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Sanibel Island fishing charter snook

Post Irma Fishing

Other than just riding around on my boat looking for fish, yesterday was my first fishing charter since hurricane Irma. The water is still dark and a little on the ugly side as compared to our usual beautiful green water. There are also almost no boats on the water which is very unusual given the […]

Mutton on Fly

>Alex Hagness and I were fly fishing the flats looking for Redfish, Permit, Tarpon and anything else that gets in our path, but we did not have mutton on  fly,  even in the back of our minds. . We were really focused on muddying stingrays, which are common this time of year. We like muddying […]

10 pound snook

Mark the Ripper

Few people in this world appreciate “fishing” more than my friend Mark Brzeski. This guy truly appreciates every single fish he catches, regardless of its size or the species. Most of us want to be like that, but in reality we are not, especially me. If you could ever be lucky enough to fish with […]

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Sanibel Island fishing charter snook

Post Irma Fishing

Other than just riding around on my boat looking for fish, yesterday was my first fishing charter since hurricane Irma. The water is still dark and a little on the ugly side as compared to our usual beautiful green water. There are also almost no boats on the water which is very unusual given the […]

Hurricane Irma has Passed!

As some official said in Miami, “We didn’t dodge a bullet, we dodged a cannon.” That is so true for all of us in southwest Florida and we couldn’t be more thankful. Thank you all for remembering us in your prayers.  ‘This is not a fishing report but just an update on the conditions here […]

Matthew Direct Hit in Southwest Florida

Not the deadly hurricane Matthew, but Matthew Dattilio from Vermont. Matthew had originally scheduled to go fly fishing with me on Tuesday October 4 but had to reschedule to October 6. Tuesday’s weather was fantastic and on Thursday, our rescheduled fishing trip date,  this area of Florida was under a Tropical Storm Watch from hurricane […]

In Search of Clean Water

With all the rain we’ve experienced lately and the tropical storm that passed  thru recently,  our water has turned very dark. The fish are still here but it makes sight casting with a fly rod very difficult. So we burned a few extra gallons of fuel and ran north and found some beautiful water so […]

DOA Tarpon

Jim S from Texas brought his two boys out fishing while in town for some baseball games. Although not big fish, his sons were catching all the fish and dad had nothing. Jim was casting a DOA Bait Buster at the few rolling Tarpon that we were seeing. After a hundred cast or so, he […]

Happy Birthday Mark The Ripper, aka The Sharkmaster

Today is my friend’s birthday, Mark the Ripper aka The Sharkmaster. Mark is quite the fisherman but more importantly he’s someone we all aspire to be like. When you and I go fishing we usually only see the fish or the things related to catching the fish, but Mark sees the whole picture. He sees […]

Eileen outfished Joe, again!

I had the pleasure of taking Joe and Eileen fishing the other day. It seems like every time we go fishing, Eileen catches most (all) of the fish. Well today was no different and I even gave Joe the front of the boat all to himself. When it comes to fishing it’s difficult to out […]

Grouper for Dinner

Not really, because the season is currently closed. But if it had been open Kerry and Travis would have had some wonderful eating grouper. Widely known as Black grouper in restaurants and fishing piers, but it’s actually a Gag grouper, although very similar. They are terrific fighters, especially on 10 lb test line as Kerry […]

Tarpon, Tarpon and more Tarpon

This another fishing report short on words but rich on photos. The is an assortment of Tarpon photos captured over the past several weeks. As usual, I fell behind in writing individual fishing reports so I thought I would just show some of the highlights of our fishing trips of lately. Its been a good […]

Bass Angler to Saltwater Angler

Bass tournament angler and fishing rep Justin Swast from Missouri, came to visit Sanibel Island along with his beautiful girlfriend Jessica. He is an expert bass fisherman, so that means he would be great at Snook fishing with lures. While Jessica is not a pro angler, she definitely held her own fishing along side Justin […]