Fishing Reports and Testimonials


12/31/2013 - It has been my good fortune to work in the Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserve for the last 11 years. On the recommendation of my Cardiologist and my Dermatologist I am officially retiring as of this date. Thank YOU all for your patronage and loyalty over the years. I have enjoyed every day on the waters of Charlotte Harbor and I hope to see you out on the water. I am retired and gone fishing! The Captain.

If you are looking to fish with an experienced guide please consider my friends:

Capt. Bill Lotito 941-661-9884

08/06/2013 - Aaron and Luke caught 2 slot Redfish and Luke released this 31" beauty.

07/17/2013 - Finally got to fish with Debbie. Limited out after 2 hours and beat the heat home. Redfish Snapper and Drum for Dinner.

07/16/2013 - Mark, Sandy and Jennifer picked hooked 4 Redfish, a Flounder and some Snapper.


07/11/2013 - George and Scot caught some Snapper and released a 30: Redfish.

07/08/2013 - Rick and Eric scored on some really nice Redfish, a Flounder and a Snapper. Then they came back on 07/12 and caught 4 Blacktip Shark.

06/23/2013 - Rosty came back with Dave for some Redfish, Snapper and Pompano.

6/22/2013 - Jeremy and Michael catching  Seatrout, Mackerel, Snapper, Bonnet Head and Spinner Shark Spinner, Ladyfish, and 3 nice slot Redfish.

06/19/2013 - Brenda and Bill caught Mackerel, Pompano, Some trout and  2 Shark.

06/14/2013 - After a slow start to the day, Pete reward was a nice 6lb Redfish.

06/13/2013 - Don caught snapper, Gag and Goliath Grouper, mackerel, Seatrout, and a 22" Redfish.

06/11/2013 - Today was calm and hot. After a good battle Mica brought in this 36" Drum. We also caught everal shark and Topsail Cats.

05/22/2013 - Vacation

05/20/2013 - Bill and Earl landed Mackerel, Pompano and some big Seatrout today.

05/01/2013 - Boat Maintenance

4/30/2013 - Bill and Mike enjoyed the Charlotte Harbor experience while catching Mackerel and Jacks.

04/26/2013 - Refish and Jacks were on tap today for Rick and Tom.

4/24/2013 - David had a good assortment of fish today including Cobia, Snook, Redfish, Pompano, Snapper, Mackerel and Grouper. Then one of my little fishing buddies joined us for a ride back to the dock.

04/22/2013 - While Joe looked on, Bob pulled this beautiful 35" Snook out of the trees for a picture and release. Also 1 for 7 on Redfish plus Mackerel, Shark and Trout.

04/18/2013 - On our shared birthday, Kathryn and I fished with Henry and Steve. Steve fought a huge Stingray to a stand still. As the wind picked up we headed for the flats and the Rim Canal and some Snook, Snapper and Sheepshead.

04/19/2013 - Jack and Mary had an assortment of fish including this Cobia, Drum, Snapper and Flounder.

04/18/2013 - Joe, Judy and Kathy hooked into a school Mackerel Run and the action was hot and heavy. Finally we went looking for some trout.

04/07/2013 - Justin (with Loren and Wendy) had a blast landing this 29" Snook along with 2 other Snook, Redfish, Seatrout, Flounder, Jacks and Ladyfish.

04/02/2013 - Bill, Mike, Joey and Alex with 5 Mackerel and Whiting

04/01/2013 - Travis and Nick each with 5 pounders.

03/28/2013 - Had a good trip today with 3 generations of Cosner's


03/27/2013 - Redfish and Seatrout for Canadians Brian and Jay.

03/20/2013 - Stopped in at the Nav-A-Gator with James and Ralph for lunch.

03/19/2013 - Daniel fishing with his father caught a nice 20" Seatrout caught. Today's mixed bag also included Mackerel, Flounder and Snapper


03/15/2013 - New comers to the area, Rosty and Mary picked a nice day to fish and tour the harbor. After a slow bite on the east side we crossed to the West wall and found Seatrout, Jacks, Sheepshead and a gorgeous 33" Snook.


03/14/2013 - Mike brought 2 of his friends fishing with winds gusting over 20mph. Sapper and  Sheepshead in the canals and a nice Redfish threw the hook.

03/11 and 13 - Pre-fishing with family. Weather continued to be windy and cold. James helped me prepare a family fish fry with Pompano, flounder, and Redfish, On the 2nd day we went up river site seeing, fishing and had lunch at the Nav-A-Gator.

Ralph with 19" Red and James with 22" Redfish.

03/10/2013 - On the River with Jamie, Grayson and Garret catching Trout and Whiting.

