Snook madness prevailed upon most crews and every hot spot found snook hunters on the first of many a midnight ramble.
Snookers spots are about the best guarded secrets everybody knows. Lots of Sea Gulling going on and a good number of rebuffs if you get to close. Lease holders aren’t sharing the best hot spots; you’ll have to stake your own claim. Here are a couple of spots that reported good action, Redfish Pass, Sanibel Pier, Captiva Pass, Matanzas Pass, New Pass, Blind Pass. Docks adjacent to the pass mouths were very productive; we’ll get our chance to test the water several times this week.
Night fishing was best, weather permitting; crews pitched baits around a million and one lighted docks in the canals with good results. Keep your offering outside the light-flooded circle for best results. Scented soft plastics were a good alternative to livebaits. Across the board reports were good. Redfish action has picked up but it’s about time; shrimp, pins, shiners, and cut stuff will cover the ground, should be plenty of privacy with the mad snookers on the war path. There are big reds in the passes, so don’t be surprised if you hookup a bull red or even a tarpon.
Trout action was a little deeper than usual with warm water putting the specks down in the troughs. Shrimp and scented plastics bumped along the bottom worked well. We did best, as usual, on either moving water period. The Bombing Range in Pine Island Sound and the Sanibel Causeway drifts held trout and a mixed bag of ladyfish, snapper, jacks, an occasional pompano, and plenty of sharks, fun, fun! You’ll be culling shorts but there are slot specks, good Oh! Estero Bay has some fair red action on the bars and deep cutbacks on the many islands;outgoing tides were best. Of course, big sister Charlotte Harbor had very good trout bites, good redfish action, and snook at the river mouths and phosphate docks.
My crews got snook boogie fever; see you with my night vision goggles around the docks!
Capt. Ron Kowalyk: 239-267-9312