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  • We had heavy rains most of the week of 6/5/17, then rough seas for a couple of days. I was in port most of that week, but got to fish in the backwaters of south Estero Bay on Friday, 6/9, with Ashton Lockhart and his nine-year-old daughter, Barrett. Barrett is proud to say she caught more fish than her dad did, but they collectively caught two limits of keeper mangrove snapper to 12 inches, along with a 14 inch black drum and a 16-inch black drum (Barrett is also proud to say she caught the bigger one!) They released a 3-pound sail-cat probably due to all the rain and fresh water influx), along with one short sheepshead and six smaller snapper. They lost a couple of fish that snapped the line--maybe reds. Everything bit on live shrimp.

    After more rain over the weekend, I headed offshore Monday, 6/12. With Mark Paradise and his son, Luke. We fished 19 miles west of New Pass with squid and cut bait, and the guys boxed a dozen nice-sized grunts, a 15-inch whitebone porgy, and a couple of keeper lane snapper, which were all destined for a fish tacos dinner. They released a few mangrove snapper shorts and red grouper shorts.

    Jose and Demi Diaz and family fished 17 miles west of New Pass with me on Tuesday, 6/13/17, and used cut-bait and squid to box twenty keeper lane snappers to 12 inches, along with a mess of grunts. They caught and released about twenty-five red grouper, all shorts and had to be released, all the way up to 19 7/8 inches, just short of the 20-inch legal size.

    Dobbs Ackerman and his son, Angus, fished their first of two consecutive mornings with me on Friday, 6/16, 20 miles west of New Pass, using squid for bait. They released fifteen red grouper to 19 7/8 inches, and boxed seven keeper lane snapper and grunts to 13 inches.

    Dobbs and Angus had planned to fish the backwaters the following day, but they enjoyed the offshore experience so much on Friday that they decided to head offshore again on Saturday, 6/17. Seas were calm, and we got out 22 miles from New Pass, baited with squid and cut-bait. Angus reeled in a nearly 23-inch red grouper keeper, and the guys released twenty red grouper shorts. They added a dozen keeper lane snapper to 17 inches to the fish box, and kept one 14-inch grunt out of the fifteen grunts they caught in all. They battled a 4 ½-foot blacknose shark for a while, until it pulled off and got away.

    The photo shown is of young angler, Angus Ackermann, with a 23-inch red grouper, caught on squid on a recent offshore trip.
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    Thursday, 6/29, I fished 22 miles west of New Pass with Brian Vandeventar, T.J. Duran, and Alan Smith, The guys did well with snapper and grouper, using squid and cut-bait. They landed two keeper red grouper, 23 inches and 25 inches, and released thirty-some red grouper shorts. They added to the fish box twenty keeper lane snapper to 16 inches.


    After a lot of rain and stormy conditions, I finally got back on the water on Saturday, 6/24, and headed 23 miles offshore with Chris O’Hern and his friend, Charlie. Seas were still a little choppy heading out, but they calmed down nicely over the course of the morning and early afternoon. The guys boxed fifteen keeper lane snapper to 15 inches, which bit on squid. Red grouper shorts to 19 inches bit on squid and cut-bait, and were released.

    Wednesday, 6/28. I fished 22 miles west of New Pass with the McLrazy clan—Charlie, Alpen, Lindsay, Katie, Annie, and Katherine. The group used cut-bait and squid to catch two dozen keeper lane snapper to 15 inches, along with a keeper 21-inch red grouper. They released red grouper shorts.

    Winds and seas were higher on Friday than they were the previous day. I headed offshore 17 miles from New Pass with Patrick Williams and his teenaged sons, Ryan and Carter, who were interested in catching, but not keeping, fish. The tide was moving pretty fast, making it difficult for the boys to keep their bait on the bottom, but they rose to the challenge and caught and released two dozen would-be-keeper lane snapper. They also released six red grouper shorts. Everything bit on cut-bait.

    You can check out all of our shark and goliath grouper action videos at the following link:
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    Captain Dave Hanson
    Fishbuster Charters, Inc.
    Bonita Beach, FL
    239 947-1688
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    • TheJuly heat is on and with it brings thunderstorms. Morning and eveningfishing sessions the best way to beat the heat and hook up with yournext trophy.


      TheSnook bite in the inlets is fantastic on both sides of the tides. Myclients have enjoyed jigging for the snook using DOA C.A.L. 4 inchjerk bait on a 3/8 ounce jig head in bayou tiger. If live bait isyour choice, mullet and pinfish will get the drag screaming. TheSnook have been averaging 5 to 30 pounds.


      Flyfishing anglers snook are crushing poppers and deceivers aroundinlets, beaches and mangrove shorelines. Chumming the snook up canproduce plentiful drag screaming action from sun up to sun down.


      Tarponaction is fantastic early morning and evening when temperatures arecooler. The juvenile tarpon offer great action for anglers in the ICWalong mangrove shore lines, docks and grass flats. DOA C.A.L. 4 inchjerk bait weedless or rigged on a 1/8 ounce jig head in pearl orArkansas Glow great for tarpon. Present bait to rolling fish and stayin front of the pods is the name of the game. Bigger tarpon are inlocal inlets striking live sardines free lined with the tide.


      Freshwaterpeacock bass action is red hot. The peacocks are bedding alongshorelines allowing for great sight fishing for anglers. DOA shrimpand live shiners both great baits to present to these colorfulbeauties. The peacock bass are very aggressive when the sun is overhead, flies like poppers and gurglers provide explosive action.Typical peacock size is 2 to 3 pounds but many up to 6 pounds notuncommon.


      Wellthat is the fishing report for the past week hope you all enjoyed.Remember you cant catch them from the couch so get out there and gethooked up. Tight Lines! Capt. Craig Korczynski,PhlatsInshoreFishing.com, 561-644-4371

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      • Saturday morning, July 1, 2017, I fished 22 miles offshore with Barry Hart, his son, Derrick, and Barry’s grandson, Baylor. The guys used squid to catch 25 keeper lane snapper, and released fifteen red grouper shorts.

        I fished the south end of Estero Bay’s backwaters Wednesday morning, 7/5, with Tim Hertaus, his son Bren, and Tim’s brother-in-law, Ryan. The guys used live shrimp to catch two keeper sheepshead at 14 inches and 15 inches, along with eleven mangrove snapper, one of which was a keeper. Along with the mang shorts, the group released an undersized snook and a pair of two-pound stingrays.

