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  • After a few days of cold temperatures, high winds, and rough seas, causing me to cancel a couple of trips, Saturday, 1/20/18, was finally calm enough to get offshore. I fished in spots from 18 to 28 miles west of New Pass with Joe Hahn and his friends, Bob, Mike, David, and George. The guys used cut-bait and squid to catch and release a bluefish, twenty-some red grouper shorts to 18 inches, as well as five sharks, consisting of four blacktips and one sharpnose, all of which were around the 40-inch mark. We also had a huge shark (variety unknown) grab a piece of cut-bait, run, and break off, exploding the water around us. As for dinner, the guys boxed eighteen keeper lane snapper.


    Monday morning, 1/22, I fished 22 miles west of New Pass with Frank Dwyer and his son-in-law, Ryan. The guys used cut-bait and squid to catch and release twenty-six red grouper shorts, and to cull ten keeper lane snapper to 13 inches, along with a half-dozen 13 to 14-inch grunts.


    Tuesday morning, 1/23, I headed out in a light drizzle with Drew VanWerden and his two young sons. Seas were calm, and we headed out 22 miles, but the rain persisted, at one point turning into a heavy shower. We had enough wet-weather gear to keep us dry, and the boys didn’t mind fishing in the rain and in the fog that followed. They used squid and cut-bait to catch and release a 17-inch cobia, twenty-one red grouper shorts to 18 inches, and lots of grunts to 12 inches. The lane snapper were biting well, and the guys caught twenty-seven keeper lanes to 13-inches.


    Winds picked up ahead of another cool front moving into the area, and that produced some choppy sea conditions on Wednesday, 1/24. But, long-time customers and hardy father-son anglers Larry and Chris Baumgartner weren’t intimidated! They fished 22 miles west of New Pass with me in a stiff 20-to-25 knot wind most of the morning, and used squid and cut-bait to catch a variety of fish. They lost one big grouper that swam to the bottom and cut the line, and they released red grouper shorts, an 18-inch gag grouper, and a 14-inch scamp grouper. They also caught five mangrove snapper, three of which were keepers ranging 13 inches to 15 inches. They caught over twenty grunts, and boxed a few of the largest of those, along with four porgies in the 13-to-14-inch range.


    Frequent customer Mike Connealy and his son, Clint, had to trade their offshore plans for some inshore, catch-and-release fishing on a very windy Friday morning, 1/26. There were small craft advisories offshore, and even the bay presented some challenges in a relentless wind of about 25 knots. The guys used live shrimp to catch and release thirteen sheepshead to 13 inches, two crevalle jacks that were each about 12 inches, and a 15-inch black drum.


    Winds persisted through the weekend. I fished inshore in southern Estero Bay on Sunday, 1/28, with Stan and Jean Dzedzy and their son and daughter-in-law, Dave and Debbie. The family used live shrimp to catch three keeper sand bream, a 15-inch drum, a 17-inch drum, and a 17-inch pompano. They released fifteen sheepshead shorts and two mangrove snapper shorts. The photo shown is of Dave Dzedzy with a 17-inch pompano, caught on shrimp on his inshore trip 1/28/18.

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    Monday, 1/29, I awoke to light rain and fog, with another cold front expected to arrive over-night and into Tuesday. Seas were choppy first thing in the morning, and it remained misty after the fog lifted, but seas calmed a little by mid-morning. I began fishing at the near-shore reefs with Lee Larsens and his friends, Carey, Jerry, and Rick, but there was very little action there. So, as seas calmed down a bit, we ventured out further to about fifteen miles offshore. Fishing was tough everywhere, and I can’t recall the last time I saw such slow action at several of my typically productive spots. The guys used squid and cut-bait to catch and release two whitings, a few blue runners, one red grouper short, and a few grunts.


    With small craft advisories issued for Tuesday, 1/30, and predictions for seas of four-to-six feet, I canceled my planned offshore trip, which had already been rescheduled from the previous week’s rough weather!
    By Thursday, 2/1, seas were finally calm enough to get out about 23 miles west of New Pass, where I fished with frequent customers, Ron Musick, Richard Arnett, and Eddie Alfonso. There were tons of little bait fish everywhere, and lots of undersized fish biting, but the guys were able to box some food-fish, consisting of three keeper lane snapper, a 13-inch mangrove snapper, two porgies, and a few nice-sized grunts. They released twenty-plus red grouper shorts and four mangrove snapper shorts. Everything bit on squid and cut-bait.


    Friday morning, 2/2, seas were calm when I fished a catch-and-release trip 19 miles west of New Pass with William Connors, Mike Connors, and friends Dan, Mark, and Pat. The guys used squid and cut bait to catch and release twenty-four red grouper shorts, a mess of grunts, and mangrove snapper to 16 inches. The photo shown is of Mike Connors with a 16-inch mangrove snapper, caught on squid on his offshore trip 2/2/18.


