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Good New Year's Fishing

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On: Tue, Jan 5, 2016 at 9:00AM | By: Captain Ron Kowalyk

Offshore:  Smoker kings, reds, snook, pompano, Spanish, plenty of snapper. Goliaths on the close marks. Grouper close as well. We cast spoons at Spanish and bonito; great fun, weather permitting. Drop fish at the close marks; gave up a nice mixed bite:  snapper, white grunts, a few flounder. Plenty of sharks for the kiddy big fish tug-a-war!

Backbay: We had some fun trips with the bluetail blitzes keeping everybody busy cranking and rebaiting on the mangrove islands throughout San Carlos Bay and Pine Island Sound. Nothing fancy; gut-busting acting with simple shrimp and cork rigs; I like it ! We didn’t get many shots at big fish as baits were immediately inhaled. Rule number one: don’t leave fish to find ‘em, at least not with four-man guest crews. Happy - Happy - Happy!!

Trout action was fast but on the small side; life’s tough here in “fishy paradise”; I’ll take it as it comes! No worries; snookers continue to whack big fish up in the Caloosahatchee, El Jobean, the Imperial, and along the passes; whitebait the best offering. Mini-tarpon are up the creeks as well; my crews hooked up with fun baby poons and buster jacks of 10-plus-pounds; cheap thrills, just add silly stuff to your bucket list.

Bass addicts had their fill whipping the ponds, canals, and wayback feeder creeks, reporting some nice catches of bucket-mouth bass. Cichlids seem to be on a lifelong chew; bring wiggler worms, shrimp bits, and sponge rubber spider flies; they're everywhere, they are everywhere.

“Don’t curse the bridges that carried you over” any fish in a storm! RIGHT!


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