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South West Florida Freshwater Scene for April 2018 April 09 2018

South West Florida Freshwater Scene for April 2018

By: Capt Roan zumFelde.

Fresh water fishing in South West Florida has been excellent most of the month of March and looks as if it will continue great right into April. I would expect continued success on both artificial and live bait on all our waters. The canals should be crushing all this month. I would small water fishing around Naples in the canals and ponds to really pick up. Small Topwater plugs like the Heddon Tiny Torpedo should crush them and they are fun to watch. Come check them out at the shop.

Lake Okeechobee fishing in March has been just beyond words for most bass anglers. Great numbers off small fish and many large ones caught on both shiners and artificials. Although from most reports I have heard that the bigger fish have been caught mainly on the artificial not the shiners. All ends of the lake have been producing and it looks like April should be world class. Winds should calm some in April which will make running the lake a little safer and more comfortable.

Trafford Fishing has been on a high for the first couple of weeks of March. The crappie fishing has been excellent and the bass fishing has been really good also. Bass on Trafford can be tough at times but March reports say they have been crushing it most days. Now for April let us hope things stay the same or even get better. My guess is that crappie will get tougher to catch but the bass might even get better. That is if water levels stay relatively constant and heat levels stay low. If these stay the norm then fishing should be great. Still your best bets are shiners trolled behind the boat as you cast worms or top-water plugs, ahead of the boat. There might be some early school fish so keep your eyes scanning the water for explosions.  

For the Everglades Canals This is one of the best months for canal fishing in the Glades. Bass will still be burning it up and the Cichlids that made it through this year’s freezes should be on full seek and destroy mode. So far not see much in the way of peacock bass but there are some mayans showing up and plenty of oscars. Bass in the canals along Hwy- 27 and the Alley are just pulverizing poppers. Catching them on two specific poppers so far, the Trail Hopper and the Wiggle Minnow, both are available at the shop.  

Come visit Mike and me at Mike’s Bait house and Indian Pass Outfitters on Danford Street, next to Bayview Park in Naples and we can talk fishing. We carry a full line of tackle including: fly rods from Echo and Fly Reels from Galvan all fishing needs for both saltwater and freshwater, great food and drinks, and bait. Thanks and good fishing. Roan z


South West Florida Freshwater Scene for March March 15 2018

March fishing should be red hot in our Freshwater lakes and Canals in South West Florida.  Check out the Blog and learn more

South West Florida Freshwater Scene for December December 08 2017


Fishing Forecast
South West Florida Freshwater Scene for December
By: Capt Roan zumFelde.

Merry Christmas to all and hope your fishing trips are wonderful and fish are plentiful. The winter winds are starting to blow and the coolness is in the air. This is not always a bad thing, it sure makes being in the outdoors more enjoyable and sometimes really stacks the fish up were they can get to a little warmer water. The bass can really fire up just before a front comes through. The only problem is if you are fishing the day after the front passes then it gets a little difficult. My only suggestion is to slow down, when you think you are moving you lure slow enough then try moving it a little slower.

Lake Okeechobee fishing should be excellent this month. Bass fishing on the lake will be in full swing and the main lake water levels should be starting to drop down and make the bass more concentrated. This should make the Rim Canal and any traditionally deeper water corridors much better. North End of the lake should really start to get good especially if the winds start to blow out of the North. Fishing for bluegills will be on the decline but Crappie should really start taking over for all you pan fisherman. Small Jigs and even flies work well on them. I like to throw small bead head Wooley Buggers for them. The bead causes a more up and down erratic action.

Ski Oleski, out at Trafford Marine is not only excited about it being the Holidays this month but thinks it is one of the best months to catch crappie on the lake. He says small jigs will catch them but Missouri minnows work the best. He believes the fishing is really getting better all the time on the lake and from what his anglers are telling him and me I do believe it is true. Bass fishing on the lake this month should be excellent as well. From top to bottom you should find plenty of bass action. If an early front brings the temps down I might suggest fishing slow sinking creature baits, or jig and pig combo in heavy cover. Something that falls relatively slow like a Senko type worm should also work well.

