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What A Hawg Charters

Fort Myers, FL, United States

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13650 Fiddlesticks Blvd, Fort Myers, FL, United States
239-330-2427 capt-eric@whatahawg.com http://www.whatahawg.com
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Light Tackle Full Day Fishing Charter

Flats Boat / 6 Hours / Conventional Gear
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If you love to fish and want as much time on the water as possible than this is the charter for you. On a full day charter you will have the time to concentrate on a certain species or go for multiple species. We are able to create a truly flexible day on the water for you so book your charter now.

  • 1-3 People $600.00

Afternoon Light Tackle Fishing Charter

Flats Boat / 4 Hours / Conventional Gear
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If you love fishing but are not an early riser than our afternoon charter is perfect for you. Like our morning trips you will have a great time. This is often a better choice if you have kids or beginner fisherman since they didn't have to get up early!

  • 1-3 People $400.00

Morning Light Tackle Fishing Charter

Flats Boat / 4 Hours / Conventional Gear
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This is our most popular fishing charter. We always fish close to where we launch, no long boat rides. Friendly fun atmosphere for fisherman of all skill levels.

  • 1-3 People $400.00

Night Fishing Light Tackle Charter

Flats Boat / 4 Hours / Conventional Gear
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Our night fishing charters depart 30 minutes before dark. We want you to experience the great fishing during the last hour of the day and enough time for your night vision to be good by the time it's dark. If you have never been night fishing then this is a must do trip. Its hard to describe the number of fish you will see, check the photos for some examples. The fishing is good all year at night! Starts 1/2hr Before Sunset

  • 1-3 People $400.00

Night Fishing Charter For Snook

Flats Boat / 4 Hours / Conventional Gear
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Same as our morning Snook light charter tackle charter but the focus is on Snook and you get the benefit of chasing some of the biggest Snook in our area. Starts 1/2hr Before Sunset

  • Featured Fish: Snook
  • 1-3 People $400.00

Full Day Tarpon Fishing Charter

Flats Boat / 6 Hours / Conventional Gear
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If your goal is to have a shot at a Tarpon over 100 lbs than this is the charter you need to book. We will be fishing the Fort Myers Beach and adjacent beaches for schools of big migrating Tarpon. Starts 1/2hr Before Sunrise

  • Featured Fish: Tarpon
  • 1-3 People $600.00

Morning Snook Fishing Charter

Flats Boat / 4 Hours / Conventional Gear
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Same as our morning light charter tackle charter but the focus is on Snook for our clients who would rather fish for Snook than anything else! Starts 1/2hr Before Sunrise

  • Featured Fish: Snook
  • 1-3 People $400.00

Morning Tarpon Fishing Charter

Flats Boat / 4 Hours / Conventional Gear
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This is our most productive tarpon fishing charter. If you want to hook, jump, and hopefully land a Tarpon then this is the charter to book.We concentrate on the resident Tarpon which are plentiful, stay in the same areas, so you have a great chance of catching a Tarpon. We had a 100% success rate in 2014 for clients who fished this charter. Starts 1/2hr Before Sunrise

  • Featured Fish: Tarpon
  • 1-3 People $400.00

Shark Fishing Charter

Flats Boat / 5 Hours / Conventional Gear
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Our Fort Myers shark fishing charters are a great way to have a lot of fishing action around the boat, and fight some very strong fish. This is an April thru October charter since the sharks just aren't active in the cooler months of the year.

  • Season: April 1 - October 31
  • Featured Fish: Shark
  • 1-3 People $500.00

Morning Fly Fishing Charter

Flats Boat / 4 Hours / Fly Gear
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This is our most popular fly fishing charter. We try to start fishing fish close to where we launch to maximize your fishing time. This is for fly fisherman of all skill levels. On this charter you can concentrate on fly fishing for Tarpon, Snook, Trout, or any other species if you have a special fish you want to catch for your fly fishing bucket list.

  • Featured Fish: Tarpon, Snook, Trout
  • 1-2 People $400.00

Full Day Fly Fishing Charter

Flats Boat / 6 Hours / Fly Gear
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If you love to fly fish and want to be on the water as long as possible than this is the fly fishing charter for you. On a full day charter you will have the time to concentrate on a certain species or go for multiple species. We are able to create a truly flexible day on the water for you so book your fly fishing charter now.

  • 1-2 People $600.00

Afternoon Fly Fishing Charter

Flats Boat / 4 Hours / Fly Gear
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If you love fly fishing but are not an early riser than our afternoon fly fishing charter is perfect for you.

