Spring fishing in Charlotte Harbor question

Old 02-02-2011, 04:36 AM
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Anyone know Charlotte Harbor fishing well? I will be heading there in early March and will stay until May 1. I was there last year and had a hard time catching fish on the end near Port Charlotte. In early April I fished near Pine Island and the fishing was so much better. Was this due to the unusual cold last year or is this typical? Can anyone give me a general guide as to areas to fish as time moves from early March to the end of April. I like to fish for inshore species like Snook, Reds, Trout. I will be renting a house on a canel near Alligator Bay.
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Old 02-02-2011, 07:25 AM
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My uncle lives in Punta Gorda Isle. He has been there for 10 years now. He claims the best overall fishing is June through September. He has a 21 foot center console so very rarely does he take the trip all the way to the pass. Often he fishes in shallow water in the spring that warms first right on the edges of the mangroves with live shrimp and whitebait. We always catch mangrove snapper, sea trout, redfish, snook, ladyfish, triple tail, bluefish, and small sharks. The trick seems to be find a place where the tide is moving and sun is shining on the water......Oh and be real quiet. Don't be slamming the hatches and no radio......
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Old 02-02-2011, 09:20 AM
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I know the fishing gets better and better as summer aproaches but unfortunately I am only there from March through April. I would like to hear some information for that period.
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Last years winter here in FL was BRUTAL . The result was that fishing from mid-Florida to the Keys was way off. We had a tremendouse fish kill and due to the record low water temps, fish that survived were very lethargic.

Trout and Redfishing should be pretty much on track down in Charlotte Harbor/Pine Island Sound. Trout and Redfish tolerate the cold water temps better than Snook. Therefore, concentrate on the Speckled Trout and Redfish; then if you get a few warm days in a row that result in a 2-3 degree rise in water temps, give Snook a shot.

As the water temp rises in March into April the fish will become more active -- and live bait will start to show. Visit a local tackle shop and buy the Florida Fishing Planner -- basically a tide book for Florida. Drive around your normal fishing area at an extreme low tide (around the new or full moon). You want to fish the mid-range flats at low tide for trout & reds. They school right at the drop-off at low tide and as the tide rises, spread out on the flats.

For Redfish, use gold spoons, jerkbaits, and similar lures.

For Trout, jerkbaits, topwater before 9am and after 5pm.

DOA shrimp FISHED SLOWLY are great, but only after you've located fish.

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