        David and Carly Bernegger fished south Estero Bay with me on Thursday morning, where they used live shrimp to catch a 20-inch keeper redfish. They had a larger red hooked at one point, but it pulled off the hook and escaped. They also caught two keeper sheepshead at 13 inches and 14 inches, and released three stingray.

        I fished 17 miles offshore on Friday morning, 7/7, with Scott and April Pace and their children, Leah and David. Using squid and cut-bait, the family boxed a mess of lane snapper to 14 inches and grunts to 12 inches. They released a half-dozen red grouper shorts.

        I was back in southern Estero Bay’s backwaters on Saturday morning, 7/8, where I fished a catch-and-release trip with Steve and ***le Repetto. The couple used live shrimp to catch a 15-inch black drum, a sheepshead short, a 14-inch sand bream (striped mojarra), and two would-be-keeper redfish at 22 inches and 24 inches.
        The photo shown is of Steve and ***le Repetto, with a 24-inch redfish, caught on shrimp.
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        I fished 29 miles west of New pass Monday, 7/10, with long-time customer Larry Jack, his son, David, and friends Ernie Morrison and Tony Russo. The guys used squid and cut-bait to box thirty keeper lane snapper and a half-dozen good-sized grunts. They released twenty-five red grouper shorts to 19 inches.

        Larry, David, Ernie, and Tony fished again with me Tuesday morning. 7/11, this time in southern Estero Bay’s backwaters, where they used live shrimp to catch two keeper redfish at 19 inches and 20 inches, and they released three sheepshead shorts, a 24-inch snook, and a 20-inch sailcat.


        I headed 22 miles offshore on Friday morning, 7/14, with Larry Hanshaw and his sons, Larry Jr. and Jeff. NOAA had predicted increasing winds and seas of two-to-three feet. It was pretty calm close-in, but out 22 miles conditions were choppy. The guys used squid and cut-bait to catch and release sixteen red grouper shorts to 19 inches. One of the guys had a bigger one hooked, but lost it in the rocks. As for take-home fish, they boxed a mess of two dozen lane snapper keepers and grunts.

        With the threat of thunderstorms ever present on Wednesday, 7/19, Sharon Hale and her two sons, Nobel and Ashton, were pleasantly surprised to not encounter a single raindrop while they fished with me 23 miles west of New Pass, using cut-bait and squid. The family caught a keeper red grouper at 22 inches, and they released at least twenty-five red grouper shorts. They boxed eighteen keeper lane snapper and twenty grunts that were mostly around the 12-inch mark.





        The photo shown is of Doug Shepherd, with a 24-inch red grouper, caught on a pinfish on a recent offshore trip.




        You can check out all of our shark and goliath grouper action videos at the following link:
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        • Augustis closing in and the past week offered great conditions for anglers.The afternoon thunderstorms have been abundant at times, but afterthese storms diminish water temperatures cool down and oxygen leversrise triggering a great bite.


          TheInshore fishing has been full of action for anglers targeting Snook.The Snook continue to gather in our inlets and deep channels.Anglers are catching double digit numbers of the Snook averaging 10to 25 pounds. Live baits worked on the bottom will produce strikesbut catching snook on artificial lures is more gratifying and takesmuch more skills set. DOA Lures like DOA cal 4 inch jerk and DOA Cal5.5 jerk on a jig 3/8 ounce jig head in bayou tiger or Glow / Goldrush belly produce big fish and steady action. Snook action is greataround mangrove shorelines on the falling tide, top water plugs andDOA shrimp or DOA C.A.L. weedless produces great results.


          TheTarpon action has been great on the beach and inside the ICW foranglers looking to tango with the silver king. Look for rolling fishand present a live bait or jig in the area were fish are rolling. TheTarpon have ranged in size from 10 to 50 pounds. Always remember tobow down while a Tarpon is jumping to avoid the break offs and hookspulling out. Live baits free lined along channel edges and alongdocks and mangrove edges also great tactics to hook the silver king.Top water plugs and DOA 4 Inch Jerk baits in pearl or holographicentice many tarpon to feed.


          TheDocks and seawalls have provided great action for anglers using jigsand live baits. The Jacks, Snapper and a few Trout have been the mainpredators being caught. These fish have been ambushing bait schoolsas they look for shelter. Early morning and late afternoon hasprovided the best bite.


          Peacockmania, well that's what anglers are calling it. Peacock action hasbeen outstanding and anglers are enjoying not stop action whetherusing shiners, artificial lures or fly. The peacocks are veryaggressive from sun up to sun down. Sight fishing for these colorfulbeauties,will get your heart pounding. Sight casting to peacock basson beds and along shorelines gets anglers very excited they feel andsee the power of these vibrant fighters.


          Wellthat is the report for the past week hope you all enjoyed. Rememberyou cant catch them from the couch, so get out there and get hookedup. Tight Lines! Capt. Craig Korczynski, PhlatsInshoreFishing.com,561-644-4371

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          • Augusttends to be the hottest month of the year, so fish early and lateafternoon when temperatures are cool. The fish are more active atthese times as water temperatures cool as well.


            Snookfishing continues to produce great results for anglers fishing theinlets and beaches. Live baits and DOA C.A.L. 4 inch jerk bait inbayou tiger or glow gold rush belly are the baits of choice. Alwaysmake sure the jig is on the bottom, this will better your chance tohook into a monster snook. Always fish moving water and try and fishearly morning and during the evening. The average size if the snookhas been 8 to 20 pounds. Be sure to handle the snook with care.


            TheIcw has produced a nice variety of species for anglers, snook,trout, tarpon, jacks and redfish all being caught. Live baits aregreat for those looking to relax and produce great numbers. Anglerslooking to enjoy artificial lures, DOA C.A.L. 3 inch shad and DOAshrimp get the job done. Key is use the tide and rip lines to youradvantage, keeping the bait near the bottom making sure you can feelthe strike. Swimming lures and top water plugs work just as well forpredator fish lurking in the shallows and along the sea walls. Lookfor bait schools as signs predator fish are in the area.


