It seems as though summer has arrived early with the steamy mid-day temperatures this week. Early morning or late evening offer the best bet for finding fish. There are plenty of small baits on the shores but we are not seeing the usual numbers of snook and reds. Tarpon continue to offer the most consistent action in this area of the 10k.
Thursday I fished with Mick Moore on a photo shoot with author/guide Captain Tommy Thompson for his new book and Saltwater Sportsman photographer Richard Gibson. Captain Jack Lloyd captained the photo boat and JoNell Modys from the Collier Visitors Bureau accompanied us.
We found plenty of tarpon first thing in the morning. Mick placed the perfect cast to a fish we spotted against a mangrove shoreline. The fish ate on the first strip and he was connected to a 60-70 pound fish. The tarpon tail-walked as soon as Mick came tight on it and Richard was able to get a great shot before it shook the hook.
We had plenty of shots thru the morning but the fish were just not eating. Poling down a shallow bank we found one really nice redfish moving down an oyster bar on the outgoing. Mick made the shot, the fish looked but did not eat. We ate a great shore lunch and called it a day shortly thereafter.
We continue to watch the oil spread in the northern Gulf with no signs of any oil here in southwest Florida.
We will keep you posted,