03/09/2013 - Still cool and windy, Steve hooked into Seatrout, Pompano Flounder and Whiting.

03/08/2013 - Back to the Peace River with Andrew where we found a nice Seatrout and hooked a Redfish.

03/03, 04, 05, 06 and 07 - High winds and cold weather cancelled Sundays trip. Monday: Jim, Mike and Cody braved cold and windy conditions to each catch their limit of Seatrout. Tuesday: without Cody we did not find a fish. Wednesday: the weather was raw and so we deferred another day. Thursday: the weather forced us into the canals and brought back  Seatrout, Snapper and Pompano.


03/01/2013 - Fished the Peace River with Russ, Ed and John. Seatrout and Whiting at the Peace River bridges.

02/28/2013 - Water is "Gin clear" and the fish are hiding.. Mark worked hard for some Seatrout.

02/27/2013 - Ontario visitors Dan, Ron and Tyler released 7 Redfish and 2 Snook.

02/25/2013 - Joe and Terry kept 2 pompano with 3 trout and released more trout, 4 shark and a 32" Cobia.

02/23/2013 - High winds did not stop Mark and Taylor from releasing Trout, Snook and 6 Redfish.

02/22/2013 - Breezy: a slow day fishing but the Harbor was beautiful.

02/21/2013 - Great day on the water: warm with light breeze. Interesting mix today in benefit of 2012 CCA annual banquet: Sheepshead and Redfish (lunch) plus Hammerhead Shark (released). Thanks L and M.

02/20/2012 - Ted and Jaunita enjoyed great day on Charlotte Harbor. After the early morning fog lifted we headed for the reef which gave up Sheepshead and a 33½" Cobia. Later, drifting close to the sandbar Wauneta had 2 cut offs and battled a nice Redfish which finally spit the hook. Drifting the grass flats yielded a few Seatrout before heading back to the dock.


02/19/2013 - Brothers John and Jim and dad Larry each caught Redfish and Seatrout.

02/18/2013 - Near freezing temperatures and breezy but Mark cast his way to a Redfish, 2 Sheepshead and 6 Snapper.

02/16/2013 - Ventured out with Matt and Todd on the river where we found some small trout before the wind picked up again (25mph+)

02/12/2103 - A quick eco trip with Glynn before the wind picked up. Shut down for 3 days due to large cold front.

02/11/2013 - Higher tides paid off for Ralph and Cathy who both hooked into Redfish.

02/10/2013 - The Peace River was the place to be with breezy conditions in the harbor. 7 year old Austin out fished his father Andrew and grandfather Mike. With Seatrout, Whiting, Ladyfish, Catfish, Stingray.

02/09/2013 - Today I fished with councilors at the Gator Wilderness Camp School. After catching Snapper, Sheepshead and trout we battled an Eagle Ray which finally broke the line. On the higher tide we went to the spot I had seen some big fish the day before and Tyler released an over size Redfish.

02/08/2013 - Brian and Greg caught Sheepshead today. We also saw Redfish and Snook on the flats but they had lock jaw.

02/07/2013 - Seatrout and Snapper with Lee, Dan and Keith

02/02/2013 - Back again with Ken and Jack we explored the Reef, Turtle Bay (100's of White Pelicans) and the West side. Fishing started out slow with some Seatrout and had fun catching Redfish on the high tide.

02/01/2013 - After a cold front Ken and Jack picked up 3+ Seatrout and a Redfish on the East Wall.

01/29/2013 - Today I fished with Joe and found Sheepshead & Black Bass on the reef we then chased scattered fish all around Charlotte Harbor.

01/28/2013 - Ken and Mark caught a slot Redfish, Seatrout and Silver trout.

01/27/2013 - Jack & Andy enjoyed the day with 6 Seatrout, Ladyfish, Pompano, and 3 short reds.

01/25/2013 -Jack and Joyce kept some nice size Seatrout and a beautiful 2lb Pompano.

01/22/2013 - Joe, Suzanne and Jake brought home a Flounder and Seatrout today.

   Sea Horse in my cast net today!

01/21/2013 - Flounder, Trout and Redfish for Chris. Note: White bait is finally showing up in quantity around the Aquatic Preserve and the fish, the birds and the anglers are starting to get fat!

01/20/2013 - 2 trout, a Red, 3 Pompano and 2+ Snapper for Lyman (Jr. & Sr.) and friend Morris.

01/19/2013 - Seatrout and Flounder for Kym and Stuart today.

01/15/2013 - Dick arranged for a trip with an old friend to fish the Aquatic Preserve. We are still waiting for the trout to stage but did bring home trout and snapper for dinner.

