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    March Madness

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"MARCH MADNESS" is the starting month for baitfish pods to flood the grass-flats & following closely behind them are the big schools of "Game-Fish"!  Great fun for adrenaline junkies while visiting "Beautiful Charlotte Harbor" using light tackle!  Schools of Bull-Redfish ranging 5-25lb, Snook averaging 2-20lbs, Speckled Sea Trout, Jack Crevalle 2-20lb & Juvenile Tarpon 10-40lbs makes up just some of our "March Madness Angling Adventures"!!!




"RETURN CLIENTS" Mike Ferraro & Eric Dolman keep coming back for more of "Charlotte Harbors" awesome game-fish action w/Capt. Derrick Jacobsen!  Pictured above are just a few of the Redfish & Snook they battled which keep them returning again & again!!  "AWESOME ANGLING ADVENTURE"!!


Rodger Bowin and friends had an awsome time fishing Mosquito Lagoon  while guided by Capt Brian Pahmeier.  Pictures above consist of an oversize Redfish & a Big Black Drum!!!!



"FATHER & SON FISHING"  Gary Gniffke & his Son had a great day of March fishing with Florida Light Tackle Charters!  Their combined catch consisted of numerous, Snook, Trout, & Jack Crevalle which completes an awesome Father & Son day of "Catching"!!!




 Jeff, Mike & Kim Huxford from Owatonna, MN visited beautiful Charlotte Harbor for two full days of fishing guided by Capt. Derrick Jacobsen.  "We lost count of the Snook, Reds & Trout that we caught during our two trips, but we know there was over 100+ landed, which added to countless Florida Slams"!!  "It was the trip of a lifetime & you can count on us coming back for more very soon"!!!  "Thank You, Florida Light Tackle"!


            "THE HUIBREGTSE FAMILY RETURNS FOR MORE FISHING FUN"   F.L.T.C.'s returning client & long-time friend Will, Dick, Greg & Mark returned to fish with Florida Light Tackle Charters & Capt. Angel Torres once again for an awesome day of family fishing fun!  Snook, Redfish, Trout, & Jack Crevalle filled the day with plenty of game-fish action for the entire family!  "FUN-FUN-FUN"!!!



John Shea & his fishin buddy, Mary Beurkle (Babe) return again this year for more of "Charlotte Harbors" plentiful Snook action!  They won the battle with numerous Snook & Jack Crevalle while fishing "Structure" in the area's endless canal & river systems! 


"RETURNING WINTER RESIDENTS"  & good friends; Bob, Arden, & Ron Curtis continue returning with Florida Light Tackle Charters to experience our unbelievable; "Guaranteed *NO FISH, NO PAY* Policy" to battle plenty of Snook every time their aboard w/Capt. Derrick Jacobsen! , they ALWAYS get their moneys worth!  As you can see we "Never" let them down!  "JUST ASK THESE GUYS"!!!


                        4yr old Dalton Jacobsen & his cousin 6yr old Angel had a blast showing off Dads (Capt. Derrick Jacobsen) 13 pound Snook!              


There's Dalton again except with his sister Kaci showing off a hefty 11 pound Snook he help catch while fishing w/Dad, Capt. Derrick Jacobsen! 


"Local Resident"  Brian Perry had a blast "Catchin Snook" during the month of March!  He said he wanted to experience some "World Class Snook Fishing" that he's read about!  Brian got his chance & landed several "Trophy Snook" fishing in "Beautiful Charlotte Harbor" guided by Capt. Derrick Jacobsen!   "Awesome Snookin Adventure"

    Frank Cardillo enjoyed backcountry fishin for Snook & Reds while vacationing in "Charlotte Harbor", from Niagara Falls!!     Florida Light Tackle V.P., Christy Jacobsen & 4yr old Son, Dalton also enjoyed a day of "Catchin Fun" while fishing w/Dad, Capt. Derrick Jacobsen in "Charlotte Harbor!


