High Hopes Charters Fish Reports

Monday, February 28, 2011

Monday, February 28, 2011

Dean Robertson with a back water red fish.


Published in Coastal Angler Magazine - March issue.
North Naples - Bonita - Ft. Myers Beach
The water temperature is climbing into the 70's and the surface action is about to explode. After two and a half months of water temps in the low 60's, extreme low tides, cold North winds and finicky bottom fish you're not going to want to miss a day of March fishing. The back waters will be outstanding this month for catch and release snook. Slot sized red fish are abundant from Wiggins Bay to Matansas Pass. Live shrimp are still the most productive, but now is the time to start throwing the cast net. Small white baits and pin fish will start to pay off this month. The sheepshead spawn seems to be late this year. Look for big sheeps around dock pilings and sea walls. The water has been extremely clear. Use the smallest circle hooks and lightest fluorocarbon leader possible.
The near shore reefs are heating up. Again, the sheepshead are late. Work the bottom with small to medium shrimp for
trigger fish, mangrove snapper,big sheepshead and flounder. 1/0 and 2/0 circle hooks with 30 to 40 pound leader is perfect. Grouper is closed through March 31. The northern migration of palagics has started. Mackerel, cobia, tarpon, sharks and barracuda are headed north. Break out the chum bags. Start chunking, add a little menhaden oil to the mix. Time to set the flat lines and balloon rigs. I like 20 lb spinning tackle for the surface rigs. Light enough to have fun with Spanish mackerel and jacks, beefy enough to handle a king, shark or big cuda. Use a Bimini Twist to 50 lb. leader. Then a #7 rosco swivel to 90 lb. single strand wire finished off with a Kahle style 5/0 circle. It is possible to get spooled. Keep a float handy for the anchor line just in case you have to chase your fish. A small fender rigged with a snap swivel works great. When you're loosing line at 1500 feet per minuet, every second counts.
The Florida sun takes it's toll on your equipment. Especially your line. Mono filament test will be reduced noticeably after repeated exposure to the sun. Check and replace it often. Rods take a beating too. Got a favorite rod? Have expensive rods that are dull, faded or have broken guides? Go to Fisherman's world on San Carlos Blvd. and see Grace. Have the guides replaced and the entire rod re-glassed and that 10 year old stick will look like you just bought it.
Capt. Lindy Yow has fished the waters from Wiggins pass 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, family fun or more serious fishing adventures, I can make it work. Call me a 239-273-6122.

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