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Dave Pecci

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Charlotte Harbor Fishing Conditions: A strong cold front settled in on Wednesday of last week with very strong winds which killed the tarpon fishing. There was a small bite on Wednesday before the winds picked up. The Boca Grande Kids Classic Tarpon Tournament was cancelled on Saturday due to rough water and the adult tourney landed 22 fish on Thursday and ZERO on Friday… The schools of tarpon moved offshore and even if they hadn’t the beaches were so rough and churned up we couldn’t fish. The wind is still blowing 20+NNE today (Sunday). Things will settle down over the next day or so. We did have good luck on the snook both Friday and Saturday though.

Other Species Fished for This Week: Snook and Redfish

Fly Fishing Technics: We staked up on the shoals until the conditions made it impossible to fish. Then we worked areas in the sound for laid up tarpon. When the wind came on even stronger late in the week we went snook fishing.

Tarpon Fishing Tip of the Week: Fishing the shoals on high wind and swells can be challenging. The Tarpon run deep and are hard to spot until they are almost under the boat. Switching to a sink tip or even a shooting head line and a weighted fly will allow for quick casts and a fast sink.

Charlotte Harbor Fishing Outlook: Strong to moderate NE winds will persist until mid-week this will allow for pretty good beach fishing conditions though the passes will be choppy and churned up. The tarpon should return and the bite will be back on.

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.