            Freshwater peacock bass action has been stellar as peacocks hammer DOAshrimp and DOA C.A.L. 3 inch shad in candy corn or chartreuse, liveshiners work for also. The peacock bass are hanging near shorelinesambushing bait schools, look for bait rippling on surface. Thepeacocks are near. Fly fanatics the peacock bass will strikedeceivers and and popper flies with a vengeance.


            Wellthat is the fishing report for the past week hope you all enjoyed.Remember you cant catch them from the couch, so get out there and gethooked up. Tight Lines! Capt. Craig Korczynski,PhlatsInshoreFishing.com, 561-644-4371

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            • Augustwell known for providing scorching heat and plenty of humidity. Thetropical breeze has been our only savor. Fishing early morning hasgiven anglers calm conditions, avoiding afternoon thunder storms.With school starting up next week, the waters will have less trafficfor the serous fisherman.


              TheInshore fishing has provided plenty of action for anglers targetingSnook. The Snook continue to gather in our local inlets and deepchannels. Anglers hooking up with the linesiders averaging 5 to 25pounds are enjoying catch and release trophy snook. Live baitsdropped to the bottom produce fish but a DOA C.A.L. 4 inch jerk baitin glow / gold rush belly and bayou tiger provide the best results.Working the DOA C.A.L's along the bottom with current is moregratifying then soaking a live bait on the bottom and sure puts asmile on the anglers face when they feel the strike.


              TheTarpon action has been great inside the inlets and in the ICW.Anglers looking to tango with the silver king, scan the waterssurface for rolling fish. Once the tarpon are located, present a livegreenies or pinfish in there vicinity. DOA C.A.L. 4 inch jerk bait ona ¼ ponce jig head in Arkansas glow and glow holographic, greatcolors to present to rolling fish. The Tarpon have ranged in sizefrom 10 to 50 pounds. Always remember to bow down while a Tarpon isjumping, this helps to avoid break offs and hooks pulling out.


              TheDocks and seawalls have provided great action for anglers using topwater heddon spooks, a slow walk the dog retrieve provides explosivetop water strikes. Live thread fins soaked around structure willprovide many hook ups for anglers. The Jacks, Snapper and a few Trouthave been the main predators being caught along the grass flats andchannel edges. These fish have been ambushing bait schools as theylook for shelter. Early morning and late afternoon has provided thebest bite.


              Freshwateraction peacock bass have been the main target and the bite has beengreat. Fly anglers are enjoying top water strikes on popper flies,nothing beats a surface strike. Peacocks are very aggressive so anyhard bait or soft plastic worked along shorelines, bridges and dockswill provide hook ups. Live shiners are another choice for anglers,they are expensive but they always get the job done. Sight casting topeacock bass is a blast, DOA shrimp in copper crush or fire tiger mygo to lure. Present the DOA shrimp in the peacock bass vicinity andgame on.


              Wellthat is the report for the past week hope you all enjoyed. Rememberyou cant catch the form the couch so get out there and get hooked up.Tight Lines! Capt. Craig Korczynski, PhlatsInshoreFishing.com,561-644-4371

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              • Thekids are back school and the waters less crowded, summer sure flewbye. Less pressure on the water and the fish are biting go figure.The beautiful weather will sure keep the fishing action steady, loadthe boat and go get a rod bent.


                TheInshore fishing has been full of action for anglers targeting Snook.The Snook continue to gather in our inlets and deep channels. DOAC.A.L. 4 inch jerk bait on a 3/8 ounce jig head in glow / gold rushbelly excellent bait for the linesiders. A DOA Baitbuster in pearl/greenback rigged on a jig 3/8 once black jig head, excellent lureto entice the snook to strike. If you prefer to live bait, snookwillingly devour mullet and pin fish placed in there vicinity. Snookseason opens September 1st so if you would like to keep asnook, be sure you have a snook stamp.


                Anglerslooking to tango with the silver king, beaches and inside the ICWbest areas to find the tarpon. Look for rolling fish and present alive greenie or mullet on a circle hook and hold on tight. DOA BaitBuster in mullet pattern or pearl color, deadly on tarpon. The keywith tarpon is to present the bait ahead of them leading the fish orpod. This allows for a stealthy approach without spooking the tarpon.Once a tarpon nears the bait, a little twitch or movement triggersthe strike. The Tarpon range in size from 10 to 50 pounds. Alwaysremember to bow your rod to the king, this is to avoid the break offsand hooks pulling out.


                TheDocks and seawalls have provided great action. Live baiting theseareas, great choice for those that are not great casters. Live baitscan be free lined and provoke predator fish to open water were theyhone in on the live bait. The Jacks, Snapper, trout and a few redfish have been the main predators being caught. These fish have beenbiting when the tide is flowing ambushing bait schools as they lookfor shelter. Early morning and late afternoon has provided the bestbite as water temperatures are cooler.


                Localfreshwater canals and lakes are presenting great action for peacockbass using fly and DOA C.A.L. 3 inch shad in candy corn and glowholographic colors. Live shiners used for the peacock bass offers nonstop action for anglers. The peacock bass are very aggressive, sightfishing for the peacocks is an adrenaline rush. Anglers witness thestrike happen front and center, triggering a great battle. Popperflies or top water heddon spook jrs great choices for top waterenthusiasts. Other exotics species are being caught as well whiletargeting the peacock bass. Mayan cichlid, Oscars, and knife fish allgreat catches on light tackle.


                Wellthat is the report for the past week hope you all enjoyed. Rememberyou cant catch them from the couch, so get out there and get hookedup. Tight Lines! Capt. Craig Korczynski, PhlatsInshoreFishing.com,561-644-4371

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                • Mr. and Mrs. Rick Ogata fished a catch-and-release trip with me in southern Estero Bay on Monday morning, 7/24. They used live shrimp and sardines to catch fourteen snook to 22 inches, two sheepshead, and a sand bream.

                  Wednesday morning, 7/26, I headed 23 miles offshore with long-time customer Jose Garcia and his family, Melissa, Emily and Brian, along with family friends Frank Landrode and his son, Justin. The group used cut-bait and squid to box a keeper 22-inch red grouper, along with two dozen lane snapper keepers to 15 inches. They released between thirty and forty red grouper shorts.
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                  The photo shown is of Frank Landrode, with a keeper 22-inch red grouper, caught on squid on a recent offshore trip.


