Yesterday was a beautiful day on the water. As I left my house in my boat before sunrise I was a little nervous as it was quit chilly, the tide was ultra low coming off the full moon and assisted by the north wind plus I didn’t think I’d be able to get shiners/bait after the recent cold front. Turned out the bait was easy to get and, as soon as the sun popped up it warmed up quickly. I picked up long time client KL Spear and his daughter Sarah and her husband Ben and was still worried about the low tide which was bottoming out at 9am. We headed to the backcountry to fish this 1/4 mile long trough that’s surrounded by flats. The flats were mostly mud so I was hoping the fish were in the trough. We immediately started catching fish and as we moved up an down the trough we caught fish for over two hours. Nothing hug but great action. Double headers were numerous and even had a triple. Pompano, jacks, big ladyfish and the highlight was four permit that we caught. I rarely catch permit in the backcountry. A couple were very small but it was a thrill just catching them. We actually got bored fishing and catching fish in the trough so we went further into a backcountry creek and lost two big fish we couldn’t stop. It was also a good wildlife day as we saw wild pigs, bald eagles and numerous dolphins. Overall a great crystal clear morning with some great anglers. Merry Christmas!
The Bonita finally showed up close enough to shore for me to fish for them. We usually start seeing them in October but this year they’ve been scarce, maybe because we’ve had such a warm fall. I had angler and excellent fly caster George Benson on the boat last Friday and he boated seven Bonita up to 9 lbs. Pound for pound they are our best fishing fighting fish in our area. When they’re feeding, as they were Friday they’re easy to catch and run like hell. There a beautiful blueish, greenish silver color and they are built for speed. They’re dorsal fins collapse into a slot and the pectoral fins fold into a pocket so they can swim in excess of 25 miles per hour. The Bonito’s speed is incredible. Its fusiform body is the model of hydrodynamic perfection, reducing drag so that it may swim faster, farther, and more efficient than other fish. Nice job George.
In the backcountry fishing continues to be good. Redfish, snook, trout, pompano, snapper and other species are being caught. I still have a few openings for Christmas week so give me a call, 239-450-9230 – Capt. Mark Ward
Fishing continues to be very good as the air temps are in the 80’s and the water in the 70’s. I’ve had both fly and spin trips this past week. Although the snook fishing has slowed we’re still catching some nice snook. Redfish have been very active as well as a host of other species including trout, triple tail, black drum, snapper, bonita and more. Going forward we have good tides this next week with low water mid to late morning which is especially good for fly fishing. I still have openings for christmas week so give me a call. Below are some recent pics. I love the beautiful redfish with all the spots.