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Peace River
 
"Fishin History"

Harbor Heights & upriver along with Shell Creek

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/03/2023 Getting slower. There are small tarpon and small snook, and the rain may activate some action around the Shell Creek dam, but warm water means this will be only an OK spot for the next four months or so.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/20/2023 A couple small snook, a lot of juvenile tarpon.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/13/2023 A few snook, diminishing. Lots of baby tarpon 10 to 50 pounds. Try live freshwater shiners.

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

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/03/2023 No reports.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/20/2023 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/13/2023 Nothing.

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

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/03/2023 Quite a few snook, mostly at night. Mangrove snapper and trout. A couple cobia. May be some tarpon around at night.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/20/2023 Some small mangrove snapper (no keepers), a couple whiting, a few Spanish mackerel, a few baby bull sharks (no blacktips!), a few short cobia and one keeper. Snook and tarpon of assorted sizes at night. It sounds better than it is, really let's call it sporadically good.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/13/2023 A little better. Two keeper cobia and several shorts were caught this week, so a whole bunch of anglers have turned out. Small bull sharks, some snook at night, a few whiting (cobia bait), and a couple juvenile tarpon.

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Laishley Pier      "Fishin History   River Side

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

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Bayshore pier     "Fishin History"

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/03/2023 Two short cobia reports, and a couple baby bull sharks (no blacktips).

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/20/2023 A couple short cobia, a couple small bull sharks (no blacktips!), a couple small tarpon, a couple small snook very early in the morning.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/13/2023 One short cobia, a couple small bull sharks, one trout, one snook, one small redfish. Lots of teeny baitfish fry around.

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Port Charlotte Beach pier  

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/03/2023 Some snook at night. A couple cobia (one short, one keeper). A few trout, some short and some legal.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/20/2023 Snook, redfish, tiny mangrove snapper, short cobia, baby bull sharks (no blacktip sharks!).

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/13/2023 Some snook, one cobia, a small shark, a couple small trout.

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Port Charlotte canals salt/brackish         

           "Fishin History"           

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/03/2023 Fairly quiet, but there are lots of baby tarpon rolling that are frustrating everybody. Small snook, mangrove snapper and black drum are around, and a few of the drum are even biting.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/20/2023 Some sand bream, very small mangrove snapper, some black drum seen but not caught, some baby baby snook. Lots of sailcats, and they've even been hitting soft plastic baits and topwater lures.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/13/2023 A lot of little snook, a lot of juvenile tarpon, black drum starting to school up. Some baby sharks also.

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El Jobean Pier           "Fishin History"        

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/03/2023 Snook at night. A few juvenile tarpon that aren't eating. A few trout from the seawall. A few Spanish mackerel around the bridge.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/20/2023 Kind of slow, but there are some snook and tarpon at night, and the early mornings have produced a few tarpon and some big jacks.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/13/2023 A lot of nocturnal snook, juvenile tarpon early in the morning, and big jacks around at random times. Mangrove snapper reports are sparse.

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

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/03/2023 A few trout at the north (west) end of the Myakka Cutoff. 

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/20/2023 Several Spanish mackerel, plus a ton of tiny baitfish.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/13/2023 A few Spanish mackerel. Should be some sharks and cobia, but none reported.

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South Gulf Cove canals     "Fishin History"     

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/03/2023 A few snook, mostly small, caught on the troll. There are more seen on the lights. Tilapia are visible but not feeding.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/20/2023 No reportos.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/13/2023 Lots of Mayan cichlids and a few tilapia on shrimp and worms. Some smaller snook and tarpon seen but not caught.

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The West Wall   "Fishin History"

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/03/2023 Lots of little snook. A few trout. Quite a few manatees. Very clear water. 

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/20/2023 From Trout Creek south, some snook, a few redfish, and some trout on top of the bar. A couple small cobia seen but not hooked.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/13/2023 It's been quiet, partly due to so many people tarpon fishing. A few cobia seen, a few pompano and trout on the outside of the bar. Some dink snook and redfish caught under the mangroves. The water is very clear here.

