Offshore: And so it goes! Lots of wind outa the ENE didn't help the diggers or draggers. The "A Team " crews reported some success on runs to the nearshore marks but it didn't sound like fun. No country for old men, or maybe even normal people. There are fish on the close marks at 3–7 miles off and a bit in the lee of the strong winds; early out and early in.
The much maligned snapper are the mainstay of the ground fish bite with cobia, flounder, white grunts, pomps, and Spanish helping to fill the coolers. Not too fancy, but fun and doable. Sharks are everywhere, so big baits are being inhaled on the marks in the Spanish mobs and at the pass mouths. Winds are moderating but expect rain afternoon.
We'll be on a cobia hunt this weekend; easy sit out and soak pins on the marks while you cast spoons to the mackerel; I like it!
Inshore: Sluggish tides countered by thestrong ENE winds made for toughsledding on the flats and mangrove islands. Estero Bay was roiled up pretty much all weekend but hopefully it'll clear up as the winds lay down. Tides are looking better as the weekend approaches; generous high tides atstarting around 7 am on Friday only getting better.I like it 1 Redfish were on a chew before the foul weather and tides, good reports around the bars, in the potholes and at the feeder creeks. Shrimp were the easy got to bait but there are plenty of shiners on the Gulf beaches. Scented plastics picked up trout throughout the region, flies ought to come into play as conditions improve. The best action was on the snook front in the creeks, canals and other protected areas, always go to places for winterover liners.
Freshwater: My guest and I spent allot time messin with bass and baby tarpon in the Estero River and the Imperial, easy does it on the wind days. Freshwater shiners are the top bait with a variety of shallow running plugs and Whistler flies all in the mix. Can't wait to hit the peacocks and cichlids this weekend; there are mega bunches of fat bible sized cichlids to keep you busy with wiggler worms and shrimp bits. Kids stuff !I like It. Stay hungry my friends, cichlids make for a nice fry-up. Peacock bass will get their shot at our Kentucky shiners in the canals just south of us. Lots a baby tarpon as well, good stuff Killers . C U on the H20
Capt. Ron Kowalyk; 239-267-9312, firstname.lastname@example.org