Fishing Season: January - May

Southwest FL- Pine Island Sound - FL

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

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Dave Pecci's Tip of the Week

Moving water is key to finding where the fish are staged.

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Map of Southwest FL- Pine Island Sound

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Capt. Dave Pecci

5-Day Outlook as of 10/3/23

We are transitioning to fall fishing. Shorter days and the water is cooling a bit.

Techniques & Tips as of 10/3/23

Holes and edges along mangrove keys should be holding snook and reds now. Mimic baitfish being swept through by the current.

Current Conditions as of 10/3/23

We are now into the rainy season. Typical conditions this month is an offshore breeze in the early morning with a sea breeze building in the afternoon. Along with the afternoon sea breeze comes the rain and thunderstorms. Water temps are in the mid 80s. The water is a bit cloudy due to the rain.

Local Species Available January - May

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    Sea Trout

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    Jack Crevalle

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    Spanish Mackerel and more

Dave Pecci's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Puglisi Floating Minnow N/A 1/0
Cowen's Mullet N/A 2/0
Grassett's Deep Flats Bunny N/A 2
Grassett's Snook Minnow N/A 2

Puglisi Floating Minnow

This salt water fly pattern is sure to induce a striking response.

Dave Pecci's Recommended Gear

Description: About Southwest FL- Pine Island Sound

Pine Island Sound, Boca Grande and Charlotte Harbor includes the communities of; Cape Coral, Punta Gorda, Pine Island, Matlacha, Sanibel & Captiva, Boca Grande, Gasparilla and Cape Haze. Charlotte Harbor is Florida’s second largest estuary encompassing 270 square miles. Over 80% of its shoreline is preserved land. There are more than 15 boat ramps and many kayak access point on the Harbor providing easy access to great fishing. A tranquil getaway on Florida’s Southwest Gulf Coast and a premier fly fishing destination. The redfish, snook and seatrout fishing is among the very best in SW Florida. Spring tarpon fishing in the sound, passes, and along the beaches is world-class. Other species include Spanish mackerel, jack crevalle, bluefish, cobia, bonito, snapper, and flounder. The area offers mangroves, grass flats, canals, beach fronts, passes, and artificial reefs. The fishing and exploring possibilities are endless. Sight fishing is exciting along the flats and mangroves of the Ding Darling National Refuge or Gasparilla Island. Blind casting the grass flats of Pine Island Sound is very productive. On windy days Matlacha Pass and Cape Haze provides shelter and consistent action. There are over ten area boat ramps that make for short runs to productive fishing.

Nearest Airport:

RSW Ft. Myers / PDG Punta Gorda

Bait Recommendations:

Shrimp, crabs, pinfish, glass minnows, whitebait (threadfin Herring and scaled sardines)