Boca Grande - Charlotte Harbor, Florida -
tarpon, snook and redfish fishing season - Gulf coast fishing season
guides will tell you tarpon season is May and
While May and June are great months to fish for
tarpon, by following the migration my tarpon season runs from
late February all of the way
through the end of November. Here is a brief rundown of how my
Late February I leave my home waters of
Charlotte Harbor and travel south to meet the
migration head on. We fish the vast backcountry of
the Florida Everglades and the 10,000 Islands
exclusively March through mid-April.
return home to the Boca Grande area in mid-April
where the tarpon are pouring in. Hordes of baitfish
have moved to the shallow water.
The gathering begins.
May-August this is the peak of the tarpon season in
the Boca Grande/Charlotte Harbor area. The first
half of the season we are primarily fishing along
the beaches. Sight casting to large pods of fish.
pods or social groups average 30-100+ fish. Quite
the sight to see for sure. These fish gather and go
offshore in huge pods to spawn several times during
this time of year.
Later in the season the fish
start to gather in Charlotte Harbor to rest and feed
before they make their journey back south.
the second half of the season we are sight casting
artificial lures to tarpon rolling and feeding on
the surface. This is why August is my favorite month
of the whole season here in my home area.
Late September we head
back down to the Everglades. Once again getting
the migration. The backcountry of the Florida
Everglades is the perfect place for the tarpon to
feed before heading back to the Atlantic, Caribbean
and beyond for the winter.
fall migration offers some of the most consistent
fishing of the year. Boat traffic and fishing
pressure are close to nonexistent and the tarpon are
every bit as big and plentiful as in the spring.
If solitude and big tarpon are what you are after,
October and November in the Everglades is where it is at.
For more information on our fishing adventures in
the Florida Everglades:
we come back home just in time. The snook are feeding up for winter and redfish are
in abundance on the outside bars as well as around
the mangroves. As we enter into our winter the tides
are low and the water is clear. There are still
snook around on the flats on the warmer days and the
bigger fish are back in the rivers and area canals.
Seatrout are all over this time of year. As we get
into January and February they move to the
shallowest water and sit in the potholes and on the
edges of the grass. They provide excellent top water
plug and fly rod action. These are not the smallish
trout usually caught over the grass flats. They are
the gator trout, 20" plus, you might have heard
of the tropical climate we have great inshore
fishing throughout the year. Snook, redfish, and
trout are year round residents of our area. Even the
coldest months of the year the many mangrove
islands, creeks, and sheltered back bays provide
ample cover out of the wind for our fishing. Even
when it is freezing up north, most days we are
catching fish down here.
Fishing is all
we do year round. Tarpon are my species of choice (if
you havenít figured
that out already). We fish for tarpon exclusively
for just about 9 months a year. The rest of the year
snook and redfish are the main target.
Weather patterns affect the fishing more than
anything else. Tides are also important.
If you are planning a trip please call or email.
I will give you a rundown on the species and best
days to fish around the time that you will be here.
One thing you might not know about me...
I really love to fish!..lol
For information and reservations:
Capt. Mark Bennett
For more information
on our fishing adventures in the Florida Everglades:
Tarpon, Snook and
Redfish - light tackle and fly fishing charters with fishing guide Capt. Mark Bennett
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