|I would have to say that most of my charter fishing clients use spinning gear. Easy to cast and with the newer braided lines you can cast a mile. Whether its live bait, casting top water plugs, or jigging the deep holes, anglers of all ages and skill levels tend to do this type of fishing. Fishing live bait is still our first choice for bait, so a fishing charter usually starts with a stop for bait, a couple of throws of|
the cast net and out to the fishing grounds. I use sunny custom rods with Okuma (EPIXOR) reels spooled up with 15 lb. power pro. If you have a favourite fishing
rod & reel, bring it along, I am more then willing to show you how to rig it for snook, redfish, tarpon or trout.
|For the ultimate challenge, fly fishing is the way to go. I get anglers from all around the world that come to southwest Florida to fly fish for our tarpon, snook and redfish.. It’s here, deep in the back country of the 10,000 islands, where we will pole the endless mangrove shorelines and hunt these local fish. I carry all the new Orvis products such as the Helios rods (the lightest saltwater fly rod ever made) and the Battenkill reels. I am an ORVIS (www.orvis.com) endorsed fly fishing guide and I am an instructor at the Everglades Angler Fly school here in Naples, FL.|
|Here's an excerpt from an article by Capt. Tim as it appeared in Florida SportFishing Magazine
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|Whether you are fishing with spinning tackle or flyfishing, depending on the season, tides, and weather conditions we target a variety of fish species. Snook may be Florida's most sought after game
There are 3 sub-species of snook and the biggest and baddest is the
common snook. The snook can be found along the beaches outside the inlets and passes, inshore on the flats and around the mangrove islands. The snook grows to upwards of 30 pounds and known for their endurance,strong runs
and flashy jumps
The tarpon (aka the "Silver King") is found throughout Florida, from juveniles found back amongst the protected waters of the mangrove islands, and out to the open channels and near shore waters. The tarpon is best known for their hard strikes and high flying aerial acrobatics. Whether you're casting top water plugs,fly's or live bait fishing be ready for a drag screaming fight. Don't forget to bow to the KING !!!!!!!!!!!! When fishing the back country you will find tarpon in the 10 to 30 pound range up to 75 pounds. The larger tarpon weigh in at 100 to 150 pounds while monster tarpon can exceed 200 with the possibility of reaching 250 pounds.
Another of the most sought after game fish in Florida is the red drum or redfish and found throughout Florida and much of the gulf coast. Redfish as a rule are usually found "tailing" in the vast shallow grass flats that abound from Naples to the 10,000 Islands. This tailing action is a great time to lay the fly gently down in front of the redfish. They can also be found around the edges of oyster bars. In very shallow water, redfish will tip down to feed and expose their tail above the surface. Shrimp and crab, seaducers, minnows and other crustacean flies are the top producers for redfish. Best known for their drag screaming runs, hard fighting, redfish rank near the top of all targeted species in Southwest Florida. Most common from 1-12 pounds in southwest Florida. Large "bull" redfish are 30 pounds with the possibility of up to 50 pounds.
One of the most common and a mainstay for year round fishing in
Naples, Estero Bay, Marco Island and the 10,000 Islands is the spotted sea trout or sea trout. Sea trout are found practically in all Florida
waters, but are most commonly caught along grassy, shallow flats or inland waters. Trout move into slow-moving or still, shallow water in cold weather. Sea trout ar not as strong as a redfish or snook, but a strong striker.
Use light gear and the better the fight. May jump and put on a good show, but no long runs. When caught with snook, redfish and tarpon, you have your "Inshore Slam" a real accomplishment when flyfishing.
The Naples, Marco Island area is an out-doorman's paradise. It stands as the gateway to Florida's 10,000 Islands, which is part of Everglades National Park. It's the second largest national preserve in the country. Among these mangrove islands are many different species of birds, wildlife, and isolated beaches to discover.
If you get tired of fishing or want to stretch your legs, these beaches hold vast shell deposits undisturbed by man. The 10,000 Islands offer solitude and the rare chance to walk the islands without crowded beaches and the pressure of civilization.
See dolphins and manatees up close in their natural environment. Birds such as the osprey, white and brown pelicans, great blue heron, roseate spoonbill, snowy egret, and the white ibis just to name a few. Once you have been here, you will never forget the subtle, endless beauty of this unique subtropical wilderness.
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