Offshore: Conditions are stabilizing along the region, and crews are reporting good action from the close marks at 3–9 miles off and better big fish bites on the marks from 20-plus miles off. Grouper and snapper are plentiful limits the norm. Cobia are the big plus, so keep an eye out as you hop-scotch from mark to mark. Pins, threads, shiners, and bait-tipped jigs all scored on the ling. Grouper, goliaths, cobia, and sharks all ate bait soaked over the rubble piles. Kings and Spanish bashed the bait pods; keep a silver spoon handy.
The "Tin Canner Fleet" got in the fray on the close marks all along the Gulf with plenty of ground fish action among the easy boy baits; cut stocks, squid, shrimpand Spanish sardines a favorite! Crews reported big snook, oversized reds and black drum on the marks at 3–9 miles out. The Ten Day Weather Forecast looks pretty good, crews, so get ready for some hot action, Sunny, moderate winds, low chances of rain.
Inshore: We got treated to a nice turnaround in backbay action with lots of reds, active trout, and good snook bites. My crews scored on the redfish with some very nice slot fish outa Estero Bay and San Carlos Bay, all on shrimp. pins and cut stocks. Trout are massed but so far are on the short side; plenty of culling in store for jiggers and fly guys. Reds humped the chum and sucked up shrimp-tipped jigs and cut bait on slip sinker rigs.
Snookers favored night action along the numerous lighted docks in search of slot liners. There's a glut of juvies and short fish that slurp up free-lined shrimp and shiners along the dock lined creeks and passes. Nice weather: moderate rain chances and low winds favor the bay anglers.
"See You On the Water"
Capt. Ron Kowalyk: 239-267-9312