The rains were persistent the last part of the summer and now we are creeping up on the fall fishing season. The run-off from the interior has the salinity up and down but we really haven’t had a good flushing since the hurricanes of 2004-5. It’s a give-and-take scenario and the folks down here are trying to get a handle on the direct dumping of water on the east and west ends of Okeechobee. I won’t beat a dead horse on this one.
The Snook fishing has been fine, regardless of all the rain. Timing a fishing trip around the weather and condusive moon positions have been tricky, unless you live on the water or on the islands and have time to fish whenever. I live directly on Pine Island Sound and can have a boat in the water within ten minutes of deciding to fish, so I have been able to fish the proper windows of opportunity around the rains and have done very well. Once the rains subside and the weather continues to cool, we should have a great fishing season here in Charlotte Harbor and Pine Island Sound. The seasonal residents are arriving early this year and you should get on the water as soon as possible to avoid the crowds. If you haven’t been kayak/wade fishing with a guide yet, I can tell you it is spiritual.
Taking a guided kayak fishing trip immerses you in the experience and you actually see and catch more fish than if you were in a motorized boat idling through forty-five minutes of manatee zones to get to your hole. That’s an hour-and-a-half of drive time in a four-hour trip, leaving you two-and-a-half hours of actual fishing.
We fish the entirety of our trips when in the kayaks. Once we get to the flats, we get out of the kayaks and wade fish the line in stealth mode.
I specialize in backwater kayak fishing and if you want that experience of a lifetime give me a call or e-mail and we will book a charter.
PS: Your trip will be planned around the moon. Not my bank account.