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  1. On the 6th the day started out with a 2-3 ft chop as we made our way out to the first stop in 130ft. The wreck we would be fishing has held pretty good populations of snapper in the past but recently they have been hard to find. With a very mild current and a light tide change I figured toady would be a good opportunity to see if we could turn them on with some chum.

    As soon as we were on location the chum went out and we first tried for some amberjack. It didn't take very long before we had our limit of fish in the 25 pound range. All took live pinfish that were dropped about 60-70feet deep. With those fish on ice we turned out attention to the yellowtail snapper that was our main reasn for this trip.

    With the chum slick keeping a steady stream of tidbits floating behind the boat we first started fishing on the bottom. A few fish were taken but the size was from just under to just over keeper. Then after about a good hour since we pulled up we tried using some jigs and live shrimp. With recent changes in fisheries laws we weren't able to use jigs because a circle hook had to be used with any natural baits. Luckily one of our local shops is now producing circle hook jigs and we were using them for the first time. As it turns out they work just as good as a regular jig and they are easier to get out after landing a fish.

    With a 3 man limit of yellowtail snapper from 12-20 inches we decided to go hit a ledge in 65 ft to try for a limit of mangrove snapper. Once at the ledge we used our last box of chum to get the snapper biting. We decided since we were getting short on time we would fish the entire water column. One person flat lined, one used a jig, and the other fished bottom. Within minutes we were getting double and triple hook ups and the fish were from 14-22 inches. We even released a few gag grouper,


    some pretty close to keeper size.

    One of the bigger snapper even qualified as a womens IGFA record in the 20 pound line class.


    With the fish boxes stuffed full of 60 snapper it was now time to head home. The ride in was terrific since the seas calmed to almost glass smooth.


    Then at the docks we got the chance to show off our catch and record all the stats for the record fish. A crowd gathered as we took photos and my crew was getting the star treatment.

    African Pompano



    The 8th I decided to try for a repeat of the previous day and we re-ran the exact same course as the last time. Hoping that the bite would still be there we fished the wreck for AJ's as soon as we stopped and 3 out of 4 fish were landed. Then we got quite a nice surprise as we started fishing for yellowtail something huge hit one of the baits.


    This was much bigger and much faster than the yellowtail we expected and after about a 20 minute fight we got a chance to see what it was, Black Fin Tuna!!!!


    That's the kind of surprise everyone likes to get.

    With all the big fish on ice it was time to get back to yellowtail fishing. The chum was working, the seas were a light chop, and the anglers were quite competent. On this day though, except for just a few, the fish just didn't want to bite. After about an hour of fishing more than catching it was time to get ourselves to the ledge in 65ft.

    Once over the site we got the chum going, the hooks baited, and hopes raised. Just like a couple days ago the fish were on fire as soon as bits hit the water. We had a steady stream of bet rods and the count was going really high really fast. We had to take a break just so I could get an accurate count of what we had, just to be sure we didn't go over the limit. Then after the count we added a few more fish to get our limit, released a nice keeper sized gag, and we headed for the docks.


    Just like the other day we cruised in on calm seas and as we reached the dock the crowed gathered to ask questions. As we offloaded our catch, the crew was given praises for doing such a great job and catching so many beautiful fish. Once again the fillet table was at maximum capacity and everyone had big smiles as they posed for pictures.


  2. View Post


    Capt Joe...thanks for trying to help. Is there a good resource for what's happening at the moment (like when I get down there) tackle shops or websites that are reliable



    I would suggest any local tackle shop, I don't know if they have one on captiva. Matlache has D&D which is a great place for local info. The bait box on Sanibel is also pretty good from what I've heard.


    I'm not an inshore guy so I can't really give you any better info, sorry.

  3. View PostI actually do have a cast net and will probably use it but buying bait would make things easier if it's available and I don't know good bait spots around Captiva since I'm more familiar with Sanibel. Are there any bridges or ditches that tend to hole bait on the bay side? Looks like the boat will be full so I can't really take anyone (maybe once to learn the back).



