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Blind Pass bonanza

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On: Wed, Jun 29, 2016 at 9:26AM | By: Captain Ron Kowalyk

Snook addicts certainly get their fill fishing on the moving water phases at Blind Pass between Sanibel Island and Captiva. This area has always been a snook and redfish hotspot with plenty of moving water from the Gulf rich in vast amounts of whitebait.

I’ve fished this area for over 25 years with the Blind Pass Blind as the go-to “easy boy“ fishing pier. For years we had a crew of Sanibel residents and Ft. Myers fishing “bummers” that enjoy camaraderie and great sport. Blind Pass has had the tendency to shoal up after tropical storms; this has been a curse and blessing, relieving the fishing pressure on this homeboy land captain favorite. As the tidal flow is reestablished, the pass fishery is renewed often with new anglers discovering and enjoying this easy access prime Florida sport fish hot spot.

Besides the bridge fishing, there’s lots of beautiful Gulf beach access that surf anglers can plug, fly fish, and soak livebait on either side of the pass proper. Top offerings are smallish white bucktails, softplastics, Clouser and Whistler flies in chartreuses or red and white, and shallow running plugs.

If you’re a cast netter, you’re in business; there are tons of whitebait, pins, and other fish baits available right in the slough off the beach; a small 6-foot cast net will suffice. A medium light 7-foot spinning rod, loaded with 20lb. braid with a generous section of 30lb. mono leader is a solid workhorse rig.

There are plenty of big fish around and under the bridge, especially at night, so you’ll want to gear up with a bridge buster outfit. If you fish with palm-sized pins or the like, be ready to yoke and even waddle to the end of the bridge to land your bucket-list big snook.

Capt. Ron Kowalyk: 239-267-9312


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