Inshore: Action was pretty good this week in Pine Island Sound with numbers of reds, snook, and trout all on a nice chew on the flats and under the "Green Monster". We had plenty of whitebait from the Mark, off Ft. Myers Beach. But, as usual, shrimp soaking on a popping cork or tight to the bottom under the canopy was the most productive; lazy old me, I liked it, so did the troops. Chumming always helps unless there are mobs of kitty cats around, then you gotta move. We followed the incoming tides along San Carlos Bay and then motored up to Regla Island in Pine Island. The bite kept pace with the tide. On slack water you were better off to eat lunch, BS, and watch out for the birds. There are nice patches of trout mangling the shiners under the birds, time to get out the softplastics, red and white were best. We let the kiddies burn up a mess'a frozen shrimp under their corky rigs and battled trout, jacks, ladies, and mini sharks—great fun; kiddies are the best!
We went hardcore for a bit and drowned whitebaits and pins in Ding Darling and pretty much drew a blank. Why? There were snook on the Sanibel docks on the outgoing but the guys were parboiled by then and so was old Grumpy. Get out early and stay cool.
Zero Dark Thirty SOG fisherman are hooking up big snook off the Cape Coral bridges, at Matlacha, and El Jobean. Been there, done that but still a thrill. Try Big Carlos Pass Bridge and Hickory Pass for easier closer big liner action. There are Goliaths, sharks, big jacks, and, if you're lucky, a super slot red fish as well. Snapper are crowding each other out for a piece of shrimp on docks all along the region, good, tasty fry -up stock if you aren't too high tone. The feeder creeks and bridges are holding big sheepies and black drum with bluetail reds as well. "Stinky Shrimp" again will fill the bait bill and put meat in the cooler. Good Stuff!
Tarpon are always a bit of a pain and this season is no exception, numbers are down, too much running around, most of my crews are good old "Ham and Egger" bay fishermen, thank God! We will be trying just off Ft. Myers Beach this week and that's where locals have been seeing rollers; the sharks are a bigger pain than the "silver queens". Failure is not an option! Fish for reds, snook, sea trout, jacks, others!!