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    Winds picked up on Saturday, 2/3, and we were back to choppy seas offshore, with a small craft advisory issued. So, Roman Jahnke and his dad, Tom, who were treating Roman’s son, Roarke, to a fishing trip for his tenth birthday, traded offshore plans for some inshore fishing on the flats of southern Estero Bay. The family used live shrimp to catch five keeper black drum to 16 inches, and they released ten sheepshead shorts, a crevalle jack, and two stingray that were each about three pounds.

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    Fishbuster Charters, Inc.
    Bonita Beach, FL
    239 947-1688
    fishbuster@comcast.net
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      • Monday, 2/5/18, I fished with frequent customer, Ron Musick, joined by friends who are visiting for a few days. We used cut-bait and squid to fish spots out to 28 miles from New Pass. The spots that have consistently yielded lots of lane snapper have not been doing so recently, and this day was no exception. But, the group did catch over twenty nice-sized porgies, along with some grunts. They released twenty-five red grouper shorts, along with a 15-inch mutton snapper.


        On Wednesday, 2/7, Craig Royal and family fished 24 miles west of New Pass with me, where there continued to be lots of small bait fish around, and keeper fish seemed scarce, despite steady action. The group released a couple dozen red grouper shorts to 18 inches, along with two big lizard fish about 19 inches each. They did box three keeper lane snapper and a dozen grunts, all of which bit on squid and cut-bait.


        Roy Mittman fished in various spots out to 25 miles west of New Pass with me on Monday morning, 2/12. Once again, the red grouper bite was active, but yielded no keepers, and we released over twenty shorts. Keepers included lane snapper and grunts, which bit on squid.


        Tuesday, 2/13, I spent the morning fishing the backwaters of southern Estero Bay with John Pompeo and his son, John, Jr. The guys used live shrimp to catch ten sheepshead to 15 inches and a 16-inch black drum.
        Bob Ellis and his friend, Tim, fished about 15 miles west of New Pass with me on Wednesday 2/14, where they used cut-bait and squid to release four red grouper shorts and two gag grouper out-of-season shorts to 21 inches. They boxed a 15-inch sheepshead, a keeper porkfish, and three grunts.


        Eddie Alfonso, Kay Daugherty, and Liz Condos fished 17 miles west of New Pass with me on Thursday, 2/15, using cut-bait and squid. The group released red grouper shorts to 18 inches, along with a would-be-legal (if in season) gag grouper, and a 16-inch triggerfish. They caught a mess of grunts, so fish tacos were still on the menu, even with having to release the other catches.







        The photo shown is of Liz Condos with a 24-inch, out-of-season gag grouper, caught on cut-bait and released.


        After a couple of days off the water, due to a family event, Mike Bochman and his friend, Kevin joined me to fish 20 miles offshore on Monday, 2/19. Seas got progressively choppier throughout the morning. The guys used squid and cut-bait to release fifteen red grouper shorts to 19 inches, along with a 15-inch scamp grouper. They loaded up on grunts for fish tacos.


        Mike McCarthy and friends, Ken, Tim and Eddie, fished in various spots out to 35 miles west of New Pass with me on Tuesday, 2/20. We had steady action at the 35 mile spot, where the guys released over thirty red grouper shorts to just short of 20 inches, inches, five gag grouper to 22 inches, several yellowtail snapper shorts, and a few banded rudder fish, all around 18 inches. They loaded up their cooler with lots of 15-inch porgies and 15-inch grunts. Everything bit on squid and cut-bait.


        Seas were choppier than predicted, with some rain off Naples, on Wednesday morning, 2/21, when I fished 18 miles offshore with Mark Dutkewych and his young son, Nick. The guys caught and released a dozen red grouper shorts and a dozen or so grunts before calling it a morning.


        Wayne Geall and friends, Tucker Seabrook, Carm, and Clay, fished the backwaters of southern Estero Bay with me on a windy Thursday morning, 2/22. Using live shrimp, the group caught sixteen sheepshead, including one nice keeper at 19 inches. They also released two mangrove snapper shorts, a spadefish, three black drum, and a brace of two-pound stingrays.





        The photo shown is of Tucker Seabrook with a 19-inch sheepshead, caught on shrimp in Estero Bay.


        It was another windy morning in southern Estero Bay on Friday, 2/23, when I fished a catch-and-release trip with Bob and Mary-Lou Schwartz and their grandchildren, Hannah and Tyler. The family used live shrimp to release a 17-inch black drum, two would-be-keeper mangrove snapper at 11 inches each, a lady fish, nine sheepshead shorts, and a 22-inch sailcat.


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        Captain Dave Hanson
        Fishbuster Charters, Inc.
        Bonita Beach, FL
        239 947-1688
        fishbuster@comcast.net
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        • Sunday morning, 2/25, I headed out to 19 miles west of NewPass to fish with Charles Bisgaier and his friend, Andy. The red grouper bitewas active, and the guys released twenty red grouper shorts to18 inches, alongwith two mangrove snapper shorts. They loaded the cooler with twenty-onegrunts, all around 14-to 15 inches, along with one 14-inch porgy.

