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Fort Myers Fishing Report on June 9, 2016

The summer fishing pattern has arrived:  Although the water remains clear, it seems like Tropical Storm Colin will change that. Snapper and Snook Fishing remains good!  Most of the Snook have been smaller but we did release a 37′ Snook yesterday. While the Redfish remain on the stubborn side, the Trout bite has been steady with some nice fish up to 26″. Tarpon is an early bite so get your baits and try to be ready to fish around sun up. The fish seem to eat early and then loose interest. There has been an afternoon bite for Tarpon on the big outgoing tide as well so good luck and tight lines.

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Charter Fishing Update | Fort Myers | Sanibel

It has been a long, but exciting Charter Fishing Season here in Fort Myers and Sanibel and I apologize for the lack or the non-existent Blog Posting! This spring has been a different one, with many late cold fronts and more wind than we would like, but that’s all part of fishing right? The bait was extremely tough this year, but, while I’m complaining, it’s all turned around…

Tarpon Fishing Charters

This Tarpon Fishing season has been tough with, again, a lot of wind, but we have had some great days with the best being 12 tarpon jumped. We released 3, with some nice pics, had to break off 4

Tarpon Charter Fishing Trip in Fort Myers

Tarpon Charter Fishing Trip in Fort Myers

due to bull sharks. and … well, you know what happened to the rest! Bow to the King Tarpon, but he still wins sometimes.

Backwater Fishing Charters

The backwater bite has been up and down, but some really nice Mangrove Snapper have been around with a lot of 15″ to 16″ fish.

Snook Fishing Charters

Snook is catch and release, but has been very consistent with some fish over 30″.

Redfish Charter Fishing

Redfish have been hit and miss but when we are finding them they are primarily  slot fish with some over sized. Trout is usually a sure deal in the spring with a lot of gators around. The numbers have been down but most of the fish are legal with quite a few over 20″. there is not as much to complain about as i thought. Thats a summary of our spring fishing with much more to come. Look for at least one blog a week to keep you in toon with our fabulous fishery. Tight Lines

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Mistaken Identity

The weather and the water temp are still making the fishing this week on the difficult side. Still catching some reds and trout along with sheep head and black drum, a few jacks and snapper as well. Hooked one snook all week and lost it but it was small. The water has come up into the low 60’s but we have a front on our heels not as cold we hope. On an afternoon trip I was really struggling and had to get on a bite so I found a good bite on small trout and lady fish. Nothing great but we were catching. All the sudden one of the guys hooks a big pompano. it was a great fight and on ice it went. Second biggest pompano I had ever caught and then we hooked a nice bluefish. We moved on from there and caught a bunch of reds ranging from 16-30″, turned out to be one of the best trips of the week.

So with that being said I had pompano on the brain. Having another tough day I moved in for some trout just to get a bite going and we caught one keeper and a bunch of shorts. I noticed another boat nearby had caught a few pompano and they left so I moved into that area and hooked into what seemed like a nice pompano but when we got a look at it I though it was a small permit so we released it. Now we really start to get into them and most were smaller than the first one and they looked like pompano so we kept 2 and probably caught 10 others.

Back to the ramp to clean up some delicious pompano, these fish were 13″ to the fork and pompano have to be 11″ so nice ones. As I get ready to filet the fish the FWC officer ask me about the catch and I say we have 2 pompano but released a bunch because that’s all my client wanted. As he took a closer look and said they were permit and showed me how the dorsal fin was longer, one he wasn’t sure  but one was definitely a permit and as I filleted the fish I could tell they were both permit by the meat and size of the filet’s. The officer told me that the bag limit on permit was 2 and was I lucky that day. By the way we ate the permit and it was delicious but next time the permit will be released.

Tight Lines

Captain Clarence Reed

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Bye Bye Baitfish

With the continuing cold fronts and the water temperatures dipping below 60 the bait fish have headed out to deeper and a bit warmer water. Hello shrimpies, not sure if that’s a word but that’s the bait we will be using if it continues to stay colder. Sheep head are not my favorite target by a long shot but if the redfish and trout are being shy then sheep head it is.

The first cold morning that’s exactly what I did, After trying to get some reds and trout to bite unsuccessfully, we ended up with 13 keeper sheep head and a few black drum. As the water started creeping towards 60 I shifted back to the reds and trout and by the way snook do not like cold water that’s why I have not mentioned them. The bite was not on fire but we did catch some reds and small trout a few pompano and some big sheep head. Hoping the water temp rises and the bait returns but until then we will keep shrimping on. Tight lines.

