Boca Grande - Charlotte Harbor, Florida - Tarpon, Snook and
Redfish fishing report - light tackle and fly fishing charters with fishing guide Capt. Mark Bennett
Boca Grande/Charlotte Harbor area
Fishing Report July 25th, 2018
weather this week has definitely put a damper on our
efforts. It is supposed to get back to our normal
weather pattern by Friday. This time of year the
tarpon are in post spawn mode. Instead of roaming
the area in tight social groups, they are usually
found around a food source. I generally fish with a
variety of swimbaits. Sight casting to fish rolling
and busting bait on the surface. There is a ton of
bait in Charlotte Harbor right now. I expect the
fishing this next month to be awesome.
Most years the tarpon average a
bit smaller than in May and June. This year is
different. The fish we have caught in the last
month have averaged well over 100 pounds. We did
catch a couple smaller ones in the 60-70 pound
range, but they were the exception.
I am sure you have heard about the
red tide event that affected our area last month.
Several groups are pushing a dialogue of doom and
gloom. Contrary to popular belief it is over. It
only affected less than 5% of our area. Charlotte
Harbor is 100% free and clear of red tide. It never
came into the harbor or the rivers. The groups
pushing the doom and gloom are financially
motivated. I thought they had a bunch of people
working for them for free. I just learned they are
paying top dollar to some of these people making
videos and pushing their "fake news" agenda. One
part timer with a failed guide business I just heard
is making $60,000 a year. I heard a couple others
are making a lot more than that. I wonder if he
knows that? Great use of the money people donated
thinking they were doing something good. Just
pathetic. Our beautiful beaches that are usually
crowded with people are vacant. Hotels, condos and
restaurants that are usually full are also vacant.
These groups are hurting the economy of SW Florida
and areas along the East Coast. Luckily for Jenni
and I we have a lot of regular clients so our book
is full as usual. I invite all non-believers to
check out my Instagram and Facebook pages to see how
it's really been. Jenni has been on fire with her
camera. Check out the video we filmed with
Humminbird June 21st. That was right in the middle
when these groups were screaming the loudest. The
real full time guides are too busy entertaining
clients and catching fish to be a part of this.
After all this is the peak of tarpon season. The
other guys are always looking for an excuse for not
having clients or not catching fish.Jenni and I were
so excited to work with Humminbird last month. We
filmed a video about tarpon fishing and how we use
the Solix 15SI and the one boat network every day.
To see this video
only days I still have available for the rest of my
summer Boca Grande/Charlotte Harbor season are
August 18th and 19th.
We are super excited to get back
down south and fish for tarpon in the Everglades and
upper Keys again this fall. November is booked
solid, but I still have a few openings late
September and a few in October.
I will do my best to keep my
fishing report updated. For faster reports with
lots of photos check out our social media.
Till next time,
Captain Mark Bennett
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Boca Grande-Charlotte Harbor, Florida Fishing Report
Tarpon, Snook and
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