High Hopes Charters Fish Reports

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Mike Snyder of Blacksburg, Va. Shows off a bonito that took a live thread 3 miles off Bonita Beach.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

June Forecast 2011

June fishing forecast published in Coastal Angler Magazine
North Naples - Bonita - Ft. Myers Beach
By Capt. Lindy Yow
Time for the heavy tackle in the Gulf. You need to turn that groupers head before he gets back in the reef. Then you have to bring it up fast before the cudas, sharks or Goliath see him. Start with 60 to 80 lb. mono leader. If you're getting cut off finish up with a foot of 90 lb. wire. Cut sardines and live threads are a good choice. They also work for your flat lines and balloon rigs. Chum and chunk heavily and you will attract verity of fish. Cobia, Spanish and King mackerel, and of coarse sharks and barracuda are enticed by a suspended bait in the chum line. Remember to check and change your baits regularly. A fresh, lively bait fish can make all the difference.
Slot sized reds and sea trout are abundant in the passes and backwaters from Wiggins, to Estero bay. Small to medium tarpon can be seen rolling at first light in Hickory and Fish Trap bay. Big fish are lurking around the New Pass, Big Carlos and Matansas bridge pilings but here you will need a sea rod to get them under control. The Caloosahatchee River is red hot. Snook, huge black drum, tarpon and bull sharks are thick from the 41 bridge in North Ft. Myers down to Cape Coral. Yeah, bull sharks, big ones. They can tolerate fresh water and could be anywhere there is Gulf access.
This time of year it is especially important to keep an eye to the sky. Summer thunder storms can pop up out of no where and open water is not the place to be. Have a plan. Stay Safe! Fight again tomorrow.
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 back waters. Offering private charters tailored to fit your needs, family fun or more serious fishing adventures.