Captain Clarence Reed

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The Best, WOW

As I sip my coffee and write this article I reflect back to my morning breakfast with redfish Charlie in Canada this fall. Mostly we would talk about fishing and sports but life as well. Charlie Thompson lived life to the fullest and enjoyed every minute of it that I noticed. We had a great trip to Canada, one that I will never forgot and all the time I spent with Charlie was just fun. I’ll miss that laugh and all the times he would say, “WOW” among other phrases.

We would fish a bunch in the spring and Charlie loved to catch fish and was a great cook as well. I remember one trip in particular when Charlene, Charlie’s wonderful wife was with us and we were on a school of reds which were mostly over sized but we did get our limit. This is when we gave Charlie his name redfish Charlie because he loved to catch redfish and even more share them on the table with family and friends. By the way Charlene caught the biggest redfish that day.

I look back at all the great times we had and all the great fishing trips and feel lucky to have such a great friend who I miss a lot. The spring wont be the same without Charlie texting me from the hotel with the binocular’s giving me the update on the tarpon migration. We lost a great man who loved his family and friends and life it self. Charlie was a muskie fisherman at heart but he is still known as Redfish Charlie to me. Farewell my friend L/U  PS He loved mangrove snapper too!!                                                                                           .photo (4)IMG_0957

Winter has arrived

We have had several strong cold fronts come through with not much of a chance to warm back up. With this being said the water temperatures have stayed below 65 for sometime and some lows around 58. This changes the game in a hurry and we need some new tactics for success. I will start to carry shrimp on my Sanibel fishing charters and Fort myers fishing charters and catching live bait as well but what happens is the fish slow down due to the colder water temps and they may not want to chase a bait fish down.

If this is the case then i go to a shrimp on a jig head 1/4 ounce or less and work them slow. We still are focusing on the redfish, snook and trout but we will also target sheepshead and black drum and some snapper and jacks. Its hard to complain about highs in the 60’s but this can make us work a bit more for our fish. Tight Lines.

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Winter has arrived briefly

This week the fishing was really fun. One day we did get offshore and caught bonita one after the other and what a tough fighting fish. In the backcountry the snook bite has been good and some bigger fish are starting to show up. The redfish have been a bit scattered but still catching quite a few along with some gator trout to 25″. A cold front will arrive tonight so temperatures will drop but its supposed to bounce back in a few days so i don’t see any significant changes.

Tight Lines

Capt. Clarence Reed006

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Bull Redfish

Due to the warm weather and low winds we were able to do a cool trip today. We headed out around the sanibel lighthouse and in to the gulf. We were only about a mile off the beach and the birds and pelicans were on a huge bait pob. I knew I found the fish and as we pulled our baits behind the boat we noticed big boils in the water.

Our first three or four strikes were either not hooked or cut off. Then we hooked a big bull redfish, wow what a fight and a beautiful fish. We caught a few more redfish and some sharks and got cut off a few more times. In the clear water I could see tarpon swimming through the bait and taking mouthfuls of bait but they were not keying on a single bait so we did not hook one. But it was a great day to catch and watch this feeding frenzy. There were redfish, tarpon, bonita, kingfish and sharks just having there way in a sea of bait.

Tight Lines

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Redfish Charters

The bite is on!!

This week has been really good for the big 3, snook, redfish and big gator trout are all biting in our area. The water temperature remains in the low 70’s and the fish are chewing. Bait is very abundant and the we are able to chum and get the fish on the feed. We are enjoying fairly warm weather and the fall fishing has been good. Come on out with sea reed charters for the pine island slam, snook, redfish, and sea trout.

Tight Lines

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New Website for Sea Reed Charters!

Okay, we knew we needed a responsive website and a mobile friendly website, so I called E’s Website Design in Fort Myers and she made it happen right away, with a whole new modern look and feel.  Thank You Eleina and Erik!

I will be sharing about my Charter Fishing Trips soon!

Now I will start blogging regularly, so you can look forward to my stories and pictures from some local Charter Fishing Trips. I will tell true stories about the Tarpon we caught, how many Snook and Redfish, who was on board, how the fish fought, and plenty more!