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Cape Haze Bar       "Fishin History" 

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/03/2023 Bonnetheads sharks, trout, Spanish mackerel, mangrove snapper, occasional pompano and flounder.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/20/2023 A good spot, except for Flipper. Jacks, Spanish mackerel, trout, bonnethead sharks, blacknose sharks, sharpnose sharks and a couple pompano.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/13/2023 In 4 to 6 feet, some bonnetheads, bulls of mixed sizes and Spanish mackerel. Shallower, we have trout, bonnetheads, ladyfish, small bluefish and a few mackerel. A fun mixed bag.

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                                                                                               "Fishin History"

Turtle Bay   Bull Bay  

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/03/2023 Lots of snook in the bays, along with quite a few trout. There are small bull sharks up to about 6 feet and lots of bonnetheads. Redfish reports have dried right up.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/20/2023 Some small and medium bull sharks, a lot of snook in groups (several males to one female), decent but not great redfish and trout. The trout seem to be more on the outside, since the water has got warm.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/13/2023 The best spot for snook and redfish, mainly under the bushes eating shrimp and cut pinfish or ladyfish. Trout are here but not super thick. Bull sharks and bonnetheads of mixed sizes.

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

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/03/2023 Spanish mackerel. Blacknose and sharpnose sharks too.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/20/2023 Spanish mackerel and a couple smaller sharks.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/13/2023 Spanish mackerel, troll or cast with spoons or silly jigs.

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Gasparilla Sound     "Fishin History"

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/03/2023 From Three Sisters to Whidden Bay, there are trout in 2 to 5 feet, lots of snook along the shorelines, a few sheepshead in the clam leases and oyster bars, and Spanish mackerel in 4 to 8 feet.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/20/2023 Three Sisters and Whidden Bay have trout, ladyfish, Spanish mackerel, and a few tarpon. Snook and some redfish are under the oyster bars and trees.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/13/2023 A good spot. There are snook, redfish, trout, ladyfish, sheepshead, small sharks. Robert says it's theoretically possible for a juvenile oarfish to exist here.

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

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/03/2023 Lots of snook at night. A couple sharks, 3 to 5 feet, bulls, sharpnose and blacknose. A few sheepshead and mangrove snapper during the day, along with quite a few trout.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/20/2023 Tarpon, snook, a few redfish, some sharks, Spanish mackerel, mangrove snapper (including some minimal keepers) and a few trout.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/13/2023 Some sheepshead in the mornings, plus some mangrove snapper and a few Spanish mackerel thru the day. Snook, oversize redfish and some sharks at night.

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Lemon Bay           "Fishin History"

Stump Pass  Lemon Bay Park Indian Mound Park

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/03/2023 A bunch of little tiny snook have been caught. Some bigger ones have been seen but not hooked.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/20/2023 Some snook, redfish and trout.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/13/2023 Trout around Lemon Bay Park. A few Spanish mackerel. Snook seen but wouldn't commit.

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

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/03/2023 Some Spanish mackerel, blacknose and bonnethead sharks, a few snook at night, and a few juvenile tarpon seen but not caught in the lights.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/20/2023 Blacknose and bull sharks, a couple small snook, a couple trout, a couple ladyfish.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/13/2023 A couple sheepshead, a couple Spanish mackerel, one bonnethead.

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

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/03/2023 Spanish mackerel are from the passes out to about 15 miles. At 15 miles, we're seeing grunts, porgies, lanes and mangrove snapper. Out deeper, a couple red grouper, but not many.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/20/2023 At 15 to 20 miles, we have lane and mangrove snapper, grunts. porgies and sheepshead. Red grouper are not good; even boats going out to 30 or 35 miles are struggling to limit, but they are getting a few yellowtail snapper. A few sailfish spotted. One reports of tiny mahi. Big sharks and jewfish on most of the reefs and wrecks. The occasional cobia.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/13/2023 Red grouper fishing sucks right now, for reasons not fully understood. But the mangrove and lane snapper are doing great at 25 to 30 miles, along with some yellowtail snapper. A few cobia randomly popping up. Sheepshead, grunts and porgies at the Palm Island Ferry and some other reefs. Troll a skirted bait between reefs and see if you can hook a sailfish (seriously).

