Inshore: Weather was a tad iffy much of the week but it's clearing up nicely. We still have to contend with brown water on the flats, that slowed the bite again. The redfish bite should recover by midweek when the waters settles and the green water returns, need salt! The northern end of the region, starting at the midpoint of Pine Island Sound, experienced less brown water influx and stabilized, thus keeping the redfish on a chew. There was plenty of bait at the Sanibel Causeway; that was good since the shrimp were all pinheads; stick to frozen crickets.
Estero Bay suffered a moderate setback with lots of brown water, strange because bites up in the creeks were still strong on the snook front with baby tarpon in the mix; go figure? Trout, pomps and snapper were actively feeding in the passes, probably with all the guck tumbling out of the flats, a bugger buffet for the ground fish. We saw some small tarpon around the bridge pilings, plenty of snapper there, and black drum as well, if you could hold a drift.
Charlotte Harbor is on the verge of the fall redfish runs up on Burnt Store Bars and elsewhere; keep your eyes open, tread lightly, and carry a gold spoon or pinfish at the ready. Trout action was fair to good on the big lake in 3-6 ft. of water, scented plastics, shiners, and shrimp all worked pretty well.
Capt’s Corner: Keep moving, look for moving green water, use scented offerings or livies as a search pattern. Lures and flies with flash will help overcome any turbidityat the creek mouths and in therivers.Fish in low gear!
Capt Ron Kowalyk: 239-267-9312