Southwest FL- Pine Island Sound - Boca Grande and Charlotte Harbor

Tip of the week 

Just about any tactic you want to try is working right now. The edges of the flats are holding sea trout, ladyfish and some jacks. The deep potholes have jacks, trout, bluefish and some redfish around them. The sand flats and mangroves are holding snook of all sizes.

Seven-day forecast 

Perfect morning incoming tides this week. Looks wet on Wednesday otherwise dry. No big winds predicted. Fishing should be great for redfish and snook. Lots of seatrout and ladyfish around too. There are a few jacks and bluefish adding to the catch possibilities. For additional reports check out the Obsession Sportfishing Facebook page: or my blog posts at


I fished the East Wall, Matlacha Pass, Gasparilla Sound, Bull Bay and Turtle Bay last week. The water clarity was very good throughout the Harbor and it should be the same this week. There's a red tide bloom along the beaches from Boca Grande to Manasota Key but it hasn't entered the sounds or bays. Water temps are now in the mid-low 70s. Salinity remains high due to the lack of rain. Fishing conditions are excellent.

Must Have Flies 
Enrico's Tarpon Pinfish 1/0 Buy from
Tarpon Toad Black/purple 2/0 Buy from
Grassett's Deep Flats Bunny White 2 Buy from
Grassett's Snook Minnow 2 Buy from
Dave Pecci

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