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SoulMate Charters

Fort Myers Beach, FL, U.S.A.

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SoulMate Charters provides charter booking service for the Fort Myers and Naples area. Will match you up with an experienced captain for your charter.


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Caught some nice redfish yesterday including some slot fish, but this one was a bit over the slot. :) A pilchard did the trick. The fish had a huge old hook in its mouth along with a bit of about 200 pound leader attached. Still managed to get away from the previous angler. My guy landed him on 20-pound test braid and 30-pound leader and he kept the old hook as a souvenir.
Weekly Fishing Report

It was all about sunset fishing before the storm arrived last week. It was a bit cooler once the afternoon showers breezed through. Luck and a giant snook showed up at about the same time, but alas, no photo. This turned out to be a wily snook and he flipped off right at the boat. But it was big, really! 

After the passing of Hermine the best fishing occurred on the outgoing tide in the morning. The outbound water was clearer than the churned up inbound Gulf water and most likely had a lot to do with the better bite. I netted up some good sized pilchards along the beaches with a few pinfish mixed in. 

While cruising the backwaters looking for snook we caught a small tarpon and a few nice jacks. The turn of the tide did produce a few snook with no keepers, but that turned off once the water color changed. 

Some nice sized black drum have made an appearance out in the deeper water just off of the beaches. It’s that time of year. Feed them shrimp on a jig if you have it as part of your bait selection. They aren’t too fond of pilchards. 

We are rolling though the quietest time of the year on the water. Kids are back in school, the tourist and snowbirds are still up north and the locals are back at work. It’s a great time to sneak out and book a charter. The redfish have started to make their Fall push into the backcountry and all signs point to a good season for reds. Give me a call!
Weekly Fishing Report 

The pompano action was at the top of the list this past week near the passes of Estero Bay. Incoming tide was best. Just drop a small jig with a piece of shrimp to the bottom on a drift and you should hook up. There were also quite a few nice mangrove snapper in the same area. Just outside the pass you’ll find plenty of action with ladyfish, jacks and small sharks. The object was to keep the rods bent and we were successful at that.  

There is still plenty of white bait to be had around the passes, and along the beaches. Keep an eye out around the bait. There are some big jacks hanging out in the mix. Early morning and late evening are your best chances for spotting these. Look for quiet spots away from other boats as jacks tend to be wary of movement and noise.

If you like fishing in the dark or if you’ve never tried it, you should. The snook and tarpon action has been lively after the sun goes down. It’s a nice, cool time to be out on the water, especially with the meteor showers that were happening this past week.
Weekly Fishing Report

Here in Southwest Florida we are coming up on the full moon in just a few days. We are also getting closer and closer to the Fall equinox. The fishing doesn’t get much better during this time frame. It’s all about the tides and the water will be moving big time as we approach October. The best part? Redfish will be on the move! 

Pilchards are schooled up on the beaches by the thousands. Even if you’re not the bet cast net thrower you should be able to get it done in one or two throws. Once that’s accomplished add a few dozen shrimp to the mix and you are all set for a great morning on the water.

The past week revealed a concentration of snook, redfish and tarpon along the beaches and in the backcountry of Estero Bay. An early morning start really made the difference in working the docks and passes. Take those pilchards and hook them up on some light tackle gear with a 2/0 circle hook and 30 pound leader. That outfit will work well for just about anything you might run into. 

During a recent trip with Mike Fielding we landed this big snook shown in the photo. It was 36 inches in length and weighed an estimated 15 pounds. Quite a battle on light tackle! She was released to fight another day. Later in the morning we started chumming cut bait for redfish. Got quite a few around the oyster bars and along the deeper shorelines.
Weekly Fishing Report

Southwest Florida is in the midst of summer and the bite is on. Early mornings are best for catches of snook and redfish in the backcountry with quite a few big ones mixed in. There have also been a lot of small tarpon cruising with the snook. Live pilchards are the bait of choice but don't hesitate to put on a live shrimp or an artificial that looks like live bait. Soft plastics have worked the best.

The passes of Estero Bay have been producing pompano with some to 3 pounds. An occasional catfish, shark or ladyfish is also a possibility. A little further offshore watch for birds working over the water. They are after the bait that's being pushed up by game fish and that will usually lead to a hookup on spanish mackerel, jacks and ladyfish.

If you're fishing later in the day, try hitting the oyster bars with some cut bait. I use 30 pound leader and a circle hook. The cut bait provides all the weight you'll need for casting. Look for points around the bars with good current. This effort should lead to some nice surprise catches of redfish, snook and sea trout.
OK, before you get confused, you ARE seeing this post for a reason. Captain Brad Brown of Moonlite Charters and I, Capt. Rob Modys of SoulMate Charters, are now business partners. I’m going to be doing a lot of the promotional work for Moonlite Charters. I recently converted the old SoulMate Charters FaceBook page to Moonlite Charters. 

Brad and I are long time friends and have spent a good bit of time together on the water. He’s a great angler and has the same philosophy that I do about charter fishing. A day on the water should be fun. 

He and his wife Angie came up with a business proposal to buy SoulMate Charters, but as part of that plan they asked if I would stay on and help run the promotional side of the business. Silly question!

So stay tuned. There’s more to come and I’m happy that the legacy of SoulMate Charters will continue with Brad at the helm of Moonlite Charters.


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