  • Featured Fish: Tarpon, Snook, Trout
  • 1-2 People $400.00

Two Day Fort Myers Fly Fishing Class

Flats Boat / 2 Days / Fly Gear
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  • 1-2 People $495.00/per

Night Fly Fishing Charter

Flats Boat / 4 Hours / Fly Gear
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Our night fly fishing charters depart 30 minutes before dark. We want you to get in some great fly fishing the last hour of the day and this also gives you enough time for your night vision to be ready by the time it's dark. If you have never been night fly fishing then this is a must do trip. Its hard to describe the number of fish you will see. The fly fishing is good all year at night!

  • 1-2 People $400.00

One Day Fort Myers Fly Fishing Class - Keep Your Gear

7 Hours / Fly Gear
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  • 1-2 People $495.00/per

One Day Fort Myers Fly Fishing Class

7 Hours / Fly Gear
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  • 1-2 People $295.00/per

Two Day Fort Myers Fly Fishing Class - Keep Your Gear

Flats Boat / 2 Days / Fly Gear
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  • 1-2 People $695.00/per

Fly Class- Learn To Cast 10 Weight And Heavier Fly Rods

2 Hours / Fly Gear
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If you have never cast a 10wt or heavier fly rod then this two hour course should be considered mandatory for every fly fisherman that is going to book a saltwater fishing guide. You will learn you how to properly load and manage the rod. In addition you will learn to expertly execute the double haul cast which is critical to the proper use of these heavy rods. In addition you will learn how to use maximum pressure and angles these rods provide allowing you to land big fish quickly. This course is intended for anglers that are experienced Fly Fisherman. If you plan to fish for Tarpon, Snook or any other large fish you must have the skills taught in this class.

  • 1-2 People $75.00/per

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Fort Myers Fishing Report
The Topwater Bite Is On Fire
Its that time of year when the bait moves in-shore and everybody follows them in. There have been huge schools of BIG Jacks roaming the flats and pounding topwater baits. Until you've had the chance to catch a big Jack its hard to describe just how hard they fight in 1 1/2 feet of water. They will burn 100yds of line off the reel like a Bonefish and they never stop pulling! My client caught a nice Tarpon, a bunch of Ladyfish, and lost several big trout that came off due to that soft mouth. The next month will be awesome so get out there early in the AM and go get 'em. The 3 1/2
Great Snook On A Fly

Yesterday my client Patrick Judge did an awesome job catching a beautiful 40
Fort Myers Fishing Report For Dec 12th

Above normal morning low temperatures have helped keep the water warm (73-74)and the local Tarpon are still active at night! By the afternoon yesterday the surface temp was up to 76.3 degrees. We have been seeing several schools of active Tarpon every night for the last week and they are hitting Topwater and flies. Here is Stuart K. with his very first Tarpon that he caught on a fly rod using a glass minnow fly.

The redfish bite continues to be good if you can hit the tide right. The best fishing has been mangrove shorelines at high tide

Look for trout on the flats, especially at night since the best tides have been just after dark. Its easy fishing just quietly cover the flat with a twitch bait or a topwater and you'll find a school in short order. Then anchor and have fun, you will get bonus Redfish, jacks, and ladyfish.

Capt Eric...
https://whatahawg.com
capt-eric@whatahawg.com
Fort Myers Fishing Report – Red Hot Fishing Right Now

The record high temperatures of the last two weeks see us going into the Thanksgiving holidays with water temperatures around 80 in the Gulf and as high as 85 in the backcountry. The weather feels like July and the bite has been as hot as the weather. The resident Tarpon have been extremely active at night the past week and were readily getting the right fly, although they were refusing to bite anything but a fly.

On the other hand there redfish have been really going strong the last week and are hitting just about any artificial you care to throw. Again my go to bait regardless of the time of day right now is top water not only is it easy to fish in very shallow water you can’t beat those explosive  topwater  redfish strikes. It looks as though this warm weather is going to take a turn to normal this coming weekend so get out before that front passes and enjoy some phenomenal fishing.

Here’s a picture of Dale W. from Minnesota with one of 5 nice redfish he caught the other day on twitch baits. All of the redfish were carefully released to fight another day, they are far too valuable to catch just once. With our latest population boom it’s time for everyone to embrace the catch and release philosophy for Redfish and Snook in order to protect them in the face of exponentially increasing pressure.

Once the front passes the fishing is probably going to improve everywhere inshore as we get closer to water temperatures that will be in the 70s instead of the 80s and should spark a tremendous bite on every flat you can find. This was starting to occur two weeks ago before this latest warm spell came back. So be on the lookout in the next four or five days for lots of birds diving on the flats and you are likely to find big schools of trout, redfish, ladyfish, and even some Spanish mackerel that have started to move inshore.