The Everglades Canals should really big good for all species this month. It looks like the water levels are going to get better for both bass and cichlids. The lack of rain in November, is going to really help out and bring the fish into accessible areas of the canals were we can get a lure to them. Senko type worms this month should literally wreck them. Large or small Senko’s will not matter just be sure to bring plenty with you in multiple colors. Not only do the bass eat them in the canals but the oscars, mayans, and bowfins love them. Please be extra careful when handling bowfins if they clamp down on you it is hard to get them to let go. If the water stays warm and the fronts stay to the north the fly fishing in the canals will be good on top but if the waters get cool you will need to fish weighted flies like a Clousabou to fire up the fish.

Come visit Mike and me at Mike’s Bait house and Indian Pass Outfitters on Danford Street, next to Bayview Park in Naples and we can talk fishing. We carry a full line of tackle including: fly fishing needs and both saltwater and freshwater gear, food, drink, and bait. Thanks and good fishing. Roan z
If you want to contact Capt. Roan z for a freshwater fishing trip or ask any fishing questions he can be contacted at the Shop 239-775-2248 or cell number 239-269-4426. Check the Web Site www.indianpassoutfitters.com and www.mikesbaithouse.com






We are adding new Fly Lines from Airflo like the Gulf Redfish November 30 2017

New Fly Lines from Airflo have finnaly arrived The Gulf Redfish

New Christmas Ornaments at the Bait House November 26 2017

Pick your favorite colors or your favorite NCAA team color.

New Dolphin Delights are not Just for Dolphin July 07 2017

Dolphin Delights  This is July's Fly of the month for IPO and Mike's Baithouse.  This fly is great for just about ever fish that swims and eats baitfish.  Tied with lots of flash and SF blend synthetic that sheds water and is easy to cast for a big fly.  We fish this fly offshore and inshore and I even fish it on schooling bass in the freshwater.  I tie this fly in Two sizes a 2/0 and a 4/0 but can tie it as big as a 6/0 and down to a #2.  I also like to tie it weighted on an 45 Degree Jig Hook for deeper fish and passes with lots of tide.  Come check them out at the shop or contact us for an order.

July Freshwater Scene for South West Florida July 07 2017

Summer JULY, stay inside and soak up the A/C. July and August are two tough months for freshwater fishing in this part of the world. Not impossible but tough with high water and heat and just an overall lack of enthusiasm with both the fish and the fisherman. Anyhow here is my best shot for South West Florida.

Lake Okeechobee water levels should be returning to normal. The fish should be in the heavy areas of cover in the deepest water. Most of the lake is fairly shallow but if you find good cover in deeper than usual water, flipping and pitching this cover with creature baits should work well. Fly Fishing in open water where there is light vegetation might work if you can find any schooling bass. Keep your eyes peeled that might tell you were they are.

Trafford Fishing is still only fair. With higher water you can reach back further and there should be some good activity in the most dense cover areas. I would suggest getting live shiners and slow trolling them behind the boat while you are casting top waters early and then worming any heavy cover you find with some water over it. Fly fishing for shell crackers if you can find the beds should be productive, wooly worms or san-juan worms will work but you have to find the spawning beds.

The Everglades Canals are going to be difficult. High water sends the fish deep into cover areas and out on the marshes. Not impossible to catch fish here, just do not expect to be putting the 100 and 200 fish days together. Good days would be 25 to 50 fish and you are going to have to work tight to any structure and cover. Early Morning is your best shot. Interceptor early would be a good canal to try. Golden Gate canal around any of the water structures should also produce snook, tarpon, and bass.

Come visit Mike and me at Mike’s Bait house and Indian Pass Outfitters on Danford Street, next to Bayview Park in Naples and we can talk fishing. We carry a full line of tackle including: fly fishing needs and both saltwater and freshwater gear, food, drink, and bait. Thanks and good fishing. Roan z

If you want to contact Capt. Roan z for a freshwater fishing trip or ask any fishing questions he can be contacted at the Shop 239-775-2248 or cell number 239-269-4426. Check the Web Site www.indianpassoutfitters.com and www.mikesbaithouse.com

 

 


The December Freshwater Scene for South West Florida December 12 2016

Fishing Forecast

South West Florida Freshwater Scene for December

By: Capt Roan zumFelde.

