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10,000 Islands Forecast

10,000 Islands Forecast
Ten Thousand Islands Forecast

Naples to Flamingo

Capt. Matt Sturdivent of Old Florida Angling discusses fishing from Naples to Flamingo, including Marco Island, Everglades City and Chokoloskee.

October 29 - 31

On the home front! Well we just had our first big front of the season, if you didn't happen to look outside this past Thursday/Friday. The first big front of the cooler season spells the start of big changes. The temperatures begin dancing more vigorously, up and down with the sunlight and wind. Generally speaking we're slipping into the time of year where I like to cover a lot of water, and on the lower tide days, occasionally some ground. I love the 100 mile days into the wilderness through the cooler lower humidity.

Besides the wonderful cilmate, the driving force behind the long runs, is to visit as many of my pet fish as I can while they're on the move from their summer homes to the wintertime hideouts. I love seeing moving fish, because odds are they are hungry and looking for a quick bite, it's our job to give it to them! That falling tide from late morning until late afternoon has me drooling! I love the long drawn out tides that give you time to bounce around once you hone in on the sweet spot on the water level. The tide charts are important but look at the line on the trees and shorelines where the water was and where it is now, if you can make yourself familiar with what it looks like when you're hot on a bite, keep moving in or out of the coastal areas to further in the back areas to find that ideal level.

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This week I'm currently at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show with my good friend's at Fast-Flag LLC. They offer a truly unique all aluminum marine grade solud welded and powder coated America flag to display on your vessel. Check them out at or Facebook Fast-Flag, Instagram @fast_flag. Enjoy the cooler weather and get out to wet a line!

Captain Matt Sturdivent

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