Monday, December 21, 2015


The elusive NO-spot Redfish

17lbs 8oz a new PB for Brian 

Brian's first Tarpon

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Monster Hunting 9/12/15

On Saturday September 12th we set out to battle monster of the deep.  Here is a quick clip of the action.  Stay tuned for the full video. 

Monday, September 14, 2015

Backcountry fishing is starting to heat up!

Backcountry fishing in Boca Grande Florida (Charlotte Harbor) has been getting better and better over the last few weeks.  Large amounts of rain have sparked a bite.  As we fall into fall, flats fishing will continue to get better.  October and November will be great fishing.  Snook, Redfish, Trout, Flounder, Sharks, snapper, sheephead, mackerel, more...
Book a trip today!
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Monday, July 27, 2015

Summer Fishing

Mangrove Snapper have been the Target over the last few weeks and will continue to be successful fishing trips bringing home dinner for the next month

Summer is a great time of year to "Take the Kids" fishing.  Over the last couple weeks I have taken a large number of family groups out on successful adventures with the young ones "Bringing home the Bacon."  Being on the boat with family is a great bonding time and makes lifetime memories!

Call today and Book a memory

Capt Nelson Italiano III

Summer Sharks

Summer in Charlotte Harbor is a great time to catch sharks.  On this adventure "Little Seth" learn how to be patient......but his waiting paid off with his first shark EVER! 

Blacktip Shark (45lbs)

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Tarpon bite in Boca Grande Pass is hot!  Grab your friends, lets go!

Sister Pizza and Tarpon!

April 25th

These boys grabbed 5 pizzas from our local "Sister Italian Restaurant" and we headed out fishing.  The night prior was lights out Tarpon I was ready to get back out.  Six to the boat in 3 hours of fishing Boca Grande Pass. 

Tarpon Tarpon Tarpon

Six Tarpon to the Boat, 6 more in the air!  This crew got did the Tarpon in Boca Grande Pass, Florida

April 23 Tarpon Adventure

Paul caught his first Tarpon of his life.  His smile was ear to ear!  I love my job. 

Jumped my first Tarpon of the 2015 season! April 6th

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

March 26

Fished 3 trips today, back to back to back.  Caught Macks, Snook, Trout, Jacks, Ladyfish, Blue runners, Bluefish, and 1 really fine Snook on the last trip of the day. 

March 25th

Picked up my clients on North Captiva island this morning.  Another slow morning in the flats of Charlotte Harbor led us to an exciting adventure.  Mid morning we packed up our gear and made a cruise out of Captiva Pass and into the Gulf of Mexico. 

We caught Mackerel between 2 and 5 pounds

Tuesday March 24th

Today was a slow day in the Backcountry Flats for me today.  I struggled to get anything good going.  We did manage to catch a rat redfish, a few small Snook, and an assortment of other random fish.  Not the day I expected to have but we call it Fishing not catching.......

March 19th-22

Traveled to Lake Kissimmee and fished a Largemouth Bass Tournament.  I ended up taking 3rd place with 22lbs 11oz.   I was 10oz away from second!  The Big Bass of the weekend went to John Harwell Jr with a monster 8lb 10oz'er (Picture Below)

Mud Fish (Bowfin)
Snail Eggs

John Jr's 8lb 10oz Largemouth Bass

The view from our lunch spot

March 18th

Fished Lemon Bay.......Got on a hot "little snook" bite......

March 17th

Cheese Burger in Paradise..............aka........Took a family group to Cabbage Key   Along the way we spotted Dolphins, Osprey, Herons, Fisherman, Manatees, and even got a quick look at a Bald Eagle.

Monday March 16th

Went out at 10am on the incoming tide trolling for mackerel.....needless to say we found a few.....we kept just enough for dinner. 

Friday, March 13, 2015

Listen to me, Captain Nelson Italiano, Live today @5pm on The Reel Saltwater Outdoors Fishing Show

Today I will the featured guest on "The Reel Saltwater Outdoors Fishing Show" on our local WENG Radio 107.5 FM 1530AM or Listen Live online at WENG Radio

Just after 5pm I will be on air to talk fishing........

Friday, March 6, 2015

Fishing Report Thursday March 5

What happens when two Charter Fishing Captain's have the same day off work???

Yesterday, Captain Nick Wenzel and I loaded up our significant others in the boat for an afternoon of fun in the sun.  Captain Nick is a life long friend of mine and we have fished together since we were young kids.  When we get in a boat together our minds collectively think of one thing........"Big Snook" or "Big Snuuke" as the old-timer's say.  Today was no different. 

Targeting big fish in the backcountry can be hours of boredom followed by minutes of excitement.  Its an all or none type of fishing.  But the reward of the wait is always worth the waiting..........


In just under 4 hours of fishing for big fish only, we caught 3 oversized Redfish (9,10,10.5lbs) and one monster Snookasaurus!  The Snook went 40" and had an estimated weight over 20lbs...........Needless to say it was a successful adventure, just look at the girls big smiles!


Fishing Report

Monday March 2, 2015
Monday mornings half day of inshore fishing was a good one.  Fishing was slow for the first hour or so until the fog burnt off.  Around 10am, the sun came out to play and so did the fish.  We started out with a great trout bite.  Most were small, but all were fun to catch.  After spending an hour of constant action on smaller trout we decided to try our luck with a dinner sized Snook.  No luck, those big frozen logs still need some time to thaw, so we moved on.  We hopped around a few times catching a random fish or two at each spot until we found a nice school of Redfish.  We managed to catch a half dozen of almost legal Redfish before it was time to head back to the dock. 
The weather is warming, Spring is here,  Fishing should continue to get better as the water temp warms.  I predict that next week the BITE is going to erupt in the backcountry.  That sort of bite we all dream about....... 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Despite the rain, a friend and I made it out today for a quick scouting adventure.  A quick two hour trip rewarded us both with Trout dinner.  In-between getting drizzled on, we managed to land these Trout on live shrimp using strike indicating devices(aka bobbers) and freelined some as well.  We targeted sand potholes, grass drop offs, and sand/grass edges. 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Fishing Report

This afternoon will bring rain and light winds. More Rain tomorrow morning followed by the wind shifting to the Northwest and increasing to 15-25mph after lunchtime.  Fishing should remain steady until the wind clocks to the NW.

A fun and usually successful fishing adventure on a rainy day is to bass fish your local ponds.  If you can get out in-between rainstorms or man up and take a drizzle or 10, bass fishing can be very productive this time of year especially when a mild cold front is about to pass through.  The dip in pressure before the front passes can be exciting fishing with ferocious strikes.  Look for moving water, particularly where small water meets bigger water. (example: where a ditch meets a pond)  Larger Largemouth Bass will be found in the shallows and the drop-offs from those shallows.  Largemouth Bass are in spawn mode.  This means they will be looking for a quick meal that takes minimal effort.  A flowing ditch into a pond is bringing exactly that....

Good Luck and "Fish On" 

Monday, February 2, 2015

Contact Capt. Nelson for your 2015 Boca Grande Tarpon fishing adventure.  Prime dates are going quick, Book today! 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Fish Pix!

Just thought I'd share some of my shots from the last couple seasons. Enjoy!

Winter Snook

Freshwater Snook anyone?
I love this place! It's not just anywhere that you can go into a freshwater estuary and find an abundance of saltwater species. I like to test my fishing skills with various species in freshwater and saltwater alike.

I will sometimes set a goal of only catching a particular species with a particular bait using a particular retrieval method. On this day, it was freshwater Snook on a swimbait.