                  Mike Wethington, friend, Rob, and friends, Cory Altman and his three young children, Jude, Izayah, and Ashton, had planned to fish offshore with me on Tuesday, 8/1, but Tropical Storm Emily threw a wrench into those plans, so we rescheduled for Thursday, 8/3. Seas were still a little choppy, but way calmer than they had been for the previous days. We headed 23 miles offshore, with cut-bait and squid. The group caught twenty-three red grouper shorts to 18 inches, which were fun for the boys to reel in and release. They also caught some keeper fish, including two dozen lane snapper and a half-dozen grunts.

                  After lots of rainy days, paired with a light summer schedule, I got back offshore on Wednesday, 8/9, when I fished 24 miles west of New Pass with Ingo Merz and his two sons. Using shrimp and cut-bait, the guys caught and released two dozen red grouper shorts to 19 ¾ inches, just shy of keeper size. They boxed 24 lane snapper to 15 inches, along with a dozen grunts.

                  Diane McVay and friends, Peggy and Mike, fished southern Estero Bay with me Friday morning, 8/11, using live shrimp for bait. With all the fresh water influx into the backwaters from recent heavy rains, fishing was not the best it could be, but the group caught a 15-inch black drum and a 14-inch sheepshead, and released a few sheepshead shorts, along with four stingray that were all about two pounds.

                  Ingo Merz and sons, Matt and Max, who fished with me last Wednesday, fished offshore again with me this Monday, 8/14. This time, the boys were seeking out the thrill of big fish, rather than only table-fare. We headed out to spots between 12 and 23 miles west of New Pass, where the guys used cut-bait and squid to lure a few monsters. They fought and released two goliath grouper, one estimated at 80 pounds, and one estimated at 140 pounds. They also battled and released an 8-foot-plus bull shark. They had three additional big sharks hooked, but those cut the line and took off. Needless to say arms were tired and adrenaline surged! The guys caught and released twenty-five red grouper shorts to 19 inches, and also landed one keeper red grouper at 21 inches. They added to the fish box six keeper lane snapper and a half dozen grunts.

                  Susan Baker and her now grown-up daughter, Anna, fished 17 miles offshore with me on Wednesday, 8/16/17. Anna was a young child when she last fished with me about ten years ago! The mother-daughter anglers used squid and cut-bait to catch and release a dozen red grouper shorts to 19 inches, and to box six keeper lane snapper and a half-dozen grunts.
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                  The photo shown is of David Jack, with a 24-inch snook , caught on shrimp and released in Estero Bay on a recent inshore trip.


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                  • Augusthas flown by and summer will officlaly come to and end next week. Theplus to all this is school is back in session meaning the waterwaytraffic will start to quite down and the mullet run is upon us.


                    Snookfanatics season opens on September 1st, the bite has been greataround clean water. The mullet run is coming to our area keying upthe fishing. Live baits worked near structure and you should find thesnook. Top water plugs worked over flats and around docks andseawalls great areas to locate snook. DOA C.A.L. 4 inch jerk baits inworked weedless or on a 1/8 ounce jig head great way to hook up witha snook as well. Early morning fishing, is great do to low watertemps but evening will cause for some heart pounding explosions aswell. The snook are averaging in size from 2 to 20 pounds.


                    Tarponare becoming prevalent in our Inter coastal waters, they can be seenexploding on mullet schools. The tarpon are ranging from 5 to 50pounds, many of these fish are schooled up, so once you hook one keepanother bait out for a double header. Live mullet, Doa Bait bustersand top water plugs will all get your drag screaming.


                    Thegrass flats are holding plenty of bait, anglers targeting the flatswith DOA lures like the C.A.L. 3 inch shad on a DOA popper head orweedless will get the rod bent. The best colors are glow/ gold rushbelly and Arkansas glow. The flats are teaming with snook, reds,trout, jacks, and tarpon. Look for bait schools and the predator fishare close by.


                    Peacockbass action is prime as they are roaming docks and seawalls bustingbait schools. Top water plugs DOA C.A.L. 3 inch shad and flies arethe go to baits for anglers targeting these beauties with artificiallures. Live shiners will get the rod bent constantly putting kids andnovice anglers to the test. The peacocks are active from sun up tosunset. Other exotic species like the Mayan cihclids offer plenty ofaction for anglers. Small flies and DOA shrimp great baits for thesetough fish.


                    Wellthat is the fishing report for the past week hope you all enjoyed.Remember you cant catch them from the couch, so get out there and gethooked up. Tight Lines! Capt. Craig Korczynski,PhlatsInshoreFishing.com, 561-644-4371


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                    • Theinshore fishing is full of life winds or not, the mullet run is onand anglers can enjoy non stop action. Morning and evening, snookare exploding on top water plugs and live mullet, docks, seawalls andflats all holding snook right now. Night fishing is another optionfor anglers bridges and dock light provide great areas to targetsnook, just look for snook lurking in the shadow line, always presentyou bait in a natural manner.


                      Tarponfishing has been steady this past week, the bigger tarpon are activeat sunrise and sunset. The juveniles 5 to 20 pounds are willing toeat all through he day. Live baits drifted with the tide gets therod bent. Anglers can expect great tarpon action in back bays as baitschools continue to migrate through our area.


                      Jacksare being caught just about anywhere you toss a live bait or lure.The jacks are in schools of 50 to 100 at times and the typical sizeis 5 to 8 pounds but there are many that reach 20 pounds. This actionwill continue through fall for the jacks but cooler air bring plentyof bruisers as well.


                      Thefreshwater fishing for peacock bass has presented great numbers andplenty of action for anglers. Fly fishing for the peacock bass alongseawalls, grass beds and sand bottoms, allows anglers to sight fish.Sight fishing peacock bass is fun and at timers is a team sport. Boatpositioning and casting is the key to success. Deceiver flies andpopper work great for the peacock bass. Artificial lures like DOAshrimp and cals also produce great action.. The large mouth bassfishing is fantastic on local lakes using artificial plastics andshiners. The bass are holding on thick cover and big fish can befound on drop offs.