          Todd Plastaid, his three sons, Alec, Brennen and Dave, theirfriend, Cam Field, and the boys’ grandfather, John Plastaid, fished 24 mileswest of New Pass with me in calm seas on Monday, 2/26. The family used squidand cut-bait to catch twenty-one keeper lane snapper to 16 inches, a dozengrunts 12-14 inches, and three keeper porgies. They released twenty-six redgrouper shorts to 18 inches, along with a 14-inch triggerfish.

          Mikeand Kristen McCarthy and their five-year-old twin sons, Danny and Jonathan,fished southern Estero Bay's backwaters with me on Tuesday, 2/27. Kristenlanded a nice, 17-inch trout, and the boys had fun catching andreleasing ten sheepshead to 12 inches and two mangrove snapper to 10inches. Everything bit on shrimp. The boys enjoyed fishing, but had even morefun watching a dolphin or two chase the boat for a good while, and also sitinga manatee.

          MikeConneally, his brother-in-law, Rodney Bromm, and friend, Jim Schaber, fished 24miles west of New Pass with me on Wednesday morning, 2/28, where they usedcut-bait and squid to box seventeen lane snapper keepers, a 13-inch mangrovesnapper, and a few grunts. They released twenty-one red grouper shorts to 18inches.

          Frequentfishers, Ron Musick, Eddie Alfonso, and Richard Arnett fished 24 miles offshorewith me on Thursday, 3/1, and used squid and cut-bait to box twenty-one lanesnappers to 14 inches and two keeper mangrove snapper to 14 inches, along witha few grunts. They released twenty-two red grouper shorts to 17 inches.

          Fridaymorning, 3/2, Kathy Kunscher and the McNally family—Seth and Val and theiryoung children, Liam and Alta—fished southern Estero Bay with me, using liveshrimp. The group caught a 17-inch permit and two sand bream, and released ahalf dozen sheepshead shorts and a dozen mangrove snapper shorts, along withfour big sailcats that were all about five pounds. Red tide was obvious, but itwasn’t impairing our catching!

          BobEckle and friend, Ken, had to nix their plans to fish in the gulf on Saturday,3/3, with strong winds and surf causing a small craft advisory to be issued foroffshore. We fished in southern Estero Bay, using live shrimp, and the guyscaught and released a drum and two sheepshead, while boxing two keeper mangrovesnapper.

          Frequentcustomer, Mike Connealy, wanted to treat his brother-in-law, Rodney Bromm, tosome sport fishing for big fish on Monday, 3/5, so we headed out about fifteenmiles to one of my goliath grouper spots. The guys caught a bunch of bluerunners for bait, and then caught and released four goliath grouper, oneestimated at 40 pounds, two estimated at 60 pounds, and one estimated at 90pounds. They figured the fun was worth the sore arms that would no doubtresult!

          BartArrigo, joined by friends, Steve, Doug, and another Steve, fished 35 milesoffshore with me on Tuesday, March 6th. The guys were busy catchingall day, using squid and cut-bait to box sixteen vermillion snapper, nineteennice-sized porgies, three 15-inch grunts, two 13-inch mangrove snapper, and two14-inch yellowtail snapper. They released three dozen red grouper shorts and afew gag grouper shorts.

          Weathercanceled out four consecutive trips, with various combinations of high windsand seas, rain, and low tides. I finally got out fishing again on Tuesday,3/13, when I fished the backwaters of southern Estero Bay with Tom Schilli, hiswife, and their two grandsons Steven and Sonny Barclay. The family used liveshrimp to catch and release a dozen sheepshead to 12 inches, four black drum to14 inches, six mangrove snapper shorts, and a 14-inch sand bream.

          MikeJansen, his son-in-law, Matt Menting, and Matt’s seven-year-old daughter, Lily,fished in Estero Bay with me on Wednesday morning, 3/14, using live shrimp. Wehad a great morning o sheepshead catching, boxing thirteen keeper sheepshead to19 inches and releasing a dozen more consisting of shorts and some keepers thatweren’t needed. The family also boxed a 17-inch trout, and they released a17-inch snook, along with a dozen short mangrove snapper.The photo shown belowis of Matt Menting with a 17-inch trout.
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          MikeJenson and Matt Menting fished with me again on Thursday, 3/15, this timejoined by Mike’s son, Chris Jenson, to fish offshore. Seas were choppy earlyon, but we all knew they would be and we were prepared for the three-to-fourfoot seas we encountered heading out to 19 miles west of New Pass. Seas calmeddown later in the morning, as predicted. The guys used squid and cut-bait toloan up on lane snapper, boxing twenty keepers to 14 inches. They added to thebox a 14-inch mangrove snapper, a nice 17-inch mutton snapper, a 14-inch porgy,and a 13-inch grunt. We had to be quick to boat the mutton snapper, since an8-foot hammerhead shark was in pursuit of it, but we got the mutton safely intothe boat. The guys also released five yellowtail shorts, along with a 9-footsandbar shark. The photo shown below is of Chris Jansen with a 17-inch muttonsnapper.
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          IanMcKinnon, his son-in-law, Remi Nickel, and Remi’s three young sons, Mark, Lukeand Jack fished 19 miles west of New Pass with me on Friday, 3/16. The kids hadfun catching a mess of grunts to 12 inches, and releasing blue runners andshort red grouper. But the highlight of the trip was when we caught thehammerhead that I had seen lurking in the area the previous day—he bit on ablue runner on a heavy rig, and we were able to get some good video beforereleasing him.

