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The Redfish Rodeo Ramps Up

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On: Mon, Dec 7, 2015 at 9:26AM | By: Captain Ron Kowalyk

Inshore: My crews took advantage of the breaks in the weather and got rewarded with the really first and best of the redfish rodeo after the crazy weeks winter weather.

We foundbig numbersof slot and upper slot reds on the early morning high water periods and followed the spottail mobs out with the tide; good stuff if you keptmoving. Shrimpflipped out onjigheads under a cork; tight to the mangrove canopy wasthe easy,effective presentation. We didn't waste fishing time cast netting with the short bite window, and it worked well as usual= Old Captain "Stinky Shrimp" strikes again!

Reports of a hellacious trout bite in mid-Pine Island Sound; we didn'tpick up any slotties and were harassed by mobs of ladyfish, jacks, and kitties; and so it goes. There are big reds and snook in the passes from New Pass in Estero all the way up to Boca; plenty of fat, juice threads at the bridges and healthy shiners on the beaches, don't overlook your pinfish holes. Sharks, big black drum, and mega jack crevallewill keep you reeling till one or the other of you tuckers out! Winter shrimp are big, wiggle, and cheap; go with the flow and try cutbait as well.

Dead stick rigs with slip sinkers dressed with gobs of shrimp, smallish pins, and cut ladyfish were very effective fished on bait runner outfits; good stuff to set out while you have lunch or BS around the oyster bars.

Cap's Corner: This time of year you don't have to be too fussy, just hit your hot spots on either moving water periods. Sundays are good, especially when the footballers get off the water early; I like it!

Capt. Ron Kowalyk: 239-267-9312


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