Fishing Report - Week Ending 8/08/2009

Reds, Tarpon and Tripletail

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Fishing Report - week ending 8/08/2009
There continue to be a fair number of redfish around this week. Check out the oyster bars and points on the beginning of the incoming and you will find fish. The water clarity has been poor making it difficult to spot fish. Go slow and watch for any type of push or flash when these fish tip up to feed. We blew out a fish yesterday and figured he was gone. He went around the point, settled down and we were able to get him on the first cast. Redfish sliders and small Naturals are consistently working.
Tarpon fishing has remained consistent with good numbers of juveniles in the creeks and canals. Found a creek mouth full of glass minnows with fish crashing on them. Jumped one and put a nice fish in the boat on the first two casts with the Green Lantern before they figured out we were there.
It is hot and steamy during the day for sure. A few afternoon showers continue to cool it down a bit. The good news is that the bugs have not been bad - knock on wood.
Snook reports from the beaches in Marco and Naples are great. I was on Marco last Sunday and walked down to South Beach to look at the water. There were a lot of people in the water yet we spotted three large snook swimming in the first trough unbeknownst to the swimmers.
There are some tripletail near shore if you can find floating structure. Crab traps are great but not out there now since the season is closed. These guys will hide under a floating cigarette pack - I have seen it. They take a fly readily and are a great fight on a fly rod. Someone said "they are just like fighting a manhole cover." Supreme hair shrimp and DNA Reducers cast right in front of them will hook these guys.
All the best,
Capt Bill Baldus