                      Wellthat is the fishing report for the past week, hope you all enjoyed.Remember you cant catch them from the couch, so get out there and gethooked up. Tight Lines! Capt. Craig Korczynski,PhlatsInshoreFishing.com, 561-644-4371

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                      • For Craig Seacrest and family, it was a toss-up as to whether to fish offshore or in the backwaters on Thursday, 8/24. The threat of rain was a concern offshore, with its timing uncertain, and with its potential to rough up the seas. The bay was at a low, outgoing tide. The group decided to take their chances offshore. Early on, we hit some rain for a bit, and seas did get choppy. They calmed down a little, but not enough to get out as far as we’d have liked. We ended up fishing the reefs for a while, which were not real productive, then ventured out a little further to twelve miles west of New Pass. The bite was slow everywhere, and the family caught and released a few red grouper shorts, a mangrove snapper that was just short of legal size, some blue runners, and a few grunts. We saw a big shark, as well as a few turtles.

                        Newlyweds, Brian and Rachel Lavalle, fished southern Estero Bay’s backwaters with me on Tuesday, 8/29. I had feared that the influx of fresh water brought by the tropical disturbance that had hung over our area for days could interfere with the bite, but I was fortunately wrong. Using shrimp, the couple caught eight sheepshead, including six keepers: one at 14-inches, a couple at 15-inches, a couple at 16-inches, and one at 17-inches. They also caught a 20-inch keeper redfish.

                        Bob and Lisa Gatesy fished southern Estero Bay with me Thursday morning, 8/31. The fish were liking shrimp, and by 10:30 AM, the couple had already caught eight keeper sheepshead to 15 inches and two keeper redfish to 25 inches. They released three sheepshead shorts, and decided to call it a half-day a little early, in order to get out of the heat.
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                        Hurricane Irma hit our area on September 10th, and its aftermath was quite a challenge. We were fortunate to have only minor property damage, along with a lot of downed trees. Our boats, thankfully survived. We were without power for nine days, and were so thankful t for the hard working linemen from all over the country who worked tirelessly to restore it.

                        As a consequence of the storm, there was very little fishing going on, as locals lost income and struggled to repair their properties, file claims, and the like. It was September 28th before I fished again. That trip was with six linemen in our area, on assignment from West Virginia, Jim Blackstock, Jim Messenger, and four of their friends and co-workers. We fished 25 miles west of New Pass, using squid and cut-bait to catch and release twenty-five keeper-sized lane snapper, twenty-six red grouper shorts, a small amberjack, and twelve grunts.

                        Brothers, Jake and Adam Sutton, fished 19 miles west of New Pass with me on Saturday morning, 9/30, using squid and cut-bait. The guys caught a 22-inch keeper red grouper and five keeper lane snapper to 12 inches, along with a mess of grunts. They released two mutton snapper shorts at 12 inches and 14 inches, along with a 25-pound goliath grouper.

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                        • Gary Wilson, Larry Jones, and Kevin Scully fished 19 miles west of New Pass with me on Monday morning, 10/16/17, in calm seas. The guys had a productive morning of fishing, using cut-bait and squid. They boxed a dozen keeper lane snapper to 16 inches, a keeper mutton snapper at 18 inches, and 18 grunts to 14 inches. They released one short mutton snapper, and 18-inch gag grouper short, a dozen red grouper shorts to 18 inches, and a 30-inch bonnethead shark.




                          The photo shown is of Larry Jones, with an 18-inch mutton snapper, caught on squid 19 miles west of New Pass.


                          Trips have been scarce in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, and the next time I fished was on Thursday morning, 10/26, in southern Estero Bay’s backwaters, with Rich Kern Sr., Rich Kern, Jr., and Steve Kern, along with friend John Ziffle. The guys used live shrimp to haul in a nice catch of sheepshead and black drum. They boxed five keeper sheepshead to 16 inches and three keeper black drum to 16 inches. They released smaller sheepshead and a few mangrove snapper shorts.

                          With a tropical depression in the gulf, meeting up with a strong, approaching cold-front on Saturday, 10/28, Dave Carr and friends, Steve and George, tried to squeeze in a morning of fishing offshore with me, ahead of the deteriorating weather. We managed about three and one half hours before the increasing winds and seas, along with a bit of rain, forced us back to shore. The guys used squid to catch some porgies, three of which were good-sized and went into the cooler. They released red grouper shorts, a couple of mutton snapper shorts at 14 inches and 15 inches, and some yellowtail shorts.

                          Walter Leap and Tom Krum fished the backwaters of southern Estero Bay with me on Wednesday morning, 11/1, using live shrimp. They caught eight sheepshead, including three keepers to 14 inches, eight mangrove snapper, including one keeper, and a nice trout at 20 inches. They released four stingray, all between two and three pounds.



                          The photo shown is of Tom Krum with a 20-inch trout, caught on shrimp in Estero Bay


                          Cody Sturgess fished offshore with me Thursday morning, 11/2, 22 miles west of New Pass, using squid and cut-bait to catch a variety of fish. He met his 20-fish bag limit of keepers, comprised of nine lane snapper and eleven grunts. He released two banded rudderfish shorts, fifteen red grouper shorts to 18 inches (three of which were previously caught and tagged), fourteen additional grunts, a 13-inch triggerfish, and a few blue runners and puffers.


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                          • Mike Connealy, a long-time customer, fished southern Estero Bay’s backwaters with me Friday morning, 11/10/17, using live shrimp for bait. We caught fourteen sheepshead, four of which were keepers ranging from 13 to 18 inches, and four mangrove snapper, including an 11-inch keeper. Mike also released a redfish short, eight snook shorts to 18-inches, and three big sailcats that were all about 20 inches.

                            Saturday morning, 11/11, I fished in southern Estero Bay with Andy Stuhlmiller and Joe Smith. The guys used live shrimp to catch seven sheepshead to 14 inches, including four keepers, a 16-inch black drum, and a sand bream. They released two mangrove snapper shorts and a short snook.

                            Mike Connealy, who had fished inshore with me the previous week, brought along his brother, Paul, for an offshore trip on Thursday morning, 11/16. Winds had been howling for a couple of days, and we anticipated that the two-to-three foot seas NOAA had predicted for offshore were likely under-estimated. But the tide was low and outgoing in the bay, so the guys decided to stick with their offshore plans. It was pretty sloppy out fifteen miles, but Mike and Paul used cut-bait and squid for a mixture of sport and food fish. They released four blacknose sharks measuring 24 inches, 30 inches, 38 inches and 48 inches, along with six red grouper shorts to 17 inches. They boxed a dozen keeper lane snapper, all of which were around 11 inches, along with some grunts and a 20-inch Spanish mackerel.
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                            The photo shown is of Mike Connealy, with a 48-inch blacknose shark, caught on cut-bait, 15 miles west of New Pass.

