Capt. Mark Wright

Member since: March 10, 2018



Capt. Mark’s passion for inshore saltwater fishing began while living in Stuart, Florida at the southern reaches of the Indian River Lagoon. Here he learned the fine art of snook fishing from the area’s lighted bridges while fishing at night. Here too he learned how to catch trout by the hundreds on the expansive flats from Jensen Beach to Ft. Pier

    Cold & Breezy Week

    January 21, 2019

    It’s been a cold water and breezy week for us and this combination of weather factors tends to keep me off the water. I ventured out only two times; a scouting trip with my friend Capt. John Tarr on Tuesday and again on Wednesday for a Mosquito Lagoon charter.
    John and I launched from Marina Park about 8 A.M. and the expected three to four mile an hour wind was already double the forecasted wind speed. We decided to hide from its northerly direction and I headed to a sheltered bay.

      Flipper Joins the Fun

      January 14, 2019

      We had three enjoyable trips early in the week with Tony joining me on Monday. As usual Tony starts his day tossing a top-water walking plug and it paid off in spades for him.

      The trout bite was on and while he caught a bunch of lower slot trout and a few under-slot fish as well, his best trout came on a “twitchin’ mullet” lure. The chunky twenty plus inch fish was not a trophy by any means it was still welcome catch.

        Offshore & In

        January 6, 2019

        We had an interesting week as we fished offshore on Wednesday then did a seminar Wednesday evening at Boaters Exchange. Caught a few fish with top-water Tony on Thursday and whacked the juvenile seatrout Saturday morning!

          Sometimes Light is Right

          December 30, 2018

          Top-water Tony graced the bow of my Banshee Extreme for three days running this past week. Fishing behind a full moon is tough enough, but these three days were also behind a major cold front.

          In retrospect we probably should have scheduled our trips during the middle of the day and dealt as best as we could with the afternoon’s blustery winds. Truth be told, Tony and I both are a bit hard headed and we both prefer getting out early and getting off the water early. While this tried and true tactic pays off most of the year it sometimes bites us in the proverbial butt when the water is cold…

            Good Conditions but Slow Bite

            December 23, 2018

            I only managed two outings this past week. Trip one we scouted a large portion of the North Indian River Lagoon. Initially concentrating on the western shoreline locally known as the “Carbide Flat,” we found very few fish, though we did make a few presentations to a tailing black drum. Water clarity was actually pretty good and so was water temperature and the wind was near calm.

              Time to Downsize and Slow Speed

              December 17, 2018

              Due to the colder than I like weather I stayed hidden under an electric blanket for most of last week and didn’t venture out until Thursday. Waiting for a warm-up following a major cold front often results in fantastic fishing. The few guys who didn’t wait until Thursday morning, but gave it a try on Wednesday’s late morning/early afternoon schedule also reaped big rewards!

                Windy and Wet

                December 10, 2018

                We managed three trips over the last week. All three were windy and one was windy and wet. Tony spent a windy Monday morning tossing his usual top-water plugs to no avail. He did however manage a redfish a trout and a barracuda (yes a barracuda!) on a Z-Man Curly Tailz in the pearl white color.

                  Topwater Slow, but Fishing Still Good

                  December 2, 2018

                  The fishing was pretty darn good the day before the frigid temperatures kept me indoors with the furnace running. Happily, the fishing was still good once things warmed up again!
                  Ahead of the front, Top-Water Tony took turns tossing his bone colored Skitterwalk and a white Z-Man Curly Tailz grub rigged on the new Finesse Bulletz head jig. This new jighead makes rigging the smaller Z-Man plastics simple with a nearly weed-free retrieve!

                    40 Incher

                    June 23, 2018

                    After being snubbed by the trout in one of my favorite spots then being continuously flipped-off (yep, they were tailing) by a finicky school of black drum Matt made contact with this 40 inch redfish.

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