          St.Patrick’s Day Saturday, I fished from 19 to 23 miles offshore with Darren andLinda Rachman and their friends, Craig and Heather Laudenslager. The group usedcut-bait and squid to box twenty grunts to 14 inches, a half-dozen lane snapperto 14 inches, a 15-inch porkfish, and a 13-inch porgy. They releasedtwenty-five red grouper shorts.

          You can view our fishing action videos at http://fishbustercharters.com/fishingvideos.html
          Captain Dave Hanson
          Fishbuster Charters, Inc.
          Bonita Beach, FL
          239 947-1688
          fishbuster@comcast.net
          http://www.fishbustercharters.com

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          • Red tide has been lurking around our area for weeks now, but had not impacted fishing until this week--Fishing offshore is still great, when seas are calm enough. But bay fishing right now is pretty much off the table until this red tide dissipates.

            We have been in a windy pattern for a good while around here, but seas were only supposed to be two-to-three feet on Thursday, 4/12, when I headed offshore with frequent fishers, Ron Musick, Eddie Alfonso, and Richard Arnett. The actual seas were three to four and a half feet most of the day, though it calmed down nicely in the late afternoon. The guys used cut bait and squid in spots ranging from 12 miles to 22 miles west of New Pass to catch sixteen lane snapper, including six keepers, along with a mess of grunts. They released a dozen red grouper shorts to 19 inches, along with a 13-inch triggerfish. The highlight of the day was when a 10-foot tiger shark bit on a blue runner, and ran Eddie around the boat to the point of exhaustion, before finally breaking the line!

            Saturday morning, 4/14, seas were still choppy, so a near-shore trip sounded best for Ted and Marla Bachrach and their young daughter Kate, along with Jeff High and his young son, Sebastian. We fished about 12 miles west of New Pass, using cut-bait and squid. The group loaded up on grunts, boxing eighteen of those to 12 inches. Marla was lucky enough to catch a nice, 18-inch flounder to add to the box. The group released a few squirrelfish. They also got to see a tiger shark, estimated at about eight feet long—It bit a small grouper that was being reeled in, but light tackle was no match for that big boy! We tried hooking a blue runner on a heavy pole, but the tiger shark showed no interest in that, choosing to attack the small grouper we were reeling up instead. He finally broke the line and headed out. The kids also got to see some leaping dolphin, so they were happy with the fishing and the sightseeing. The photo shown below is of Marla Bachrach with the 18-inch flounder she caught.

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            Seas finally calmed sown after a few days of small craft advisories and cancelled trips, and I fished in spots 22 to 24 miles west of New Pass on Wednesday, 4/18, with Brad Cornell and Tony Stincon. The lane snapper bite was on, and the guys used squid and cut-bait to catch 40-some keeper-sized lanes, but released about ten of those, since they had no need for that many fish. They also released twenty-two red grouper shorts to 18 inches, a 20-inch gag grouper, and one true black grouper. They also battled and released a 40-inch blacknose shark.

            The lane snapper were still biting well on Thursday, 4/19, when I fished 22 miles west of New Pass with John Abernathy and his son, Ryan. They boxed two dozen lanes to 14 inches, which bit on squid and cut-bait. They released several red grouper shorts and blue runners.

            On Friday, 4/21, John and Ryan Abernathy brought Ryan’s sister, Becky along to fish a catch-and-release trip in the backwaters of southern Estero Bay. The tide was going out all morning, and there was a good bit of red tide in the Wiggins Pass area. The family used live shrimp to catch and release two crevalle jacks, each about 3 pounds, along with a black drum and three sheepshead.

            After a few days off the water, as busy season winds down, I fished offshore 22 miles from New Pass on Tuesday, 4/24, with Roy Mittman and Scott Fritz. Using squid and cut-bait, the guys boxed nineteen keeper lane snapper to 16 inches, and released fifteen red grouper shorts.

            Ron Musick, Eddie Alfonso, and friends Michael, Lou, and Lou’s dad, Bill, fished 35 miles west of New Pass with me on a nice, calm day, Thursday, 4/26. The guys caught a cooler full of snapper, using squid for bait. They boxed forty+ lane snapper keepers, fifteen vermilion snapper keepers, five yellowtail snapper keepers that were all around 13 inches, and one 13-inch mangrove snapper keeper. They added a half dozen nice- sized grunts to the box, all around 14 inches. They also released thirty-some red grouper shorts, and Eddie battled and released an 8-foot sandbar shark.

