Ten Thousand Islands Inshore Bite

Recent inshore fishing reports from the Ten Thousands Islands region.


Ten Thousand Islands Inshore Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Joe Snook

It was snook and redfish days like they were in september and october. My anglers were catching 20 to 30 Snook a day, not huge but not tiny. The Reds were the same with only one day mostly rats, which is good to see for the years to come.

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Fall Everglades Bite

Florida Sportsman member: CaptainRapps

Stock up on D.O.A. Baitbusters and Terror Eyz and head to the backwaters to battle with the Snook as they head way back into the creeks and rivers for the winter season. In a good moving tide, fish the eddy side of the points. For some fantastic action, throw them a handful of live pilchards followed by one on a circle hook. Hang on!

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10,000 Islands Inshore

Florida Sportsman member: Oldfloridaangler

Within minutes we had reds schooling around us, over-slot bulls fighting for our jigs. We were also joined by a few skittish tarpon, that were darting in and out of view snatching the baits as they frantically evaded the frenzy. The reds openly accepted anything with a bronze or new penny color.

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Marco Island Inshore

Florida Sportsman member: snookerf150

I put in at bay view at 7am and ran out through the pass and headed north. Shut down and waited and within a few minutes there were pods of bait everywhere, one throw and I had bait for days. I fished the beach for a few minutes while I waited for his phone call, ended up with a few small snook and a couple monster jacks.

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Small Lure, Big Fish

Florida Sportsman member: Joe Snook

I put my rod in the water to keep the fish from coming up and fraying the leader thumbed the spool a bit and within a minute I reached down and grabbed what was a 37 inch snook. It has been quite some time since I have been on the receiving end of a beautiful fish instead of spectating or instructing an angler on my boat while they’re in a battle.

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Summer in the Ten Thousand Islands

Florida Sportsman member: Joe Snook

I’ve been getting the reds a number of ways from topwater to a shrimp or a live pilchard. The technique all depends on the tide and times of what tide that depends on how I like to go for them. I hate sitting there with baits on the bottom but lets face it the bottom line is catching fish and thats been what’s working due to high water temperature.

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Whitehorse Key Camping Trip

Florida Sportsman member: CapnAhab

Luckily it only got better from there. That evening, after we waited out the storm and ate mountain house meals in our tents, we heard a ton of mullet going crazy all over the shore around the tip of the island. We hopped out and looked around to see that they were getting chased by sharks right up on to the beach.

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Chokoloskee Backwater Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Piperhigh13

The tide was low so the bank was mostly exposed limiting the areas the snook could get me into trouble. There was however one tree limb in about six inches of water that I paid no attention to until of course the fish makes a beeline straight towards it.

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Ten Thousand Island Inshore Bite

Florida Sportsman member: blewitupsir

Trout have been plentiful, with lots of smaller fish and some slobs in the mix as well. Popping corks and live shrimp or a scented plastic will do the trick. Look around the grasses and points out front, but my bigger fish are actually coming from the back off the bars.

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Catching Dinner and a Trophy

Florida Sportsman member: rgarry

Headed further offshore and Philip redeemed himself with a large snook. Headed even further offshore and landed 3 black tips, and 18 snappers. Not getting out there for 6 months, the fishing gods were smiling on me.

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Ten Thousand Islands Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: Charlemagne

We found a nice spot in the gulf where there was a slight drop off from hard bottom, around 2ft of water to 6 feet and sandy bottom. This was the surprise spot of the day, very productive as well! Since we were not able to find whitebait, we were using live shrimp on jigs, then it happened. Our drags started screaming out like crazy, at first I thought it was a big snook, but it didn’t fight like one.

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Great Snook Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Joe Snook

Crazy May cold front conditions today. I went out knowing it was not going to be an easy day but tried my best and it payed off. I’ve been watching people lose big snook a lot the past year so I have been bringing along two new pigsticker set ups that I have used for personal use in certain hazardous big snook fishing situations.

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Shrimp Dunking with the Wife

Florida Sportsman member: Jdstang50

I took the wife out yesterday for a couple of hours. We hit the water at 9am and searched the beach for white bait. With no luck, I ran over to the boat ramp and got some shrimp. I am not much of a shrimp dunker but it was my only choice. We found a shoreline that was hidden from the wind and began to troll our way. Her fourth cast she landed this monster red. Knowing that she was satisfied, I ran back to the lift and gave the Canyon Bay a spring cleaning. “A happy wife is a happy life”.

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Fantastic Fishing in the Ten Thousand Islands

Florida Sportsman member: Joe Snook

Forum member Joe Snook has been on the fish lately, from snook to sharks, he’s keeping the rods bent. Tight work!

