Tarpon have shown up big time. A good starting point is off the Wiggins 5 mils, Gh, Mays Reefs, the Twin Towers, and the bait mark off Ft. Myers Beach, all the way to Point Ybel, Knapp's Point and points north in 16–30 feet of water. That's all I've got to say about that!
Keep your eyes peeled and bring some Sabikki Rigs with baitthin near the bridges. The deeper marks are holding grouper, scads of snapper, and some decent cobia returns; good stuff. Cobia are taking eel imitation plugs, big bait-tipped jigs, and Hooggie soft plastics in black, pink, and red. Run the close reefs and look for bait pods; that's where the cobs a poons are; don't be surprised if you hook up a smoker king. Good luck!
Flats anglers are in for a real treat with reds, snook, trout, sheepies, black drum all on a chew; bring plenty of shrimp, bait still a tad thin at least this week. Good mid-morning tides, bring chum and pack a lunch, you should be able to stay busy! My guys are plugging, baiting, fly flapping, and wildly thrashing the rivers and feeder creeks for the mess of baby plus tarpon in the Imperial, Cape Coral canals, and (from what I hear) the rivers feeding into Charlotte Harbor. Trout bites were reported hot in Matlacha with limits the norm; get out the frying pan. Big reds reported up on Joslyn and the Fish Shacks further north.
Bye, gotta fly!
Capt.'s Corner: Tarpon, give me a call; we’re on ‘em!!
Capt. Ron Kowalyk: 239-267-9312