Hi Guys this is my 1st post and I wanted to get some information for my up and coming 2 week vacation in Cape Coral in July.
I have the use of a 26ft offshore boat for fishing and all the tackle so that is great but I was also thinking about bringing my fly fishing rod with me to try some fishing in the mangroves etc. Obviously I've been reading about not taking the boat into shallow grass beds and damaging the habitat for your fish. So I was wondering if these areas are shallow...is it possible or even safe to anchor the boat up and get out and wade through these areas? I wouldn't have waders or anything just sandels and my shorts
I was hoping just to come across a nice spot and pull up, step off the boat and wade up the mangrove a bit. What's your thoughts on this? Go easy on me if it is a really bad idea though, over here in the uk if the water was alot warmer this would be ok in some places, I don't fancy packing waders or even wearing them in your summer heat ...lol
There are places you can do this with a offshore boat, but without knowing the area and understanding the area tides I wouldnt recommend it. You can do alot of fishing thats not mangrove fishing. If your out of cape coral you can fish redfish pass, captiva pass and boca grand pass. Not sure if the boat has a gps but if it does there are plenty of wreckes and artificial reefs in the area.
There are not many places to do that. The bottom is pretty soft.
You may want to try the powerlines on the North end of Ding Darling.
Go get some cheap water shoes when you arrive. Bring your waders and we will all know that you are a silly Brit.
Captain Gary S. Colecchio
Silver Dawn Charters
The main thing to worry about is the evening thunderstorms. i would recommend fishing the surf in the early morning for snook etc... then move offshore for tarpon (only a few hundred yards out) As far as wadeing goes be sure to slide your feet along the bottom this will allow any stingrays to move out of your way. use old tennis shoes your more likely to cut your feet than any thing else. if you step into to soft a bottom leave the shoes behind rather than be stuck. be sure to give me a call on channel 16 the name of my boat is "MY YOTT"
Thanks for the info, that is the sort of thing I was worried about (standing on something). Being a light tackle trout fly fisherman over here in Scotland, the thought of doing that type of fishing in your mangroves etc is a really exciting thought for me, considering the various fish and their sizes. Don't get me wrong, I can't wait to fish offshore and perhaps also try for some large Grouper but a bit of flyfishing would also put a huge smile on my face Two weeks is not going to be long enough but be assured, I will cram as many hours each day as I can get away with...my wife may divorce me when we get back home to Scotland I fear though