High Hopes Charters Fish Reports

Saturday, November 2, 2013

November 1, 2013

Dave Helm from Chicago shows off a 64 lb. Cobia he caught on Friday. It took about 30 minuets to land the fish using a Penn 850 with 25 pound test line.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

January 29, 2013

Pictures from January

Monday, October 22, 2012

More October Action

                 Thomas Jones from North Carolina - Top to bottom- red fish, snook, gag grouper.
                                       Mike Jones with cobia and Thomas Jones with grouper.

Saturday, October 13, 2012


Monday, September 24, 2012

October Fish Forecast

North Naples - Bonita Beach - Ft. Myers Beach
Get ready for the best fishing of the year! October should be smokin". From smoker kings to cobia or tarpon. Anything is possible as the migrating palagics cruise the coastal reefs and beaches of Southwest Florida. This month the silver spoons you've been catching Spanish mackerel with will attract king mackerel. Be ready for some reel screaming fun if you hook a big king on a light spinning rod. Chumming and heavy chunking will improve your chances. A balloon rig with live threads or even frozen sardines will also fool the mackerel as well as cobia, sharks and barracuda. As the water temperature drops to the mid to low 80"s the bottom fishing will improve. Grouper and snapper are starting to move back in to the near shore reefs after a long hot summer. Cut or live bait will work now. Don't be surprised if you get a nice cobia right on the bottom. Even huge catch and release snook as far out as the five mile reefs have been reported in late September. So, anything is possible in October.  Expect a little more help from the gulls and terns this month. There will be enough bait on the surface to keep them flying and feeding all day. Find the birds and you will find the fish.
As the water cools. the backwater fishing will start to heat up too. Small to medium live shrimp will put mangrove snapper, red fish, flounder and black drum on the dinner table. Go light, feel the bite.  There have been 25 to 35 inch snook hanging around some of the docks in hickory bay for the last month. Use 12 to 15 pound tackle to pull them away from the pilings. Huge shrimp, small pins or threads should trigger a monstrous bite. Small tarpon are showing up in the bays but you will need to be there at first light to have a shot at them. Stealth matters here. Drift or pole in and cast your live baits out in front of the fish.  
Capt. Lindy Yow has fished the waters from North Naples to Ft. Myers Beach since 1993 gaining an extensive knowledge of the near shore reefs and the areas back waters. Offering private charters tailored to fit your needs. Whether it's family fun or more serious fishing adventures, I can make it work. Call me at 239-273-6122 or visit www.highhopescharters.com for more details. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Wednesday 9-19-12

                     Ray McMororrow shows off one of two 28 inch gag grouper he caught today.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

September Fish Forecast

This month will be the beginning of the migration south. Even though the water has only cooled a few degrees in our local water, it has dropped substantially to the north. Enough to start the southern migration of pelagics. Expect surface action to pick up as the month progresses. Hungry cobia, tarpon, kings and Spanish mackerel, sharks and cuda will prowl the near shore reefs and passes in search of easy pray. Be ready for reel screaming action on the surface and keeper grouper and snapper on the bottom. I have had several reports of huge catch and release snook on the 3 and 5 mile reefs through out August and should continue into September. Another place to hook  a  big snook is around the rocks at Hickory Pass. If you don't have a boat this is a great spot to try. Just a short walk from the public parking lot across from Big Hickory Marina for some of the best shore fishing in the area. Tide will be important here so check your chart. The grass flats inside the passes are producing huge spotted sea trout. Spanish mackerel will crash the party at times and destroy your pretty lures, so stock up.  Snapper action will pick up near the end of the month with the best bait being small shrimp.