01/14/2013 - The magic and beauty of the Peace River with Alligators, Manatee,  Rosette Spoon Bills, Ibis, Egrets, Herons and Pelicans and more helped set the mood for new comers Mark and Barbara. Oh! did I mention we also caught some fish?

01/12/2013 - gave Matt and Charley a workout for 2 Pompano, 2 trout, 7 reds and 2 snook.

01/08/2013 - warm water temperature coupled with hordes of small fry in the Harbor and red tide outside of Boca Grande Pass appears to be holding back the trout from starting their winter run. Still fishing buddy Joe M. brought home a couple of nice trout.

01/04/2013 - Family fishing with Madison (8), Mitchell (6) and son Dean




01/03/2013 - Today Charlotte Harbor was at it's best...  and we were able to move around the Harbor chasing the fish. Trout and Pompano are on the menu today for Chuck and his son.

01/01/2013 - Family fishing in the morning and then HAPPY NEW YEAR from Disney...


12/31/2012 - Capt. Robin wishes everyone a healthy, prosperous New Year.  Let's keep the lines tight and enjoy the beauty bounty of the Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserve together again in the New Year!  TIME TO GO FISHING!

12/30/2012 - After 2 attempts, cold weather and blustery winds prevented us from fishing. Not a Chamber of Commerce day.

12/28/2012 - Pompano, Seatrout & Snapper were the catch of the day for Zack and Grandfather Frank fishing the Aquatic Preserve.

Hi Robin - attached are the two pics I took of Zach on our trip. We had a great time, even with the rain squall, and Zach didn't give me too hard of a time, seeing that he had skunked me in the fish catching department

12/27/2012 - Larry started us off with a nice trout and then Debbie took over scoring on 3 Reds.  Cool windy weather kept us in the canals where ardent Bass fishermen Larry, Debbie and Bill released numerous Sheepshead, Snapper and another Redfish. We then took a short cut to one of the many creeks and rounded out the day catching trout.

picture to follow:

12/23/2012 - Noah had the magic touch and landed some nice Sheepshead and Seatrout fishing with Dad Rick. In the afternoon we were joined by Wendy & Autumn for an Eco tour on the Peace River and the PGI Canals.


12/20/2012 - Had a good day on the water with Jim, Jim Jr. and Nicole. Today the fish had lock jaw and we wound up with just a couple of fish and enjoyed the Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserve with a couple of playful Dolphins.  Next trip is FREE!

12/11/2012 - Warm weather (and water) has delayed fish from their winter habitats but a pending cold front improved the byte. Joe kept 1 Red and a couple of Snapper and released numerous Redfish, Seatrout, Mangrove Snapper and a Snook.

12/06/2012 - Mike and Steve released some Reds and small Snook on the east side. We then headed West and released several trout, more reds and some monster Lady Fish.

12/05/2012 - On the west side, our 1st. trout of the day was  attacked by shark next to the boat. Pete then proceeded to catch an oversize trout. Several more trout were released before the bite slowed. At low tide Jim fought a nice 26" Redfish out of a school of Mullet. Moving back to the east side Ken and Jim got into more Seatrout (1 oversize) and a Sheepshead.


12/03/2012 - Dick and Henry worked hard for their fish today while the Capt. took a swim to retrieve the anchor snagged on some (Charlie) debris.  Although fishing was slow we still released numerous Snapper, small trout, Lady fish and 1/2 dozen Redfish.

11/25/2012 - Harbor orientation & fishing with David & Debbie. After a cool start the weather warmed up nicely and it became a "Chamber of Commerce Day" in the Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserve.

11/24/2012 - Lemay and Lemay Jr. had the touch catching numerous fish (Redfish,  Sea Trout, Silver Trout, Flounder & Sheepshead.

"hello Capt. Robin, just wanted to tell you the fun we had was great! my son will remember this trip for a lifetime.. we cant wait to go back. I definitely want to go fishing again."



11/23/2012 - Shane landed his first Redfish today fishing with his Dad (Dwayne) who had the hot Rod hitting on 5 Reds and 2 Seatrout.

11/17/2012 - Brian (fishing with his dad David) landed this nice 26"+ Redfish along with some Seatrout and Ladyfish.

11/15/2012 - Chris and Ron released Redfish, Seatrout, Pompano and some large Lady Fish on the West Wall.

11/10/2012 - Scott and Wendy released numerous fish including 5 Redfish, Seatrout, Snapper and Sheepshead. Wendy also battled and released a beautiful slot Snook.

11/06/2012 - Redfish, Sheepshead and Trout for Joe.

11/05/2012 - Barry and Dick released Redfish and Seatrout in Turtle Bay.

11/02/2012 - Mark, Sandy and Jennifer returned home with Seatrout for dinner.

