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Dave Pecci

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Charlotte Harbor / Pine Island Sound Tarpon Fly Fishing Report

Fishing Conditions: Early in the week the fishing was all but perfect with increased numbers of tarpon cruising the beaches each day. By mid-week the southeast and southeast winds caused swells and poor visibility. Many of the tarpon moved off the beach and the ones still there were running deep and very hard to spot in time to make a decent presentation. We fished the backcountry Friday with great success on reds and snook.

Other Species Fished for This Week: Reds, jacks and snook in the backcountry of Pine Island Sound.

Fly Fishing Technics: We spent most of the week either poling or staked out on the shoals of Charlotte Harbor’s barrier Islands. A few tarpon were also cruising the beaches.

Tarpon Fishing Tip of the Week: When the wind picks up and water clarity drops swap to a fast sinking fly and possibly a sink tip line to get down to the strike zone  fast.

Charlotte Harbor/ Pine Island Fishing Outlook: The weather is forecasted to stabilize. Water temps will be in the 80s. The beaches should settle down and the tarpon should be showing up in good numbers. There are tarpon on the shoals in Charlotte Harbor and those numbers will increase with the big afternoon tides.

FMI and additional reports: Capt. Dave Pecci, “Obsession Sportfishing Charters, Orvis Endorsed fly fishing and light tackle guide, Eastern Charlotte Harbor, Ding Darling Refuge and Pine Island Sound.