High Hopes Charters Fish Reports

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.

Goliath Grouper



                                                                    Goliath Grouper

Sunday, September 9, 2012

August 2012 Coastal Angler Report

  The extremely warm water temperatures in August will bring numerous sharks and huge barracuda on to the near shore reefs. Abundant bait schools driven by Spanish and King mackerel will start to appear on the surface as the month progresses. This combination of fish and bait will lead to some explosive action as the sharks and cuda move in on the mackerel you just hooked. You have a good chance at gag grouper as well as mangrove snapper fishing the bottom. Theads, pins and cut squid and sardines, or shrimp are all good baits. Along the beaches, especially near the passes, look for big snook. They will be crusing the beach, usually inside the sand bar feeding on small bait fish. Good reports of huge sea trout being caught in Big Carlos Pass the end of July and should continue through August. Father into the backwaters you can expect to have good mangrove snapper and red fish action.
 August is a slow month in South West Florida and the local business could use your help.  If you are on the south end Bonita Beach  and need bait, ice or beer stop in Fish Trap Marina. Talk to Capt. John, Capt. Kent or Jim and find out where the fish are and book a charter. If you're on the north end of Hickory Island check out the guys at Big Hickory Fishing Nook Marina for your fishing needs and book a charter, I heard Capt Mike on the Ramble On could put you on the red fish. A bit further north, located at Carl Johnson Boat Ramp you have  Lovers Key Bait Shop with a good selection of tackle and plenty of bait with easy access by boat or car. On the south end of Ft. Myers Beach, Fish Tale Marina has your bait and a great ships store. Check out Salt Water Pro Shop at Getaway Marina for live bait.Call in advance for large orders of pins.  Bait N Wait next to the Fire Station on San Carlos has a large selection of tackle and live bait as well. Then there is Fisherman's World on San Carlos near Summerlin. They offer exceptional rod and reel repair and handle a wide assortment of live and artificial baits and tackle.
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.Mention Coastal Angler and receive 10% off your trip.

Chris Litty


Dean Hicks

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March 17, 2012

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March 12,2012

Brad Ruth