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/04/20 ------  gin clear water with a lot of snook and possible Tarpon to be seen while drifting along with a ton of sharks
just aout anything you can fish for to be found while drfiting even Keeper Grouper   

 

 
 Jug Creek Shoals  "Fishin History"  Bokeelia-

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/23/20 ------   Spanish and sharks

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/16/20 ------ a lot of snook and spanish with sharks.

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/02/20 ------ Spanish mackerel and nice sharks and a lotof little bait
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Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/25/20 ------ ?/

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/18/20 ------ Tarpon and spanish mackerel even decent Trout fishing

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/11/20 ------  Some Spanish mackerel and Sharks 

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/04/20 ------  ??  

 

 

 

Burnt store          Two Pines   "Fishin report archive History"

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/23/20 ------   A bumnch of snook with spanish and lady fish with sharks out in 10 foot of water

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/16/20 ------ A lot of snook big Snook and small with tarpon and lady fish some Pompano and Spanish

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/02/20 ------ Snook and some Red fish , there is some Pompano and sharks just out side the bar
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Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/25/20 ------ A lot of Snook moving getting spawn .

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/18/20 ------ ??

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/11/20 ------  Snook and red fish in great nembers the Tarpon and sharks just out side the bar and watch for schools of Spanish and lady fish  

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/04/20 ------   Just south of burnt store Pompano , lady fish and Tarpon just out side of the bar  

 


   East Side "keys"   Cormorant key   

Bay Back key       Sneaky Creek     
 Skating Rink

Hobbs point-  ......Pirate Harbor- "Fishin History"

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/23/20 ------   Some Snook around the priate harbor area and Spanish out side the bar

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/16/20 ------ red fish closer the Pirate harbor with Sharks and Cobia out on the bar

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/02/20 ------ Better quite a few Snook and more reds
Some Trout on hte flats and the Cobia and Tarpon with some Sharks on the out side of the bar.
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Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/25/20 ------ Snook are scattered with quite a few reds and the Cobia along with Spanish mackerel just outside the bar, and threadfins you can Sabaki

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/18/20 ------ Snook and reds inside the barwwith some Trout the story is Cobia and sharks watchinig for Trout
The best fisinng is out side the bar and some of the better Cobia fishing

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/11/20 ------  Not a lot of reports , Ok Snook and red fish under the mangroves and people are looking for Cobia and Tarpon
 

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/04/20 ------  A lot of snook and reds single or double But On tp of the bar Tarpon, shark, Cobia   

 

 

Alligator Creek-.......     "Fishin History"                
Poachers Cut      Skating Rink

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/23/20 ------   Jacks

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/16/20 ------ Jack and around the isiands Snook with possible Pmpano near the mouth the black drum and tiny tarpon way back up in hhte canals

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/02/20 ------ Soem Snappers and the Snook are moving out so more by the mouth
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Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/25/20 ------ Jacks and some Snook

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/18/20 ------ Jacks and a lot of snook and good reports of Snappers up to 14 inches
which is great in the canals, You May catch Spade fish, they look like an angel fish

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/11/20 ------ Still nice jacks and snook under the docks
The Snapper and Tarpon doing better back n docks  

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/04/20 ------  Jacks , and snook under the docks, with good snappers fishing  

  
 

 

Ponce de-Leon park-  "Fishin History"

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/23/20 ------   ?

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/16/20 ------ ?/

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/02/20 ------ ?/
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Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/25/20 ------ ?/

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/18/20 ------ dont know

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/11/20 ------ ??  

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/04/20 ------   dont know if open or not  

 


 

  



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

P.G.I. canals  .Poachers Cut
 Skating Rink
 Elizabeth Park

Barge Canal  Gilchrist pier-  .........P. G. Nature Park

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/23/20 ------   Jacks and a lot of snook, with quite few Tarpon
 

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/16/20 ------ Still jacks and Tarpon , with the black drum starting to spawn so you will hear the  at bight
Tons of smaller snook on the lights

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/02/20 ------ Big Snook and jacks caught while trolling and the Snapper bite with Cut finger mullet and silver sides
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Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/25/20 ------ a lot of jacks big ones with snook and a bunch of tarpon hanging out on the lights at night

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/18/20 ------ Spade fish and Snapper are doing great with a few sheep head Even some Big jacks
 

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/11/20 ------  A lot of Snook and still big schools of jacks 

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/04/20 ------   Snook big Jacks and a lot of tarpon , the black drum and snapper are the dock catched<
  

 

 

 

Gilchrist pier-  .........      "Fishin History"    

 

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/23/20 ------   Bull sharks

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/16/20 ------ Sharks , Bull sharks

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/02/20 ------ Snook and possible big fish.
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Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/25/20 ------ Jacks and a few whiting

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/18/20 ------ don't know if open or not

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/11/20 ------   Whiting and possible sharks

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/04/20 ------  ?/   


  

 

Alligator creek reef "/concrete reef/1mile reef  "Fishin History"

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/23/20 ------   A lot of Spanish and Cobia.