Merry Christmas to all and hope your fishing trips are wonderful and fish are plentiful. The winter winds are starting to blow and the coolness is in the air. This is not always a bad thing, it sure makes being in the outdoors more enjoyable and sometimes really stacks the fish up were they can get to a little warmer water. The bass can really fire up just before a front comes through. The only problem is if you are fishing the day after the front passes then it gets a little difficult. My only suggestion is to slow down, when you think you are moving you lure slow enough then try moving it a little slower.

Lake Okeechobee fishing should be excellent this month. Bass fishing on the lake will be in full swing and the main lake water levels should be starting to drop down and make the bass more concentrated. This should make the Rim Canal and any traditionally deeper water corridors much better. North End of the lake should really start to get good especially if the winds start to blow out of the North. Fishing for bluegills will be on the decline but Crappie should really start taking over for all you pan fisherman. Small Jigs and even flies work well on them. I like to throw small bead head Wooley Buggers for them. The bead causes a more up and down erratic action.  

Ski Oleski, out at Trafford Marine is not only excited about it being the Holidays this month but thinks it is one of the best months to catch crappie on the lake. He says small jigs will catch them but Missouri minnows work the best. He believes the fishing is really getting better all the time on the lake and from what his anglers are telling him and me I do believe it is true. Bass fishing on the lake this month should be excellent as well. From top to bottom you should find plenty of bass action. If an early front brings the temps down I might suggest fishing slow sinking creature baits, or jig and pig combo in heavy cover. Something that falls relatively slow like a Senko type worm should also work well.  

The Everglades Canals should really big good for all species this month. It looks like the water levels are going to get perfect for both bass and cichlids. The lack of rain in November, is going to really help out and bring the fish into accessible areas of the canals were we can get a lure to them. Senko type worms this month should literally wreck them. Large or small Senko’s will not matter just be sure to bring plenty with you in multiple colors. Not only do the bass eat them in the canals but the oscars, mayans, and bowfins love them. Please be extra careful when handling bowfins if they clamp down on you it is hard to get them to let go. If the water stays warm and the fronts stay to the north the fly fishing in the canals will be good on top but if the waters get cool you will need to fish weighted flies like a Clousabou to fire up the fish.  A great canal to fish on foot this time of the year is the Highway 29 canal between I- 75 and U.S. 41. There is some great fishing and easy parking areas along the highway and plenty of different species to catch. The closer to I-75 the more bass and cichlids you will find and the closer to 41, snook and tarpon will be a more likely target. Look for structure like down trees fallen into the canal and canal corners and anywhere there is water coming off the marshes and into the main canal. Because there can be snook and tarpon I would recommend using at least 30lb leader attached to your main line. Fly fishing this canal can be tricky but not impossible you will just have to pick your spots. Good recon is important.

Come visit Mike and me at Mike’s Bait house and Indian Pass Outfitters on Danford Street, next to Bayview Park in Naples and we can talk fishing. We carry a full line of tackle including: fly fishing needs and both saltwater and freshwater gear, food, drink, and bait. Thanks and good fishing. Roan z

If you want to contact Capt. Roan z for a freshwater fishing trip or ask any fishing questions he can be contacted at the Shop 239-775-2248 or cell number 239-269-4426. Check the Web Site www.indianpassoutfitters.com and www.mikesbaithouse.com


Testing the New Pola Candies with Mike and Ritch February 15 2016

Blk Purple Polla Candy

 

Went out testing the new flies that we will be listing in the near future. Still tweaking a little.  They are the Pola Candy.  They will be tied in 6 or 7 color combinations.  This one is the Black and Purple.  This fly uses a new material that we will also be stocking from now on called Pola Fiber Brushes.  You will not believe what these things look like in the water.  These are a couple of fish we tried them out on the other day.  Keep checking with us for them.  We have a small stock of them at the baithouse now, but working on more in the future.  Still getting the new brushes in also.  Slow in coming but Fishient products has never been easy to get!