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Venice Jetties

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/03/2023 No reports.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/20/2023 No reports.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/13/2023 Some Spanish mackerel. A few snook showing up. A couple sheepshead reported this week also.

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Punta Rassa   "Fishin History" 

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

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Redfish Pass   "Fishin History"

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/03/2023 A lot of snook. A few trout on the inside, and a few tarpon around beach side.

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

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Captiva Pass   "Fishin History"

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/03/2023 Tarpon and snook, plus more tarpon in the evening. Also, a few Spanish mackerel.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/20/2023 Tarpon, snook, a couple silver trout.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/13/2023 Some snook, a handful of tarpon, sharks of assorted sizes and species, good numbers of Spanish mackerel.

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Boca Grande Pass  "Fishin History"

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/03/2023 All we've really heard are tarpon. A couple Spanish mackerel and bluefish, but mostly tarpon. The afternoon bite is probably better than the daytime.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/20/2023 Tarpon (duh), but also Spanish mackerel, sheepshead, a few cobia, some big sharks.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/13/2023 Lots of tarpon, and more coming. Some very big bull sharks and a couple hammerheads. Spanish mackerel all over the area. Snook around Cayo Costa.

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Walkin' the Gulf beaches,
from Sanibel to Venice. Anywhere along the Gulf shoreline.

17th street
Stump Pass Park
  "Fishin History"

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/03/2023 Boca Grande, Englewood and Stump Pass beaches all have snook in the evening. A few Spanish mackerel, ladyfish and pompano have also been caught.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/20/2023 Blind Pass, Stump Pass, Gasparilla Island and Sanibel are producing snook, pompano, Spanish mackerel, whiting and jacks. Tarpon are visible occasionally but really hard to catch.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/13/2023 Snook at Lighthouse Beach on Boca Grande, and all over the place really. All up and down the coast, we've seen jacks, Spanish mackerel, ladyfish, pompano and a couple over oversize redfish. Avoid Stump Pass on weekends due to all the sandbar partying.

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Matlacha  "Fishin History"

Indian Fields    Smokehouse Bay

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/03/2023 No reports.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/20/2023 The algal bloom continues but is more annoying than anything else. Some trout are still biting.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/13/2023 An algal bloom has been reported here from Indian Fields to Two Pines, with the water milky and some possible sea sawdust going on.

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Pine Island Sound, south end

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

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

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/03/2023 Better trout fishing, a whole lot of snook, and decent Spanish mackerel.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/20/2023 Trout, Spanish mackerel, assorted sharks, a few tarpon, cobia seen but not hooked, a few small permit mixed in with some pompano.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/13/2023 Spanish mackerel. Lots of trout from 14 to 24 inches. An assortment of sharks. Tarpon seen but not eating.

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Jug Creek Shoal & Bokeelia   "Fishin History" 

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/03/2023 Quite a few Spanish mackerel and a few trout. A few blacknose and sharpnose should be around the mackerel and cruising the flats.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/20/2023 Spanish mackerel and trout, plus a couple smaller sharks.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/13/2023 Trout and Spanish mackerel.

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Burnt Store & Two Pines      "Fishin report archive History"

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/03/2023 A lot of snook along the shorelines. Ladyfish in top of the bar. Tarpon and and small sharks outside the bar.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/20/2023 Snook and redfish inside the bar. Spanish mackerel and ladyfish outside the bar. Trout scattered all over.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/13/2023 Small snook, a few mediocre redfish, a few trout, a few random sharks. Nothing overly exciting or amazing.