            The photo shown is of Larry Pflederer with a 17-inch sheepshead, caught on shrimp in Estero Bay on a recent inshore Fishbuster Charter.
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            Captain Dave Hanson
            Fishbuster Charters, Inc.
            Bonita Beach, FL
            239 947-1688
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            • Mayhas arrived and the inshore fishing will produce great catches foranglers. The baits schools start to show and seas begin to calm, getyour ready its time for some rod bending action.


              Snookaction is fantastic around, docks, seawalls, and shorelines. Thesnook are very active early morning and late afternoon. Live baitslike thredfins, mullet and pinfish free lined with a circle hooktrigger strikes, corks may be used when working deeper holes thiskeeps the bait near surface creating disturbance for predator fish tokey in on. Top water heddon super spooks excellent choice for workingseawalls and shallow flats , chartreuse head and bone back has beenthe best color as of late. Dock fishing nothing beats a DOA C.A.L. 3inch shad holographic or glow holographic on a ¼ jig head. The glassminnow pods have been thick so mimic the bait schools and game on.Fly fishing deceivers in white or olive and white belly great choicefor working the back waters, docks and seawalls, lighter the tippetthe more strikes. The full moon coming this month will trigger thespawn for the snook. This is the time when the big female fish gatherin the local inlets, offering snook catches reaching double digitnumbers.

              Tarponare starting to show in local inlets but the big pods of fish arestill migrating south from the Stuart area. The back bays still holdjuvenile fish, these fish are willing to take small mullet, greeniesand pinfish. DOA C.A.L. 4 inch jerk baits holographic and glowholographic on a ¼ ounce jig head get the tarpons attention. Lookfor rolling fish as signs of life in the area, be sure to get infront of the fish and avoid spooking them, stealth is the key.


              Thegrass flats are holding big schools of glass minnows and the trout,snook, jacks,bluefish and many others are wrecking havoc on thesebaits. DOA C.A.L. 3 inch shad in holographic or pearl rigged weedlessgreat tactic for getting strikes, fly anglers small deceivers andpopper flies in white or gummy minnows perfect flies for getting therod bent.


              Freshwaterside the peacock bass continue to provide explosive action for topwater lure and flies. From sun up to sundown the action isconsistent. Angler looking to produce big numbers, live shiners willprovoke steady action. Artificial enthusiasts DOA C.A.L 3 inch shad in candy corn rigged weedless or with a chugger head is deadly baitfor peacock and large mouth bass as well. The large mouth bass arevery aggressive along the edges of channels and along sea walls.Early morning and evening anglers top water heddon spook jr in babybass or okee shad excellent colors for consistent hook ups.


              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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              • May has been full of excitement foranglers though the winds have been moderate at times, causing roughconditions. This month should produce great fishing as long as theweather patterns hold true to the past.


                Snookaction is fantastic around docks, seawalls, and shorelines being themain targets. The snook are very active early morning and lateafternoon. Live baits and top water plugs work great along seawallsand flats. DOA C.A.L. 4” jerk baits in glow / gold rush bellygreat choice of color for working docks. The full moon coming thismonth will trigger the spawn for the snook. This is the time when thebig female fish gather in the local inlets, offering snook catcheswell into the double digit numbers but sizes from 15 to 30 pounds notuncommon.

                Tarponare starting to show in local inlets but the big pods of fish arestill migrating south from the Stuart area. The back bays still holdjuvenile fish, these fish are willing to take live baits and DOATerror Eyz in pearl black back and rootbeer color great choices towork on the bottom. Look for rolling fish as signs of life in thearea, be sure to get in front of the fish and avoid spooking them.


                Thegrass flats and channels will offer great cation for snook, trout,reds and snapper. Liev baist great choice to get the bite but jigsand jerk baist aslo will put a bend in your rod. Look for fastmoving water to locate fish and clean water is key as well.


                Thepeacock bass action great along bridges shorelines and docks. Flyfishing is my favorite but many like to use live shiner and shad forexplosive action. The peacock bass are very active as the sun warmsthe waters. Clown knife fish are another exotic species for angler ttango with they are fun and pull hard on light tackle.


                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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                • Snookseason closes June 1st and the monster fish are everywhereyou look. The docks, seawalls, flats and deep passes all are holdingfish. Top water heddon spooks during low light hours createsexplosive action for anglers, DOA 4' C.A.L. Jerk bait with 1/8 ouncejig head and live baits worked through out the day will keep the dragscreaming as well. The average size of the snook has been 2 to 25pounds.


                  Tarponfishing is hot in the inlets and ICW, the beaches as well areproducing fish when seas allow. Live baits drifted with the tidecreates strikes, DOA C.A.L. 3' shad tail gold and glow with 1/8 ouncejig head great way to jump a silver king. Tides are the key todancing with the silver kings and be sure to have a good rod andreel, always bow to the king. Average size of the tarpon has been 5to 80 pounds.


                  Warmweather has the peacock bass bit going off. The peacock are hangingalong seawalls, docks , drop offs, bridges and shorelines. Fastmoving lures like a DOA C.A.L. 4” jerk bait rigged weedless ingold and glow, or figi chix gets the strike. Top water plugs like aheedon spook jr entices great explosions well. Fly fishing is anothergreat way to battles these colorful beauties, small deceivers andminnow patterns work great.


