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

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/29/2024 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/22/2024 Some Mayan cichlids, a few mangrove snapper and tilapia hanging around docks.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/08/2024 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/01/2024 No reports.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/25/2024 Seeing juvie tarpon, catching little redfish and snook on shrimp. Mayan cichlids around the docks.

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

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

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/29/2024 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/22/2024 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/08/2024 A few smaller snook, a couple black drum reported, at least a couple trout and a juvenile tarpon jumped right at the I-75 bridges.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/01/2024 Some smaller snook and maybe bigger ones under the bridges, plus some chunky black drum. One baby bull shark from the ramp. Also a few baby sawfish in the general area.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/25/2024 No reports.

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

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

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/29/2024 A few small bull sharks. A couple redfish, smaller snook and juvenile tarpon too.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/22/2024 Mixed reports. Lots of mangrove snapper including some good keepers. A few small bull sharks. A few cobia, including at least one keeper. A few small snook. Juvenile tarpon rolling but not hooked.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/08/2024 A lot of mangrove snapper, including some fish up to about 14 inches. Lots of little snook and a handful of small trout. A few undersize cobia and good numbers of baby bull sharks.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/01/2024 A few small trout and a handful of keepers. Lots of mangrove snapper, mostly short. Juvenile tarpon early in the morning (hard to hook). Itty-bitty baby sharks also.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/25/2024 Baby bull sharks, cobia, baby snapper and snook, a couple Spanish mackerel, a few black drum, and one 15-pound goliath grouper.

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

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/29/2024 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/22/2024 A few mangrove snapper of mixed sizes, and also lots of hardhead catfish.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/08/2024 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/01/2024 No reports.

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Bayshore Pier     "Fishin History"

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/29/2024 A couple small bull sharks. Two tarpon jumped. A few sand bream reported also.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/22/2024 A couple small bull sharks.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/08/2024 Two baby bull sharks, two undersize cobia, and a few tarpon reported rolling.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/01/2024 A couple short bull sharks, one legal cobia, one tarpon jumped. A few sugar trout (Cynoscion nothus) on small pieces of shrimp.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/25/2024 Baby bull sharks, short cobia (and one keeper).

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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Port Charlotte Beach Pier  

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/29/2024 Just two reports: One guy caught a couple small snook. One caught a couple black drum, a couple small bull sharks, and one slot redfish.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/22/2024 Quiet, except for the mangrove snapper. There are fish under the pier and also out away from the pier.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/08/2024 Mangrove snapper (with some good keepers) and some trout (mostly shorts). A couple very short snook.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/01/2024 A bunch of mangrove snapper (with some as big as 15 inches), a handful of trout, a few small snook, and a couple baby bull sharks.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/25/2024 Smaller snook at night, a few baby bull sharks and bonnethead sharks, a few short trout, and some little mangrove snapper.

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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Port Charlotte canals salt/brackish         

           "Fishin History"           

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/29/2024 Lots of black drum. Quite a few small snook. A handful of jack crevalle. The mangrove snapper are pretty much gone, at least the decent sized ones.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/22/2024 There are good mangrove snapper in here too, mostly around the mouths. Some black drum around, mostly in little groups but also big schools. A few jacks, small snook and baby bull sharks.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/08/2024 A few bull sharks within a mile or two of the mouths. A few small snook. Lots of mangrove snapper. A few sand brim starting to show up.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/01/2024 Some small snook. A handful of jacks. Some of the canals (Pelham Waterway, Spring Lake) have juvenile tarpon, which have sometimes been willing to eat small 3-inch paddletails, live shrimp or chunks of cutbait. They have been moving around randomly.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/25/2024 Lots of smaller snook. Some baby tarpon rolling around. Some black drum, especially in the Manchester Waterway. More mullet than we usually see, mostly after sunset.

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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El Jobean Pier           "Fishin History"        

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/01/2024 The pier is closed due to fire damage. Probably won't be open for a long time.

