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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Baby bull sharks.

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

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

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

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Bayshore Pier     "Fishin History"

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

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

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

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

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Port Charlotte canals salt/brackish         

           "Fishin History"           

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

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

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El Jobean Pier           "Fishin History"        

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/01/2024 It's burned, and probably won't be open for a long time.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/25/2024 Pretty quiet.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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South Gulf Cove canals     "Fishin History"     

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

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

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The West Wall   "Fishin History"

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

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

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Cape Haze Bar       "Fishin History" 

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

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

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Turtle Bay &  Bull Bay         "Fishin History"

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

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

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

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

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

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Gasparilla Sound     "Fishin History"

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

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

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

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

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

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Lemon Bay           "Fishin History"

Stump Pass  Lemon Bay Park Indian Mound Park

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Venice Jetties and Venice Pier

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

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

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Punta Rassa   "Fishin History" 

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  06/08/2024 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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Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/27/2024 Tarpon have been cruising just along the inside of the ICW over to St. James City. Some trout and Spanish mackerel are around the same area.

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Captiva Pass   "Fishin History"

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

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

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Boca Grande Pass  "Fishin History"

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

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

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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  06/08/2024 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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Robert &  Capt. Josh  04/27/2024 Whiting, pompano, Spanish mackerel, a few snook, some giant bluefish. Caspersen Beach, Blind Pass, Stump Pass and Boca Grande Pass have been good spots.

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

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Matlacha  "Fishin History"

Indian Fields    Smokehouse Bay

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

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

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

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

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

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Jug Creek Shoal & Bokeelia   "Fishin History" 

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

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

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Burnt Store & Two Pines      "Fishin report archive History"

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

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

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East Side "keys"   "Fishin History"

Cormorant Key  Bay Back Key Sneaky Creek 

Hobbs Point       Pirate Harbor

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

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

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

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

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

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Ponce de Leon Park           "Fishin History"

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

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

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

 Elizabeth Park  Barge Canal P.G. Nature Park

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

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

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 Gilchrist Pier        "Fishin History"    

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Baitfish

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

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

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

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

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

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Tarpon reports Go to Tarpon maps

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

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

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