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Tuesday, 12 April 2011 05:50

Florida West Coast Report 04-12-10

Written by Steve Gibson
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Florida West Coast Report 04-12-10 Photograph by Steve Gibson

In South West Florida spring kayak fishing has been at its best. There are endless options in my region. I have been finding fish on the flats, bridges, beaches and dock lights at night. The Snook have been eating flies very well. The fly of choice has been the Clouser in a Chartreuse/White pattern. When fishing the dock lights for these line siders I prefer to use a Temple Fork Outfitters TICRX Rod in a 9WT which allows the angler to put good pressure on the fish to keep the fish out of the structure.


A quality fly line such as AirFlo , in a floating 9Wt with a long 10-12ft leader with a 20# fluorocarbon tippet will work best. There is one thing I have learned about Snook fishing in the dock lights and that’s keep your fly line out of the lighted area as much as possible. Snook will spook very easy and the bite will shut down after a few casts though the light. Fly placement is critical. If you’re looking to target a larger Snook don’t get tunnel vision on the fish you are seeing in the lights. Fish the dark edges and the surrounding areas allowing your fly to sink near the bottom; this is where I find the larger Snook to be waiting to ambush the bait. Snook may not be the only fish lurking in the darkness. It’s very common to catch many other species such as Speckled Trout, Redfish, Ladyfish, Flounder and Tarpon as well.


Fishing the flats we are finding lots of big Trout, Snook and the occasional Redfish mixed in with the large schools of Mullet. Find the Mullet and you will find the fish! The best bite has been at first light using the Heddon Spook Jr in a Bone color. Also working well has been the Sebile Stick Shad and Mirro Lure MirrOdine.


Tarpon sightings have been reported off our beaches. This is the time of year that many of us SW Florida kayak anglers head out to the beach in search of the Silver King. They are not here in big numbers yet, but it won’t be long. For these Tarpon make sure you hydrate well and eat your wheaties before you head out. You could be in for a long battle!




About the Author: Steve Gibson is a SW Florida native fishing the beautiful waters of Sarasota & Tampa Bay. He operates Shallow Pockets Fishing which is Sarasota's premier kayak guide service with over 20 years of fishing experience. He specializes in targeting Snook,Redfish Trout & Tarpon throughout his region. He is a member of team Florida Paddle Sports & Reellife Gear.

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# JFW3 2013-06-27 12:46
Nice fish!

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