10/24/2012 - Hurricane Sandy passed close bye shutting the harbor with blustery winds for the next week.

10/23/2012 - Myles & Montgomery caught redfish and Sheepshead on today's charter.

10/14/2012 - Fishing was tough today with numerous shark around. Doug and family managed to bring home lunch.

10/11/2012 - Harbor orientation and fishing with Anne and Larry

10/06/2012 - Lyman and Randy with a nice 24" Redfish and a 32" Drum.


10/05/2012 - Doug, Mat, Ted & Neil brought in a 22" Redfish, Flounder, Snapper and a Pompano after releasing several Trout, 3 Shark, several Snook and Goliath Grouper.

10/04/2012 - Fishing partner Capt. Rick shows off a great slot Snook.

10/01/2012 - Boat back at Laishley Marina, Slip A5 TIME TO GO FISHING!

09/15/2012 - Placed boat on trailer ~ ON VACATION.

09/09/2012 - Breezy but a good day fishing with Don and Sue.

10/04/2012 - Fishing partner Capt. Rick with Pompano

08/21/2012 ~ 09/01/2012 - Annual boat maintenance including: refurbish boat trailer; sand & bottom paint; new seat cushions; new Jack Plate switch; new tilt & trim switch; service running lights; service batteries (1 new Optima battery); replace 1st Aide kit; check flares & life jackets; Auxiliary Boat Inspection"; replace worn dock lines; Check all tackle, re-string all lines. Annual motor checkup scheduled for vacation.

08/13/2012 - Larry landed his oversize Redfish while Mike and Matt fought theirs.

Mike released a nice Snook before the late afternoon rain sent us back to the Marina.


08/12/2012 - Richie landed some redfish and Mangrove Snapper fishing with his Dad.


07/31/2012 - Mike and 7 year old Austin caught lots of fish today! Pompano, Snapper, Grunts, Seatrout, Jacks and Catfish.


Austin and I had a great time today.  I think our friend will be calling you for a trip later this year.  We will contact you next time we visit.


07/30/2012 - Terry Hendrix and his 2 grandsons brought home Snapper and Trout.

07/28/2012 - Jason out fished his buddies and scored a Charlotte Harbor SLAM with Redfish, Snook and Seatrout.

07/27/2012 - New comers Vinny and Darlene caught a Redfish and lots of Seatrout while getting oriented to Charlotte Harbor.

07/26/2012 - Fishing was slow at the Shell Creek Dam today. Jim caught Gar fish and Redfish in the Peace River.

07/21/2012 - 07/22/2012 a great weekend with Allison and Megan. lots of Dolphin & Manatee sightings searching for fish around Pine Island Sound.

07/18/2012 - today Canaan and Craig landed Pompano, Sheepshead, Seatrout and Jacks.

07/17/2012 - Mathew and fiancée Samantha each released oversize Redfish (29" and a 27½") fishing in the rain.


06/24/2012 - 06/27/2012 Tropical Storm Debbie brought gusty winds and lots of the rain to the area.

06/23/2012 - Showers and breezy conditions before Tropical Storm Debby did not deter Allison and Megan from having a good time catching fish. Megan brought home the trout while Allison released a nice slot Snook.


06/17/2012 - Repeat Vacationers from Scotland Andy and George kept their rods bent each releasing Seatrout, Redfish and Snook.

06/9/2012 - Amy and John graduated from catching catfish to landing some nice Seatrout drifting the East Wall.

05/22/2012 - 06/06/2012  ON VACATION....   but you can still call for information and to book your next trip!

05/21/2012 - Today Zeke got a workout with Mackerel and an unknown monster of the deep in the Myaka River.

05/19/2012 - A great day fishing with Debbie and brought in some nice West Wall Seatrout.

5/18/2012 - Gary and Dave with some nice Seatrout and Redfish.


05/04/2012 - Mike and Kaitlin enjoyed there first Charlotte Harbor experience with a mixed bag of fish including Seatrout, Redfish and Shark.


05/02/2012 - Derek, Dick and Rich picked up some Seatrout and 2 slot Reds.

04/26/2012 - Terry and Joe with another mixed bag of Seatrout, Flounder, Redfish.

04/25/2012 - a mixed bag of fish today: Seatrout, Mackerel, Shark and Snook

04/24/2012 - Seatrout were scattered as the harbor settled down after the high winds.

04/21/2012 - 2 cold fronts coming through - boat tide down at the dock for a couple of days.

04/20/2012 - Ron and Ursula came back for some nice Charlotte Harbor Seatrout.

04/19/2012 -  a good day of fishing with Henry, Kathy & Regina. Everyone caught Seatrout and Redfish. The fight of the day went to Henry's

Shark. We topped the day off with some eco-touring and a Dolphin escort.

