Old man winter has shown up a little earlier than anticipated but it’s not slowing down the fishing! The cold fronts have been pretty brutal and consistent over the past month. Cooler temperatures and rough conditions offshore mean we switch up our game and adapt! We’ve been fishing our winter time haunts in the backcountry and they’ve been producing Snook, Sheepshead, Trout, and Redfish. When the wind will let up and allow us offshore there will be a great Sheepshead and snapper bite offshore. This makes for great action and great table fare as well. On top of that the cold water pelagics will be around as well. Cobia, Kingfish, Bonita and Triple tail are always a crowd pleaser this time of the year.
We have a busy couple of weeks approaching for the upcoming holiday. We still have some slots available for anyone looking to get out! Please reach out to any of our captains for any questions you may have.
Fall fishing is in full swing down here in Naples, FL. The recent cool down in temperature has been a nice change of pace for everyone, including the fish! All of the typical fall suspects are around. Offshore we're seeing nice schools of Cobia on the wrecks with lots of other options to fill the gaps as well. Bonitas, Barracudas, Jack's, Goliath's, Snook, Mackerel, Snapper and triple tail have all been common catches on our recent offshore and nearshore trips. Inshore fishing has been very solid as well with many fish heading deeper into the backcountry in anticipation of winter. Snook, Redfish and jacks have been very steady with some trout mixed in as well. The bait is plentiful, the weather has been beautiful and the good fishing is just an added bonus! We have some limited availability for the upcoming holiday week so book accordingly!
Mid September fishing report for Naples, Florida. We are still in that summer – fall, transition. Great fishing opportunities around any corner.
With us being right in the middle of September and right in the middle of summer and fall we’re still having the opportunities of several fish still hanging around.
The OAM team stumbled across a large school of free swimming permit just a few days ago. Conditions were absolutely insane. The fish were bobbing, tailing, floating and eating every crab that hit the water. Many doubles and triples on deck!
Also, on these transition months, anything can come swimming up to the boat. We still have been wrestling with large snook. Goliath groupers. Some Bonita’s have been showing up in the mix and a variety of snappers for the dinner table.
With October right around the corner is the beginning of our season. Our books are already starting to fill up for the month of October. With that being said also lots of great dinner availabilities for the month of October. Cobia should be ruling our area any day now. Also, the stone crab traps go out on October 1st and the Tripletail fishing will soon be incredible.
Please reach out to anyone or Captains to book your fall trip with on a mission charters.
Thank you the Bedell Captains.
The mid July fishing report for Naples, Florida. It’s been extra hot down here this time of year, but so is the fishing.
Our focus has and is still in the Permit game. Still large fish and schools in our area. These trips require booking at least a 6 hour minimum. Of course full days work too. It’s jus difficult for us to find these fish on half days.
We’ve even been running into some either late season in Cobia or early season in Cobia. Either way we are not upset about that. These fish make for amazing site fishing opportunities and always good on the table.
There have also been some good numbers of large Snook on the Inshore wrecks. These fish have not been picky eating everything from bait to artificial, always make for a great photograph and a quick release. Also, Goliaths in every size range on the same spots.
Our books are slowing down a little bit, but we are still very steady doing 3 to 4 trips a week. We do love this time of year. We are able to flip-flop around in case of intimate weather. Also, we have been catering to a lot of our regulars and specialty charters for permit fishing only. This is the time of year to knock that bucket list off and cherry pick your day. Let us do the rest.
Hope to see you all on the water, tight lines and thank you from the Bedell Captains.
June to July transition has been a pleasant mixed bag. We love the month of July, that’s when we get our biggest Permit of the year.
Seems like the big girls like the month of July. We have been capitalizing on some larger fish from 38 to 40 inches the big bruisers are here!
Also between the permit frenzies, we’ve been getting a nice mixed bag of just about everything that swims right now. Massive jacks, drag screaming, barracudas. Golias that will make you hug the gunnel with everything you’ve got, even a few straggler Cobia have showed up in the mix.
While we’re talking about the pleasant mixed bag offshore, a lot of the tasty snappers have moved in to spawn for the summer. Mangroves and nice lanes even a few yellow tails in the mix always make for delicious fish tacos after the Charter.
Been very fickle year for the Tarpon. Weather has not been on our side, onshore winds. It seems like in every direction, rough waves, and sees even some dirty water just to make it that more difficult. We still have been stopping by and checking out the scene in the morning. If we don’t see any fish, we are heading out to where some better game fish cooperate.
Our calendars are still very steady for this time of the year, when we provide specialty trips and knocking special bucket list fish off of your list, those charters get booked very quickly.
July can be a very special month with usually Fairweather so please reach out to anyone of our Captains to book a trip of a lifetime! Also, specialty get certificates for birthdays, special occasions, and holidays are always available!
Thank you the Bedell Captains.
Wrapping up the last week of fishing in Naples, Florida for the month of February.
This month has felt more like June then February. Crazy hot air temperatures an even warmer water temperatures. It’s almost time for another cold front!
Our fishing still remains on fire and all of the local gamefish are cooperating. Giant schools of Permit are all over the place. Most wrecks hold all sizes. From 10-20s seems to be the norm last few days.
We have gotten some fish in 30 pounds range and also lost several more. The cobia fishing still remains incredible. We had wolf packs all around the boat today and yesterday and even this ginormous 50 pound came over the gunnel this week.
The back country is starting to heat up as well. Perry’s boat has been running nonstop. Lots of inshore species are eating pilchards and the water is warming up nicely.
This is the time I reach out and start saying that if you want to get some good dates with us, you need to book accordingly. Chunks are just being taken out of our calendar every day in a few more weeks we’re not gonna have any more room for the month of March.
