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On The Water With Captain Ron: Backbay Fishing

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On: Tue, May 12, 2015 at 11:31AM | By: Captain Ron Kowalyk

Well, sports fans, summer is upon us and that means hot redfish, snook, and trout action around Sanibel, Ft. Myers, and Naples. Of course the big show is Tarpon Time and the silver kings are showing up in good numbers off Sanibel and Ft. Myers Beach. We hooked up in Pine Island Sound and at the Caloosahatchee River, good easy fishing without all the traffic. Fish in the 80lb. range are typical. Sitting out around the close marks and soaking bait can put you in a big time mixed bag battle: tarpon, sharks, cobia, kings, and other manglers. An easy living big fish bite!

The redfish action can be very good on the oyster bars up in P.I. with shrimp, cut ladyfish, and mullet pretty much a sure thing around the “Green Monster”, mangrove islands. Shrimp and jig under a cork is the way to go; don’t forget chumming with stinky shrimp bits, it’s a surefire turn-on for old spot tail!

There are hungry snook inhaling shrimp as well, so debarb your hooks for quick safe release, the liners are outta season. Pins and threads are a good option if you carefully target snook but try to release the liners at boat side!

Trout action can be fast and furious with scads of spike-slamming jerkbaits, DOA shrimp, Gulps, and flies. You’ll be culling like mad, so get out your Law Stick! We had some nice limits of specks in the 18+ inch range some fine “Tucker Mates”. Don’t be surprised if you hook up some black tip sharks as well as pompano, ladyfish for free cutbait and battling buster jacks. Keep an eye out for cobia around the day boards in the major passes, set up a 20lb rig with a livebait or flashy shallow runner plug. A jig with a bait strip can be even better flipped just in front of the migrating cobs. Handpick shrimp, crab sections, finger mullet, ladyfish, and squid will all fill the bill for dressing a jigheads for cobs. Bring along a cable tailer or mega-musky-style net; 33 inches at the fork is a legal fish.

All in all it’s a goodtime bite along our region! We fish the calm clear beautiful water of the region’s bays, passes, and inlets. Kiddies a specialty, safe fast reliable 23'8" flats and bay boat with a tee top. Coast Guard Lic, insured, We supply all gear, bait, and fishing licenses up to four anglers. See the critters up close: dolphins, manatees, rays, sharks, all manner of wading birds. Get an Interpretive Trip view of the area habitat as we fish the pristine waters of Southwest Florida.

Capt. Ron Kowalyk: 239-267-9312


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