Naples Late Summer Fishing Report
We have made it to August and the last month of summer. Things are already starting to change gears in Naples, Florida.
The Permit game still remains solid when weather conditions being where they need to be. Lots of afternoon showers and wind direction all over the place has made it difficult to get to the grounds. Once you arrive. We have been greeted with some dirty water. Still some fish in the area and site fishing has pretty much disappeared. Soaking a well placed crab in the right area will be rewarded! Bring that extra bag of patience.
With this unstable wind and weather. We have retreated into the near shore Wrecks. Seems like a lot of the larger snook have moved out of the back country and to these near shore structures. They are very large and most of them not much smaller than 20 pounds.
These inshore structures also hold a variety of barracudas, goliath groupers, mangrove snappers, Spanish mackerel, and a mixed bag of sharks to keep all anglers busy.
With the last month of summer approaching we are already starting to see some fall patterns. Our pilchards hatch is all small and starting from scratch. These are growing every day and yet small are very useable and have been getting the job done!
Our calendars are still quite busy for this time of the year. We did put one boat into the shop for repairs. We will be getting her back around Halloween. With us being down to one boat has been tricky to try to get some trips in but we are still getting it done.
With this being said. I would still reach out to anyone of our captains when you have those fishing dates available.
The Bedell Captains.
July always means big permit in Naples for the On a Mission team! Throughout my whole career we always looked forward to July.
This month has always been usually bittersweet for us. We’ve always looked forward to the new moon in July because it would always yield the largest permit of the year for us. Also this is the month where they usually start thinning out. This year seems a little different. As I’m talking to my captains and looking over our records. We’ve never had a year with so many quality fish over 40 inches.
With these larger fish have come a new way to approach them also new tactics. These fish are so big. They are so strong. Most clients don’t realize the power and strength these fish have till they are completely blindsided and take them to the wreck like a freight train. We have been breaking hooks. That’s right. I said we are breaking steel hooks!! We usually have a couple rounds of trial by fire before clients start dialing these fish directions in the right way.
It’s a lot of give-and-take with these behemoth permit. Everything has to go right for you to get that picture and memory of a lifetime. So get plenty of rest and please listen to our directions and you can knock this fish off your bucket list as well!
Our calendars are thinning out a little bit. We really don’t mind. We get to reboot the system and go play with these dinosaurs a little bit ourselves. We’re not mad about that! It’s been a nice break for our team.
If this is something that you would like to do please don’t hesitate to reach out to any of our captains to book a trip of a lifetime!
Thank you the Bedell Captain’s.
The OAM team is wrapped up the month of June with a beautiful cherry on top!
We have completely switched gears and put the Naples tarpon fishing on the back burner. The Permit Fishing is taking full presidents and with multiple 40 inch fish coming over the rail weekly you can see why!
I was just speaking with my captains the other day about this. We can’t remember in any time of our fishing careers, even mine for that matter. When we have delivered so many 40 inch plus fish to clients. This year and season have just been incredible. Yes we’ve caught some amazing fish. In that fact we’ve also lost so many more.
These fish are so big. So strong! We can’t even say everyone is shocked when they realize what is on the end of the line. It’s very hard to coach or try to prep someone for this. It’s usually trial by fire and in the heat of the moment we hope the fish makes a mistake.
So I always tell my clients get plenty of rest and please listen to our instructions. I know we sound very repetitive and probably like a broken record over and over again. Trust us. We want that picture and memory as bad as you do!
We are happy to have another amazing June in the books. July is already wrapping up to be busy. Half the month is already booked and we are filling up trips daily. This is an amazing time of year to cherry pick days and make a memory for a lifetime. Keep an eye on our post, book your Naples fishing charter accordingly and we hope to get you and your family on the water!
Thank you. The Bedell Captain’s.
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