Fly of the Month For February TRAIL HOPPERS February 12 2016

The CJ’s Trail Hopper

This Fly is a condensed version of a Gurgler with  a little more Foam and Buoyancy.  It really Wiggles a splashes in the water.  This is one of my favorite Bass Flies in the Everglades and even on the Clear lakes in Highlands County.  We tie this fly in lots of colors, but these pictured are the best colors I have found.  This fly was originally tied for Snook and Tarpon on the Trail Canals, but has quickly become my favorite for Bass in the Glades. You can see them in person at the Shop or check them out on line at www.mikesbaithouse.com 

Easy to tie and to Fish.

Materials List:

Flat Waxed Nylon Thread

Gamakatsu B10S or Mustad Signature BLN52S Size 2

Craft Foam Color of Choice.

Pola Fiber or Craft Fur, Either works well

Medium Pearl Estaz or your choice of Color but pearl can work for all Foam Colors

Couple of Strands of Flash either Polarflash or Flashabou.

 


Fly of the Month for January Synthetic Clouser Chartreuse January 08 2016

Synthetic Flash Clouser in Chartreuse

 

This Version of the Clouser Minnow is tied with All synthetic materials.  IT has large dumbbell eyes and the eyes are coated with Epoxy to resist chipping and to protect the thread wraps.  Plus it just looks cool.  We tie this fly in multiple colors and two sizes.  IT can be fished just about anywhere from beach to Backcountry.  Many people say if they had only one fly to fish it would be this one. 

 

Materials list for the fly:

 

#4 or #6 Mustad Shrimp Hook.

Ex-Small and Medium Dumbell Eyes color of choice

Any type of synthetic material, I like SF Blend or Kinky Fiber color of choice

Polarflash For the Flash material and to create a lateral Line

The top of the fly has Minnow Back Shimmer Fringe your choice of color. 

Finish with either Clear Cure Goo or Epoxy. Over eyes and thread wraps

 

The color combinations are endless for this fly along with its uses.  I have caught just about everything on this fly at one time or another.

Most productive Color Combinations:  White Chartreuse, White Pink, White Pearl.

These flies are available at Mike's baithouse in Naples or online at Indian pass Outfitters.


December Fly of the Month Coatal Angler Magazine Super Shrimp December 02 2015

The Fly of the Month for December in Coastal Angler Magazine

CJ's Super Shrimp in Tan and olive #2 Mustad Shrimp Hook

Brown Thread Flat waxed Nylon

Tan Craft Fur

Puglisi Shrimp Brush in Shrimp or tan

Crystal Flash or Flashabou Accent Tan and Gold

Deer Body Hair

Gold Hourglass Eyes Medium

Olive Pearl Estaz Petite.

Brown Sharpie

Mono Weed Guard

This is one of my favorite all time flies.  Can be fished year round and I have caught almost every species of fish in Saltwater and Freshwater on this fly and or this fly in various . We have this fly available at Mikes bait house and Indian Pass Outfitters in Naples. Also can get it on line here in Multiple color Combinations.  Check out the Magazine at www.coatalangler.com

 

 


Great fun with Don Barber and the Fly of the Month November 11 2015

Lots of fun today with a great guy and his first Slam on the fly.  Took some doing but he came through in the end even if the tarpon was a little guy.  He had a lot of heart!


FLY OF THE MONTH Capt. Roan z November 01 2015

From Capt. Roan z at Mike's Baithouse

 

Rz's White Bait Fly

 

Materials list: 

1/0 Short Shank Wide Gap Hook. Ohero Bait Hook Preferred

White Thread Flat Waxed Nylon

7MM oval Eyes Gold Pearl or similar color

Orange Fluorobiber

White Extra Select Craft Fur

Senyo's UV Predator Wrap in Clear Pearl

Puglisi 3" Foxy Brush White Pearl or UV Pearl

Baitfish Emulator Flash

Choclatt's Body Wrap in White Pearl

Ice Dub Minnow Back in Pearl Olive UV Blue Back

 

Fly should be about 2 1/2 inch long when completed. Can be tied with or without Weed guard.

