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Mild winter brings hungry fish

Capt. Jeff Legutki
December 31, 2011
Ten Thousand Islands - Saltwater Fishing Report

This winter has been mild to say the least, actually hotter than usual. Mild winds bring glassy shorelines and easy sight fishing.

We are still getting shots at late season tarpon!
Caught one the other day about 50 lbs on fly, as we were looking for reds. On the warmer days, you can still find them if you know where to look.

The red fishing this year has been unbelievable to say the least. More reds around than I've seen since I was a kid in the 70's-80's!
These are the reds frye of our fatal winter almost two years ago, the only survivors. With the freeze killing off everything but, leaving them and their mortality rate of survival quadrupled with nothing around to feed on the little guys!

I'm having days of sight fishing reds with numbers up in the teens. Nothing big, maybe 23-25", but they're everywhere willing to eat everything that moves.So much fun with 7 wts and ultra light spin tackle.
The snook are making a good comeback! Not every spot, but if you know where to look. there is some good fish. On a recent trip out with a childhood buddy, Chris Wilson we hammered dozens of snook on the fly. We did catch 2 big girls measuring 35-32 inches. Survivors of the freeze. Days like this assure us that the snook fishing in the Glades is still some of the best in the world.

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Off the beaches of Naples on the calmer days, Ive been running the beaches fishing for little tunny or bonito. Fly or spin, you wont find a faster, hard pulling fish like these guys. We spot them under the birds as they make the water froth, boiling on glass minnow. Dumping spools in a blink of an eye, screaming lines ripping through the water.

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This will be a great winter/spring in the Glades, stay warm and come down and put yourself to the test and get in on some of the greatest fishing winter has to offer.

Tight lines & screaming drags to all,
Capt. Jeff Legutki

Ten Thousand Islands Fishing Forecast:

Mild winters and clean waters will bring active fish.

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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