Dreams do come true! Myself, partnered with two of the most revered tournament anglers in our area along with a dear friend and stellar angler himself brought home first place in the Ding Darling Doc Fords 7th Annual Tarpon tournament, held out of Doc Fords on Fort Myers Beach.
This tournament attracts the best Captains and anglers from Marco island to Tampa in a battle to see who can release the most tarpon from 6:45am-4:00pm. We took home the big check with releasing 6 fish total in a nail biting event where the next 4 finishers all had 4 fish. What a day! A grand total of 51 Fish were released throughout the whole day. Which shattered records for the most fish caught in the tournaments short history. Also shattering records the tournament raised $120,000 for the Ding Darling Wild Life sanctuary on Sanibel Island.
I am very honored and proud to have won such an amazing event. Can’t wait for next year.
In the mean time tarpon fishing Fort Myers has been great this year. We haven’t been catching tons of them but it has been consistent with an average of 1-6 opportunities a day on a half day tarpon charter. Which is pretty awesome!
We are in the middle of season now and have plenty more time to make tarpon dreams come true. We are on a full moon now which yields killer tides and typically awesome bites! Stay tuned to see what happens after the next couple of days
All I can say is WOW about every fishing charter I ran last week. Some of the most insane fishing I’ve seen all year took place. We smoked the king fish, cobia, Bonita, jacks, permit, and jumbo redfish on every trip. Every day was different but everyday we got into something epic out there. The offshore wreck fishing is on fire right now! Quads on Kings, sight fishing Big cobia, to hand feeding Bonita it’s all happening now.
Fall has begun yesterday marked our first cold front. Today was super nautical out there and had to cancel due to extremely high winds. The pre front bite was awesome yesterday and the day before. Tons of action with some keeper Snook scads of Snook ranging in the 20-27 inch range, dozens of keeper to barley legal trout with a mixed bag of nice jack crevalles and red fish. Bait is super plentiful off the beaches and in the bays. King Fish charters will be popping off soon as we can get a day to get out there.
Tarpon fishing the fall can be the most epic tarpon fishing of the whole year! Typically tarpon migrate north and spawn off the beaches of Sanibel, captiva, and boca grande during the spring. However, once the cold fronts start coming the tarpon will get driven back down south. Riding north winds down the coast eating everything in site to prepare for winter and the long journey ahead. Catching these hungry tarpon at the precise moment when they show back up can result in some phenomenal tarpon fishing. We should have the rest of this month and into early November to still have shots at the silver king!