The redfish are on a pre-fall chow down; crews reported good action throughout the region, especially in Pine Island Sound. Estero Bay has revived after the brown water deluge. Crews scored on double-digit catches of reds with slot fish available. Shrimp-tipped jigs on a popping cork, the old standby. and dead stick head-knocker rigs worked best for the bigger fish with cut bait. Pins, cut snapper, mullet, Spanish sardines, and gobs of frozen all took a share. Outgoing tides were best if you can beat the early afternoon sprinkles; no biggie if you don't mind a free shower, it's relief from the hot afternoons. This weekend will provide incoming tide action with mid and late morning highs.
Snook action is pretty good, especially the early morning and evening bites. TheNew Pass at Esterowas rich digs with soft plastic shad tails the topartificial and pinfish, shiners, and big shrimp all a welcome addition to the arsenal. Trout remain a slow to rebound after the brown water and warm water temps—87 degrees in Estero Bay. The reds are taking up the slack.
Night opts trips scored on some oversize liners, big reds, and even the odd tarpon in Hickory Pass off of Estero Bay. Crews fished the zillion and one docks off the Caloosahatchee and were rewarded with mega snook bites; it's a well kept secret that everybody knows about. Cape Coral bridge had biggies as well, brown water and all; those fish are accustomed to sweet water. There are lots of snook up on the Franklin Locks if you're up for a ride, good stuff, plenty of bass as well.
We hit the canals and ponds around home to check out the bass and cichlids bites and it was a wild affair at times with fast action on cichlids that inhaled wigglers worms, shrimp bits, and sassy sally flies, good easy fun, try it!
Capt. Ron Kowalyk: 239-267-9312