Get your butts out there, only don't follow me. I got whipped by the youngbloods this week; well, I did have a motor problem and roasted in the heat stuck under the con of my flats and bay skiff. I'm not a jockey so I blocked out the sun fumbling around in the explosion in the spaghetti factory that's suppose to be a couple of wiring harnesses. Gotta love it! Anyway, got the mill running, livewell pumping, and the bilge A-OK!.
I know your just overwhelmed with all of this, but it's the way of the fisherman after 50 years on the water. That said, let's get to the good stuff
Crews hooked the best-of-the-year bruiser redfish—lots of overslot reds in Estero Bay. You'd best get out early to avoid the roast-off, but more importantlyto beat the floodout with the generous morning high tides. Afternoon may be even better if the storms stand off the beaches or blow out inshore.Get the wrinkles outta your cast net and bring some cat food to chum up the scads of nice tastey pins.Keep the shiners for chum or snapper baits. There are lots of mixed-size snook around, so freeline some critters around the docks on either tide. Trout remain a mystery with the very warm water—87.6 degrees—not friendly zones for the specks.
We saw tarpon at the bay bridges (Big Carlos and New Pass). There's a nice mixed bag bite in the passes and you might have a surprise with all the big fish around. Sharks are the easy boy, big boy rod benders. Spanish, jacks, and ladyfish kept the families and the kiddies busy.
Keep aneye on the docks for the reds, snook, sheepies, trout, grunts, black drum, and my favorite CATFISH! Yucko!!
Fly guys reported reds eating weighted shrimp imitations in brown, orange, and gold, pitched out on a intermediate clear sink tip redfish line. 6-7 wts or upscale to a 8 wt. to pitch your gurgler or Clouser. Slow-poky retrieves and poling keep down the fuss and noise. I like a spoon fly.
The photo is of Dan Shokey with a nice Estero Bay redfish on a shrimp-tipped jig and cork rig.
That's all folks; hope I follow my own advise now that ouija board is back on the water,
Capt. Ron Kowalyk : 239-267-9312