Thanks again for the fun fishing trip. He (Dolphin) actually sprayed me here (LOL) ‏stayed with us all the way thru the love canal!!!  Regina

04/18/2012 - After 8 years of wearing CROCS and 9 days off w/pain I have changed to '"safer" boating & fishing foot wear.

04/10/2012 - Jim, Travis and Nick brought home some nice Seatrout including 3 over 20".

04/07/2012 - After the storm Lauren, Wendy and Justin caught Seatrout, a Bonnethead Shark, a nice Snook was wrestled up to the boat.

04/06/2012 - No trip today - cancelled due to "Small Craft Warning"

04/05/2012 - Breezy conditions did not stop Nate from getting a Charlotte Harbor Slam with his father Mike.

04/04/2012 - Matt and fishing buddy 8 year old Davis caught numerous seatrout and released several Snook today. They also brought home both an 18" and an oversize seatrout.

Robin - thanks so much for taking Matt and Davis on a great trip today.  We enjoyed our trout dinner!   When you have a chance, please send us the pictures you took from the trip.  We will certainly contact you before our next trip down.   Thanks!  Meredith

Photo from Meredith!


04/03/2012- Best friends Richard, Floyd and Hugh took home 6 nice trout and released many more including flounder and 3 Snook.

03/31/2012 - Cameron had the "Hot Rod" today and brought in two oversize Seatrout (22" and 24") plus several nice slot fish. Father Tom and Grandfather Mike also contributed with several slot fish.  Drifting the flats proved to be effective today and many other fish were released.


03/27/2012 - After a slow start on the East Wall we moved to the West side. Lee and Sammy caught and brought home some nice Seatrout.

03/27/2012 - John O. hung on while a large something took ALL the line off of his light rod.

Shortly after, Ray landed a nice Blacktip Shark on one of the big rods.

03/26/2012 - Zeke brought his wife fishing today. After catching Mackeral with moved to the West Wall and Landed 6 nice Seatrout.

03/25/2012 - Had a fun day with Ross and Jenica visiting from Colorado. Windy conditions forced us up the Peace River

where we caught 3 redfish and LOTS of catfish and Sting Ray while we watched the Blue Angels perform.

03/25/2012 - Brittany out-fished Phil and Max bringing home the Seatrout and Redfish.

3/22/2012 - Ted G. and Joe B. gave my light tackle a workout with some big Snook, a Blacktip Shark and a Reel Spooling something...

    Time to break out and dust off the big rods!

03/21/2011 - Fished with Steve O. on the East Wall: Seatrout, Redfish, Snook and a Bonnethead Shark.

03/15/2012 - Jennifer and Sandy K. out-fished Mark K. and brought home a 36"+ Bonnethead Shark.

03/14/2012 - Time to do some maintenance/repair work on the boat......

03/13/2012 - Rick S. and Ed S. worked hard for their Charlotte Harbor (Seatrout, Redfish, Snook) Slam.


03/12/2012 - Tom D. fishing with wife Kate and Dennis with a 5lb Seatrout.

03/10/2012 - Jack and Jim landed trout (22"), Pompano and released an oversize 10# Redfish.

03/09/2012 - Joe, Ed and Barry brought home some nice trout (1 oversize) from the West Wall.

03/01/2012 - After numerous trout and a flounder Ron M. landed a 25" East Wall Redfish.

02/24/2012 - Richard and Eric enjoyed a trip on the Peace River with WSW winds gusting to 27mph.

Eric with a nice 24" 5½lb Redfish.

02/23/2012 - Zeke returned for another day on the Harbor.  A brisk SSW wind gave us a higher tide and the chance

to get in back of some of the islands with chunks of Lady Fish. A 24" 5lb Redfish was selected for Supper and the

catch of the day was a 30" 10¼lb Redfish.


02/22/2012 - Fished the West Wall with Brian and Katie. We Katie had the "hot" Rod and we picked up some nice Seatrout

and released 3 Redfish.

Katie with a 22" Seatrout

02/21/2012 - After catching lots of Seatrout Big Mike, Dave and Chase brought home five for lunch.

02/20/2012 - Today we went searching for the fish scattered by the wind. Earl and Barb ended up with Seatrout and Sheapshead for lunch.

02/19/2012 - A passing cold front shut things down for a couple of days. Continuing high winds forced us into the Canal Systems

where we caught lots of Snapper and Sheepshead.

02/16/2012 - Debbie, Denis and Velma enjoyed an Eco Tour on the Peace River with lunch at the Nav-A-Gator.