                  Thebest thing about fishing in south Florida there are so many speciesto target in our local waters especially exotic species. Mayancichlids, oscars, clown knife fish and many others are caught willroaming the freshwater water ways. These species are very active aswater temperatures rise and DOA lures, fly fishing and live baitswill get the rod bent.


                  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, 5616444371

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                  • Despite the wild weather we have had here in south Florida the fishing is been quite good. A steady southeast wind during this time has pushed sargassum seaweed along with schools of mahi-mahi inshore, anywhere from 100 out to 300 feet. The schoolie mahi-mahi have been big, running 5-7 lbs., with some larger 10-20 lb. cows and bulls mixed in.


                    Lady Pamela sharkfishing has also been great , as we have caught a few hammerhead sharks, some bull sharks, a thresher, and even a tiger shark.


                    With June just a few days away, we expect to see some big gag, black and red groupers on the shipwrecks. Amberjacks and some cobia will likely be lurking near the surface above these wrecks. You never know.


                    June is also prime daytime swordfishing, with plenty of daylight for extended trips. Yesterday we boated one 150 lb. fish and had 3 bites. Swordfish this time of year produces very good fish, anywhere from 100 to 300 pounds, off 3 to 4 bites per trip. Because we are fishing well offshore in 1200-1800 feet of water, mahi-mahi are often attracted to the boats during a drift, so we are always ready with a pitch bait.




                    Tight Lines,
                    Capt. David Ide
                    Lady Pamela 2 Sport Fishing
                    954-761-8045
                    www.ladypamela2.com

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                    • Summer Time Fishing At Its best



                      Despite the wild weather we have had here in south Florida the fishing is been quite good. A steady southeast wind during this time has pushed sargassum seaweed along with schools of mahi-mahi inshore, anywhere from 100 out to 300 feet. The schoolie mahi-mahi have been big, running 5-7 lbs., with some larger 10-20 lb. cows and bulls mixed in.


                      Lady Pamela sharkfishing has also been great , as we have caught a few hammerhead sharks, some bull sharks, a thresher, and even a tiger shark.


                      With June just a few days away, we expect to see some big gag, black and red groupers on the shipwrecks. Amberjacks and some cobia will likely be lurking near the surface above these wrecks. You never know.


                      June is also prime daytime swordfishing, with plenty of daylight for extended trips. Yesterday we boated one 150 lb. fish and had 3 bites. Swordfish this time of year produces very good fish, anywhere from 100 to 300 pounds, off 3 to 4 bites per trip. Because we are fishing well offshore in 1200-1800 feet of water, mahi-mahi are often attracted to the boats during a drift, so we are always ready with a pitch bait.




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                      • June has arrived, the heat is on and rain has been abundant. The kids are ready for summer and the fish are waiting.

                        The inshore snook bite is great, near inlets deep channels and along seawalls. Live baits and DOA C.A.L. 4” jerk bait and DOA Terror Eyz work great. The snook are very active early in the morning, late afternoon and well into the night. Average size of the snook has ranged from 2 to 20 pounds. Top water Heddon spooks worked in a walk the dog brings plenty of surface explosions, the snook are very aggressive on the flats. Snook season is closed and the snook are spawning so be very cautious when handling these beauties.


                        Tarpon are active in the icw waters near canals and bays. Live mullet drifted near the bottom provide explosive action. DOA bait busters and DOA Terror Eyz in Pearl color, worked near the bottom work great as well, morning and late afternoon best time to target the tarpon.Outgoing tide provides best action as well look for rolling fish as clues to work baits. The beaches are full of tarpon the best bet isto get out there at sun rise and beat the traffic.


                        Grass flats are holding a wide variety of fish at sunrise when waters are cool. Snook, trout, jacks, snapper, and lady fish are all present.Live shrimp, greenies and jigs under a popping cork, will get your rod bent. Artificial plugs like spoons and top water plugs are great search baits for anglers to use to locate schooling fish. DOA C.A.L.3” shad tail very effective for the snook and trout worked along the grassy bottom.


                        Fresh water action for the peacock bass has anglers excited as explosive action continues. DOA C.A.L. 4” jerk baits in candy corn or pearl color provide aggressive strikes. Live shiners great for anglers looking for non stop rod bending action with the beautiful peacock bass. The peacock are being found on beds and along sea walls. Large mouth bass and Mayan cichlids also putting up a fight for anglers whether using fly live bait or artificial lures anglers can expect action.


                        Wellthat is the fishing report for the past week, hope everybody 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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                          • Augusttends can 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. 3” shad tail inbayou tiger and gold and glow are the baits of choice. The key tosuccess is keep the DOA C.A.L. 3” shad tail near the bottom thiswill better your chance to hook into a monster snook. Always fishmoving water and try and fish early morning and during the evening.The average size if the snook has been 8 to 20 pounds. Be sure tohandle the snook with care.


