Snook Reopens In Atlantic

2016 Snook Symposium In Orlando. File Photo: Naples Fishing, Snook, Sunday, 8-2-15, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.
2016 Snook Symposium In Orlando. File Photo: Naples Fishing, Snook, Sunday, 8-2-15, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.

Snook Reopens In Atlantic State Waters.

FWC issued the following news release.

“The recreational harvest season for snook reopens on Feb. 1 in Florida’s Atlantic coastal and inland waters (from the Miami-Dade/Monroe county line north), including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River. The season will remain open through May 31.

Naples Fishing, Snook, Saturday, 7-18-15, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.
Naples Fishing, Snook, Saturday, 7-18-15, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.

In the Atlantic, anglers may keep one snook per day that is not less than 28 or more than 32 inches total length, which is measured from the most forward point of the head with the mouth closed to the farthest tip of the tail with the tail compressed or squeezed while the fish is lying on its side.

A snook permit is required to keep snook, along with a saltwater fishing license, unless the angler is exempt from the license requirements. Only hook-and-line gear is allowed when targeting or harvesting snook.

It is illegal to buy or sell snook.

Snook are one of the many reasons Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World. As a result, the FWC encourages anglers to use moderation when determining whether or not to take a snook home, even during the open season.

Researchers ask anglers who harvest the fish to save their filleted carcasses and provide them to the FWC by dropping them off at a participating bait and tackle store. This program allows anglers to participate in the collection of data such as the size, age, maturity and sex of Florida’s premier inshore game fish, snook. For a county-by-county list, go to MyFWC.com/Research and click on “Saltwater,” “Snook,” and “Snook Anglers Asked to Help with Research.”

Naples Fishing, One Of Our Favorite Snook Photos, 4-10-15, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.
Naples Fishing, One Of Our Favorite Snook Photos, 4-10-15, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.

The harvest of snook in all of Florida’s Gulf of Mexico state waters, including Everglades National Park and all of Monroe County, remains closed until March 1. Snook harvested from the open waters of the Atlantic may not be transported through closed water or landed in the closed area. Anglers may catch and release snook during the closed season, but the FWC encourages anglers to handle and release these fish carefully to help ensure their survival upon release. Proper handling methods can help ensure the species’ abundance for anglers today and generations to come. To learn more about fish handling, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Fish Handling.”

For more information, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Snook.”

FWC Commission Meeting: Red Drum / Redfish

Tampa Fishing, Saturday, 10-3-15, Big Redfish, Tampa Fishing Report & Charters, #Tampa.
Tampa Fishing, Saturday, 10-3-15, Big Redfish, Tampa Fishing Report & Charters, #Tampa.

FWC Commission February Meeting – Tallahassee

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission issued the flowing news release.

“Action: Marine Fisheries Management Items February 10

Information: Items on the agenda include:

Discussions on:

  • Federal fishery management updates
  • Annual Workplan
  • Red drum stock assessment

Potential regulatory changes on:

  • Red snapper (Gulf): 2016 recreational season
  • Gag and black grouper (Gulf): Increasing recreational size limit for both species and setting gag recreational season.
  • Dwarf seahorse: Prohibiting harvest north of Anclote Key State Park Lighthouse and Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, reducing recreational and commercial bag/trip limits, and creating an annual commercial quota.

Links for more information:

Agenda [MyFWC.com]

Florida Fishing Report: Red Tide Status, 1-29-16

Florida Red Tide Status Map, 1-29-16, Courtesy Of FWC, Florida Red Tide Report.
Florida Red Tide Status Map, 1-29-16, Courtesy Of FWC, Florida Red Tide Report.

Florida Fish & Wildlife Red Tide Status: Friday, January 29, 2016

FWC released the Red Tide Status Report as of this afternoon.

Red Tide Status (January 29, 2016)

“A bloom of Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, persists along Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee, and northern Collier counties in Southwest Florida.

Karenia brevis was detected in low to high concentrations in 9 samples collected in and alongshore of Pinellas County; background to medium concentrations in 22 samples collected inshore of Hillsborough County; low to medium concentrations in 18 samples collected in, along, and offshore of Manatee County; background to high concentrations in 35 samples collected in, along, and offshores of Sarasota County; very low to medium concentrations in 10 samples collected in, along, and offshore of Charlotte County; background to high concentrations in 31 samples collected in, along, and offshore of Lee County; and very low to medium concentrations in 2 samples collected offshore of northern Collier County.

Respiratory irritation continues to be reported in several bloom areas of Southwest Florida. Forecasts by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tides show a slight southern movement of bloom waters in Southwest Florida over the next 3 days.

Background concentrations of K. brevis were also observed in one sample collected offshore of Okaloosa County in Northwest Florida.

Along the Gulf Coast, samples were not collected in the past week from Walton, Gulf, Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson, Taylor, or Citrus counties.”

For more information, please see FWC.

#Miami Fishing Report, Friday, January 29, 2016: Sea Trout

Miami Fishing, Sea Trout, Friday, 1-29-16, Miami Fishing Report & Charters, #Miami.
Miami Fishing, Sea Trout, Friday, 1-29-16, Miami Fishing Report & Charters, #Miami.

Miami fishing report: Sea Trout.

Miami Fishing Report, Friday, January 29, 2016 / Florida Fishing Report – Miami: Sea Trout, grass beds;  we report on Miami inshore and offshore fishing. We’re mostly focused on fishing Miami’s channels, grass flats, passes, oyster bars, mangroves and near shore fishing, but we’ll also give you an update on deep sea fishing if a Captain sends us a report!

