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Fishing Report for the week of July 6, 2015

We hope everyone had a great Fourth of July! The Fireworks were spectacular this year. From the neighborhood displays to the Naples City and Sugden Park show. Great job and a GREAT FOURTH.

Now on to the fishing. This week we've seen some ups and downs. The morning bite was good up to about 9 am then it slowed to a crawl on everything including Snook, Redfish, Snapper and Tarpon. Still good numbers of Tarpon on the outside beaches and near the passes. I think they will be here most of this month. I caught some on a very small 1/0 Silver Kings Wing Fly. The Snook were feeding better in the late afternoon and evening due to the Full moon this past week.

Next week we should see a morning bite increase. Snapper were up and down but still good numbers on the nearshore wrecks and reefs. The evening and night bite was awesome. Redfish are still here but remain scattered. We had a good day last week on Both Snook and Redfish using small white poppers and wriggle minnows in the early morning on the rip rap shore lines and for Redfish on the incoming tide under the mangroves. Caught two nice Reds on a small CJ’s Super Shrimp in green around the south end of Rookery Bay. Snapper have been mixed in on the rip rap and we caught a couple of really large ones this week almost 15 inches on poppers. They actually put up a good tussle when they get that size even on an eight weight. They sure are good in the Pan also.... mmmmm hmmm, snapper sandwich.

This next week’s fishing should be very good in the morning and afternoon. Small white flies both on top and under the water have still been your best bet. White bait even though it is small this time of the year is also very good and will catch everything. There are some good sized bait mixed in on the beach just have to look for it. If you want to fish artificial, stop by the shop and pick up our custom made buck tail and synthetic jigs. They are works of art and extremely durable. See you at the shop on Danford next to Bayview Park.

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