                            TheIcw has produced a nice variety of species for anglers, snook,trout, tarpon, jacks and even redfish all being caught. Live baitsare great for those looking to relax and produce great numbers.Anglers looking to enjoy the bite doa cal and doa shrimp get the jobdone, key is use the tide and rip lines to your advantage, keepingthe bait near the bottom making sure you can feel the strike.Swimming lures and top water plugs work just as well for predatorfish lurking in the shallows and along the sea walls. Look for baitschools as signs predator fish are in the area.


                            Freshwater peacock bass action has been stellar as peacocks hammer DOAshrimp and doa cal baits, live shiners work for also. The peacockbass are hanging near shorelines ambushing bait schools, look forbait rippling on surface, great sign the peacocks are near. Flyfanatics the peacock bass will strike deceivers and small gummyminnow 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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                            • Fishing was tough Saturdaymorning, 8/11/18, when I headed out 24 miles west of New Pass with DarrenRachman, his brother, Mark, and a couple of their friends. I fished in spotsthat had been productive several times this week, but the bite was pretty sloweverywhere we went. There were some rain storms around us, but we managed tostay mostly dry. The guys used cut-bait and squid to catch and red groupershorts and a lane snapper.

                              The bite was a little more activeon Tuesday, 8/14, when I fished 18 miles west of New Pass with Mark Lenhart,his son, and two of his son’s friends. The group used squid to catch and boxten grunts, all measuring between 12 and 14 inches, and they released redgrouper shorts.

                              After two weeks offthe water, with this entire area suffering from red tide, I ventured outMonday, 8/27 to explore the waters and check conditions. Red tide was bad inclose-in waters, with dead fish abundant out to five miles. The further I wentout, the less dead fish were evident, but red tide was still visible as far outas 26 miles, and fishing was, well, not really fishing at all, since there wasabsolutely nothing biting. I had hoped for better conditions out that far. Allwe could do was wait it out, hoping our state and federal officials would doall that is possible to alleviate this problem, or hope for some earlycold-fronts to rescue us.

                              Meanwhile, my wife and I planned a trip toColorado to visit family, returned, and endured more red tide, until signs thatit was starting to dissipate cheered us up and brought us some fishing trips.When Hurricane Michael roared through the panhandle, the winds we got herehelped push the remaining red tide away from us. We also realize that our redtide issues were nothing compared with what the residents of Panama City andsurrounding area had to deal with.

                              On Thursday, 10/4,I fished inshore in Estero Bay’s backwaters with Don Lubbehusen, his son, Ben,and friend, Justin Bayer. The guys used live shrimp to catch and releasefifteen crevalle jacks to 13 inches, ten mangrove snapper to 11 inches, a20-inch snook, and four sheepshead to 15 inches. It was good to see clear waterand fish biting, at long last.

                              Saturday, 10/6, Ifished in Estero Bay’s backwaters, from thelower bay to Wiggins Pass, with Derek Spradling and his friend, Kurt. The guysused live shrimp to catch two black drum at 14 inches and 17 inches, a dozenmangrove snapper including two keepers at 11 inches, and three keepersheepshead to 13 inches. The best catch of the day was a 27 ½-inch redfish,which we photographed and released (see photo below.) We also released tencrevalle jacks to 18 inches, a 16-inch snook, and a two-pound stingray.
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                              • I fished offshore for the first time in many weeks on Friday, 10/19/18, when I headedout to various spots out to 26 miles from New Pass with father and son, Danieland Josh Koppy. The bite was kind of slow, but at least it was improved overthe last time I fished offshore, which was at the peak of the red tide. Theguys used cut bait and squid to catch and release fifteen grunts, two redgrouper shorts, two ramoras, and a 40-inch blacknose shark. Hopefully, with redtide now out of the area, fishing will continue to improve.

                                On Wednesday, 10/24, I fishedoffshore again, this time with Patrick Keane and three of his friends. The guyswere in town for business, and managed to squeeze in a morning ofcatch-and-release fishing 22 miles west of New Pass. NOAA’s forecast for calm,two-foot seas was off by a foot or two, and waters were choppy. The guys usedsquid and cut-bait to catch and release several red grouper shorts, blue runners,and a half dozen grunts.

                                On Wednesday, 10/31, I had plannedto fish inshore, but my trip for the day turned out to be a no-show. Hopefullywe got that lack of consideration over with early this season, and everyoneelse will have the consideration to call and cancel if their plans change ;-)

                                Thursday, 11/1, I fished thebackwaters of southern Estero Bay on a catch-and-release trip with Dave Mercer,Mike Stanbrough, Rod Knudson, and Danny Yanecek. The guys used live shrimp on agood tide to catch and release twenty sheepshead, including ten would-bekeepers to 17 inches, along with three mangrove snapper shorts and a 24-inchredfish. Redfish cannot be harvested until at least May, due to theirpopulations having been decreased during this past summer’s red tide outbreak.