    If you can find a nice grass flat you can chum up some small pinfish and throw the net. Other option would be run the beach on the gulf side and find some bait in shallow water. Option 3 would be sabiki some bait in the gulf side.

  4. View PostI'm bringing a boat to Captiva afor the month of June to tarpon fish. I will need lots of help to stay current on local information and a reliable place to buy bait. Any help is greatly appreciated.



    Well it's sad to say but no place is "reliable" just because of all the variables. If the wind is blowing the bait boats can't get out, if the demand isn't there it's too costly to order bait that will sit until it dies. A cast net would be a wise investment.

  5. The day started out with me "thinking" I don't know if I can trust the forecast but I'll have to depend on my ability. "Thinking" I figured the 10-15 kt winds and seas of 3 ft had to be a lie since there was a small craft caution the day before and plans for warnings the next day. Luckily the winds were forecast for east to north east and because I was "thinking" I knew it meant the afternoon sea breeze would calm things down even if it was rough. Then "thinking about my course I figured to run north up the intracoastal and enter the Gulf from Redfish Pass. This would put the wind at my back or quartering from the starboard stern.


    The conditions were exactly what I expected 3-5 with a few bigger than that and whitecaps all over the joint. We made our way out at 20-25 mph with me steering around the back sides of the bigger waves. I decided on a few spots about 35 miles out knowing as the day went on we would be able to get out further.


    Our first stop was in 85 feet on an old tug boat wreck. We got some pinfish in the water and within minutes we were battling some 20-25 pound amberjack. The bottom rigs with shrimp were getting hits but the fish were either small or smart because nobody could hook one.


    After about an hour and a half the seas had calmed enough to try spot number 2 which was just a mile away. For some reason this was a dead zone even though the sonar was reading plenty of fish. So with half an hour put in and not one bite we went to our final stop in 100 feet.


    At the last stop I was hoping for the ledge to produce some mangrove snapper and maybe if we were lucky a scamp or two. The mangroves were easy to come by but the scamp couldn't be found. We did catch and release quite a few nice gags which I plan to see again in April.


    Luckily my "thinking" payed dividends during the day and made the trip out worth the ride. Then just as I hoped the sea breeze kicked in and the seas calmed to 2 ft or less for the ride home. I'm pretty sure everyone aboard was thankful for the easy ride home.


    Back at the docks the crew was met with a heroes welcome as the catch was offloaded. The fillet table was nearly full and everyone was answering questions about where we went and what we caught.


    That's probably the best part of the day for me and just one of the many reasons I love fishing.


  6. I had the pleasure of hosting some of the members of the "Brooks Fishing Club". The forecast was for east winds of 10-15 kt with seas of 2ft or less. I figured it would be a bit more choppy with the higher winds but I was way wrong. The reason I was so wrong was as usual NOAA got the forecast wrong. It turned out to be a dead calm with no wind or waves at all.


    With the completely flat conditions I knew this was going to be a long day. Any time the water is slick it's hard to get a bite going. So at the first stop in 120 feet the results were pretty much as expected. We caught a few small bait fish in the hour we spent there. Spot number 2 was about 10 miles away and off we went with the thought that it couldn't get worse.

    Luckily this spot showed us some better results with a few amberjack hitting pinfish. We kept a few for the table and then played catch and release while waiting for one big one to show up. The big guy never arrived and even with heavy chumming we couldn't get a snapper bite. So off we raced to spot number three.

    This time we threw everything we had and prayed for better results. On this day it just wasn't going to happen. Snapper were just not feeding and the one big hit we got on bottom turned out to be like a 60 pound goliath. Thenjust before we were ready to pull anchor another big hit, This was no goliath, it moved way too fast for that. The fish was on the bottom and wasn't going to come up without a fight. Luckily for everyone on the boat the youngest guy was doing all the hard work. We watched as he strained and struggled, whimpered and groaned, and slowly gained a turn or two on the reel.

