High Hopes Charters Fish Reports

Monday, December 26, 2011

In Memory of Frank Rothwell


In Memory of G. Frank Rothwell
12-25-2011

Gideon F. Rothwell, IV passed away suddenly near his home in Naples, Florida on Sunday, December 25. He was 83.
We miss you Frank.


Thursday, December 8, 2011

November 9, 2011

Barb Jenson from Rochester, Mn. with a nice grouper.

November 19, 2011

Mike Jones from Summerfield, N.C. shows off a big triple tail.

December Forecast

Published in December Coastal Angler
North Naples - Bonita - Ft. Myers Beach
The forecast for December is fantastic. Although Grouper season is closed this month there are still plenty of great tasting, and great fighting fish to be caught. Unless you have the need to wrestle a Goliath up from the depths leave the heavy rods at home. 15 to 20 pound spinning outfit with a half once weight, 30 pound leader and 2/0 circle hook will work great on the near shore reefs for snapper, flounder, sheephead and grunts. Spanish mackerel are still on the reefs but are staying deep with the exception of split second appearances on the surface as they drive small white baits out of the water, and then back down again. Be quick to cast a silver spoon into the frenzy and you're guaranteed a hook up. Even though the water has cooled and the surface action has quieted down for winter, there still is a good chance for cobia, king mackerel, barracuda and sharks just below the surface. Use a balloon to suspend your bait at the desired depth. Single strand, coffee colored wire leader and a Khale style 5/0 circle hook will increase your chances of getting the fish in the boat.
The backwaters and passes have been productive the last few months and should continue through December. Spotted sea trout season is closed until January 1st. The trout fishing has been out standing, so be prepared to release several on your next trip. Snook season should reopen August 2012. So what's left. Well, you have a great pompano bite at and inside the passes near the time of the tide change. Free line shrimp or work a buck tail jig in the current. There will be small snook, jacks and lady fish to add to the excitement. Red fish have been a steady catch for the guys that fish Big Carlos and New Pass and this month should be no different. It is not just the location, but also the tide. The sheepshead and snapper are coming on strong. Dock pilings and old seawalls are all ready attracting big sheepshead and the snapper seem to be just about every where. The flounder bite has been good in the bays and on the deeper edges of some the oyster bars.
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, family fun or more serious fishing adventures. "I can make it work." Call me a 239-273-6122 or visit www.highhopescharters.com for special deals and all the details. Remember to mention Coastal Angler Magazine and receive 10% off any trip.