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

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/29/2024 The river mouth and cutoff have been producing quite a few redfish, and a handful of small snook.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/22/2024 Juvenile tarpon around the bridge in the mornings. The northwest end of the Myakka Cutoff has juvie tarpon too, plus some snook and redfish.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/08/2024 A couple Spanish mackerel and baby bull sharks. Juvenile tarpon reported rolling around the bridge at sunrise. Small snook and trout at the mouth of the Myakka Cutoff.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/01/2024 A couple oddball Spanish mackerel, a few small bull sharks, and at least a couple short cobia.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/25/2024 Random Spanish mackerel, baby bull sharks, and some small snook and trout around the west end of the Myakka Cutoff.

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

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South Gulf Cove canals     "Fishin History"     

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/29/2024 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/22/2024 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/08/2024 No reports. If you have reports, please call Robert at the shop (941-625-3888).

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/01/2024 No reports.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/25/2024 Tilapia and Mayan cichlids.

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

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The West Wall   "Fishin History"

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/29/2024 Some redfish and some snook, but the reports have slowed down a little. A couple cobia were reported swimming behind a manatee on top of the bar.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/22/2024 Scattered snook and redfish under the mangroves. More fish in creek mouths, more fish south than north. Shrimp and soft plastic shad are hot, a few have also been caught on whitebait. A few juvenile tarpon around the inside of the bar, and pushing out onto the flats soon(ish).

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/08/2024 Lots of little snook and some slot redfish, mostly on shrimp but some on whitebait too. Fish the creek mouths or just along the bushes. Small cobia and bonnetheads cruising the bar. Also, four live horseshoe crabs seen on the bar. Report horseshoe crab sightings here: Horseshoe Crab Survey (arcgis.com)

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/01/2024 The best spot in the upper Harbor. Lots of little snook trout, and redfish in the slot, on the flats inside the bar and in the creeks. Moving water is key; shrimp are hot but soft plastics are working.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/25/2024 Some short cobia spotted cruising the bar. Spanish mackerel and a few trout outside the bar. Small snook and redfish up to 26 inches are around the creek mouths; shrimp are still choice.

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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Cape Haze Bar       "Fishin History" 

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/29/2024 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/22/2024 Some small to medium sharks on the west side of the bar along the drop. Some Spanish mackerel and ladyfish here as well.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/08/2024 The west side of the bar has Spanish mackerel, ladyfish, small trout and a handful of small sharks, mostly along the dropoff.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/01/2024 No reports. There should be Spanish mackerel, ladyfish and small sharks.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/25/2024 No reports.

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

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Turtle Bay &  Bull Bay         "Fishin History"

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/29/2024 Redfish and lots of little snook under the bushes and scattered on the oyster bars. A few trout and a few mangrove snapper. Water temperatures are in the mid 90s here.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/22/2024 Redfish and lots of little snook under the bushes and scattered on the oyster bars. Whitebait and shrimp are both good. Sharks of assorted sizes cruising around. Mangrove snapper under the shacks, plus a few around the trees.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/08/2024 Bunches of redfish and little snook. Trout have thinned out a bit. A couple baby black drum caught. A handful of shark sightings.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/01/2024 Trout and little jacks through the middle of both bays, and snook and redfish around the edges eating whitebait and shrimp.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/25/2024 A lot of little trout. Snook are moving through in small groups, heading to the beaches. Redfish are under the bushes, especially in areas with good current flow.

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

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/29/2024 A few mangrove snapper. Some Spanish mackerel. At least one undersize cobia and one pompano.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/22/2024 A few smaller sharks, a few Spanish mackerel. No mangrove snapper reports, but it wouldn't be surprising (plan to chum).

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/08/2024 Spanish mackerel around. A few blacknose and sharpnose sharks. A few spadefish too.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/01/2024 Spanish mackerel are in the area.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/25/2024 Some Spanish mackerel and assorted sharks up to about 6 feet.

