September and the First 2 Weeks of October 2020 Fishing Report Naples, FL and The Ten Thousand Islands

What a great month September was. The weather was somewhat cooperative and the bite was off the hook. My groups were dodging rain storms and even a tropical storm, and doing it with a smile. Water and air temperatures were breaking records in the lows, which made for optimal fishing conditions. Featured below is Phyl with her first Redfish and Tom with his first Snook.

The bite only picked up as the rain fell. I have been having my clients use a combination of Jigs, Soft Plastic, and Live Baits. All baits have been working to great expectations. Below is Vincent with his first and SECOND Snook.

Then we have a couple of escapees from Wisconsin, having a great time skipping out on responsibilities. All in all, everyone is having a great time here in South West Florida.

October started off with a bang as the beginning of the Mullet run has started. Redfish have been moving in on almost every point. It is officially Red October! Along with the Redfish, the Tarpon have started their fall migration to the south. I am going to hope that it last as long as last years (December). Pictured below is a estimated 150lb Tarpon that my angler, Mike, caught after a grueling hour long battle.

And the bite just keeps on going, with the Snook and Reds hanging together, as the Brodericks found out.

I believe this fall is going to be phenomenal! SW Florida has clean water , a Hell of a bait hatch that happened this summer, and all the Resorts, Hotels, Air B&Bs, and most importantly, the restaurants are all open and serving at full capacity (yeahew). The restaurants are happy to cook your catch. Featured below is a catch cooked 3 ways by Island Gypsy in Ft.Myers, Fl, for a couple of my clients

Let me know if want to get in on some of the action – 239-325-7109. Until then, tight lines, Captain Jim Fortman


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