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Cooler Weather Heating Up the Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Joe Snook

While the weather has started to cool the fishing has really heated up! All month has been great but the end of the month just got even better when my tarpon showed back up leading to numerous anglers being able to complete the highly sought after inshore grand slam [...]

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Chokoloskee Firsts

Florida Sportsman member: Charlemagne

There was what I thought was a first gag grouper, turns out it was a goliath around 20 pounds. It was handled gently and put back in the water super quickly. hey, I suck at grouper ID, but I will never make that mistake again! I caught some snook at this spot all around 18-22 inches and about 25-30 catfish as well as assorted mangrove snappers and small jacks.

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10,000 Islands Prodigy

Florida Sportsman member: Joe Snook

I had a mother and a son duo today so, I figured it would just be a regular kid and parent trip. As were idling down the canal, the kids talkin my ear off, which I dont mind, it happens alot because people are usually excited and jacked up about their day which gets me going too. Well the youngster is 8 years old and Im chattin about fishing with this kid and what hes sayin is all just about right. Im wondering to myself wheres he pickin it up from I asked mom and she says hes self taught, Im guessing he picked it up from magazines and TV shows [...]

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Everglades Campin’ and Snookin’

Florida Sportsman member: blewitupsir

Took off last Friday morning from the house at Fishermans Cove in my Duracraft with Jeff, Don and Travis were on Dons Carolina Skiff and started the long journey down to Willy Willy. Loaded up with ice, tackle and gas to get us thru Sunday night.

Got our camp set up, boats unloaded and then it was off to start the fishing marathon. Don is 72 years old and has been fishing the glades since his dad brought him here when he was 1 year old. The knowledge I get from him is unreal. We headed out and fished all over on Friday[...]

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Flounder & Trips

Florida Sportsman member: nightfly

Got to the ramp around 7:30 this morning. We picked up some shrimp and headed out to the nearshore reefs. The action was really slow at first. I had a shrimp on bottom and was throwing 1/2oz bucktails. No hits on the shrimp and was picking up a few on the jigs; mackerel,blue runners,and some small snapper. Then i started throwing a 1oz bucktail hoping for a cobia. I’ve caught a couple in this spot in the past this time of year. I get a hit and its not a cobia, but a hog of a flounder [...]

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Reds in the 10k

Florida Sportsman member: Joe Snook

We got the usual jigged up fish trout, pomps and some others. Tide came in we worked our way back and got some nice reds and more trout. We each got some dink snook too, the biggest wbeing about 24 inches. I had a nice time actually catching instead of just watching. A few reds, including a 24incher and 25incher we caught and kept for dinner.

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Chokoloskee Catches

Florida Sportsman member: nightfly

So it’s been three weeks since I’ve been fishing and I decided to bring the best fisherman I know, my daughter Audrey. There was no getting up at the crack of dawn. We didn’t get on the water till after 10am. We went to my first spot, she was using live shrimp and I was throwing bucktails. All day we caught a few small ones; snappers,jacks,ladys…the usual suspects. Went to another spot and same thing, lots of small ones. I then hook into something big right away[...]

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Tripletail for the Table

Florida Sportsman member: tg.

Believe me when I say that my plans rarely come together this well. Anyway, I saw something swimming around one of the crab floats earlier this week when I was out with the wife. I just didn’t have a rod or bait. So yesterday, I headed out with some live shrimp to see if he might still be there. He was 18-plus inches and my first ever.

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Fall Fishing Producing Solid Catches

Florida Sportsman member: Capt. Milk

Took a client out from Louisiana yesterday and he ended up landing his biggest snook and red in one trip. Its a privilege to get to meet some of the awesome clients chartering has offered over the years. I’ve been reading all of the posts and it seems like the fish are biting for everyone which is great news [...]

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Getting Ready for the Showdown

Florida Sportsman member: tailchaser16

Fished a half day Friday and all day Saturday getting ready for the Showdown. As PF mentioned reds were everywhere and a few snook came out to play as well. Watch out fish!

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Awesome Snook on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: FLA_tony

Went out this morning at day break with my fiancé. She hasn’t been out on the boat since the baby was born, so this was her first trip back out. We planned to start the morning with snook. I headed to the first spot. We are fishing a nice bank, I’m on the bow throwing my fly rod and my fiancé is at the stern switching between a topwater and live shrimp, as I’m watching my gurgler on the retrieve I see this snook rise from the bottom and inhale my fly [...]

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Everglades Inshore Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: blewitupsir

Took another group of guys out last weekend. These gentleman had never been fishing on a boat before and booked a trip to try something new. Left POI around 7 a.m. and headed out. With the weather conditions and threat of storms all day, inshore was going to be the place to be. Water was low with the negative low tides, so I brought us to some deeper cuts to drift until the tide turned [...]