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

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Gasparilla Sound     "Fishin History"

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/29/2024 Three Sisters has some trout. Whidden Creek has trout, ladyfish and Spanish mackerel in 4 to 6 feet of water, and some redfish and decent snook around the shrubbery. A few bonnethead sharks around. Live shrimp are small, so many anglers have switched to live whitebait, frozen shrimp or cutbait.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/22/2024 Three Sisters has had some trout, and there are also some around Sandfly Key. The mangroves shorelines have snook and redfish, plus a few mangrove snapper.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/08/2024 Spanish mackerel, ladyfish and bluefish. Some of the ladies and blues have been bigguns. Redfish and small snook around the shrubbery.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/01/2024 One of the better areas for larger snook as they head toward the beaches. Most are around the bushes; some are on oyster bars. Trout, random tarpon, and small/medium sharks are also around.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/25/2024 Some bigger trout in 4 to 6 feet, smaller ones in shallow. Spanish macks and small bluefish also in 4 to 6 feet. Snook and redfish around the mangroves, especially in Catfish Creek.

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

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/29/2024 Decent mangrove snapper reports all around the area, with fish up to 16 inches. A few tarpon. Several varieties of sharks. Snook at night, mostly under lights (and at least one redfish).

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/22/2024 A lot of snook, mostly smaller, mostly at night. A handful of sharks are in the area. Some tarpon in Gasparilla Pass. Mangrove snapper around the dock and bridge pilings.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/08/2024 Spanish mackerel. A few tarpon in the pass and around the bridges. Short snook caught, bigger ones seen. Good-size mangrove snapper in fair numbers, eating both shrimp and small whitebait either dead or alive.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/01/2024 The Coral Creek Pier has had some snook around it, mostly early. There are also snook around the trestle, mostly at night. Sharks have been around the area, including at least one 6-foot hammerhead. A few trout and a few Spanish mackerel.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/25/2024 Some snook at night. Bigger sharks at random. Tarpon in and around the pass and the bridges. Small mangrove snapper at the trestle.

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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Lemon Bay           "Fishin History"

Stump Pass  Lemon Bay Park Indian Mound Park

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/29/2024 Some trout around the Ski Alley/Stump Pass area in 6 feet of water. A few snook under the docks.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/22/2024 No reports. Crystal ball says there should be snook, since they love Stump Pass so much, and some trout around the grass. If you have reports, call Robert at 941-625-3888.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/08/2024 No reports. Crystal ball says there should be snook, since they love Stump Pass so much, and some trout around the grass.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/01/2024 No reports. Crystal ball says there should be snook, since they love Stump Pass so much, and some trout around the grass.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/25/2024 No reports. Crystal ball says there are snook moving around, heading out the beaches. There should be trout on the deeper grass and Spanish mackerel in water more than 5 feet deep.

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

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/29/2024 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/22/2024 Spanish mackerel and a few little mangrove snapper (expecting bigger ones soon). No snook reports this week.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/08/2024 Spanish mackerel, a couple ladyfish, and a couple short snook. Bigger snook seen around the bridge, but they had lockjaw.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/01/2024 A couple snook, a few Spanish mackerel, and one unidentifiable shark.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/25/2024 No reports.

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

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/29/2024 From shore to 20 miles out, mangrove and lane snapper are on structure, plus an odd yellowtail snapper. A handful of Spanish mackerel are around too. The bigger red grouper and red snapper are out from 125 to 180 feet. Some are solo and some are in groups, so look for "Christmas trees" on the bottom but don't overlook likely structure.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/22/2024 Wind kept most boats inside, and most that got out didn't get past 10 miles. Spanish mackerel are out to 10 miles. Mangrove snapper, lane snapper, grunt and porgies. One permit hooked at the Power Poles reef.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/08/2024 Red snapper, red grouper, a few African pompano, some beeliners (vermilion snapper), lots of lane snapper and some good mangrove snapper are out 45 to 70 miles. Expect to be in at least 150 feet of water if you want red snapper.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/01/2024 The red grouper are in 100 to 140 feet of water. A few red snapper reported in 165 feet of water. Some good mangrove snapper too. Yellowtail snapper are getting better every week. Lots of lanes, including some bigger ones, starting at 12 miles. Some grunts and porgies too. A few barracuda have been popping up. A couple short cobia. A few Spanish mackerel, mostly within a few miles of shore.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/25/2024 The red grouper bite has been better in 100 to 120 feet. Short red snapper have been caught in 120 feet also. Mangrove and yellowtail snapper 20 to 30 miles out. Cobia of random sizes in random places. Barracuda showing up on the nearshore reefs. The more popular fishing spots have sharks hanging around. A few amberjack are in about 80 to 85 feet of water. There have been some Spanish mackerel 5 miles off Boca Grande Pass, and one angler trolling for them found some small mahi.