"LONG-TIME CLIENTS" Lee & Sarah Hancock return several times a year to experience "Game-Fish Battling" & always manage to win against our. Snook, Redfish, Trout & Tarpon!  Pictured are just a few of "Charlotte Harbors" abundant game-fish concentrations, they always have a blast while being guided by FLTC's Captain, Angel Torres!!! They'll be retuning in May for "Tarpon Season"!!  "SEE YA SOON"!!!!



Day 1   Despite a cold front moving in the day before our trip, Father & Son team, Jeff & Cory Ferrington  battled multiple Snook & Redfish while fishing Charlotte Harbor with Capt. Derrick Jacobsen "Fun! Fun! Fun!"


Day 2  Solid sunshine began raising water temps which made the Snook, Reds and Trout start  raising their eyebrows with a vengeance at the baitfish we offered them:)  Jeff & Cory Ferington had another day of "Catching" while fishing the backcountry waters of Placida with Capt. Derrick Jacobsen


 Brad Hayes & his son, Jackson with a double hookup had a fun day of fishing with Capt. Jimmy Willis, they landed multiple Snook, Trout & some of those extreme drag peeling Jack Crevalle rounding out a "Total Fishing Adventure" in the backcountry of Charlotte Harbor waters!!


Doug Nagle from Minnetonka, MN show off a few of the fish caught with Capt. Derrick Jacobsen


  Angler Howard Stern of Portland, Oregon and Captain Ariel Cabrera with a pair of fly-caught Cobia. The fish ate yellow/white tarpon bunny fly on a ten weight, the larger fish weighed 28 pounds, it took 45 minutes to boat. "Now that's Something to write home about"!!!


It's Tarpon Time in FlamingoCapt. Eric Herstedt releases a 100+ pound Tarpon!




It didn't take this mathematics teacher Gerry Quickel & his wife Debbie from Odenton, MD long to calculate 10 Nice Snook + 4 Big Snook = an "Awesome Day of Fishin" guided by Capt. Derrick Jacobsen


Rick Gibson and his friend Jeff, went on a 3-day guided "Bass Fishing Extravaganza" guided by Capt. Brian Hart in the Tarpon Spring/Tampa area!  Capt. Hart guided them to a heart pounding 100+ catch & releases of Largemouth Bass!  Their trophy catches included a 6lb, 7lb, 8lb & 9lb Whooper, along with numerous 2-5lb fish over three days of fishing!!  (Now That's, what I call, "Bass Fishing"!)




"4th YEAR RETURN CLIENTS"!   Our loyal client, Jeff Huxford whom returns again to fish with us in "Beautiful Charlotte Harbor!  He shares plenty of angling excitement w/family & friends, Ralf Huxford, Mike Hintz & Paul Hobday!  Their two boat adventure lands them battling, Snook, Redfish, Trout & juvenile Tarpon for an excellent day of "catching fun" guided by father & son team, Capt. Bobby Bunkley & Capt. Derrick Jacobsen!   "MORE FAMILY FUN"!!!


Dick  & Francis Mansuetto of Wheeling, WV in Jacksonville with Capt. Chris Holleman


Karin from Pennsylvania had a awesome fight with a

35 inch, 16 1/2 lb  Snook.  The rest of the family show off

catch with Capt. Derrick Jacobsen



                              "MARCH SNOOKIN!    Tim Kaster visits from Ontario Canada to experience some of "Charlotte Harbor's" unmatched Snook action w/Capt. Derrick Jacobsen!  Along with battling "Trophy Snook", Tim enjoyed some Redfish & Trout action earning him a "Florida Slam"!!    "WAY TO GO TIM"!!!