Remember this is the time of year when the gag grouper’s and that cobia will move far inshore and most fisherman don’t take the time to chase these fish in the deeper water adjacent to the flats. One of the very best ways to catch them is trolling a crank bait at between three and 5 miles an hour. The strike of the cobia hitting a trolled bait is really something you got a experience, even of fish as small as 35 or 36 inches really pounds a crank bait. So the next time you’re out take some time to throw a couple of baits over and troll the edges of the ICW you just might be surprised at the amount of action you get.
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Learn To Interpret Your Sonar With Real World Examples

I originally posted this fishing report October 15th on Cyber Angler. They posted it on their facebook page as well. Just last week they deleted this post and added one of my older posts.

The post included a photo shot of my Lowrance Gen 3 HDS9 touch, and it got a ton of likes and comments, and as a result someone must have complained about product endorsement. 

Here is the important part of that report for those that want to  learn how to understand what they see on their sonar screen.  The full report is still on Cyber Angler and on my site as well.
Fort Myers Fishing Report
For reasons known only to the Jacks, I have been encountering large schools of 50 or more fish moving up the local rivers and the backcountry creeks. They act like mullet showing no interest in feeding at all. Even though they are not supposed to spawn inshore, their behavior sure looks like a spawning aggregation. This has been going on for 2 weeks and some of the schools are now offering up a tremendous topwater bite. You can't miss the boils so if  you get out this weekend be sure to look for any topwater activity or birds diving the flats.

The fish below is the average size of the Jacks and they sure pull hard. Frequent client Randy S. from Minnesota sure got a workout catching this Jack.

The weather continues to be more like July then November but that's a good thing! Every day it stays warm is one less that we have to deal with falling water temps and tougher fishing. Fishing for most everything is good to excellent and don't forget to check the crab pot floats for Triple tail if the wind doesn't blow to hard.
Fort Myers Fishing Report For October 23rd
In my last report I encouraged everyone to get out and  take advantage of the great top water bite both inshore and off the beaches. My clients yesterday Brian and Katie are experienced top water anglers but had never fished  top water for saltwater fish. After four hours of non-stop catching they can't wait for a re-match, especially with the huge schools of ladyfish.

If you want to get out and try some top water action, arrive at your favorite flat at first light and be looking for schools of busting fish. Yesterday the fish didn't really start busting until about 8 AM, but they were biting well before the busts started. Right now I don't believe there's a place you can go where there isn't something biting. Yesterday my clients caught ladyfish, spec trout, redfish, jacks and one big gaff top cat all on a Savage Gear Mud Minnow 4
Fort Myers Fishing Report For October 2nd 2015
The inshore Tarpon bite continues to be outstanding, due in large part to all the rain that we had the first part of the week. Don’t know what it is about Tarpon but they seem to be able to smell fresh water runoff and will flock to it for a few days until the salinity goes back up. With the forecast for this weekend here in the Fort Myers area for winds to gust as high as 25 mph now is the perfect time to get acquainted with our resident backcountry Tarpon.

The key to finding the Tarpon this weekend will be to get as far away from the Gulf passes as possible, which is usually just the opposite of what everyone puts in their fishing reports. However with seas of 3 to 5 feet the Gulf will be like mud and the incoming tide is going to bring all of that dirty water inshore. Any fish that are around the passes will really shut down due to the visibility dropping 2 inches and all that muddy water. Take a look at your chart and look for long fingers of water that go way back into the mangroves, that water will be clear because of a lack of tidal influence. In addition there are still a decent amount of freshwater runoff coming in the backs of most of those mangrove cuts and streams. That water will be very stained but crystal-clear and brackish just the way the Tarpon like.

It’s a very simple bite, all you need is a top water bait that you’re comfortable fishing and eight twitch bait of some kind. For example any of they Mirro lure twitch baits are good, and so are Rapala twitch-n-Raps wraps if you still happen to have some. The fish are not  picky, fish the baits with short quick twitches and you’ll be shocked at how many Tarpon you can hook up in one day. It’s interesting that Tarpon are the one of the few fish where hooking and catching are both counted sense so many jump off on the first strike. Either way they are sure fun to catch and one of my favorites.

To give you an example of the Tarpon fishing you can expect, my two clients today had at least 20 Tarpon that hit top water baits with a vengeance and still managed to jump off. At the end of the charter it was fisherman 0, Tarpon 1. They had so much fun they can’t wait to go again! There are a few things in fishing as awe inspiring as watching a Tarpon as it puts on a great aerial display. 

First Saltwater Fish Club
We all remember the first saltwater fish we caught regardless of size or species. I thought it would be nice to acknowledge their first saltwater fish caught on spinning tackle or fly rod. 

Capt Eric Anderson
239-290-4103
Capt-eric@whatahawg.com
http://whatahawg.com
It's been a very long time since I posted a fishing report. Since January I have been primarily night fishing or early morning Tarpon fishing and honestly there's not a lot you can write about night fishing other than

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