The Month of August and the First Week of September

The month of August was slow and restful; repairs made to the Skiff, yard work, and Kim’s surgery.  On the other side, custom fishing rod builds kept me busy in the shop.

Rain came virtually every day with heavy downpours and flooding.  Not our usual afternoon rains, with morning storms prevalent.  All of this made charters difficult to book. On the positive side, spillway action has been great for Snook and Tarpon.

If you are into ditch fishing, check out Travis’s Facebook Page, Ditch Fishing 101.

Pictured below is one of our local spillways overflowing. Taken on 8/28/17.

Down in the Ten Thousand Islands, the fishing has been productive, when you can get out around the weather.  Snook and Tarpon have been hanging around the rivers and river mouths, waiting for any Shad or freshwater fish to swim by. Redfish and Black Drum have been chewing, along the outside oyster bars and island points on the incoming tide. Also, numerous varieties of Shark have been abundant in the outside bays of the Ten Thousand Islands and passes.

The offshore bite has been great for those that venture deep into the Gulf of Mexico, weather permitting. Mentionable catches include Red Grouper, Yellowtail Snapper, Vermilion Snapper, and Lane Snapper.  Best bite was in water between 70 and 100 feet.

Pictured below is a trip 45 miles West of Naples with good friends from A&M Marine Services.

Sunrise at 40 mph, 40 miles offshore.

sunrise out 40miles at 40mph

Captains and their catch at the filet table.  #Merica

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