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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Venice Jetties and Venice Pier

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/29/2024 Snook at night and a few during the day. Some Spanish mackerel. A few bigger ladyfish. Fewer mangrove snapper than before, but the average size is still good.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/22/2024 Spanish mackerel at both. Snook and small mangrove snapper at the Venice jetties.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/08/2024 Lots of Spanish mackerel from both. The jetties have had snook and a few whiting, along with the possibility of pompano and big bluefish.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/01/2024 Lots of Spanish mackerel from both. Snook at the jetties.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/25/2024 Some bigger snook at night around the jetties. A few tarpon have also been hooked from the jetties. There are Spanish mackerel at the jetties too, but it takes a long cast. They're easier to catch at the 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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Punta Rassa   "Fishin History" 

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/29/2024 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/22/2024 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/08/2024 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/01/2023 Some tarpon reported in the area, from here to St James City.

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Redfish Pass   "Fishin History"

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/29/2024 Some Spanish mackerel and some snook.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/22/2024 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/08/2024 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/01/2024 No reports.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/25/2024 A couple snook and trout, plus one tarpon in the air.

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

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Captiva Pass   "Fishin History"

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/29/2024 Spanish mackerel, a few sharks, a few tarpon.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/22/2024 A few snook and a few tarpon.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/08/2024 A few tarpon, a few Spanish mackerel, a couple small sharks, and some snook along the north side of the pass.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/01/2024 Spanish mackerel, a handful of snook, and a couple tarpon. Robert also mentioned some hobberdobbers in the podcast report.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/25/2024 Smaller snook. A couple baby gags reported. A few tarpon and sharks.

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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Boca Grande Pass  "Fishin History"

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/29/2024 Tarpon reports are about the same as last week, only the fish have been a bit more cooperative early early in the day. Some Spanish mackerel around. This is the best spot for inshore mangrove snapper right now.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/22/2024 The tarpon have been surprisingly slow, with only a few hundred fish in the pass and a few hundred out on the Pan reported this weekend. Crabs have been flushing in large numbers. A few Spanish mackerel and mangrove snapper.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/08/2024 It's all about the tarpon and the lunatics who fish for them. Actually, there are mangrove snapper here, but it's not the best place to fish them because of the tarpon lunatics.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/01/2024 Lots and lots and lots of tarpon, mostly feeding from 3am to a half-hour after sunrise, plus a few biting in the evening. Spanish mackerel and some bigger bull sharks have also been around.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/25/2024 Tarpon city out here.

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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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  06/29/2024 Quite a few snook in the surf. Good whiting at Stump Pass and Middle Beach (Blind Pass Park). Some pompano, a few bonnethead and blacknose sharks, a few trout, and at least one decent bluefish.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/22/2024 Lots of snook in the surf, with some decent fish included. Some whiting, a few pompano, some big ladyfish, a few Spanish mackerel. Some trout from the beach at Cayo Costa.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/08/2024 The rocks at Boca Grande Pass have produced snook, redfish, Spanish mackerel and at least one big bluefish. Middle Beach (Blind Pass Beach) has had a few trout, some whiting, and some inky-dinky flounder. Stump Pass has the same, plus mangrove snapper.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/01/2024 Lots of action from Blind Pass, Stump Pass and Boca Grande. Good numbers of snook all over, some Spanish mackerel, a few jacks and pompano, some whiting, and a handful of small flounder. Shrimp has been the best bait.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/25/2024 Lots of snook since the full moon. Also jacks, pompano, blue runners, little flounder, Spanish mackerel and a couple unexpected tarpon.

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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Matlacha  "Fishin History"

Indian Fields    Smokehouse Bay

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/29/2024 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/22/2024 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/08/2024 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/01/2024 No reports.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/25/2024 A few redfish and a handful of trout. Some smaller sharks around also.

