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

Member Galleries

What's Biting Now


Sanibel Trout Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Grey Beard It was noon and the bumpy northeast winds of the early morning were gone and it was now flat calm. I put on a chartreuse Zara Spook Jr. and missed a decent bite. Then a big whoosh and a nice battle, thinking I had another red, it turned out to be my biggest trout ever at 25 inches and 5 pounds, a real gator.


Making the Best of It

Florida Sportsman Member: larrywitt The bottom looked good, but drifting was out of the question seas were 2 to 4, then the anchor would not bite into the hard bottom so we kept drifting off of our marker. We did manage to box some nice reds to 25 inches.



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.



Fishing Fast with a Worm

A slow-moving, bottom-bouncing worm is great for thoroughly working a small area. But there are situations where getting that worm off the bottom can be a better bet. Here are three ways to turn that bait into a faster-moving lure.

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.