Tarpon Fishing Flats Fishing 2013 Information
Capt. Andy Boyette
February 5, 2013
Boca Grande - Saltwater Fishing Report
If you contacted me recently but have not finalized yet please get back in touch with me to finalize. I have booked trips over the past months but still have openings. I want to insure, the best I can to fit everyone on my schedule.
Everyone by now, knows that I am offering a 8 hour tarpon trip. .
Most Importantly I will still be offering a 6 hour and a Whole Day trip for those who still wish to fish from daylight till dark.
The 6 hour tarpon trip will remain unchanged and it is your choice, a 6 hour morning session and/or a 6 hour early afternoon session.
The 8 hour trips can have an adjusted start time based on the fishing conditions. Keep in mind if you book me for the 8 hour trip, like the Whole Day trip, the day is devoted solely to you, not like when I have either a morning or afternoon trip to worry about.
Also if my schedule permits you can request to fish additional hours at $100.00 per hour. This will specifically come into play on a 8 hour trip as well as the afternoon 6 hour session. Last season saw some really good late fishing into the early evening, and I will be prepared with lighting and all necessary equipment to stay in to the early evening.
Spring Flats Fishing Information
Reminder the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission issued an executive order on the harvest of snook. This was due to the damage that was done back in 2010, due to the severe cold temperatures, and any affects it has had statewide on these subtropical fish.
What this means is that no one can harvest which means keep any Snook On The West Coast Of Florida.
*Anglers may still catch and release Snook during the closure.*
Good News For Tarpon
In recent history very few, mostly to use tarpon for bait, have been keeping tarpon , and in my 14 year career, thousands of tarpon have been caught and released on my charters, and I have never allowed or would allow one to be kept. I have always viewed tarpon as a sport fish with emphasis on catch and release.
The State is now moving in the direction of removing tarpon from harvest. This means that Tarpon Will Become A Catch And Release Fishery Only. This should finally give tarpon the deserved Sport fish designation it deserves.
I would like to add that this will have no affect on my charters, we will continue to fish as normal for tarpon, snook, redfish, and trout with no changes
Along with the above mentioned fish I will be adjusting the spring season slightly to target some less talked about species of fish including tripletail, pompano, kingfish and a few others. All of which are excellent eating and attainable targets, with sport fish qualities. I have fished for these species throughout my life as a lifelong resident of the area, so this should only serve to bring more variety and enjoyment to my charters. I look forward to sharing the experience and excitement of fishing for a wider variety of Florida fish species with you this spring.
Capt Andy Boyette
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