    At this point I think everyone stopped to watch as Chris put everything he had into fighting this fish. After a while we were starting to think the fish may have gained the upper hand but we knew Chris would never admit it. Then with some more pulling, a lot of groaning, and just a little luck the fish was at the surface.

    This was a real beast of an amberjack the biggest we've landed so far in 2009. We got the fish aboard and quickly realised it was too big for the fish bow. So we emptied our biggest cooler dropped the fish in and loaded ice on top. The end of the tail was still sticking out because the body took up every inch of space we had.

    After that we tried one last stop for a red grouper or two but we just couldn't get it to happen. The 4 th spot was reading plenty of bottom action but still produced the same results. At the end of the day the tally wasn't much in quantity but the size of the fish we did get made up for the low numbers.


    86 pounds of pure pain


  7. View PostHi guys ! I'm hoping someone on the Florida forum can help me out. I was watching " Fishing wiith Roland Martin " I emailed Roland from his website, but never got an answer.



    There is your biggest problem, that guy is a real JERK!!!!


    I just saw him in Bass Pro shop and he tried to push past my 7 year old son on the stairs. He got a little sarcastic with me when I pulled my son close and just stood there waiting for him to go by. It took everything in me not to slap the stupid right out of him. I was telling a friend the story on my cell phone and a total stranger walks up and says "I hope he dies a slow painful death" and tells me how Roland wouldn't grant a Make A Wish for a terminal child. The kids only request was to fish with Roland Martin and the reply was "he couldn't find the time in his schedule".


    As for Naples there are a lot of places that connect to the Gulf it might have been Naples Bay, the Gordon River, Keewaydin Island or a few others. Any chance you have that show on tape or know how to find the original air date? If so you might be able to track down the guide that showed Roland around. The guide does all the work and then they edit everything to look like Roland did something.


    I know one good spot is the rocks at the south side of the Gordons Pass. I think most people live bait but snook action is pretty good there.

  8. STAY AWAY FROM NORTH PORT!!!!!! Like previously stated the town is in collapse due to the high foreclosures. Sarasota would be the way to go also think about South end of Ft Myers, you could work the Naples to Sanibel area and do well in painting. I have friends that do remodel work and they are steady - busy. It seems now people are staying in the homes they have and just fixing them up a bit.


    Foreclosures here are also out of control my street has 12 houses on it and 8 have foreclosed in the last year. That being said you can buy pretty cheap and since you're handy the fix up would be at a relatively low cost. Right now a 3/2/2 with a pool is going for $100K - $130K. If you want a real fixer upper you can find them for $50K.

  9. View Postget capt joe, should be down your way around march 13th for a week or so. if i get the chance to get out on the water will be giving you a call.


    Thanks, I enjoy having Jersey guys on the boat, it seems all I talk about is the food. Just an FYI you will be here during tournament month and the busiest month of the year, so finding an available guide may be tough.

  10. The job markey down here is great!!!!!!!!


    There are a few conditions:


    1. You must be skilled in your trade, if building related "watching this old house doesn't qualify you as a builder".


    2. You must be willing to work, I know this sounds crazy but if you want to work you will get work.


    3. You must show up on time and every day.


    4. You must perform quality work or nobody else will hire you.


    5. You must show up SOBER or you will be fired.


    Personal note:


    I was a landscape contractor in New Jersey (not a lawn cutting guy). I moved to florida for a "lifestyle change" and quickly found out I would not be a landscape contractor in Florida. The labor pool down here is about the worst in the nation. So now I'm a charter captain and people always ask "what else do you do?" and that makes me laugh. It seems everyone else in the charter industry is also in the building industry or has some other form of income.


    I tried to build a house and after 2 years & 2 builders went out of business during construction, I finished it myself. I called my lender after idiot #2 failed and changed my agreement to "owner/builder" and completed the house from an empty shell to a C.O. in 6 weeks. I hired the subs, called in the inspections and fired anyone who was even a minute late, drank during lunch, or missed a deadline by even an hour.


    Oh, and after losing $50K to the 2 failed builders I still finished the house under budget. So again if you know what you are doing and you work hard, come on down. If you are a uneducated sloth, stay in P.A because we have a surplus of those right now.

