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Florida Tarpon Fishing Report July 5th 2017

BOCA GRANDE, FLORIDA TARPON FISHINGWe are now getting into the best part of the season.  The crowds of May and June have gone.  The tarpon are happier and so am I.

There are a lot of differences in the fishing this time of year.  The most noticeable is the boat traffic.  After the big 4th of July weekend Boca Grande is a different place altogether.  As most of my clients and friends know, this is my favorite time of the season.

Here in the Boca Grande area peak tarpon season is May-August.  I still have a few openings this month as well as August.

In 2016 we had another great fall season tarpon fishing in the Everglades.  As usual the fall migration did not disappoint.  It doesn’t matter if you fish with spinning rods or fly tackle, tarpon fishing the Everglades is an adventure you will not forget.  October and November are prime time for tarpon in the Everglades.

All of my open dates in November are already booked, but I still have October 5th, 6th, 7th, 13th, 16th, 17th, 21st-23rd, 29th-31st.

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Keep the line tight and bow when they jump!

Capt. Mark Bennett
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Fishing Report September 29th, 2016

Good news and bad news…

glades11-500Today was my last day on the water here in my home area for a while.  This morning along the beach of Boca Grande there were literally thousands of dead baitfish and catfish.  Yes, unfortunately the red tide is here.  I have heard it is from Venice all the way down past Sanibel.  This time of year it sometimes shows up.  It usually lingers from a couple weeks to a month or so in varying degrees.  It mostly kills bottom fish.  Catfish, pinfish, grunts and mullet seem to be the most susceptible.  Snook and redfish generally leave the areas red tide shows up.  Tarpon will actually feed on the small fish as they are dying.  That is what I have been up to this past week.  Red tide makes a hell of a chum slick.

The Einstein’s at the FWC say it is a natural occurring algae bloom.  There is nothing natural about it.  I am convinced it is Obama’s fault…

That is the bad news…

The good news…

FFC3It is that time again.  Time to head back south to Chokoloskee and the 10,000 Islands in order to get ahead of the tarpon on their fall migration.  (and away from the red tide!)  Just like every year, we will be fishing for tarpon in the Everglades right through the end of November.

November is already booked solid, but I still have a couple open days in October.  The fall migration is some of the most exciting tarpon fishing of the year.  Full size tarpon in very shallow water.  It doesn’t get any better.  Fishing for tarpon in the cooler fall temperatures is pretty nice too.

I will be coming back home the 1st of December.  By then the red tide will be long gone and the water will have a chance to return to normal.

If you are thinking about next year, March will be here before you know it!!!  I am already booking for the 2017 tarpon season.


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Keep the line tight and bow when they jump!

Capt. Mark Bennett



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