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

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/29/2024 Redfish around the trees. Trout on the flats. Tarpon scattered all over. A few small sharks.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/22/2024 Spanish mackerel. A few trout. Redfish and snook scattered around the bushes. A few tarpon in the deeper cuts and along the ICW.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/08/2024 One report: Some trout, Spanish mackerel, small snook and one redfish.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/01/2024 Spanish mackerel, an assortment of sharks from tiny to 6 feet, a few full-grown tarpon. Oddly, no snook, redfish or trout reports.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/25/2024 Rad redfish up to about 30 inches. Larger snook showing themselves, smaller ones being caught. Spanish mackerel and occasional sharks in the deeper cuts.

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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Jug Creek Shoal & Bokeelia   "Fishin History" 

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/29/2024 Spanish mackerel from the pier. A few whiting and mangrove snapper.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/22/2024 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/08/2024 Small trout, Spanish mackerel.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/01/2024 Spanish mackerel and a few trout.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/25/2024 Spanish mackerel.

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

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Burnt Store & Two Pines      "Fishin report archive History"

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/29/2024 A few redfish and a couple snook around the mangroves. A few baby bull sharks around.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/22/2024 Some snook, a few redfish. Some ladyfish and little sharks on top of the bar.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/08/2024 Some redfish and snook along the shoreline. A couple ladyfish around. Trout on top of the bar. One big cobia hooked and lost.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/01/2024 A couple redfish and small snook. Some trout, ladyfish and Spanish mackerel outside the bar.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/25/2024 A few small snook and a couple keeper redfish. Ladyfish and Spanish mackerel on top of the bar, plus mixed sizes and species of sharks.

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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East Side "keys"   "Fishin History"

Cormorant Key  Bay Back Key Sneaky Creek 

Hobbs Point       Pirate Harbor

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/29/2024 Some redfish around the mangroves. Pirate Harbor has produced a few tarpon and mangrove snapper on soft plastics.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/22/2024 A handful of snook. A few juvie tarpon moving out of the creeks. Overall it's very slow.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/08/2024 Robert made a "pbbbbbt" sound when I asked about this spot.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/01/2024 The only report was it was pretty quiet here.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/25/2024 Unfortunately, it kind of sucks over here. Too much algae.

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

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/29/2024 A few black drum and rolling tarpon in the Burnt Store Isles canals.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/22/2024 Some mangrove snapper in the creek.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/08/2024 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/01/2024 Some jack trolled in the creek.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/25/2024 Some small snook and jacks in the creek.

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

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Ponce de Leon Park           "Fishin History"

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/29/2024 A few black drum cruising thru. Snook hanging out just to tease you. A few jacks. The mangrove snapper are getting small.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/22/2024 A mixed bag of mangrove snapper sizes. Black drum moving thru. Some undersize snook.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/08/2024 Some nice mangrove snapper (and a bunch of dinks). Lots of snook seen, few caught. Some big jacks have been cruising thru.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/01/2024 Some nice mangrove snapper (and a bunch of dinks). Lots of snook seen, few caught. Some big black drum have been cruising thru.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/25/2024 A few cobia and small bull sharks. Small mangrove snapper and black drum in the canal mouth.

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

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

 Elizabeth Park  Barge Canal P.G. Nature Park

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/29/2024 Lots of black drum. A handful of snook. Some of the canals are holding good numbers of baby tarpon, which can be sometimes hooked on flies or tiny lures such as the DOA Tiny TerrorEyz. Mangrove snapper have made a mass exodus.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/22/2024 Lots of mangrove snapper, especially at the canal mouths. Black drum are forming groups. Bull sharks up to 6 feet have been caught in the canals, which is odd. Some jacks have been chasing threadfins around and taking topwater baits.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/08/2024 Lots of mangrove snapper, and lots of little snook. A couple sheepshead, but just a couple. Black drum seen, not caught. Some juvenile tarpon caught on soft plastics or whitebait.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/01/2024 Mangrove snapper of assorted sizes. Sheepshead are really slowing down. There have been a few black drum scattered around. Snook and juvenile tarpon are swimming around the lights at night.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/25/2024 Getting more quiet, except the black drum schooling (few actually caught, though). A few snook caught while trolling around docks and bridges.