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/16/20 ------ Spanish and sharks

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/02/20 ------ Spanish mackerel and some Tarpon the Cobia are hit or miss and the Snappers on the reefs
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Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/25/20 ------ Spanish mackerel

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/18/20 ------ Cobia and Spanish mackerel with good Shark fishing and the Spade fish in good numbers
 

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/11/20 ------  Spanish mackerel and Cobia, Some Tarpon eraly in the day
Nice schools of bait  

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/04/20 ------   Spanish and sharks , Nice Cobia , the snapper fishing is best on the north end  

 

     

 Deep holes in Charlotte Harbor-    "Fishin History"

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/23/20 ------   Spanish and a lot of sharks with some tarpon

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/16/20 ------ Spanish and sharks with the Tarpon ,moving back in

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/02/20 ------ Tarpon are scattered through out and jacks are schooling out here
The black drum are in schools of thousands , BLue fish are mixed in with the jacks
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Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/25/20 ------ Possible tarpon and a lot of Spanish mackerel and sharks

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/18/20 ------ Tarpon is the big story lots of them with good schools of Spanish mackerel
 

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/11/20 ------  tarpon and Sharks and schools of Spanish which means that the sharks are there in great numbers
Schools of Cow nose rays, awesome to watch schools of rays, and there are a few Spotted eagle rays keep an eye open 

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/04/20 ------ Spanish and Tarpon in hte holes with decent numbers of Sharks    

 

  

Fresh Water- Canals, Creeks,        
Ponds, & lakes,
...........
.   "Fishin History"

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/23/20 ------   lots of talipa north port and rotundra and webb lakes with blue gills

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/16/20 ------ Talipha and Mayans , with Bass fishing doing great, the worms are the best sller right now with wiggler and big red worms getting the most hits, under a float or On a crappie jig slowing reeling in , and the old under a bobber is great.

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/02/20 ------ tialipha and Mayans are hitting with a good blue gill bite the Bass are hitting reall steady
with shiners and plastic worms , The Nite creawlers are just the absoltue best bait right now 
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Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/25/20 ------ Talipha eating worms and tiny spinner baits and the worms,
Bass hitting ribbon tail soft plastics, and Shiners are the baits of choice

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/18/20 ------ Bass are still hitting, every where . The Frogs are the number one asked for lure
 

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/11/20 ------  Bass fishing is still great, Tilapia Mayans,
 

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/04/20 ------ SHiners and Minnows are big sellers Bass up to 6 pounds are normal
The Talipha and Mayans are in great numbers and tasty    

 

Random Questions
 

Hey Frank been listing to your pod casts for a while now and love the information. The one thing I don't really hear you talk about is Boats.
I will be moving to Port Charlotte is about a year from Ohio. My boat is a Robalo R227. It needs about 18 inches of water so it is not going to be good on the Flats. It only has 1 outboard but it does have a 100 Gallon fuel tank so she will probably be able to get out 20 or 30 miles in the gulf after crossing the Harbor. It's a 22 foot boat so not real big or too small.
My question is: Is this a good boat for the area or should I sell this up north before it ever sees salt water. It seems it's to big for the flats and to small for Blue water. 
Thanks for reading
Mark
Answer -----it sound like a good boat for here, You have to have an out board motor here I/O & inboards are just no good.
an 18 inch draft is no problem, you are not tournament fishing, so plenty of places to fish on the flats, and no matter how big the boat you need to watch the weather before going into the Gulf.
I have taken a flats boat 45 miles out into the gulf, Boat it was flat and calm.
look on the reefs and wrecks section of the web site we have a lot of reefs and fishing very close to shore.
So I think you will be in good shape here boat wise.
Thanks for thinking of us I will try today to include boats info on todays show
Fishin Frank

 

 


Tarpon reports 

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Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/16/20 ------

 

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 05/02/20 ------


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Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/25/20 ------

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/18/20 ------

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/11/20 ------   

 

 

Fishin Frank, & Robert, The Blind Tarpon - 04/04/20 ------     

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In memory of Capt Angel 1975-2010

 

 In Memory of Captain Angel
Angel remains here with us,
 He was my friend, I miss him

 

        Fishin Frank-----            

  It would be hard to picture life without fishing.
 People who do not fish do not understand the
therapeutic value of fishing, losing yourself to
 the motion of the waves and just relaxing.
The best things about fishing is where you do it,
 and that you do not carry a score card.

 

Since August 1984 when I first walked through the door here at Fishin Franks,
I found the people / customers to be the best part of this job,
and all these decades later that is still true.
You all are the best part of the day.

Thank you for letting me be a part of your lives so many years
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