  11. Just an FYI, don't buy at Bass Pro Shop, it's a tourist trap. Just about everything they sell is 10-30 percent higher than any local tackle shop. They also keep more of the money from your fishing license purchase, most local shops keep $1.00 and the rest goes to the state Bass Pro keeps $3.00 which means less of your money goes back to fishery management.

  12. View PostHi I am from Ireland and more than likely will be moving to Ft Myers within the next year. Over here I fish mainly from beaches on the atlantic coast. I also fish competitions. Just wondering is there any clubs in the Ft Myers area that fish competitions? As for rods and reels I intend on bringing all my fishing gear with me. I have a 13ft Abu Stigma multiplier rod which i use a penn 525mag with, and a 15ft k2 blue metal which i use a penn fixedspool with. Will that do me for starters? Any information would be great smile.gif






    There isn't much you can do with the big rods from the beach here, except shark fishing. A nice medium action spinning rod of 7 ft would be perfect for beach snook and other inshore/nearshore species. Your best bet for Gulf fishing is either buy a boat or find a friend who has one.


    Also good luck with your move.

  13. This is turning out to be the start of a good year since I'm scheduling fishing trips and the weather has been good. Most of the time I'm looking at the forecast praying that it will change but so far I'm ok. That's a combo that's a tuff one to come by during the winter months.

    Wednesday I started out late around 1pm and we wanted to be back in before dark so 7pm we were back on the dock. The seas were just a light chop which allowed us to run out about 25 miles to some hard bottom patches. We made a couple stops along the way but mostly caught small stuff that would be good for bait the next day.

    Once out in 60 ft of water I remembered a tiny spot I had fished years ago and caught some grouper. This was before the hurricanes and I figured that spot to have been washed away. I was wrong and there was still just a small piece of structure showing on the sonar. The thought was since we were there we might as well give it a try.

    Much to my surprise the little honey hole was still productive. As the baits hit the bottom it only took a minute before the fist keeper sized red grouper was brought up. Then a couple shorts were released before taking 3 more keepers in a row. Knowing how small the spot was I decided to move on because I didn't want to fish it out.

    We made one last stop and found a few other bottom species that were good table fare. Even though the size was smaller the action was very fast. So we added a few more fish to the cooler before making our way home with the sun at our backs.

    The fish from the lucky spot


    Thursday was one of those days you get talked into. I have a very specific way of running my fishing trips but was convinced to deviate from my comfort zone. It's the only way to learn new things so I figured with my good catches on several trips in a row I could take a break for some education.

    Much like most old dogs I didn't take too well to these new tricks. The baitwell was over filled with live bait which made everything either die or half dead (I now have baitwell envy, mine is too small). Then we had a fish come unbuttoned because of a bad knot after hearing how "this knot has neverslipped", well it did today(I think someone should have knot envy). The final hardship was the current which was stronger than I've ever seen it for the depth we were fishing. With the wind blowing 10-15kt the current was pushing the boat back into the wind.

    The day wasn't a total loss as we had plenty of bites. First it started with some lesser amberjack and a couple 20 pound amberjack. Then we moved a little deeper to my "grouper hole" which produced nothing but lesser amberjack/rudder fish and one barely keeper sized gag grouper(which was taken on jig in 100ft, VERY NICE<- Insert voice of Borat here).


    On the last stop the current was so strong we couldn't get a bottom bite at all. We did finish getting worn out on 30-40 pound amberjack before heading in.

    It seems this year the amberjack have come in thick and they are on every structure deeper than 90 feet. Surprisingly there is plenty of variety in size from 20 pounds all the way to over 80 pounds all in the same place.

    So even though we faced a few challenges the day wasn't a loss. Everyone was tired from battling big donkeys and there was plenty to take home for dinner. I had mine cooked fresh right at the marina and it was delicious as always. You can't get any more fresh than a fish that was swimming two hours before.


    A pic of one of the Amberjack



    P.S Thanks to the kid that tried to break me away from my rutt.