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Fall Fishing Chokoloskee/Everglades National Park

Capt. Bert Barkus
September 28, 2010
Chokoloskee - Saltwater Fishing Report

Fall Fishing Chokoloskee
Report Date: September 28, 2010
Well you wouldn't know fall is here,but they say it is.
Yesterday with the humidity,and little rain, it felt like the middle of summer with 100 plus temp.
Our fishing has been good these last few weeks.
Fishing the backcountry, their pleanty of tarpon around,but you have to find them first, which can be a task in itself.
The snook are their in small numbers,but havn't caught 1 over 10 pounds these last few weeks.
Considering the winter freeze, I feel lucky to have caught any at all,but their still pleanty around.
My last charter, 2 days ago, Bud and Kaye from Texas wanted to just fish for snook and tarpon.
They catch pleanty of reds in Texas.
So off we go to the backcountry.
I had planed to fish my usual spots as I have in the past and it paid off.
We started to get on the snook right off the bat,and it lasted most of the day.
Bud had never caught snook before,he was waiting just a little too long to strike.
After missing maybe 1/2 dozen, he caught on, and really didn't miss many othes during the day.
Last night a friend of mine and guide, gave me some great news about all the tarpon still on the gulf side,close by,but couldn't get them to eat.
Both myself and my anglers most often throw top water. D.O.A.s or Poppers and Sliders on fly,that's the the way to go for me.
I suppose you could say i'm a purest whan it comes to fishing,I love to see the strike even if we miss the fish.
I took Bud to 1 of my site fishing area in the backcountry, needless to say he was so excited to be able to cast to laid up and crusing snook.
We ended the afternoon in a the lostmans backcountry, in a narrow creek, catching smaller snook.
All in all the fishing is still holding it's own,but you need to search and search to make it happen.
Gulfside: Tarpon,few snook,reds,trout,pompano and pleanty of ladyfish.
You need to fish it at low water with all the bait around if your snook fishing.
At high water, their to far back in the mangroves eating the bait

Chokoloskee Fishing Forecast:

Cooler weather hopefully,and more Snook and Tarpon

Target Species:

Snook,Tarpon,Reds,& Trout or Whatevers Biting.

More Fishing Reports:


Primary Fly Fishing,but also Spin and Plug Casting for Snook,Tarpon and Redfish.

Contact Info:

Chokoloskee Island Charters
P.O.Box 703
Chokoloskee, FL 34138
Phone: 239-695-1044
Alt. Phone: 239-695-1044
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