02/15/2012 - Al Englehart got a workout this afternoon with more than a dozen slot Redfish released.



02/14/2012 - On the afternoon bite, Walter, Warren and Drew picked up on some nice Seatrout and Pompano.

  more pictures pending...

02/13/2012 - On the back side of the cold front fishing was tough. After hitting numerous spots Bruce, Denny and Charlene finally found the Seatrout.

02/12/2012 - Cold and windy. A good day to stay home and watch home videos of our Greek vacation with friends.

  Dave and Kate dressed for the occasion.

02/11/2012 - A cool blustery day.  The Lano family (Porter, Carter, fishing with their Dad and Grandfather) experienced a mixed bag of fish catching Redfish, Drum and Mangrove Snapper, Sheepshead and Puffer fish.


02/10/2012 - A couple of days of rainy windy dull weather stayed in port.

02/06/2012 - Tom, Dianna and Jennifer M. picked a great calm morning to fish Charlotte Harbor. Dolphins, Manatee and sea birds gave us many photo ops as we fished the West Side and brought home Seatrout.


02/04/2011 - A windy day and low tides made fishing a challenge. Jerry and Ryan worked hard for there catches and were able to take home some Seatrout for dinner.

02/01/2012 - Catch and release angler Al E. enjoyed his first trip/experience on Charlotte Harbor.

01/28/2012 - Kevin B. fishing with Tom had to work hard to find 5 slot Seatrout in amongst many short Seatrout and Redfish.

01/25/2012 - Another fantastic day on Charlotte Harbor. The warm weather continues and Jeff B. with his Dad caught Redfish, Seatrout and Flounder.

01/23/2012 - The weather continues to be fantastic with temperatures reaching 80°.  Water temperatures are rising into the upper 60's creating some interesting challenges to find the fish which are straying from their normal winter time holes.  Had a great day fishing with winter residents Jeff and Don.


01/22/2012 CONGRATULATIONS: Santiago scored his first Redfish today (24" 4.25lbs)  He and his dad also took home 3 nice 17" Seatrout.

01/21/2012 - after catching a flounder and some trout Jim from North Bay, Ontario experienced catching a Charlotte Harbor slot Redfish in 12 inches of crystal clear water.


01/18/2012 - Paul and Carol with a nice Bonnethead Shark.


01/17/2012 - John McRoberts (Canadian participant in the IFDS 2012 International Association for Disabled Sailing World Championships) and friend Tim French took some time off after the races to relax and catch some Seatrout.

01/15/2012 - Matt, Tony and Jeff also planning a nice trout dinner (fish pics pending)

01/13/2012 - The boys from Herons Glen (Lee, John and Ron) planned for some nice Seatrout dinners.


01-10-2012 - 2 days of dentist...... ouch!

01/06/2012 - Friday was another Chamber Of Commerce Day on Charlotte Harbor. Temps were back into the 70's. The wind was only SE3 and the Harbor was like glass. On the afternoon bite Jim Walser, Mike and Cody took home some nice size Seatrout and a Flounder for the table. Both Mike and Cody got the "Charlotte Harbor Small Slam" catching Seatrout, Redfish and Snook.  (pics to follow)

01/05/2012 - 2nd day after the cold front and the Harbor was still settling down. In the afternoon we watched Dolphin catch and play with fish.  Jim, Megan and Jon caught and released Trout, Redfish and Snook. (Jon got the Charlotte Harbor Slam)


01/02/2012 - The weather broke today as a cold front swept through Charlotte Harbor. Still Jim Walser with Mike and Cody managed to catch their limits of Snapper plus nice Redfish and Drum.

01/01/2012 - Had a magic day with Dave T. Charlotte Harbor was at it's best for the New Years day trip.  We caught numerous Seatrout and Dave caught his limit of slot fish plus this nice oversize trout.


12/29/2011 - Had a good day fishing with Riley and Regan


12/26/2011 - Jeff kept his record going with another Redfish on the Christmas Holiday

12/23/2011 - Steve from Up-State New York scored an early Christmas with an (8lb 1oz) 27" Red along with

    numerous other Reds and 4 Pompano. The rest of the catch included Trout, Bonnet Head Shark, Mackerel and Flounder.

HEY ROBIN, Just wanted to drop a quick email to you and thank you again for the great time I had on the waterways with you.


12/19/2011 - 7 Reds in 20 minutes on the Peace River with Capt. Rick.

12/6/2011 - Joe scored again with a small slam.

11/7/2011 - Larry, Phil and Gene returned for some excellent fall Redfish catch an release fishing.

    In addition to numerous Reds the catch included Flounder, Drum, Sheepshead, Snapper and a Grunt.

