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Beat The heat, start at first light

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On: Wed, May 25, 2016 at 9:40AM | By: Captain Ron Kowalyk

Beat the heat and get out at first light for the hot morning bite. Tarpon, cobia, permit, and snapper from 5–20 plus miles out.  Pass crabs and small blue crabs are top picks for the permit and tarpon. Don't be surprised if you hook up fat and sassy cobia from Knapp's Point north to the Boca shipping channel.

Crews reportedpermiteating Gulp shrimp and crab chunk-dressed jigs; white, tan yellow not bad. Weather helped out a tad but there still may be some morning rains to contend with. The close marks were generous again with snapper, cobia, and big redfish all eating shrimp and pins. Typical summer weather pattern has been promised by the weather gurus; we'll see. The beaches and pass mouths had a friendly mixed bag bite.

Backbay: Excellent redfish bites in Estero, P.I., and Matlacha; early starts are best—get out before the bays cook-off. Shrimp, shiners, and cut bait all worked wellonreds, trout, and snook.Good reports up and down our region; bring lots a shrimp. Gulps, flies, andtopwater plugsall took a share of the trout bite in Pine Island Sound; check out the "Bombing Range" for pothole specks and reds hunkered down in the late morning heat. Drag a shrimp, Gulp, or heavy ClouserFlyaround the grassy edges of the sandy holes;fish a tad slow.

Night snooker were in their glory with big liners all eating livies and softplastics. My crews found nice red action in Estero Bay as did others. Pine Island Sound had good mixed bag action around Regal and Joslyn keys. Tarpon are rolling around the flats off behind Redfish and Captiva passes; threads, crabs, and softplastics filled the menu. Trout were slamming softplastics, topwater plugs, and flies just off the Ding Darling.

Capt. Ron Kowalyk : 239-267-9312


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