Outlook and Forecast For 2011 Fishing Season
Capt. Andy Boyette
January 5, 2011
Boca Grande - Saltwater Fishing Report
First Things First
I hope Everyone Had A Great Christmas and And A Even Better Beginning To The New Year.
I know it is a lot to look over but the in depth 2011 rates are located here www.gofishcharters.com/rates. There are some interesting changes that my regular clints will want to look over, as well as enticing to those who have inquired and not booked yet.
Now to my favorite subject; and as every one who knows and fishes with me the most exciting, Tarpon Fishing. I expect another action filled season with large numbers of giant tarpon. The forecast looks good based on previous years catches, and with the lack of red tide and no major water quality issues, I have personally seen more and bigger fish coming to my boat. I would like some input form my regular clients on how they thought the season went, given the fact that I did no jig fishing in 2010. I really would like to know your thoughts and you can do so here at a special email I set up to accept your input, [email protected] If you are not a regular client and fished with me or inquired please feel free to leave you input as well
My thoughts where the catch ratio was better the landing percentages where higher and the trips where overall more fun and pleasant not mixing it up in the pass with the jig fleet. Please take the time to give me your thoughts they are important to me. Also again please take note to the rate schedule I added a whole host of available trips. the rates can also be found here gofishcharters.com/rates
January 1st was the fist day of the year as well as the first day of opening sea trout season after the two month closure. Trout fishing in the winter time is a staple fishery here for me, since adding the Shallow running 22 foot winter boat to my fishing arsenal. Most of the trout fishing I am doing now consist of high double digit catches with some exceptional days in triple digits. I also manage to catch a good number of redfish on these trips, and with the open season on trout this makes for a good bag of cleaned fish for the dinner table.
The redfish fishing should continue to improve as we continue into the winter months. The negative tides and lack of white bait forces the reds to forage more on the shallower glass flats making sight fishing a good proposition. Also these negative tides will push these fish into pot holes only accessible by the shallowest of boats. This is where my Shallow Sport comes into play, allowing me to access water that very few can. For those of you have fished in it, you know that this boat needs very little water to run in and truly runs shallower that any boat I have ever seen or owned.
The snook closure remains in effect and will continue to be a catch and release fishery until there is word from the State that their recovery is sufficient. 2009 was the best snook fishing I had experienced in quite some time, but the cold winter of 2010 took its toll. I have seen encouraging numbers of large breeder snook, and of course nature has a way of producing stronger stocks form survivors, so I look forward to seeing more snook in the future.
Capt Andy Boyette
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