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10K Islands Inshore Action

Florida Sportsman member: blewitupsir

Fished today with a gent from Clewiston area out of POI. I again originally wanted to head out, but its just not to be right now for my boat with the current weather patterns. So we focused all our attention inshore. Again the redfish are plentiful and very willing to please. Caught around 10 with the average size of about 22″, the largest being a fat 27″ fish [...]

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Solo Everglades Tarpon Trip

Florida Sportsman member: deerfly

I’m a S. Fl native from the late 50′s and relocated to Hernando County in ’98. I don’t get to fish this region nearly enough anymore. Nowadays, if I make my way down here 2-3 times a year I consider myself lucky. Anyway, I figured I’d post my report in the TT section instead of my usual BB region. I hope you locals don’t mind the intrusion [...]

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Backcountry Reds

Florida Sportsman member: nightfly

Got up this morning looked at the radar and went back to bed. Didn’t get on the water till about 10:30 a.m., went to a spot that I found last year that holds a bunch of redfish in the summer. This was my first time there this summer and the reds were there too. I ended up catching five reds, two measured in at 26-inches and the others were around 23-inches [...]

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Wiggins Pass Snookin’

Florida Sportsman member: odiesfloatie

It was a beautiful (just a tad hot) morning with a light east-southeasterly hint in the air. Even though I have lived in Naples for almost 5 years now, I have never actually fished in Wiggins Pass. I have been launching at Cocohatchee Park and meeting the family at the beach and I thought this time I would take a rod and see if I could find a couple spots that I could fish in the future on the way to meeting the family out at the beach.

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10,000 Islands Topwater Action

Florida Sportsman member: Joe Snook

We were headed out to do some fishing Saturday morning and as we idled out I decided to change plans and go to wading for a lil’ R&R. I cracked a beer and headed north through the backcountry. On the way I noticed the tide was coming in strong and decided to stop real quick and see if the fish were home at an incoming spot I haven’t fished in a while. First cast with the spook and was a hit and miss. I had her follow it up with a paddletail and bam! Fish on!

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Sunday Snookin’

Florida Sportsman member: SnookMagnet

Fishing with Capt. Joe Cassaro – our biggest of the day at 32 inches. Caught a few just under slot fish as well.

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Marco Island Memorial Day Trip

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Bill Curtis

We were able to take the holiday weekend off, and got the invite from Mom to join her at their great place in Marco Island. We loaded up the family, the dog, boat and way too much other stuff for a 2 day trip Sunday morning. We got to the ramp at 951 at the bright and early hour of 10 am or so and weren’t surprised by the nice long line. We were surprised to see an attendant though, and things actually moved along rather quickly [...]

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Memorial Day Snook

Florida Sportsman member: nightfly

My buddy bailed on me first thig this morning so it was a solo trip. I did what I always do and stopped at island cafe in EC and grabbed some breakfast. At my first spot I picked up a trout and a mackerel. Caught a bunch of mackerel throughout the day. Ran to another spot and picked up 2 nice flounder and another trout [...]

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First Florida Slam!

Florida Sportsman member: asleepatthereel

My first Florida slam! Moved here from Texas a while back and never had the chance to fish for snook. I love how you can tell right off the bat whether it’s a snook…awesome day and great memory! Caught my second slam the next day!

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Week Recap, A Good One

Florida Sportsman member: Capt. Milk

These are some of the pictures from the past couple of fishing trips we’ve made. The snook have been biting really strong with a couple 33” and 35” fish and one up to 38”. Looking forward to the following month or so of snook fishing. The redfish have still been biting strong for us as well. The bait has been for the most part very plentiful.

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Chokoloskee Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: nightfly

Got to Island Park Marina around 7:15 a.m. and we went to my first spot and it produced nothing. Then tried another spot and picked up a couple of trout and a small snook. Then I wanted to go on a recon mission for inshore gags to get ready when season opened. I’ve never targeted this fish, just catch a few from time to time with dumb luck. Didn’t catch any today but found a few spots and picked up a couple of baby jewfish and a nice snook [...]

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Wiggins Back Bay

Florida Sportsman member: JSTickum

Headed out into Wiggins Bay today with fellow member DaveO on Yaks, had a great time in the 4 hours we were out there. The tide was going out in the morning and turned around at around 10 a.m. All fish were caught on artificials, enjoy the pics.

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Redfish, Redfish, Redfish

Florida Sportsman member: pjstevko

I’ve wanted to fish the E City / Chokoloskee area for some time now but have been a little reluctant because there is just so much area to get lost in so as a belated birthday and early wedding gift to myself I booked a inshore charter for my best man and I celebrate everything that has been happening. I booked the charter with Captain Andy Lee of Grassroots Guiding who is a new and upcoming guide in Southwest Florida. He’s mostly a fly fishing guy but since the weather was so windy on Saturday we threw our spinning gear all day [...]

