Monthly Archives: June 2015

Hobe Sound Success

I’ve got a story on Hobe Sound in the July issue of Florida Sportsman. Thanks to all who helped me out with the content. Here’s a link to the table of contents and the Florida Sportsman website.

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Night Fishing Is Where It’s At

Editor’s Note: Sarasota guide Steve Gibson’s blog post.

Night fishing is a time for bright results. If you’ve never landed a snook or tarpon or fly, you should consider a trip after dark.

I’ve been fly fishing at night around dock lights for quite a while. And a few years ago, I began offering guided trips after the sun sets.

It has paid handsome dividends for several clients.

Recently, repeat client Jack Littleton landed his first fly-rod tarpon while fishing with me at night. He hooked two, but broke the second fish off. Dr. Everette Howell of Longboat Key and Nashville, Tenn., jumped six tarpon and landed two on a recent outing.

Other clients have landed their first snook, a fish that seems to be a tough one for most fly anglers.

In addition to snook and tarpon, we sometimes encounter spotted seatrout, lookdown, jack crevalle, ladyfish and maybe even redfish.

You never know just what’s in store when you head out after hours.

I’ve had people advise me that they don’t like fly fishing at night because “it’s too easy. Like shooting fish in a barrel.”

Well, we do have times when the fish are plentiful, hungry and aggressive. But it’s not always that way. In fact, conditions change almost nightly and go from great to slow in a hurry.

And, anyway, what’s wrong with being out there when the fish are aggressive and hungry?

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