 

 

This fly pushes a lot of water because of the width of the head..  I like it for this time of the year when the passes and the Rip Rap and the docks are holding large numbers of Snook.  The water tends to be off colored and this fly pushes a lot of water when stripped. Everything will eat this fly.  If you want to see this fly in person or pick up a few come to Mike's bait House and Indian Pass Outfitters on Danford. 

Also a link on the Blog to www.coastalanglermagazine.com and www.indianpassoutfitters.com

 


Mid July Fishing in and around Naples and Marco is Hot so is the weather. July 16 2015

Fishing still continues to be strong in the Naples/Marco area. Good catches of Snook early in the morning and late in the evening. Mid-day is for napping. Redfish catches on fly have been okay in the back country waters. While searching for Redfish, you will find a few Snook of all size, mixed in with the Redfish. Johnson Bay has been very productive on lower water. There are still Tarpon on the flats south of Naples and Marco mostly on the low incoming water. Still catching them on small fly patterns.  Back Country Tarpon small ones are there but very spotty.  You have to look for them they are very scattered this year and could just about pop up anywhere. 

Off-shore fishing has been good for Grouper and Snapper at the 30+mile range. Large Mangrove Snapper and Yellow Tail have been on hard bottom and wrecks. Tournament Chum has been the key good catches of Yellow Tail. Catching white bait to add to the chum would be beneficial if you're not able to catch it, we have frozen white bait at the shop. ( Mike's Bait House and Indian Pass Outfitters) Permit fishing has been good in the evenings when you can get out except the last few days we have had off-shore winds.

 

Fishing forecast for next week: Coming into a good moon phase for all species both morning and evening fishing should be red hot. We should have a very good snapper bite in the evening time both inshore and near shore. White bait or shrimp should do the trick.

ADMIRAL TONY!

 

Goodluck and good catching!


July 6th Fishing Report for Naples and Marco July 06 2015

Well this is week two fishing report for the Naples and Marco Island area From Mike’s Bait House and Indian Pass Outfitters.

 

Hope all 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 what about the fishing.  This week has seen some up and down fishing.  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.  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.  This next week should see a morning bite increase.  Snapper were up and down but still good numbers on the near-shore 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 Wiggle 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.  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.


Fishing Report for the New Naples Location on Danford Street Next to Bayview Park. June 30 2015

Naples and Marco Island Fishing Report for Monday June 29, 2015

 

Inshore fishing has been very good for Snook and Snapper around all the inside jetties and Rock Walls near or around all the Passes.  Live Shrimp and White bait has been the best baits, but a well-placed cast with a Top water Plug or Jig can work just as well.  There are also some scattered Redfish on the inside bays your best bet for these are a shrimp under a popping cork or white bait.  You will need to move around a little because they are not concentrated in any one area.  The beaches are still holding Snook for the Jig fisherman or the Fly Fisherman.  They are coming and going so you have to keep checking for them.  Scattered in with the beach Snook are some nice Seatrout and a few pompano.  For the Fly Fisherman.  Small White Baitfish Patterns are working well.  On the beach I like to use Bonefish type flies or very small Clouser minnows this time of the year.  We have a full selection of them at the shop on Danford.  We are tying there almost every day so come by and check us out.

 

Offshore Fishing this Week should be good.  Red Grouper catches have been abundant out past 20 miles and the I hear the Gag are moving in Just in Time For the season opener in July.  Capt Wes Bedell of On a Mission Fishin took out a group on Saturday and they tallied some extra-large kingfish Cudas and some Nice Snapper and Grouper all within 15 miles.  No Excuses boat traffic is slowing down so get out there and catch some.  Roan z.

 Come visit us at our new Location on Danford next to Next to Bayview Park.  Fly Tying station set up next to mine.  Roan z.


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