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East Side "keys"   "Fishin History"

Cormorant Key  Bay Back Key Sneaky Creek 

Hobbs Point       Pirate Harbor

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/03/2023 Bonnetheads outside the bar and smaller snook along the shorelines. Trout and redfish reports are few to none.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/20/2023 Just a few snook, bonnetheads and trout. Lots of manatees having a party, and a few cobia with them.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/13/2023 Lots of little snook. A handful of small to barely legal redfish. Very few trout. Small sharks. A mating herd of manatees has been spotted between here and Alligator Creek; try to avoid running over them.

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

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/03/2023 Some small snook scattered all over.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/20/2023 A couple black drum seen. Snook at the Riviera Oyster Bar.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/13/2023 Not worth fishing here.

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Ponce de Leon Park           "Fishin History"

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/03/2023 Small mangrove snapper. A few black drum and jacks.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/20/2023 Black drum. Itty bitty teeny weeny yellow polka-dot mangrove snapper. A lot of trout, mostly south of the park.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/13/2023 Black drum and snook seen, not hooked. Very slow.

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

 P.G.I. canals  Elizabeth Park
 Barge Canal P.G. Nature Park

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/03/2023 Lots of small snook, big black drum, a few mangrove snapper, and of course those pestiferous juvenile tarpon.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/20/2023 Juvenile tarpon rolling all over; a few hooked on small lures or whitebait. Some snook, a few jacks, many black drum sighted but not caught yet.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/13/2023 Snook, juvenile tarpon, black drum, a few jacks. Average.

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 Gilchrist Pier        "Fishin History"    

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/03/2023 According to a customer, the pier is now open. This info needs to be verified.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  03/25/2023 Closed due to hurricane damage.

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

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/03/2023 Nothing.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/20/2023 A few Spanish mackerel. Slow.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/13/2023 A few Spanish mackerel and a couple short cobia.

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

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/03/2023 Spanish mackerel, some smaller sharks, random bait pods.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/20/2023 Spanish mackerel and a few sharks.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/13/2023 Spanish mackerel in fishable numbers; look for the bait and then troll or cast.

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Baitfish

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/03/2023 Lots of butterfish (Atlantic bumper) schools scattered all over the Harbor and out in the Gulf. Scaled sardines (whitebait) are off and on by Markers 1 and 2, and scattered near Devilfish, but quite a few around Jug Creek Shoals. Threadies are scattered from the U.S. 41 bridges to Jug Creek. Leatherjacks (skipjacks) are mixed in with all of those. Pinfish are showing up around Whidden Bay.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/20/2023 Nettable whitebait is very scattered in the upper Harbor but more possible at Jug Creek Shoals. A few threadfins are showing up, but not many yet. Glass minnows and tiny whitebait fry are all over, but too small to throw even a small mesh net on.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/13/2023 For nettable whitebait, Bokeelia and Jug Creek Shoal are the spots. Lots of tiny fry scattered all over but too small to net. Bigger threadies in the 20-foot holes and between Bokeelia and Burnt Store. Pinfish are hard right now. A few pass crabs are moving, but not too many.

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

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/03/2023 Some bluegill, but mostly tilapia and Mayan cichlids. If you want bass and crappie, look for moving water.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/20/2023 We still have no shiners or minnows, plus it's hot and there's been no rain, so it sucks.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/13/2023 Few reports, besides a handful of tilapia.

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Tarpon reports Go to Tarpon maps

Robert &  Capt. Josh  06/03/2023 Most of the fish are concentrated around Boca Grande Pass right now. This is their biggest spawn of the year. You may find a few on the beach.

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Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/20/2023 Most of the fish are in Boca Grande Pass. Gasparilla Pass and Captiva Pass are also producing. Fish were on the beaches as of last week and probably will be later this week as well.

Robert &  Capt. Josh  05/13/2023 Once again, Boca Grande Pass is pretty much the spot, and crabs are pretty much the bait.

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