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

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 Gilchrist Pier        "Fishin History"    

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/29/2024 Some small mangrove snapper and trout, plus a couple little sharks swimming past.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/22/2024 Some small mangrove snapper, and a handful of small trout.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/08/2024 Two bull sharks and some small trout.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/01/2024 No reports.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/25/2024 A couple baby bull sharks, short cobia, jacks and little snook.

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

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

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/29/2024 No reports. Ghost town.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/22/2024 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/08/2024 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/01/2024 Extremely slow.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/25/2024 A couple Spanish mackerel, but no bottom fish at all.

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

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

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/29/2024 There was bait around with mangrove snapper, jacks and Spanish mackerel feeding on them, and then sharks eating anything they could get. That may or may not be relevant now (which is to say, your results may vary).

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/22/2024 No reports. Should be a few Spanish mackerel and mangrove snapper, and the tarpon may show up over the next few weeks.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/08/2024 Some Spanish mackerel, a few sharks, and some slightly misplaced tarpon.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/01/2024 A very few Spanish mackerel. A couple short cobia. Probably plenty of sailcats.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/25/2024 Some sharks, some short cobia, and a few sailcats.

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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Baitfish

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/29/2024 A little bit of whitebait and threadfins mixed around Marker 2. There's more bait around Bokeelia and Devilfish, then up to the trestle. The pinfish we've been seeing are mostly nickel to quarter size. Offshore threadies and cigar minnows are scattered all over the place.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/22/2024 Threadies in the PGI canals, and scattered around the middle of the Harbor. Whitebait and small threadies are at Marker 2 and over by Fishermen's Village.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/08/2024 Some at Marker 2. Better at Devilfish, Jug Creek and along the ICW. Most of the bait in the upper Harbor has been threadfins - check the dorsal fin!

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/01/2024 Jug Creek Shoal and Devilfish have had a few whitebait, and there are some out off the beaches.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/25/2024 It's been tough. There's been some bait around Jug Creek Shoal, Marker 2 (before first light), and out a few miles off the beaches.

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

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/29/2024 Any place with moving water is producing bass, mostly on shiners but also on plastic frogs, worms and lizards. Some bluegill and tilapia have also been caught, mostly on live worms but also on Beetle Spins.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/22/2024 The rain has helped. Bigger bass have been biting in the Cocoplum Waterway and residential ponds. Soft plastic worms and lizards, Beetle Spins, inline spinners and live shiners have all been catching fish. Bluegills and Mayan cichlids have also been eating.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/08/2024 Terrible. We need more rain to cut down the heat.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/01/2024 Still slow, but if the rain keeps up it should improve. A few bass have been hitting shiners, and some bluegill and tilapia have been caught on worms.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/25/2024 Shiners for bass, and expect to do some exploration to find fish.

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

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Tarpon reports Go to Tarpon maps

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/29/2024 There are fish in Boca Grande Pass, eating crabs and threadfins mostly very early in the day. Gasparilla Pass also has some fish, and there are more offshore of the beaches from Captiva Pass to Venice. You might find some fish along the ICW from Pine Island Sound to Gasparilla Sound. A few fish have been reported in the 20-foot holes. In shallower water they are more likely to eat DOA Bait Busters.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/22/2024 Despite the fish not being present in the numbers we expect, Boca Grande Pass is still your best chance. There are also fish in Gasparilla Pass. Lesser numbers might be found anywhere off the beaches from Sanibel north.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/08/2024 Your best shot is still Boca Grande Pass, but also the beaches from a half-mile to 5 miles offshore heading north to Venice. Crabs are best in the pass, but threadies are good in the Gulf. There are some fish south of the pass also, all the way down to Sanibel both off the beaches and along the ICW. You may find some tarpon in the 20-foot holes or at the mouths of the Punta Gorda canals.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/01/2024 The best bet has still been Boca Grande Pass, although more fish have been focused on eating threadfins instead of crabs. There are also tarpon in Captiva Pass and scattered off the beaches from Venice south to Boca. A few fish have also been showing up in Gasparilla Pass and down the ICW all the way to Punta Rassa.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/25/2024 There are fish eating crabs in Boca Grande and Gasparilla passes, plus a few along the ICW from Placida south to Captiva Pass and out off the beaches from Boca to Blind Pass (Middle Beach). You may also find a fish or two around the US 41 bridges at night.

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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