Please reach out to any of our captains to handle any of your charter services.
Thank you the Bedell Captains.
Well, some things have changed around here. Here is the last photo before old man winter showed up on our doorstep. We are doing everything we can to make this last week of the year memorable.
As our fishing reports have shown for the last three or so months, the cobia fishing has been one for the record books. We were averaging 8-10 fish per half day trip.
That is going to be over for a little while until we can get some decent weather.
With our temperatures now averaging in the low 40s. Water temperatures in the 50s we are definitely going to be switching gears. When are now in full winter swing. We definitely got the best of the fall and pre-winter.
This week we are doubled up every day. With shrimp being on the table for Bait for the next few months. We might have a few warm up days and a few cherry pick days where we will be able to sneak offshore and play with some more cobia, Kingfish, Bonita, Gag Grouper, jewfish, sharks and Tripletail.
With the shrimp being the bait of choice. Also of course our species are going to change. Sheephead , mangrove snapper, trout, redfish, and black drum will be the species around mid February.
Also, some slow played artificial’s coming to play this time of year. We will be using a different variety of jigs tipped with shrimp just to try to cover some more of the water column. These work very well with a slow, retrieve and bounce on the bottom with the water being so cold.
This is a very difficult time of year for us to fish. Ironically also everyone and their mother is here. We know everyone looks at our social medias and wants to cherry pick their favorite fish like they’re ordering it off the menu. With this being said. Please try to have some patience with us in these winter months.
We want to deliver the best memories we can to you and your family. Please just remember this is not the type of fishing we do all year! If you come prepared, dress warm, you and your family will still have a fantastic day on the water!
Merry Christmas and happy holidays from the Bedell Captains.
Well, we had cobia for Halloween. We had cobia for Thanksgiving, and by the looks of it lots of cobia for Christmas!
As long as the weather remain solid and beautiful, we can capitalize on herds, packs, and giant schools of these fish have infested our area.
Also, let’s get real. It is December and these cold fronts are gonna start stacking. Hopefully we have enough flexibility to move or shuffle your offshore charter.
With that being said, we are getting ready to switch gears into our winter grind next week lows in the 50s we will be shrimping it and trying to find some shrimp eaters and stay out of the cold.
We’ve been very lucky with mild weather, and been able to capitalize on some offshore fishing. The triple tail, king fish, Bonita, should all be following suit in the next few days or so.
Our calendars are jamming the week of Christmas and New Year’s. Captain Perry Bedell’s boat is getting ready to enter the fleet again and we will have all of those days to fill.
Please keep an eye on our fishing reports and our calendars and make an unforgettable time for your family.
Please continue to have tight lines until you’re on our bow!
Thank you, the Bedell Captains.
The transition from Thanksgiving to December has been a pretty amazing week of fishing.
Things are pretty much back to normal here in Naples, Florida. Lots of family tourist are in town. Our books are very busy. The weather is beautiful & fishing is off the charts.
Let’s start offshore. That’s where we’ve been fishing for the majority of the time since the beginning of October. If you time it right and keep your eye on the weather, you can cherry pick some amazing days for your family.
The cobia fishing still remains as solid as can be. There are still wolf packs, trains, herds, schools, whatever you wanna call it they’re everywhere. These curious fish are all over the water column. Frisky live bait or a well place jig or even a plethora of assorted Topwater plugs will get destroyed by these fish.
Let’s not forget about the table fair. These fish are delicious prepared anyway. You cannot mess them up. Although there has been a new rule adjustment this year these fish used to be 33 inches minimum to the fork now they are 36 inches to the fork. We have been catching a lot of smaller fish in 2021 models. Which are still fun site fished. Take a great photograph and released for next season.
Also, on these wrecks, we have been in countering incredibly large schools of Jack’s. All sizes from 5 to 20 pounds. These large packs of fish, just ravish and destroy anything insight. Toss a top water plug out in the middle and watch it get destroyed. Very cool stuff to witness.
Also, a large variety of Apex sharks. From bulls to sandbars, lemons, even occasional tiger, and hammerhead have been stopping by. These are great fish for the whole family. There’s no shame in the game and passing the rod over and letting everybody grab a turn. It’s incredible to feel the immense power these fish have, and it’s always great to see all the smiling faces.
Now, if that’s not enough for you, drop one of those chunks to the bottom and hold on with everything you got. The goliath grouper have been stopping by and visiting as well. We’ve been getting fish from 20 pounds all the way up to 150 these fish are dinosaurs. They eat anything and everything in sight and this is also a get the whole family involved because it’s very hard to do solo.
Our month is getting very busy. Lots of people in town. Lots of beautiful weather around. Our books are jamming all month especially the end. If you or your family has any ideas of going out on one of our excursions, please let anyone of our captains know. We would love to get you and your family on the water this holiday season. Please have a safe one and we will see you on the water.
Thank you, the Bedell Captains.
We had cobia instead of turkey this year!
The cobia fishing remains as solid as it’s ever been. I believe our headcount for just this fall has reached 50+ fish! That’s not counting the ones lost at the boat or any others lost. Kind of incredible numbers considering we just had a category five hurricane go through here.
Speaking of the hurricane and our area. Our area has bounced back and is very resilient like we always are after a storm. The water is beautiful fishing is incredible despite what the news says every day!
We are full this week but still have room for a last minute half day here or there. We’ve got some beautiful weather all the way to Saturday with this oncoming front.
Actually, Thanksgiving was gorgeous. We worked a full day last year and probably will again this year.
We hope everyone had a safe and happy Thanksgiving on the water!
Thank you the Bedell captains.
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