It’s the right time of year! There’s a mess a whitebaits in Estero Bay for a change, good stuff. Redfish bite is hot and getting hotter as the spot tails keep getting bigger and bigger. Stinky shrimp under a cork were a sure thing in Estero Bay with chunked shiners, pins, and ladyfish right in there as convenience baits. Live pins probably took the bigger fish; bigger bait bigger fish, longer wait? Most crews limited out every day, plenty of action. Snook are mixed in with the reds on the mangrove edges and in the feeder creeks, bully snook were reported in the passes from New Pass, Big Carlos in Estero to Boca; gear up for the battle and don’t be surprised if you hookup an oversized sow redfish, many reported at 35-plus inches, good stuff for that photo on the form!
Trout are still slowin Estero Bay, but Pine Island Sound was generous with slot-plus specks hammering flies and topwater plugs, good stuff. The mid zones in P.I. are home to outstanding redfish action on either side of the sound on the high water phases; again shrimp, smallish pins, and shiner will do. Some schooling was reported up around Joslyn and the Fish Shacks, but the bushes are crowed as well; you should be in the numbers on the Refuge shoreline and near the passes as well. There’s a nice mixed bag bite in the Ding in the lagoons and bayous, smooth sailing with your troller or poling. Lots of sharks if you’re into it! Redfish Pass has the pass drift rodeo in full title if you don’t mind fishing with a crowed.
Captain’s Corner: Now is the time of year to get out your weedless spoons, spoon flies, and topwater plugs when drifting and poling the grass flats for reds. We saw birds and dimpling baits all over the felts in Estero, P.I., and Matlacha. That’s a good sign for red fishing and trout action. Get out that longcast outfit for when the reds pop up 40 yards out. A “pinny” on a popping cork is a sure thing for those schooling reds.
Capt. Ron Kowalyk: 239-267-9312