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October 2017

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Red October Sanibel Island Fishing Charters

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Beautiful Copper colored Redfish caught near Sanibel Island

This time of year as we approach the heart of Fall months. The fishing bite tends to heat up for us here in S.W. Florida as the temperature slowly subdues.  A lot of the locals refer to October as “Red October” as many of our upper and over slot Redfish

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Tailing Redfish feed in Pine Island Sound

begin schooling together getting ready to make their annual migration offshore.

Big schools of fish can often be spotted from hundreds of yards away as they push the calm waters in the Pine Island sound. Pretty soon these fish will make their way right off our beaches where the schools can easily reach 100 plus fish. There’s not much more of an exciting sight for saltwater fisherman than seeing a school of hundreds of Redfish turning the surface of the water to a golden glow! They’ll usually eat just about any type of bait precisely cast ahead of them. Usually a large thread fin Herring or Gulf shrimp doesn’t make it out alive if tossed in the mix.

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An over slot Snook caught near Sanibel Island, FL

Snook fishing can still be pretty good for us this time of year as well. The fish sense that water is gradually cooling down, and as a Tropical based fish, they start to make their way out of the passes and towards the rivers where the darker water retains warmth for the winter months. This time of year can also be awesome for our nearshore bite.

We start to see schools of Kingfish terrorizing bait pods a couple miles off the beaches. If you’ve never experienced a Kingfish smoking off hundreds of yards of line in a matter of seconds then you’re not doing yourself justice as a fisherman! They also are big favorite for cooks to put on the smoker that can result in an amazing fish dip.

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Kevin Johnson with a Kingfish caught of Ft. Myers Beach

One of my personal favorite things to do while on the way out to my nearshore fishing grounds is to run the beaches in hopes of spotting a Tripletail. I swear Tripletail are God’s gift to fishing guides. They can be easy to find, dumb, fight like hell, and definitely one of the best white flaky fish in the world to eat.  A well placed free-lined shrimp or cut bait almost always gets them to eat!  One thing about this time of year that I truly love is that our waters are so quiet and desolate from the lack of tourists.  It’s not that uncommon to not see a single boat during your weeks venture to your favorite fishing holes.  I’m sure the fish appreciate it just as well and are not as “spooky” when approached.

As you can see, Fall can not only be one of the nicest times of the year for weather but fishing too. Make sure to book your charter and get in on Fall fishing off the islands of Fort Myers and Sanibel Islands.

Capt. Matt Johnson

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Capt. Matt holds a tasty Triple Tail

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You can book a charter with Capt. Matt or our other Endless Summer Charter guides at 239-691-1966.

 

 

 

 

Hurricane Irma and Sanibel Island Fishing

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Hurricane Irma was a frightening and anxiety ridden and we were staring right down the barrel of a Catagory 5 storm, the largest and most dangerous storm in recorded history. Not only did we have to worry about our own lives but we had our boats, marina, other people’s boats and our animals!

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Capt. Bill on clean-up

Just before it got to Florida it decided to go up through the middle of our peninsula via the Florida Keys. The Keys took the brunt and by the time it got to us it had downgraded to a Category 2. Not so scary. The fact it stayed on land and didn’t beat the coast was more of an advantage for Florida as the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico would have kept it a much stronger storm. Florida Crackers are a pretty resilient group. I’m not talking about transplants (although there a good few), I’m talking about true third, forth and fifth generation Floridian whom were nicknamed Crackers after the Florida Cowboys and the bullwhips they’d wield in the Florida Palmetto scrub. Many Crackers ended up in the fishing industry like my grandfather.Sanibel Snook fishing, Sanibel Island fishing charters

My mother was in quite a few Hurricans (as they call them) before they even named them. Every time time the people would build it bigger and better than before.

With Irma we were fortunate. The storm looked big but it’s swath was much narrower than people expected. The coast of Lee County got the least damage with mostly non-native vegetation taking the largest toll.

Sanibel Island, Fort Myers Beach, Captiva Island, Cayo Costa and Useppa are totally up and running!
This week we’ve had some great catches. Redfish and Snook are continuing with a strong bite and we are even seeing Tarpon up the river in droves.

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Capt. John doing a little post-hurricane scouting

Our charter boats and captains are ready and eager to get you out in the water to do some fishing. This would  also be a great time for some shelling on Cayo Costa as the shells have mounded up from the storms. We are lucky to not have lost any beaches or structures on our beautiful barrier islands.

Please feel free to give us a call or book online 24/7. We are ready to get you out on the water for your next adventure!

Capt. Bill

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