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Great Day, Despite the Winds

Florida Sportsman member: Capt. Milk

Headed out early early Saturday morning to get some bait before the winds really started kicking. Thanks to the East wind it wasn’t too rough for how strong the winds were. We ended up loading up the livewells with some nice white bait and headed down south to catch some fish. Our first spot we pulled up to in Fakahatchee bay landed us with a 38” snook and a 31” redfish. When the action slowed down we moved out to the gulf and weren’t as lucky with the big fish. We caught a few smaller reds and trout near the points around Dismal Key. We planned on fishing longer until a big storm decided to show up and force us to run home. Running in the rain for 30 straight minutes was a rough ride.

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Chokoloskee Red

Florida Sportsman member: nightfly

Went out of Chokoloskee Island Park Marina this morning and headed down the Lopez River and hit the back bays with with the fly rod and the trolling motor and caught half dozen small snook. Had a shot at a bigger one but he didn’t want to play, also saw about a 6 foot shark cruising the mangrove shoreline. After a few hours I decided to head back around rabbit key pass [...]

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Estero Bay Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Indianoutlaw

Had a chance to get out with Captain Dave for a little fishing Saturday am. We had some novices on the boat that am, so we spent an hour trying to get bait, but had little success. We did have a first as Dave caught a redfish in the net while trying for whitebait! We spent all morning trying to get the guys on fish, but it was a battle with lots of poor casting and a little frustration on my part. We dropped the novices off around noon and Dave and I went fishing for real. We fished a pretty shore line close to the outside and Dave connected on our first red of the day [...]

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Marco/Goodland Redfishing

Florida Sportsman member: nightfly

Got up early and was at the boat ramp at 5 a.m., took my sister along who on the last two trips broke one of my fishing poles each time. She didn’t break any this time. I wanted to fish the dock lights for some snook but had no luck seen a few but had no takers. At first light we ran to the pilings out of Big Marco Pass to net some bait. headed back inshore and caught a couple small trout, ladys, and jacks. I decided to make the run to Goodland. Its been a while since I’ve made the trip between the bridges [...]

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The Last Couple Weekends

Florida Sportsman member: HookedOnSnook

I haven’t posted in a WHILE and barely have time to browse around here anymore, but there doesn’t seem to be enough action around here so this my report from the last couple weekends. Fished 3/3 and it was howling, but found plenty of quite water in the backcountry and caught about 10 redfish of all sizes from 16″-28.5″ and well as a handful of small to slot sized trout and about 20 snook. No snook bigger than 22″ Though. I also got a black drum on my fly rod which was a first [...]

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Night Time Snookin’ on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: nightfly

Went out yesterday late afternoon and it started out with a real slow bite with catching some ladyfish and a couple small trout. and about 9pm my buddy wanted to go home so i dropped him off at the ramp i wanted to catch some fish. by this time the tide was slack and i figured by the time it got moving the snook would start eating [...]

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Late Afternoon Trip

Florida Sportsman member: Joe Snook

Passed few days have been concentrated on boat maintenance. It was time to put the boat back in the water so i Took a friend out of poi on hi tide yesterday afternoon. Water was way warmer then ive seen it in a long time. things are really heating up. in a couple hours we managed to get some beautiful trout biggest ones being 21, 20 and 18. those were caught along the mangroves near small pods of bait fish [...]

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Two Days of Marco Action

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Bill Curtis

We got to spend a few days out of Marco Island with family over the weekend and managed to get some fishing in. We arrived at my parent’s incredible new waterfront home in Marco to hear stories of the Goodland boat parade that we missed on Saturday. It sounded highly entertaining with highlights of tremendous beer bellies, hula skirts, and coconut bikinis all on the same characters [...]

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February Fishing in Chokoloskee and Everglades City

Florida Sportsman member: CaptainRapps

February is a month where we normally will see some subtle changes from January’s cold fronts and wind. The cold fronts will still hit us, but are usually a little less powerful. Water temperatures will continue to hover in the low 60’s. Daytime air temperatures will average 52-76 degrees [...]

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Sunny Weather Fishing

Florida Sportsman Member: Rizangler

Fished on Tuesday and Wednesday. Great weather, calm seas and sunny warm afternoons. Fished raising tide with success of the outer Islands near Indian Key. Spanish Macks all over the place. Hit Trout and Red fish on flies. Green bucktail jigs bringing the fish on using cut lady fish for my first time instead of shrimp or gulp [...]

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