                            Monday morning, 11/20, was very windy, and much too rough to fish offshore. I fished in southern Estero Bay with Marc Muinzer and his two young sons, Preston and Pierce. The boys used live shrimp to catch four black drum to 16 inches, six sheepshead to 15 inches, and seven keeper sand bream. They released a small crevalle jack and two two-pound stingrays.



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                            The photo shown is of young angler Pierce Muinzer, with a 16-inch black drum, caught on shrimp in Estero Bay.



                            Father and son team, Frank and Ryan Dwyer, fished 17 miles west of New Pass with me on Tuesday morning, 11/21. Seas were sloppy heading out and until we were well anchored, but fishing was good once we settled in. The guys used squid and cut-bait to box twenty of the thirty-five lane snapper they caught, to 14 inches. They added eight grunts to the box, and released fifteen red grouper shorts, along with a 19-inch bluefish.
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                            David Bloomfield, along with his son, Paul, and grandsons, Ross and Hogan, fished 22 miles west of New Pass with me on Wednesday morning, 11/22. The family used squid and cut-bait to box thirty-one keeper lane snapper to 13 inches, along with a few grunts. They released several red grouper shorts.

                            The morning after the Thanksgiving holiday, 11/24, I was looking forward to the calm, two-foot seas that NOAA had predicted for my planned offshore trip with Chris Dominik, his son, Nathan, and his son-in-law, Nick. We had escaped what was originally a rainy forecast, with the rains having moved through on Thanksgiving Day, leaving us with dry air for Friday. But the seas predictions were way off base. We saw two-footers in the bay! Out in the gulf, it was more like three-to-fours, but my hardy anglers persisted, and we got out 22 miles west of New Pass, where we fished with squid and cut-bait. The guys boxed two dozen keeper lane snapper to 14 inches, along with a few grunts, and they released a dozen red grouper shorts.


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                            • Theweather has been perfect this past week, with moderate tempraturesand winds. The big cool fonts will start to appracoh in weeks to comeengancing the inshore fishign with a plerthera of speacies to target.


                              Snookseason comes to a close December 15 and the fish seem to know this.Snook are stacked up along docks and mangrove shorelines. Live baitsand DOA Lures entice strikes. Night fishing really hot right now,small hook and a live shrimp and the drag is screaming. Double digitnumbers of fish are being caught during half day trips. Four speciesof snook are being caught as well making for the perfect snookslam.

                              Tarpon can be targeted day or night. Live baits driftedwith current on outgoing tide and you will be bowing to the king.Smaller fish are in canals and bays. Sunrise and sunset offerspectacular views of rolling fish. Small fish are in the back countrybigger fish are near inlets and deeper passes

                              The local grassflats are holding plenty of jacks, ladies and pompano. Jigs tippedwith shrimp or a docs goofy jig and your are in business. Work areaswere pot holes and drop offs exist. When fishing the flats use windto your advantage try to use trolling motor as least as possible, sofish don’t spook.

                              Well that is the fishing report for thepast week hope you all enjoyed. Remember you cant catch them from thecouch, so get out there and get hooked up. Tight lines! Capt. CraigKorczynski,
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                              • Snookseason has come to an end and the season produced nice fish. Topwater action was on fire working the flats and channel edges. Heddonspooks raised plenty of fish, averaging 5 to 20 pounds. Back bays andcanals are holding lots of schooling fish, DOA C.A.L. 3” shad tailand live baits all entice the insiders to chew.

                                The high noonsun has the tarpon active, evening bite is great as well us live baitfor best opportunities. Channel edges drifted with live bait willhave you bowing down to the silver king. DOA shrimp worked with thecurrent on the bottom produces results as well, last of outgoing andfirst of the incoming have been the best times to fish.



                                Thedocks and seas walls have are teaming with schooling jacks. The jacksare averaging 5 to 20 pounds and will absolutely hammer a top waterspook. If you like to see explosions target these jacks with a topwater spook or live bait and hold on. Great fishing for the family,especially the kids.


                                Thepeacock bass and large mouth bass bite has been phenomenal. Thepeacock bass are schooling along channel edges and drop offs strikingtwitch baits, jigs and live baits. Fly fishing for the peacock basshas been great, peacocks are striking poppers and deceiver flies.Large mouth bass have been striking DOA finesse worms and live baitsworked along shorelines and channel edges. The peacocks have beenaveraging in size from 2 to 6 pounds.

                                Well that is the fishingreport for the past week hope you all enjoyed. Remember you cantcatch them from the couch, so get out there and get hooked up. Tightlines! Capt. Craig Korczynski, P
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                                • Bart Arrigo, his wife, K.C, and their friends, Brian Bialas and Lori, fished 35 miles west of New Pass with me on Friday, 12/1/17. The group used squid and cut-bait to catch seven yellowtail snapper, including three keepers to 13 inches, seven mangrove snapper, including three keepers to 15 inches, a mess of large grunts, of which they kept the seven largest to15 inches, and a 17-inch porgy. They also caught and released lots of red grouper shorts to 19 7/8 inches, two gag grouper that were each about 18 inches, and four banded rudder fish, all about 16 inches.

                                  Monday morning, 12/4, I headed 19 miles offshore in choppy, but tolerable seas, with Bob, Troy, Tim and Tom Gregoire. Using squid and cut-bait, the guys caught and released twenty red grouper shorts, and a few snapper shorts. They boxed four nice porgies that were all around 14-inches, three whitebones and one silver. They added three, 14-inch grunts to the fish box, and released several more.

                                  Tuesday morning, 12/5, it was choppy heading out to 22 miles west of New Pass, but calm enough while fishing and heading back in. Brent Jones, Aaron Mead, Joe Meier, and John Rieckenberg uses squid and cut-bait to catch and release twenty-five red grouper to 19 ½ inches. They also released a 17-pound goliath grouper and a 14-inch triggerfish. The guys brought home seventeen lane snapper to 15 inches and a mess of 14-inch grunts.

