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Punta Gorda Fishing Report August 2017

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Being the height of summer, this month is a good time to get out before the sun gets up. Redfish and snook fish best during the cooler morning period. Typically, the water temperature is so warm on the flats I like fishing around outer bar systems adjacent to deeper cuts leading to the open harbor. Just like last month, I’ll still take a look around creek systems during rainy periods on high early morning outgoing tides; but overall, the cooler water adjacent to the open harbor is more consistent for the short available window before it gets too hot. That’s [...]
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Punta Gorda Florida July 2017 Fishing Report

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Understandably, this month begins a period where I prefer fishing early. The cooler morning water temperatures present the best opportunity to look for redfish and snook outside the cover of mangroves where they’ll spend most of the day as soon as the water temperatures rise with the sun. Overall, rainfall amounts factored in with tide help determine where I’ll look on any given day. For instance, if we’re getting consistent afternoon soakers, I like looking around tidal creek areas on an early morning outgoing tide. The east side of the harbor anywhere south of Ponce Park in Punta Gorda and [...]

May 2017 Charlotte Harbor Fishing Report

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After months of working low tides around creeks and adjacent shorelines, it’s time to go tarpon fishing.  Now, that doesn’t mean it’s not a great month to hunt redfish and snook.  In fact, because of all the options, May is one of my favorite months to be on the water.  As for tarpon, they typically begin showing up first in the upper harbor between the West Wall and Punta Gorda. These are resident fish that come out of the rivers and generally eat pretty well.  A free lined live bait or big piece of cut mullet work well. Moreover, If [...]