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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.

September 17 - 19

You might call me crazy but the mornings and evenings are slowly becoming slightly cooler. It's starting to become my favorite time of year in southwest Florida.

I want to highlight a really special event happening this Saturday at Hamilton Harbor yacht club this weekend. If you're around Bayview park, adjacent to Hamilton Harbor at 6am this Saturday the 18th, let me tell ya, you're in for it! I bet there will be 200+ boats crammed into the basin for the Naples Take a Soldier Fishing Tournament. The NTASF has become a prestigious, guide-only invitational charity event where guides from all across Collier and Lee county donate a day of fishing to active duty service men and women. It is quite a sight to see, all of those boats parading out all together, and the weigh-in competition happens from 1pm to 4pm, inside the Hamilton Harbor boat barn. It is typically open to the public and, to my knowledge, still is this year.

NTASF event
Old glory flying pretty, from TASF 2015 coming in from a storm.

Unfortunately, this will be the first time since 2012 that I will not be participating. COVID has hit very close to home the past two weeks. I know of five healthy folks that have passed away from COVID-19. With many family events related to my upcoming wedding and other personal plans for the next few weeks, I decided to sit out. It kills me to not be a part of TASF. It is truly the best fishing event in Naples, period. Until next year, I will be waiting!

NTASF redfish 2019
Nice 36" redfish from NTASF 2019

With that being said, I'm talking about the largest gathering of some of the best captains in Florida catching redfish, snook, and trout, fishing anywhere from Sanibel all the way to Shark River and back, THERE WILL BE SOOO MANY BOATS IN THE AREA!!! Don't be deterred, have a ball and enjoy the beautiful weather! It seems like snook, reds, and trout are all hanging out near beaches and outside passes. The tides and weather are looking prime for a weekend of fishing!

marco island tide table
Tidal table for Big Marco on Saturday September 18.

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