The Richardson family spend a day of "Snook Catching" with

Capt. Derrick Jacobsen

 on Charlotte Harbor



Dan Perkins finally gets his first and second Tarpon on fly with Capt. Eric Herstedt in Miami.  On addition, Dan also catches large Sharks, numerous Snook & Redfish on both Fly & Light Tackle with Capt. Eric Herstedt & Capt. Tony Tradd



When Merle Caswell takes his grandson, Nick fishing, they always have a blast battling plenty of Snook & Jack Crevalle w/Capt. Derrick!  There's always plenty of family fun & laughter aboard a Florida Light Tackle Charter! (like Merle kissing a Jack!:)





Jay Collins & Scott Kelce help celebrate Jim Collins' 65th Birthday with Florida Light Tackle on Charlotte Harbor, producing 30 - 35 Snook, many in the slot, 10+ Redfish from 28 - 32" and numerous Trout from 19 - 23".  What a day!!!!!



Longtime FLTC Clients, Gary, Bob & Bob from Upstate New York spend a day on Charlotte Harbor with Capt. Derrick Jacobsen.  Numerous Snook, Tarpon, Big Jack Crevalle, Sea Trout & Redfish.  The day included two Grand Slams for two anglers.






Dan Stewart & friends from Chuluota, Florida display just a few of the fish caught with Capt. Derrick Jacobsen in Charlotte Harbor!





Just a couple of pictures taken from the March 5th & 6th Pro Redfish Tour held in Lafitte, Louisiana.  Capt. Derrick Jacobsen will be guiding sight & fly fishing trips for Giant Redfish, Monster Black Drum & Trophy size Sheephead in the Louisiana Backcountry from September 22nd through October 3rd.  It's 30 - 100 fish days all on fly or light tackle sight casting!!! 



Jamie & David Hayden of Lexington, Kentucky show off their catch with Capt. Derrick Jacobsen



                       "MARCH MADNESS" is the starting month for baitfish pods to flood the grass-flats & following closely behind them are the big schools of "Bull Redfish"!  Capt. Derrick Jacobsen guided these adrenaline junkies while visiting "Beautiful Charlotte Harbor" during their early "College Spring Break" for their chance to "Battle the Big Boys" on light tackle!  They managed to land several bulls & one short ranging 10 to 15lbs while their Drags-a-Smokin!!!

           Brad Maitlamb & his brother-in-law Bob Hart did some "Extreme Inshore Light Tackle Catching" with Capt. Derrick Jacobsen in Charlotte Harbor!  They battled numerous tackle breaking/testing Jack Crevalle up to 12lbs & a couple of beautiful Snook up to 28"s for an Extremely Fun day of Fishing!!!!!

                              William Maness and his friend Conrad were overwhelmed with excitement & fatigue (they where whooped) after battling sum 50+ Redfish in the 8 to 10lb range with Capt. Brian Hart.  Capt. Hart guided them into the "Low Fishing Pressure" area of Tarpon Springs, & as you can see by the smiles on these clients faces, it was well worth the trip!!!!

            3rd year repeat client Fred Theiman & his son caught sum 18+ snook, couple Redfish & too many Jack Crevalle to count up to 11.5 lbs in Charlotte Harbor fishing with Capt. Derrick Jacobsen.  Definitely a great day of "Catching"!!!

            Bill Flynn & friends, Joe & Karen wanted to catch some Snook with Capt Angel Torres, & they did just that!  Hooking, battling & landing sum 23 Snook, 8 Jack Crevalle up to 9lbs, 5 Trout & 3 Redfish to complete a couple of "Florida Slams" for an awesome day of Charlotte Harbor fishing!!!!



Repeat client "Big Daddy from Cincinnati" a.k.a.  Bob Hackett brought two of his record breaking "Louisville Cardinal Football" players Brock Bolen & Josh!  They battled & landed 18 Snook, several Redfish & a dozen "Adrenalin Kings" called Jack Crevalle up to 12lbs with Capt. Derrick Jacobsen!!!



