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Fishing reports and news from the waters of Pine Island and all of Southwest Florida.

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  • Pine Island Flies
    on Jan 12, 2017
  • COLD Out There!!!
    on Jan 9, 2017
    On my charter last Friday afternoon I saw a high water temp of 74.5 degrees just north of Matlacha. Here's what it was on the same flat this morning: That's a really significant drop after Saturday's cold front but fortunately it happened over two...
  • Foggy Morning Snook And Reds Off Matlacha
    on Jan 6, 2017
    I could barely see past the bow of my boat this morning but we still managed to have a decent day of snook and reds on the fly thanks to local angler Clem Cleveland. Accurate casting makes all the difference in tough conditions this time of year.
  • January On Pine Island, 2017
    on Jan 3, 2017
    If there is one fish that anglers consider to be the Holy Grail of all saltwater species, it’s the permit. Nothing is more difficult to fool with a fly, pulls harder when hooked, or looks better in a photograph than these big crab eaters.  Per...
  • First Fish Of 2017
    on Jan 1, 2017
  • Late December Redfish
    on Dec 29, 2016
    We've had two weeks of exceptional weather for the end of the year and the fishing can't be better. The big reds have been all over Matlacha Pass and if you can drop a live shrimp or well tied crab fly in front of them you should get a quick eat. T...
  • New Beavertail Mosquito Video
    on Dec 19, 2016
    Be sure to watch this one on the full screen setting. Beavertail Skiffs: Mosquito from Beavertail Skiffs on Vimeo.
  • Winter White Pelicans In Matlacha Pass
    on Dec 17, 2016
    I love these big migratory birds and look forward to seeing them this time each year. White pelicans are almost twice as large as their brown cousins and much more photogenic.
  • Very Low Tides Off Pine Island
    on Dec 12, 2016
    This is a common sight on almost every flat in Matlacha Pass this week, at least for a few hours.  In case you don't know what you're looking at, those are crab traps on the Indian Fields and they're normally covered with water.  We've got...
  • Christmas Is Coming
    on Dec 8, 2016
    Here's my article from this month's Coastal Angler Magazine.  Hope it helps some of you doing a bit of shopping.With Christmas coming at the end of the month, some of you might be thinking about picking up a first saltwater fly rod for yourself...
  • December On Pine Island
    on Dec 4, 2016
    Saltwater fly fishing is not just a game for the shallow water crowd.  It’s true that the sport is mainly embraced by anglers with flats skiffs and kayaks here in SW Florida, but folks running the larger bay boats and center consoles should al...
  • Beavertail Skiffs Demo Day On Matlacha
    on Dec 2, 2016
    If you're looking for a new toy from Santa stop by the Old Fish House Marina on Matlacha tomorrow from 10AM to 4PM and check out the latest Beavertail Skiffs.  They'll have a pair of all new Mosquitoes, as well as a Micro, Strike and V...
  • Still Some Red Tide, But Plenty Of Redfish Around Pine Island
    on Nov 28, 2016
    Yes, we're still getting over the lingering red tide that killed a lot of bait (and quite a few gamefish,) in Charlotte Harbor and along our Gulf beaches.  This has been going on for over two weeks now and is finally dissipating enough that I'm...
  • Pine Island Fly Fishing Club Meeting On 11/28
    on Nov 27, 2016
    The monthly Pine Island Fly Fishing Club meeting will happen on Monday, Nov. 28th at the Matlacha Community Park Civic Center at 6:30 PM.  Parking is free and we only ask a $3 donation to cover the cost of renting the hall.  This is always...
  • Winter Pompano Are Here Early
    on Nov 22, 2016
    The best tasting fish on the flats of Pine Island is also one of the best fighting for their size, especially on the fly. Pompano are a common catch over the deeper grass flats right now, especially for the folks dropping shrimp-tipped jigs on the b...
  • New Beavertail Skiffs At The Ft. Myers Boat Show
    on Nov 18, 2016
    Stop by the Ft. Myers Boat today through Sunday and you can check out hundreds of different boats from kayaks to million dollar yachts.  Two of the newest Beavertail skiffs will be there, a Vengeance and Mosquito, will also be on display and off...
  • Overslot Fish From Pine Island Sound
    on Nov 12, 2016
    I had one of my long time anglers on the bow throwing the fly today and he didn't disappoint.  Clem landed a 28" red and a 24" trout on the same shrimp pattern with his 8-wt.  That trout was the largest one I've ever had anybody bring in wi...
  • Fishing Cuba
    on Nov 8, 2016
    Beavertail Micro on the Cuban Flats.  Photo by Alex Suescun.This month's issue of Saltwater Sportsman magazine features a great article about fishing the famous Zapata flats with Enridan Outfitters in Cuba.  I met the managers of this...
  • November On Pine Island
    on Nov 3, 2016
    From this month's Coastal Angler Magazine: November means one thing to me as a fishing guide in SW Florida: negative low tides. Seeing that little minus symbol on the tide charts when the lows happen just after sunrise and just before sunset is almo...
  • Back From Vacation
    on Oct 29, 2016
    We spent the last week in western North Carolina and here are some shots to remind everyone what fall looks like. Quite awesome, if you ask me.
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