It’s been a very long time since I posted a Fort Myers fishing report. This spring and summer I was running my Ft Myers Night Fishing Charters With Capt Eric Anderson Fort Myers Night Fishing Charters, or early morning Tarpon fishing charters and there’s not a lot you can write about night fishing other than “we a ton of caught Snook and Tarpon near the dock lights”. Early morning Tarpon fishing also suffers from the same problem, “We went out at first light, saw lots of tarpon, jumped a few and landed a couple’ once again this is not a compelling report.
Now that early fall is here, there is much more to report which lets me post information you can use to catch more fish.
With that in mind, right now there is a great bite going on in the passes (Big Carlos, New Pass, Wiggins Pass, Gordon’s pass). Last Friday my clients from Missouri had one of those memorable days on the water when there were big schools of fish busting the surface everywhere. The schools were a mixed bag of ladyfish, spanish macs, bluefish, jacks, and spec trout. We were casting ½ oz white bucktail jigs and retrieving them with a fast steady action. If you wanted to catch the spec trout you had to get your jig to the bottom and retrieve with a quick hop and drop action, after you managed to fight your way through all the other fish to get the jig to the bottom. I make my bucktail jigs, they’re economical to make and after the ladyfish and bluefish chew all the hair off you can tie on new bucktail and be good to go.
In addition to the fish mentioned above the Pompano have been plentiful all up and down the beaches just run your boat at a slow speed and watching your prop wash for the Pompano jumping and skipping behind the boat. Then turn around punch a waypoint on your chart plotter and start casting a jig to those pomps, it’s great fun and even better eating. They are the only fish that I allow my clients to keep, they are plentiful and they aren’t receiving the relentless pressure that redfish do.
There are still a large number of Tarpon around from Fort Myers beach south, and while you won’t see them busting and chasing the way they do in the springtime they are there and biting. My favorite baits for these fall fish are rattletrap style lures in three-quarter ounce, and don’t forget to throw top water any time of the day because the Tarpon have been hitting top water even in the middle of the day, the only problem with that is keeping everything else off the top water bait to give the Tarpon a chance.