11/2/2011 - Debbie, Steve and Joe landed some nice Redfish on the falling tide.

9/12/11 - 10/9/11 VACATION in Greece


9/9/11 Tim Hartwig with his first Charlotte Harbor Red.

9/1/11 Had a fun trip with Rosy and Luis who took some quality time off on the water.


8/28/11 A "day off" with fishing buddy Capt. Rick


8/17/11 - 8/25/11  Off to Colorado for Amanda and Joel wedding:

8/31/11 Sunday morning fishing yielded some nice Mangrove Snapper, a slot Redfish and a 23" Trout for Duncan, Gavin and dad George who were vacationing with the rest of the family in Punta Gorda. Congratulations Duncan on getting your (Snook, Red, Trout) SLAM!

     "I’d like to personally thank you once again for creating such wonderful memories for my boys and for showing us such a great time.  I will definitely keep you in mind when we pay a return visit to Punta Gorda for fishing… hopefully sooner than later.  Take care, good luck and God bless. "  George H.

7/28/11 Ryan Little went fishing for his 6th birthday with father Mike. The catch included Snapper, Redfish and some Snook that spit-out the hook. Mike landed this (26" lbs) Redfish and after a good morning on the water Ryan drove us home.

"Thanks for the excellent half day charter,  definitely made Ryan’s 6th birthday catching all the fish and driving the boat." Mike L.


7/25/11 Redfish, Snook and Snapper were biting this morning while fishing with Capt. Rick, Jacob and Jeremy.

7/18/11 Mike and Christa enjoyed an early morning charter releasing 3 nice Reds, Mackerel, Snapper, Jacks and Lady fish.

7/22/11 A great day on the water fishing with Rick, Bettie and their Dog Jack ~  Redfish for lunch.

7/19/11 Back from a 3 week trip and we are now located at slip A5 on the Laishley Park Marina Floating Docks. No more jumping or climbing up or down to get on the boat.

6/28/11 Heading out of town on family business but I left an "X" near where I left that school of Reds.

6/27/11 Today the bite continued and it was all about the Redfish in and around the bushes.

6/25/ 11 Fishing with the Tommy and Tim we hit on a school of tailing Redfish and the bite was steady- great fishing guys!

6/19/11 Went looking for more Tarpon with Rick and Dave. Got 1 hookup before the Sharks moved in again.

6/10/11 Today fished with Greg, Jill and Joe. Trout and snapper were biting.

6/2/11 - 6/7/11 Time off to celebrate my 20th anniversary.  Debbie and I had a wonderful time. Pity it was too windy to get down to Pine Island Sound as planned.

6/1/11 Tarpon were scarce today Shark's were taking the bait giving us action all morning long.

5/23/11 An early start and fresh bait had Forrest fighting Sharks and Mackerel before the heat of the day.

5/21/11 The middle harbor is full of white bait being chased by Sail Cats, Trout, Mackerel, Cobia, Tarpon and Shark.

5/20/11 Hardened Bass fishermen, Steve and Jeremy Craft enjoyed Back Bay fishing in the Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserve. Both anglers released several Snook and Reds including this 7+lb 26¾" Red.


5/19/11: Canadians Brian and Diana made a return visit with Chris and Lisa. A failed pump and loss of bait  did not stop us from catching a multitude of fish. A cool dip, Manatee and nesting Great Herons helped add to the memories of the trip.

  Expectant Diana could not be convinced to hold this shark for picture.

5/16/11: Windy conditions and storms on the weekend.  Wind is still blowing strong.   Getting heavy duty gear ready for Tarpon and Shark.

5/13/11: (1 hour trip) Released a nice size Lemon Shark caught with Ladyfish & Jig.

5/10/11: Joe and Mike had to contend with a neap tide and mid 90's to rustle up some small Snook,  a Jack and some nice trout and Mackerel. Mike got into a monster Snook that finally got away under the boat.

5/08/11: Joe M. was back catching some nice trout and playing catch and release with some Snook.

5/7/11: Alison wrestled with a large Tarpon on light tackle while Megan got her small slam with Redfish, Trout and a Snook. Dale and Tyler hung in there catching Snook, Trout and Mackerel. Dolphins and Manatees stayed around us for a while providing some good photo ops.

5/6/2011: Spring break is over and I took some time off to catch up on some "honey do's" and quality time with Debbie. This past season has been especially gratifying to me given the chance to fish with many repeat customers and friends plus the opportunity to meet new clients and share with them the beauty and bounty of Charlotte Harbor and the Aquatic Preserve. I look forward to fishing with you all again in the near future.

4/21/2011: Here are some pictures of my husband Jim and my grandson Ryan they went out with you on Thursday April 21st. and had a great time. Ryan was visiting us from West Virginia for spring break and this was his first fishing trip. Thank you so much Evelyn.


