SW General Fishing

SW Fishing Reports

Southwest Florida Weekend Fishing 4Cast


Florida Sportsman Fishing 4caster Capt. Ron Kowalyk
Covering Sarasota to Bonita Beach, including Siesta Key, Englewood, Boca Grande, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, Pine Island, Cape Coral, Captiva, Sanibel and Fort Myers

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What's Biting Now

Jays First Big

Fishy Weekend

Florida Sportsman member: former bluefishinny Rising tide yielded a topwater redfish for Mark pretty quick. The wind picked up, and we decided to hit East Bay. I was rewarded with a topwater red as well. And a few minutes later, a snook to complete the slam.


Southwest Snapper Bite

Florida Sportsman Member: larrywitt Dropped a marker at the first number Med. spin rods 14 pound flouro leader, small no 2 circle hooks, squid for bait, grunt bite was instant. Most were small and sent back. After chum had been out for about 30 minutes or so I decide to drifted a shrimp back (keys style) just a small split shot , open bail just feeding the line out with the slick.



Bluegill Fishing on the Fly

Tricks to take big bream on fly. Several years ago, I caught a mixed bag of four dozen bluegills and shellcrackers during a single, glorious afternoon. While that was practically all the law allowed, the real kicker is that these fish weighed close to a pound apiece.


The Nervous Rex is similar in size to a magnum spook

Soft Plastic Topwaters

When bass are tight to cover or buried beneath it, getting a lure in front of them can be difficult. Plugs with treble hooks are suited for nibbling around edges of cover. If fish are active such an approach may work well. However, when bass hunker in places inaccessible to most lures, as they often do, a weedless offering is a must.

Guides & Charters

Capt Dugger

Southwest: Guides

Consider these top captains in the Southwest region for your next fishing trip.

Tackle Shops

Economy Inside

Economy Tackle/Dolphin Paddlesports

From its’ beginning as a converted army barracks in 1959, Economy Tackle has become an important member of the Sarasota area fishing community.


Four Winds

Southwest: Accommodations

Consider these top accommodations in the Southwest region when planning a fishing trip.


Cobia Center Console

Center Consoles

Florida Sportsman features the top center consoles for fishing the Sunshine State’s coastal and offshore waters.