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Hot Weather - Change Tactics

Capt. Dave Pecci
May 24, 2015
Charlotte Harbor - Saltwater Fishing Report

Conditions: Hot- Backcountry water temps from Matlacha to Gasparilla are now in the high 80s. The beaches from Boca Grande to Sanibel are in the mid 80s. Thunderstorms are common as the sea breeze builds in the afternoons. Higher water levels are putting the snook and redfish up under the mangroves for most of the day. The Tarpon are rolling early but are running deep as soon as the sun gets bright.
Bait: threadfin herring, Green back Herring, pinfish, shrimp, crab

Fishing Tactics: Mid day fishing now is very slow due to the heat. So, it's time to trade sight fishing for early and late day blind casting. Watch for nervous bait, muds and pushes along the mangroves. Tarpon will be moving through the passes early and late. Watch for cruising beach tarpon before and after slack tide.

My Fly Fishing Tip of the Week: If the tarpon fishing is slow, spend some time fishing the troughs along the surf line for BIG snook. Small to medium sized whitebait patterns seem to be getting the attracting the most action.

My Spin Fishing Tip of the Week: Sluggos and Hogys rigged weedless are the hot setup for the mangroves right now for snook and redfish. Live crabs are working best on the beach for tarpon.

Charlotte Harbor Fishing Forecast:

7 day outlook: Moderate easterly and northeasterly winds giving way to the sea breeze will build afternoon thunderstorms. There will be good water flow on the beaches and in the mangroves all week. The redfish and smaller snook will be active early and late in the day. Tarpon are in good numbers both on the beaches and in Pine Island Sound but will be running deep mid day.

Target Species:

Species to target this week: Tarpon, Snook, Redfish

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Obsession Sportfishing Charters
22191 New Rochelle Ave.
Port Charlotte, FL 33952
Phone: 941-235-1311
Alt. Phone: 207-841-1444
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