 Teresa  Cummiskey bought her husband Jerry the perfect "Man Gift" for their anniversary (which actually is her preference gift as well) a backcountry fishing charter with Capt. Derrick Jacobsen!  They battled and conquered sum 9-extremely hard core fighting Jack Crevalle, 7-Snook, Mangrove Snapper & this "Bull Redfish" weighing 12lbs!  Another great charter on beautiful Charlotte Harbor!

            Father & Son team; Bob & Rob Mungovan returns  to fish with Florida Light Tackle Charters for another exciting day of "Catching"!!  Capt. Angel Torres put them on over 17+ Snook up to 31"-9lbs, 8-Trout, 2-Redfish & 6-Jack Crevalle up to 15lbs which also completed two "Florida Slams" in the same day fishing "Charlotte Harbor"!!!      "Way To Go

 Guys"              Winter resident friends; Bob, Arden, & Ron Curtis have never caught so many game-fish as they did with Capt. Derrick Jacobsen in "Charlotte Harbor"!  They battled sum 15+ Snook, several Redfish & Speckled Sea Trout during their 6hr "Backcountry Fishing Adventure" to complete a "Florida Slam" with loads of excitement to go with it!!!!



 Capt. Derrick still saves for his family & friends to go fishing when he has days off!  His 3yr old son, Dalton & wife Christy enjoy a little sunshine while waiting on a bite, then before ya know it, "Fish On", Mom & Dalton land this 32" Snook!  Along for a good time is Capt. Carl Smith & his wife Vicky whom is pictured battling this 13lb Jack Crevalle on very light tackle!!  Later in the day we took a ride up river for some lunch at the Navigator Bar & Grill!

            "Trophy Catch"  Bruce Bradbury & his fishing buddie Dennis from Stanford, CT had a Trophy Day of Fishing with Capt. Derrick Jacobsen in the backcountry flats of "Charlotte Harbor"!  Bruce (blue shirt) battled this 18.5lb-38" Snook on very light spinning tackle to land his "Biggest Snook ever as a 20yr past resident of Ft Myers"! (it took him 30mins to stop shaking from the adrenaline rush) Dennis had a blast landing his 32.5"-10lb Snook as well!  Together they boated sum 14-Snook, several Redfish, 6-Speckeled Sea Trout up to 3lbs, & plenty of drag burning Jack Crevalle which they both completed 2-"Florida Slams!  Bruce is now in the FLTC "Trophy 15lb+ Snook Club"  with his "MONSTER"!!!    AWESOME FISHIN GUYS!!

            Bill & Mike battled plenty of game-fish and won the fight to complete a "Florida Slam"!  They landed multiple Snook, Redfish, Trout & some tackle testing Jack Crevalle up to 18.5lbs on light spinning tackle fishing beautiful Gasparilla Sound with Capt. Derrick Jacobsen!



Tony Lawes from Canada caught 12 Snook, 2 Reds, and 10 Jacks with Capt. Derrick Jacobsen.  He quoted "now that was some awesome fishing.




      The Denihan Family enjoy a day of fishing with Capt. Derrick Jacobsen in Southwest Florida.




Rich Lessirard does a little Snook fishing with Capt. Derrick Jacobsen in Charlotte Harbor!




Using Capt. Derrick Jacobsen, “Redneck Fishin Science”, Dave & Don landed 15+ big reds & some nice snook, trout, & jack crevelle!





The Deckard family (Blake, Nancy, Alex & Amanda) from Indiana, battled & land over 60+ redfish from 8 to 14lbs with Capt. Derrick Jacobsen  & Capt. Patrick Hill during a "Buddy Boat Trip (2 boats) in Beautiful Charlotte Harbor!




 "AWESOME SNOOKIN"   Chris Webber got exactly what he came to "Charlotte Harbor" for, "Big Snook Action"! He lost count after 20 something, but will always remember where to come when he wants to battle some "Awesome Snook" w/Capt. Derrick Jacobsen! (also pictured is a 32" Snook that naturally tried swallowing a big Sand bream, the Snook floated shortly after he died & drifted by us!)



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