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Winterover Bite; It's Better Than Alright!

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On: Mon, Jan 25, 2016 at 9:36AM | By: Captain Ron Kowalyk

The anglers needs to modify their approach, gear down, slow down, and dress up. I don't know about yo, but I worked outdoors most of my life, and a lot of the time up north—sweet home Cleveland, sadly pre-LeBron James Era. You can't win em all! So get out your rain gear, hoodie, jump pants, and beanie for "cool runnings" and saddle up so as not to miss the winterover bite.

Things were a bit betterthis week on the flats and in the feeder creeks. If you slowed down your patterns, fished the deeper edges, and soaked shrimp, cut baits, and small pins in the potholes and at the creek mouths, you were in the red zone.

Afternoon were fishable and more comfortable, generally; crews reported good redfish and trout action when the wind laid down and the air temps bumped into the mid-sixties. A sea anchor is helpful and allows that little bit of precious time over the flats that torporific critters need to sniff out a free lunch. Best big shrimp of the year are available for easy pickins and cut bait was useful. Sleepy snook can be enticed to eat hand-picked fish on the flats and docks when the water warms as little a degree or two throughout the day.

Bonsai sheepshead bites on the myriad of docks and in thedeeper creeks. Crews dredging the passes on Estero Bay came up with fat sassy "dentice", the European name for sheepies. Bring along a thermos of "joe" and baloney sandwiches as you sit out the bite. Down-size your circle hooks, lighten up your leaders, and keep enough weight on your rig to stick it tight to the pilings or undercut banks. Shrimp bits, mole crabs= sand fleas all are good choices.

Mid-afternoon juvie snook action was fair and there were baby poon and big jacks in the creeks all along our region.Big black drum are rolling around the mouth of the Caloosahatchee. You'll need some busted-up blues crabs for bait around the bridge pilings. One day at a time, hope the weatherman can work somemagic. Keep the Faith!!

Capt. Ron Kowalyk: 239-267-9312

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