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The waters are clearing; the fish are biting. Celebrate!

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On: Wed, Jul 20, 2016 at 10:10AM | By: Captain Ron Kowalyk

Offshore:  Waters clear up! Good action on the Marks at 30–60 plus ft. Snapper are on a wild chew with some big doggies to 4-1/2 lbs. Grouper are eating as well; look to deeper cooler water at 50 plus ft. The close marks had nice mixed bag action with plenty of legal snapper, Spanish, whiting, white grunts, and, best of all, cobia. Cobs ate pinfish, threads, and big shrimp or crab hunks, good oh! Kings are thrashing the bait pods, eating freeline threads, pins; the bigger kings are eating Spanish and blue runners. Kings to 40-plus lbs. reported up outa Boca shipping channel.

Surface action has picked up as the waters clear up pretty well off Ft. Myers Beach, Sanibel, and points north.Trollers found kings, grouper, and cobia around the bait pods and reefs; 20-plus silver and blue or black back plugs up to 10 inches scored, so I'm told. Trolling keeps the crews a bit cooler; Alpha-Charlie always welcome. Surf fishers had some luck on pomps, Spanish, whiting, and flounder; bring shrimp!

Backbay: Action picked up as the waters clear and the sludge washes out of the flats. Reds were the big story with slot fish eating shiners, smallish pins, cut threads, and shrimp; again good oh! troopers. We'll be out tomorrow and catch the generous incoming in Estero Bay. Other returns suggest plenty of juvie snook at the creek mouth for fly and freelined shrimp and shiners action. Check out the Intrepid Water cut up tothe Imperial; don't overlook the scads of hungry feisty bigcanal tunas (jacks to 8–10 lbs.). These jacks eat flies, topwater plugs, and, at times, even a bar a soap; just kidding!

There are mixed-size tarpon on the flats and in the passes both north and south inour region; live baits worked best but early morning first light trippers report fly and plugs having some luck. The passes are reporting great snook action in the evenings—Hickory Pass, New Pass, Blind Pass, and points north. Soft plastics willwork well but live bait is a killer, I like, so willyou. Night bites are even stronger; big fish eating in the dark, as usual. Trout seem to remain slow but most crews were hunting up reds, snapper, and li'l snookers. We'll try for some specks tomorrow early on, then bushwhack the reds, I hope. C U on the H2O

Captain's Corner: Get out early to beat the heat and catch the morning incoming tides. Water temps hover around 89–91 in the bays.

Capt. Ron Kowalyk: 239-267-9312


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