                                  Wednesday, 12/6, Jeff Mills and his friend, Brad, fished offshore with me in spots ranging from 15 to 35 miles west of New Pass, using squid and cut-bait. We had good action all day, and the guys released fifty plus red grouper shorts to 19 inches, two 18-inch gag grouper, a 15 ½-inch scamp grouper, seven porgies to 14 inches, four 14-inch triggerfish, two mangrove snapper to 13 inches, two lane snapper to 12 inches, five yellowtail shorts, three banded rudder fish all about 20 inches long, and four remoras to 36 inches. They also battled three big goliath groupers until they broke the lines and got away.

                                  Frequent angler, Mike Connealy, fished with me on Thursday, 12/7, 22 miles west of New Pass, with squid and cut-bait. Mike boxed five keeper porgies all about 13 inches and a half-dozen keeper lane snapper. He released a 14-inch mutton snapper short and a 15-inch out-of-season triggerfish.

                                  A weather front from the north approached Friday, and rain, wind, rough seas, and chilly temperatures were in store for the weekend and into the next week.

                                  Mike Conneally fished again with me on a catch-and-release inshore trip in the chilly waters of southern Estero Bay on Wednesday, 12/13. Using live shrimp, Mike caught and released two black drum to 13 inches, twenty sheepshead to just under 12 inches, and a 14-inch redfish.

                                  Thursday, 12/14, was the only day this week that was calm enough to get offshore. I fished 23 miles west of New Pass with Cody Sturgill, Kerry Heller, John Hammonf, and Randy Green. We had good action all day on squid and cut-bait. The guys caught 26 red grouper, including one nice keeper at nearly 24 inches. They caught their limit of lane snapper (40 total) to 16 inches, and released thirty additional lanes. They also caught forty-five grunts, and kept the largest fifteen of those to 14 inches. Kerry battled, caught, and released a 47-inch shark, which added a little sport-fishing to the mostly food-fish mission!

                                  The photo shown is of John Hammonf, with a 24-inch red grouper, caught on squid 23 miles west of New Pass on an offshore trip 12/14/17.
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                                  The photo shown below is of Joe Smith, with an14-inch sheepshead, caught on shrimp in Estero Bay on a recent inshore trip.
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                                  • Happy Holidays! Seasonable weather has provided great boating conditions the past week. As the holidays approach many will be flocking to catch the great bite and Florida sun.

                                    Backwater fishing has been red hot for a variety of species. The snook, trout, tarpon , jacks and redfish are providing anglers with drag screaming action. DOA lures and live baits will get you r rod bent. Fishing the shallows has been great around high noon as water temps rise.


                                    The snook, tarpon and redfish have been active along channel edges and mangrove shorelines. Anglers can experience the back water slam at times. The snook are striking DOA C.A.L. 3' shad tails and live baits worked along the bottom. Tarpon can be seen rolling on the surface at times allowing anglers to pitch into there area. The tarpon are ranging from 10 to 30 pounds.


                                    The grass flats is another great option for family fishing. The best method is using shrimp under a cork, cast it out and “down periscope fish on”. The flats are teaming with snapper, trout, jacks , lady fish, sheepshead, and many others the will bring smiles to many faces.



                                    Freshwater action for peacock bass has been fantastic. Anglers can catch the these colorful fish with live shiners, DOA lures or by fly rod. The peacock bass are aggressive providing non stop action. The peacock bass are ranging in size from 2 to 6 pounds wit fish reaching up to 8 pounds.



                                    Well that is the fishing report for the past week hope you all enjoyed. Remember you cant catch them from the couch, so get out there and get hooked up. Tight Lines! Capt. Craig Korczynski, PhlatsInshoreFishing.com

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                                    • On Wednesday, 12/20, John and Kim Zitur treated their six-year-old daughter, Carlyn, and their five-year-old son, Quinten, to a catch-and-release trip in southern Estero Bay. The kids had a great time using live shrimp to catch and release a 15-inch black drum, fifteen sheepshead to 13 inches, a sand bream, a 15-inch crevalle jack, a 10-inch mangrove snapper, and a two-pound stingray.

                                      Thursday, 12/21, I headed 22 miles offshore with Al Hauer, his daughter, Elise, and her husband, Kevin. The family used squid and cut-bait to catch twenty-seven grunts, of which they kept fifteen of the largest. They added to the fish box two keeper lane snapper and two fourteen-inch porgies. They released twenty red grouper shorts, one short porgy, and two under-sized and out-of-season triggerfish.

                                      Friday, 12/22, seas were pretty clam and, after the early morning fog lifted, conditions were good 17 to 22 miles west of New Pass, where I fished with Mark Huneke and family. They used cut-bait and squid to box fifteen grunts around the 13-inch mark, and three porgies. They released a dozen red grouper shorts, along with a 3-foot blacktip shark.
                                      The photo shown below is of Mark Huenke with that 36-inch blacktip.
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                                      Saturday, 12/23, I returned to some offshore spots 22 miles west of New Pass, this time with Mark Venturin and family members, Tim, Carter, Bradley, and Scott and Carie. The red grouper bite was on, and the group released more than thirty of those. Unfortunately, the largest was just 1/8-inch short of legal size. But the fish box filled up with twenty keeper lane snapper to 15 inches, along with fifteen 13-14-inch grunts, which were the largest of more grunts caught than we could count! Everything bit on squid and cut-bait.

                                      After Christmas-eve and Christmas Day off the water, I fished on 12/26 in southern Estero Bay, with Mike Rohrbacher and his grandsons, Mike and Matthew. The family used shrimp on a challenging outgoing tide to catch a 13-inch keeper sheepshead, while releasing at least a dozen short ones. They also caught a 14-inch black drum, and released a 15-inch redfish and a two-pound stingray.

                                      Tina Taylor took five young anglers with her on an offshore trip with me on Wednesday, 12/27. The group fished in spots ranging from 17 to 22 miles west of New Pass, using cut-bait and squid. They caught and released two dozen red grouper shorts to 18 inches, and they boxed seventeen lane snapper keepers to 13 inches, along with a few grunts.

                                      Bob Eckle, his sons, Nick and Jason, and their friends, Tyler and Brenna, fished 22 miles offshore with me on Thursday, 12/28. They used squid and cut-bait to release twenty-four red grouper shorts, along with a three-foot remora. They boxed a couple dozen lane snappers to 15 inches.

