SW Florida Tarpon
Fishing tips and links


Recommended Reading:

Brett Fitzgerald

The Riverkeepers
John Cronin and Robert F. Kennedy

The Tarpon Book: A Complete Angler's Guide
by Frank Sargeant

Backcountry Fly Fishing in Salt Water: An Innovative Guide to Some of the Finest and Most Interesting Fishing in Salt Water
by Doug Swisher, Mike Gouse (Illustrator), Carl Richards

Carp on the Fly - A Flyfishing Guide
by Barry Reynolds

Fishing in SW Florida

Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, Big Jacks

Catch and release fishing only

Trips for more than one angler can be arranged but small boats are designed for one angler and the guide. Experienced fishermen welcome to bring their favorite gear, I provide appropriate tackle.
Fish from first light (negotiable). No long boat rides.
All inclusive: guide, boat, licenses, soft drinks. Insured. Fishing from a
Hewes Bayfisher

No smoking on board.
Photographs taken. Bring your camera.
Wildlife - otters, alligators, raccoons, manatees. Great birding - herons, eagles, ibis, egrets, storks, and many others.

Photo courtesy of SFWMD

Click for Fort Myers, Florida Forecast

Trips usually start from Sweetwater Landings off SR 31. You can click on the map above for driving instructions.

For an aerial view check out the TerraServer site.

Bird Island

The Fishing

The waters of southwest Florida have their origins deep in the heart of the state. Fresh water from rain and springs feeds numerous creeks and streams which flow into the Caloosahatchee River. Water is also released from Lake Okeechobee into the ICW through a system of locks to the Caloosahatchee's vast estuary. The river then flows into Pine Island Sound and the Gulf of Mexico.
It is the tidal area, east of Fort Myers and some 15 miles from the Gulf that I hunt fish. Though miles wide at places, the many islands and creeks almost always provide shelter from the wind. It is this rich estuary that many fish winter and many more spawn in the spring.
The estuary is the life blood of our fishery. Giant snook winter there, 100 pound plus tarpon frequent the deep pools and channels while schools of reds, jacks, ladyfish, and other species feed in the shallow bays and creeks that teem with bait. The area has extensive mangrove shorelines, grass flats, sheltered bays and structure, structure, structure. It's great fishin'.

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