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Captain Billy Norris (239) 285 7710

Fishing Naples, Bonita Springs, and Fort Myers Beach FL

fishing report: october 2014

Fishing this month has been fantastic!  In the backwaters, redfish have been the star of the show, with some nice snook mixed in.  Offshore has produced some decent fish, but has slowed down a little bit.  Nearshore however has been amazing!  The tarpon are following the large schools of bait down the coastline, and fish over 100 pounds are not uncommon.  Sharks are also here in large numbers, so if you're looking to get out there and get your Jaws is the time!  Fishing is great, so get out there and catch some fish!

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​Fishing continues to be excellent here in sunny Southwest Florida.  Cooler weather has started moving in, so the tarpon have begun to move off.  However, taking their place as the star of the show are cobia!  There have been plenty of cobia in the nearshore waters, and catching them on live pinfish or threads is the ticket.  Redfish have also been on fire.  There have been plenty of keeper sized fish mixed in with some big bulls.  Tripletail have also started popping up.  Over the course of the next few weeks, the schools of big sheepshead should also move in to our nearshore wrecks and catching some giants shouldn't be that difficult.  Also, there are plenty of snook, snapper, trout and drum hanging out.  Fishing is great, so book your trip today!

fishing report: september 2014

With the onset of fall, fishing has continued to improve.  As the weather continues to cool down from the extremely hot South Florida summers, many species of fish are beginning to fatten up for the winter.  Snook have still been the star of the show, but redfish have started showing up in numbers.  As we move closer towards October and November, redfishing should continue to pick up.  Some big jack crevalle, trout and sharks have been making their way boatside in the backwater as well.  The offshore bite continues to be on fire.  Red grouper are abundant, and the occasional honey hole full of gag grouper isn't uncommon.  Mangrove snapper are also present in droves, and tarpon continue to hang around in numbers.  Right off of shore there are plenty of black drum and snook to be caught, so even if you don't have a boat you can still get in on the action! - Capt. Billy Norris


​Fishing has been excellent throughout the month of December.  Tarpon hung around unusually long this year, and we were catching some giants all the way up until the second week of the month.  In the backwater, redfish, trout and snook have been plentiful.  Whitebait under a popping cork has been doing the trick.  The passes have been full of trout, pompano, and plenty of sharks.  The nearshore reefs have provided steady action from grouper, snapper, sheepshead, and some cobia mixed in.  There are also plenty of kingfish, bonito and tripletail around.  Fishing has been great, and an unusually warm December this year has kept us busy with some solid fish!

fishing report: december 2014


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Tips to help you catch more of one of our favorite fish, the common snook!  Article by Captain Billy Norris

coastal angler: tip of the month

"Help Finding the Reef from an Unexpected Friend" Article by Captain Billy Norris. September 2014.

Learn how to properly care for your fishing gear and make sure it lasts through the years! Article by Captain Billy Norris.

Fishing has been great over the last  few weeks.  The weather is warming up, and the fishing bite is hot!  In the backwaters, snook, redfish, trout and jacks have kept rods bent.  Whitebait under a popping cork has been doing the trick.  The sheepshead are all pretty much gone until next winter, but there are some nice mangrove snapper inhabiting the backwater.  Offshore, tarpon season is in full swing.  There are plenty of fish around, its just a matter of battling them to the boat.  The nearshore reefs have been holding permit, mangrove snapper, grouper, spanish mackerel, snook and a variety of other fish.  Fishing is excellent right now, so call to book your trip today!


November tip of the month discussing how to make your fishing gear last.  Article written by Captain Billy Norris

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coastal angler: tip of the month

​"Bigger is Better" Article by Captain Billy Norris.  August 2014.

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better off wet: catch more snook!

FISHING REPORT:  august 2014

Fishing this month has been excellent!  With the onset of fall, the action both in the backwater and offshore has failed to disappoint.  In the backwaters, the larger snook, some in the upper 40 inch range, have been making appearances.  In addition, trout, redfish and tarpon have been easy to target.  Offshore action has been great as well.  August and September are the spawning months for goliath grouper, so we have been catching some gigantic fish on the wrecks.  Tarpon have also stayed in the area longer than usual, and schools of them can be located within close proximity to shore.  Despite the hot weather, fishing has never been better so get out there on the water!

​- Captain Billy Norris



Fishing has been fantastic lately!  Winter is beginning to give way to Spring, and as always the usual suspects are moving in.  The end of winter was filled with huge sheepshead, snapper and snapper.  Now that spring has begun, we have been catching some beautiful cobia, giant permit, goliath grouper, and the gag grouper are moving in closer to shore.  There have also been a seemingly endless amount of spanish mackerel and big schools of kingfish moving through.  In the passes, there have been plenty of trout and pompano, and in the backwater the redfish bite is on fire!  The big snook should be moving in shortly, and some of the first of the season are being caught now.  Call now and get out the on the water!

fishing report: november 2014

better off wet: captain's moment

Check out our article on how to properly release big game fish in Southwest Florida!  Article by Captain Billy Norris.

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