4/19/2011: Past the half way mark and so far April fishing has been fantastic!

4/20/2011: Pete, Chuck, Greg and his son were back again limiting out on big Trout, and releasing a Red and 5 Snook.

4/22/2011: Cindy and Kevin (winners of the AWL Gift Certificate raffle) showed off their expertise landing lots of big trout and beating the bushes for some really nice Reds and Snook.

04/25/2011  Hi Robin, I just wanted to take a quick minute to tell you that it was a pleasure meeting you and that Linda and I totally enjoyed the fishing trip with you . We are really looking forward to the next one we can go on with you either on your boat or on mine !!!!   John and Linda

04/24/2011: Another good day with Ron and Alec. Manatee kept us company while we caught a limit on trout, and released Mackerel and snook.

04/10/2011: Captain Robin I just wanted to thank you for an amazing afternoon! I never expected to catch so many fish and so many different kinds of fish. Having lived here over 10 years I thought I had seen everything in our harbor but you showed me how wrong I was (in a great way). Thanks again, Laurie

bulletFootnote: Ethan and Carlo out fished the ladies today catching Trout, Mackerel, Flounder, and a Tern.  Carlo fought a nice Bonnet Shark to the side of the boat and helped unhook and free a Tern.


03/30/2011: Rain and wind interrupted some charters this week. It looks like April will start out with some great weather. White bait is now starting to show up. The Spanish Mackerel run continues. Slot size (and bigger) Redfish and Cobia are moving up the Harbor while Snook are moving out of the river systems.

03/09/2011: Sea Trout have scattered onto the flats but are still showing up from time to time in the creeks.  White bait arrived in the south end of the harbor and slot reds are following.  For the past few weeks Spanish Mackerel have been tearing up tackle on the Charlotte Harbor Reef, the East Wall and Cape Haze Bar.  The warmer water temperatures fired up the catch and release snook bite. Reports are also now coming in on Pompano and Cobia outside the West Wall.  Time To Go Fishing.

03/08/2011: Today Tom L. went after the Spanish Mackerel with a fly rod and had to hang on for the ride that came with each bite/mac-attack.

02/15/2011: Today the low tide limited our places to fish on the flats. After releasing numerous trout and Redfish we moved out to the Charlotte Harbor Reef where Bill, John and Adam experienced Mackerel and Sheepshead fishing on light tackle. Bill Derek started it off with a nice 3½ lb Sheepshead which was followed in short or by John Hopkins landing a 5lb whopper. Adam Dunnom lost a big fish which came back around and Adam  boated his huge 6 pounder.  In between the Sheepshead excitement the guys also boated 5 reel screaming Mackerel.  Checkout Adam's testimonial on

02/05/2011: Blustery winds kept us from going into Charlotte Harbor today. Sheltered in the canal systems, Carlo and Al released short reds before ended up with a nice 26" Redfish, Sheepshead and Mangrove Snappers.


01/29/2007: Carlo and Joe fishing with their moms scored big time with the trout today. The boys out fished the moms with the help of some "new math". All together we caught over 40 trout.

01/28/2011: Carol took home a limit of Trout and released many more.

01/15/2011: Today we got off to a foggy start. Roger & Warren got to experience the Key Point Sand Bar at low tide. In a mixed bag we caught Redfish, Seatrout and Flounder.

01/07/2011: Phil, Debbie, Phil jr. and Alex,  fished the afternoon incoming tide and the Redfish and Seatrout bite was strong.

01/02/2011: Carlo used his Christmas Gift certificate from Santa and was kept busy with friends catching numerous Redfish and Seatrout.

12/29/2010: Rods were bent all day as Walter and Laurie Hestroffer with friend Robert Barkley had a workout taking home 3 slot Redfish and 6 Sheepshead. Several trout, flounder and more than 40 other Redfish were also caught and released back into Charlotte Harbor. 

12/26/2010: Charlotte Harbor fishing with Jeff Mackewich was fantastic on Christmas day. We were catching (and releasing) reds on every cast using (white, yellow and red) jigs with shrimp. When the shrimp ran out we switched to D.O.A’s and caught (and released) over 20 slot trout before the wind started to pickup and we headed for the dock. Merry Christmas Jeff!

2010 10 10: Hi there.  Thank you for all your patience and kindness Sunday.  Mason had a blast and insists that we get some of the weighted hooks they caught all the trout on!   Thanks again, Julie C.

10/20: Just wanted to say “Thank you” for the fishing trip last weekend.  My dad and I both had a great time.  I appreciate you spending all day with us on the water…   Kenneth H.

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