                                      Peter Halunen and his son, Clayton, joined by niece and nephew Johnny and Emily, fished 22 miles west of New Pass with me in choppy seas on Friday morning, 12/29. We had heavy fog to contend with early on, followed by some choppy conditions, but the group toughed it out, and used squid and cut-bait to catch and release twenty-five red grouper shorts and nine mangrove snapper that were just short of the 12-inch legal size for federal waters. They did box some food-fish, though, consisting of sixteen lane snapper to 14 inches, along with a mess of grunts.

                                      The photo shown below is of John Ziffle with a 16-inch sheepshead , caught shrimp in Estero Bay on a recent inshore trip.
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                                      • Januaryhas finally brought cold and windy conditions. This weather is greatfor stirring up the water s getting those fish inshore moving around.Figure out the patterns and you will be rewarded, patience is a must.


                                        Theinshore waters are teaming with life, with many species to targetwhether you are fly fishing, live baiting, or using artificial lures,you can get your rod bent. Sheepshead have been all over sea wallsand dock pilings. They will not shy away from live shrimp or crabs.In the mix with the sheepshead, snook are holding near seawalls aswell in search of heat. The snook are biting great in the midafternoon on , live bait and DOA C.A.L. 3” shad tail.


                                        Tarponare roaming the back waters, sleek silver giant, this fish will getthe heart thumping. Tarpon are full of so much energy, its hard notto get excited when you feel the drag screaming and the acrobaticsleaps of the silver king. The back bays have been excellent fortargeting the silver king with top water plugs, live bait and DOATerror Eyz.


                                        TheGrass flats are still great areas to catch a plethora of speciesconsisting of ladyfish, trout, pompano, snapper, drum, and jacks.All of these species will gladly take a DOA C.A.L. 3' shad tail orlive shrimp in there vicinity.


                                        Freshwateraction has been consistent even with the cool weather. The peacockbass and the large mouth bass are both staging in deep holes. Liveshiners and DOA C.A.L. 3' shad and DOA Terror Eyz great choices toget the rod bent. Mid day produces the best bite for anglers.


                                        Wellthat is the fishing report for the past week, hope you all enjoyed.Remember you cant catch them from the couch, so get out there and gethooked up. Tight Lines! Craig Korczynski, PhlatsInshoreFishing.com,561-644-4371

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                                        • As 2017 was drawing to a close, I had hoped that the good fishing weather we had over Christmas week would hold steady. But on Saturday, 12/30/17, when I fished with Rich Driscoll, Sr. and Rich Jr., joined by son Jack and his cousin, Sadie, sea conditions changed by about mid-day, and got progressively choppier, as the winds changed direction and picked up speed. We had made it out 22 miles from New Pass, and the group used squid and cut-bait to catch and release nearly forty red grouper shorts, along with a few puffer-fish. They had a couple of good battles with shark also, but never got them boat-side, since they broke the line before that could happen. The family boxed a few food-fish, including three keeper lane snapper, some grunts, and a porgy.

                                          Given the choppy conditions of the previous day, despite NOAA’s predictions for two-to three foot seas offshore, I advised Mark Smith, his two young sons, Harry and Charlie, and his father-in-law, Harry Stevenson, to fish inshore in southern Estero Bay on Sunday morning, 12/31. We fished an incoming tide, and the family had good action on live shrimp. They caught nine keeper black drum to 18 inches and a 16-inch sheepshead. They released a dozen shorter sheepshead, a sand bream, and a 20-inch snook.

                                          Chris Pammer, his ten-year-old son, Jack, and his eleven-year-old brother, Jake, fished a chilly and windy mid-morning inshore trip with me in southern Estero Bay on Thursday, 1/4. We allowed the sun to warm things up a bit before we departed at 10AM, but it remained chilly, thanks to this strong cold-front that is visiting us for a few days. The boys had fun using shrimp to catch twenty sheepshead, including four nice keepers to 16 inches. They also released a 16-inch redfish, and a few small black drum.

                                          Friday morning, 1/5, was another chilly, windy one. Isaac Wengerd treated his eight-year-old son, Henry, and four-year-old son, Gus, to a backwater fishing trip in southern Estero Bay. The boys bundled up, and had fun using live shrimp to catch seventeen sheepshead, including five keepers ranging in size from 13 to 16 inches. They also caught a 16-inch black drum, and they released a 16-inch snook and one mangrove snapper short.

                                          Seas were pretty rough throughout the weekend and first part of the next week. Thursday was finally calm, and long-time customer, Ron Musick, was ready for his first offshore trip of the season, joined by friends, Eddie Alfonso and Richard Arnett. The guys fished in various spots from 18 to 22 miles west of New Pass, using squid and cut-bait. They boxed twenty-five grunts to 14 inches, along with five keeper lane snapper and four porgies. They released a dozen red grouper shorts.

                                          Friday, 1/12, was a windy day, just ahead of another strong cold front headed to our area. With four-foot seas offshore, John Thomas, Matt Smith, Craig Sims and Steve McKey traded in their offshore plans for a morning of fishing in the backwaters of southern Estero Bay, where they used live shrimp to catch a conglomerate of over fifty fish. The guys were in town for a conference, and had no need for keeping fish, so they released all, including about forty sheepshead to 15 inches, nine black drum to 16 inches, and several crevalle jacks.

                                          The photo shown below is of John Thomas with a 16-inch black drum, caught on shrimp in Estero Bay.
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                                          It was tough fishing in Estero Bay on Monday, 1/15, with the cold front having sucked the water out of the backwaters, and extreme low tides, even at their highest point. Jack Oberlin and friend, Perry, were not interested in keeping fish, since they were on a short stay at an area hotel, so, we’d planned on a catch-and-release trip. The guys used live shrimp to catch and release fifteen sheepshead to 14 inches, and that was the only species biting, so they didn’t get much variety, but at least got some action!


                                          Another cold front arrived on the heels of the previous one, with high winds and seas accompanying it, as well as some pretty frigid temperatures for SW FL! Looks like conditions will normalize for the weekend, so I’m looking forward to a planned offshore trip for Saturday.

                                          The photo shown is of Mark Venturin with a nearly 20-inch red grouper, caught on squid and released on a recent offshore trip.
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