Friday, 4/8/11 … fishing another beautiful Captiva sunrise

I got the boat back on the water after having it serviced yesterday.

I was out early throwing the cast net to catch bait fish.  It was another beautiful Captiva sunrise!

We fished a small tournament out of Tween Waters today and came if first with a 22″ sea trout, 26″ snook and 15.5″ redfish.

It is good to see to see the snook coming back a bit.  The winter of 2009/2010 was brutally cold and the water temperature dropped so unusually low that it killed many snook, which are particularly sensitive to water temperature.  This winter was comparatively warm and mild and that has helped a lot.

Another good day.

Tides @ Redfish Pass, Captiva 4-08-2011: low @ 8:57 a.m. and high @ 3:00 p.m.

Today’s temperatures: low 72 and high 86.

Captain Joey Burnsed ~ call 239-472-8658 or email captjoefred@gmail to book a charter.



Thursday, April 7, 2011 … tarpon fishing photos from last spring

Unfortunately, the boat is in the shop for a bit of service today.

It should be a good fishing day!  The tarpon are continuing to move in early because of the early warm weather.  I have posted several photos from a successful tarpon trip last spring … just to whet our appetites.

Tides @ Redfish Pass, Captiva 4-07-2011: low @ 8:35 a.m. and high @ 3:11 p.m.

Today’s temperatures: low 65 and high 89.

If we’re lucky, we should be jumping some tarpon in the next several days!

Captain Joey Burnsed ~ Call 239-472-8658 to book a charter.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Out early with a charter focused on shelling.

It is cool & windy this morning, 58 degrees and northeast winds at 15 knots.

Low tide was at 8:30 AM so it should be a great morning of shelling along Captiva, North Captiva and Cayo Costa beaches.

Captain Joey Burnsed ~ Call 239-472-8658 to book a charter.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

We fished the Captiva Rod & Gun Club annual fishing tournament today.  We competed against the top ten anglers on Captiva.

The weather was wet and windy but it was a good day!

The fish were biting.  We came in first place with a 22″ sea trout, a 29″ redfish and a 31″ snook.  We also caught additional trout, snook, jack creville, flounder and a large goliath grouper.

The Captiva Rod & Gun Club tournament kicks off the tournament season.

Hopefully, our luck continues in the tournaments through the spring, summer and fall!

Captain Joey Burnsed ~ Call 239-472-8658 to book a charter.


Saturday, April 2, 2011

The water has been very cloudy and choppy and the fishing very poor over the last several days in both the bay and gulf off Captiva and Sanibel; no one has been catching anything.

Although tarpon are beginning to move in and, before the bad weather, had been sighted in substantial numbers, the wind, the rain and cloudiness of the water has prevented catching or even seeing them over the last several days.

The weather broke this morning and the winds decreased substantially.  It was the beginning of a beautiful day and, hopefully, a run of good weather and better fishing days.

We went out early and setup in Redfish pass to catch some ladyfish to use as cut bait for tarpon and, more likely, sharks.  It was still quite bumpy in the pass on the incoming tide, but we anchored very close to the beach on the Upper Captiva side of the pass, casting shrimp toward the rocks, and almost immediately caught a nice black drum.  We also caught a small snook and several other fish, but no ladyfish.

We saw some birds diving nearby in the bay and headed to see if we could catch some ladyfish and/or spanish mackerel.  We quickly caught several ladyfish on jigs and headed north, just off Buck Key, to see if we could find some tarpon or sharks.  We anchored up and within 30 minutes had a 4-5 foot bullhead shark on the line.  We landed him and then released him in good shape.

Our luck has changed after several tough days!

Captain Joey Burnsed ~ Call 239-472-8658 to book a charter.

Captiva Island, Florida