We’re big advocates of catch and release, particularly for snook, but pretty much for most species.  Only take what you are going to eat, and a lot of fish are better off as sport fish, even if they are in season.  Our motto is let ‘em get bigger and catch ‘em again!

Consistent with the near shore fishing theme, we post on fishing for redfish, snook, sea trout, pompano, snapper, grouper, ladyfish, Spanish mackerel, hogfish and other game fish!

We also report on going after bigger fish, including bull sharks, hammerhead sharks, lemon sharks, sandbar sharks, spinner sharks and black tip and black nose sharks. We’re very strong proponents of catching and releasing sharks unharmed.

Please see our SanibelCaptivaFort MyersSeashell & Shelling and Cuban Fishing sites for charter photos from our other captains, additional fishing and shelling reports, and musings on fishing in Cuba one of these days!

Again, unless you are going to eat a fish that is in season and of the appropriate size, we say let ‘em go to get bigger, have some fun and catch ‘em again another day!

At the right time of the year, we also post on tarpon, cobia and king mackerel when they are running!

Miami is increasingly one of the capitals of the Caribbean and Latin America, and the culture and fishing is some of the best in the world!  Whether you’re a serious fisherman or woman or a family looking for a great adventure, you are going to like Miami fishing!

Miami Fishing Report, Friday, January 29, 2016 / Florida Fishing Report – Miami: sea trout, flats, grass beds; daily Miami Fishing Report & Info On Miami Fishing Charters; Fishing Trips For Families & Children, As Well As Serious Sport Fishermen and Fisherwomen!

We’re just getting started in Miami, but we’re looking forward to reporting on Miami fishing!

If you are a local fishing guide/captain and would like to submit photos and reports, please let us know.  All are welcome.  You can reach us @ FloridaFishingCharterReport@gmail.com.

Happy fishing!

The Miami Fishing Report Team!

#Naples Fishing Report, Thursday, January 28, 2016: Dolphins Playing!

Naples Fishing, Happy, Playful Dolphin Chasing The Boat, Marco Island, Photo Credit: Erik Hammer, Thursday, 1-28-16, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.
Naples Fishing, Happy, Playful Dolphin Chasing The Boat, Marco Island, Photo Credit: Erik Hammer, Thursday, 1-28-16, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.

Naples Fishing Report: Happy Dolphins!

Naples Fishing Report, Thursday, January 28, 2016 / Florida Fishing Report – Naples: dolphins playing, Marco Island!  We’re mostly focused on Naples fishing the channels, grass flats, passes, oyster bars, mangroves and near shore fishing in Naples, but we also give updates on Naples deep sea fishing.

Naples Fishing, Dolphins Chasing The Boat, Marco Island, Photo Credit: Erik Hammer, Thursday, 1-28-16, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.
Naples Fishing, Dolphins Chasing The Boat, Marco Island, Photo Credit: Erik Hammer, Thursday, 1-28-16, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.

We’re big advocates of catch and release, particularly for snook, but pretty much for most species.  Only take what you are going to eat, and a lot of fish are better off as sport fish, even if they are in season.  Our motto is let ‘em get bigger and catch ‘em again!

Please see our SanibelCaptivaFort MyersSeashell & Shelling and Cuban Fishing sites for charter photos from our other captains, additional fishing and shelling reports, and musings on fishing in Cuba one of these days!

Please try our pilot SanibelCaptivaNews.com site or Sanibel & Captiva Events Calendar to see what else is happening Sanibel & Captiva islands!

We’re just getting started in Naples, but we’re looking forward to reporting on Naples fishing!

Naples Fishing, Dolphins Jumping The Wake, Marco Island, Photo Credit: Erik Hammer, Thursday, 1-28-16, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.
Naples Fishing, Dolphins Jumping The Wake, Marco Island, Photo Credit: Erik Hammer, Thursday, 1-28-16, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.

Naples Fishing Report, Thursday, January 29, 2016 / Florida Fishing Report – Naples: dolphins, Marco Island, playing and jumping by the boat; if you are a local Naples fishing guide/captain and would like to submit photos and reports, please let us know.  Daily Naples fishing reports. All are welcome.  You can reach us @ FloridaFishingCharterReport@gmail.com.

The Naples-Marco Island area has terrific beaches and beach fishing!  The beaches stretch along the Gulf of Mexico for about 10 miles and include Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, Clam Pass Beach Park, Naples Municipal Beach & Fishing Pier (Naples Pier), Vanderbilt Beach, North Gulfshore Boulevard Beach, and Lowdermilk Beach Park.  Naples beaches are often ranked in the top 5-10 beaches in America!

There are also a number of both small and very large reserves in and nearby Naples-Marco Island.  They include Corkscrew Swamp SanctuaryEverglades National ParkBig Cypress National PreserveFlorida Panther National Wildlife RefugeTen Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge, and Picayune Strand State Forest.

Like much of southwest Florida, Naples has barrier islands which mean great fishing!  The breadth of the natural ecosystem near Naples is immense and can’t be fully described in this short post.  Marco Island is the most well known, but Marco Island spills south into the Ten Thousand Islands and unbelievably good fishing!

Other islands include Keywaydin Island, which is the longest unbridged island in southwest Florida and has a lot of natural habitat, and Kice Island and Cape Romano, which are very remote!

We’re just getting started in Naples, but we’re looking forward to reporting on Naples fishing!

If you are a local fishing guide/captain and would like to submit photos and reports, please let us know.  All are welcome.  You can reach us @ FloridaFishingCharterReport@gmail.com.

Happy fishing!

The Naples Fishing Report Team!