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Winter fishing has been on FIRE!!

Capt. Jeff Legutki
January 17, 2012
Everglades City - Saltwater Fishing Report

Winter fishing has been on FIRE!!
Capt. Jeff Legutki
January 17, 2012
Ten Thousand Islands - Saltwater Fishing Report

Well the first real cold front came through 3 weeks ago and started our winter fishing with a bang!

Temperatures dropped, the waters cleared up killing off all the particulate matter making the waters whiskey clear.

All the back lakes dried up forcing the fish into the back bays searching for a food source and somewhere to ride out the remaining winter,

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To start things off, the snook fishing has been stellar, best Ive seen it since the freeze. Ive seen so many large 30 plus inch breeder fish, that the snook population is in a positive place for the future. Overwhelmingly a great sign after the past 2 years. We have caught a lot of big snook on the fly and jerkbaits sight fishing.

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This is also the time of year to catch the oversize red fish that venture up onto the flats with the cooler waters. Last week we caught 3 reds in the 12-15 pound range which is big for this area. All sight fished in less than a foot of water, with their backs out and bellies sliding in the mud. to watch a red hoover a fly that shallow in front of your eyes will make your knees shake, at least it does to me and Im on the poling platform!

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On the warmer days a few tarpon have been surprising us with a few 30 - 40 pound fish smashing our flies that were intended for snook.

This is the best time of year for sight fishing whether its done with a fly or lure. The winter has been mild and the winds are calm as well as empty waters to ourselves. If you have the itch or you are tired of the cold, book your trip and experience some of the finest light tackle action to be had in the winter time.

Capt. Jeff Legutki
Anglers Addiction Guide Service
Ten Thousand Islands Fishing Forecast:

Sightfishing for snook and reds will be at its best until the tarpon start to fill in in March. The mild winter has been kind and the fish are loving it and cooperating for all who come to play!
Target Species:

snook, tarpon, and red fish that lurk in the shallows


Everglades City Fishing Forecast:

Sightfishing is at its best this time of year! Snook and reds in mere inches of water, eager to eat a well presented offering.
If you're tired of the cold at home and have the itch to sample some of the greatest fly/light tackle fishing to be had in the winter, don't hesitate. Come down and get your share during this pleasant mild winter.

Target Species:

snook, tarpon, and red fish that lurk in the shallows

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Come fish the 10,000 Islands and the Everglades National Park for tarpon, snook, red fish and more with either flyrods or light tackle. All artificial no live bait, geared for two anglers. Fly through the shallows in a Hellsbay Whipray. Fishing with the finest equiptment like Sage fly rods and Bauer reels or St. Croix spin rods and Quantum reels. Sight fishing is my passion! Target the toughest saltwater species in mere inches of water and fool them into eating year round.

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Anglers Addiction Guide Service
1229 Lake Shore Dr.
Naples, FL 34103
Phone: 239-293-1664
Alt. Phone: 239-293-1664
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