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Happy New Year, it's got to be better than the old one!

Fishing this week has been a real pleasure. The fish were happy and the anglers were successful. What more can you ask for?

Redfish have been the target species due to the super low tides we've been experiencing. Seatrout are beginning to get more active and there is a plethora of ladyfish and small jacks around. Most redfish came on the beginning of the incoming tide, but for a couple of days the fish were tailing as late as 4:00PM. Harry Davis and Fen Sartorious fished early last week taking redfish and seatrout on fly and jig. I've attached a picture of them with a double. Harry also took a very nice seatrout over 20 inches. The Cox family caught trout, ladyfish, seabass, flounder and more while fishing with me, Capt. Ed Hurst and Capt, Kelly Stillwell in Sarasota Bay. Big family, lots of fun. Ted Mariner and his day fished Boca Grande on Saturday taking seatrout and ladyfish, but hooking and losing a really nice redfish. Darren Wright, from Bampf, Alberta Canada, a fishing guide on the Babbine river and his lovely lady, Missy, fished Monday taking lots of ladyfish, a few seatrout and four nice redfish. Darren is an accomplished caster and his talent helped take two tailing reds in Whiddens Creek. ( see attached pic.) Drew Miller and his wife Laura spent a day in Boca Grande on Tuesday. Laura learned the ins and outs of saltwater fly casting taking her first saltwater fish ever. Drew, fishing the salt for the first time, was thrilled with the diversity of our fishery and caught dozens of ladyfish, hooked and lost (cut off) a big bluefish and a couple of seatrout. The weather is predicted to remain constant for the next week or so. That means little rain, continued warm, sunny days and good fishing. Now that the holidays are behind us there will be very few anglers on the water. If you like to fish where you see almost no one else, now is the time in Boca Grande.

Fish Hard,

Capt. Pete

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