My name is Captain Rhett Morris and I have been a professional fishing guide on our local Charlotte Harbor waters for over 20 years. The Charlotte Harbor fishery is known nationwide as one of the finest places to fish in the entire state of Florida. It is also the exact body of water that produced the experiences that launched big game fishing around the world back in the late 1800s. This was done by a man named William Halsey would who caught and documented the very first Tarpon taken on rod and reel in 1886.
This time of year in our area the waters have cooled down due to the winter time cold fronts that blow through weekly. Our water temperatures fluctuate between the mid-50s and mid-60s on average. Because of this, the fish can be more lethargic, especially in the mornings, but as the day warms up, so does the bite. The fishing techniques that work the best in the winter are live shrimp on a type of rig with a bit of weight, keeping the shrimp close to the bottom which is where most of the fish stay in the cooler temperatures.
On warmer days shrimp can be free-lined with no weight for better action, as the fish are more active in the warmer temperatures.
Whether you are fishing or enjoying a day of boating with your family, the Charlotte Harbor area provides one of the highest levels of quality for any outdoor activities on the water. We have vast stretches of coastline that are mostly undeveloped providing a beautiful and natural surroundings while on the water. Even though we do have several larger towns and cities close by, while on the water, you will predominantly enjoy views of mangroves and other native plants, instead of commercial developments. We are one of the last places to enjoy this on the west coast of Florida. In my opinion with over 30 years of time on the water in this area I believe Charlotte Harbor offers the finest in boating or fishing experiences that can be had from Marco Island all the way north of Tampa.
If you haven’t had the time or made the time to get on the water in our area I strongly urge you to do so and see what you have been missing. And just a month or two or average temperatures will rise to the mid-70s and low 80s in the fishing action gets hotter and hotter with the rising temperature.
If you have any questions about local fishing and or what type of boat might best suit your needs in our area please don’t hesitate to call or email us.
At beyond Borders outfitters we will do whatever it takes to help you get the most out of your Southwest Florida experience.
Tight lines and good times,
Captain, Rhett Morris
Beyond Borders Outfitters
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