                                Friday, 11/2, I returned to thesouthern part of Estero Bay to fish another catch-and-release trip with MattMiller and his young son, Bobby. Using live shrimp, the father-son team caughtand released eighteen fish, including a pair of 16-inch sheepshead, a 19-inchsheepshead, thirteen smaller sheepshead, a small snook, and a two-poundcrevalle jack.

                                Saturday, 11/3, the Kilkearycousins—Jake, Keith, Mike, and Andy-- had planned to fish offshore, but a coolfront that came through the area kicked seas up to three-to-five feet in thegulf, with a small craft advisory issued. So we changed plans and fishedinshore instead. The guys caught and released seven sheepshead to 15 inches,all of which bit on live shrimp.

                                Friday, 11/9, I fished 28 milesoffshore with long-time customer, Mike Connealy. We used squid and cut bait tocatch and release seven blacknose sharks, all about 40 inches, a 24-inch kingmackerel, seven red grouper shorts, and five 12-inch grunts, along with someshort lane snapper. We did also catch two keeper lanes at 12 inches each, andtwo 12-inch keeper porgies.

                                Sunday morning, 11/11, I fishedthe backwaters of southern Estero Bay with Jacob Robins. We used live shrimp tocatch eleven sheepshead to 13 inches, and released a half-dozen mangrovesnapper shorts.

                                Monday, 11/12, I fished 35 mileswest of New Pass with Mike Connealy, who had fished with me last Friday. Thistime, Mike was joined by his friend, Barry Cermak. The guys used cut-bait andsquid to catch fifteen yellowtails, two of which were keepers, along with fourmangrove snapper, one of which was a 15-inch keeper, six nice porgies to 20inches, and a 14-inch grunt. They released a dozen red grouper shorts, tworemoras, and a 36-inch bonnethead shark.

                                Friday morning, 11/23, I fishedthe backwaters of southern Estero Bay with Tom and Alice Hart, and their sonand daughter-in-law, Paul and Liz Hart. The family used live shrimp to catchfifteen sheepshead, including four keepers, and released two black drum and a redfish pup.

                                Saturday morning, 11/24, I fishedoffshore, 19 miles west of New Pass, with Todd and Jennifer Tinker and theiryoung son, Luke. The family used cut-bait and squid to catch five keeper lanesnapper to 16 inches, a 14-inch triggerfish, a dozen 12-inch grunts, and adozen red grouper shorts. They boxed the legals, released the others, and wenthome with plenty of fish to eat!

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                                • Tuesday morning, 12/4/18, just ahead of a cold front due toarrive in the afternoon, I fished 20 miles west of New Pass with Ralph Marino,Bud Mulchy, and their friends, Ed and John. The guys used squid and cut-bait tocatch six keeper lane snapper, two bluefish to 20 inches, twenty-six grunts, atriggerfish, and six red grouper shorts. They boxed the lanes and the grunts,and released the rest.

                                  Long-time customers, Erwin and Millie Matusiak, fishedsouthern Estero Bay with me on a chilly, windy Wednesday morning, 12/5. Theyused live shrimp to catch eight sheepshead to 14 inches, including fivekeepers, and they released two redfish shorts and a crevalle jack.

                                  Rich and Marnie Henke and their two sons, Anthony and Lucas,fished southern Estero Bay’s backwaters with me on Monday, 12/10. The familyused live shrimp to catch two redfish, 18 inches and 20 inches, which wouldhave been keepers if not for the current moratorium on harvesting reds. So wereleased those, along with an 18-inch snook, one mangrove snapper short, andtwo crevalle jacks. Sheepshead action was steady, and the family caught ten ofthose, including two keepers at 14 inches and 15 inches.

                                  Long-time and frequent customer, Mike Connealy had hoped tofish offshore on Wednesday, 12/12, but seas were four foot, even near-shore, sowe opted for the backwaters instead. Mike used live shrimp to catch twentysheepshead, including three keepers measuring 14 to 16 inches. He also caughtand released a crevalle jack and two puffer fish.

                                  Between a couple days off for the holidays and a whole bunchof very gusty winds and rough seas, there wasn’t another opportunity to get outfishing until Wednesday, 12/26. Even on that day, there were high winds andseas, so the Ketchum family—Steve and Mary and their sons, Connor and Cameron--changed their offshore fishing plans to inshore fishing instead. Using liveshrimp on a catch-and-release trip in southern Estero Bay’s backwaters, thefamily released ten sheepshead to 14 inches, three redfish shorts, three smallsnook, and two crevalle jacks.

                                  Seas were still rough on Thursday, 12/27, so Ian McKinnon andhis young grandsons, along with a few other family members, fished inshoreinstead of fishing offshore as they had planned. The group used live shrimp insouthern Estero Bay to catch and release two redfish shorts to 18 inches, a15-inch snook, four crevalle jacks, and four sheepshead to 11 inches.

                                  Winds kept blowing hard overnight and into Friday, so Ifished the backwaters of southern Estero Bay again on Friday, 12/28, this timewith Frank Fanta and family and friends. The group of four used live shrimp tocatch two keeper sheepshead at 14 inches and 16 inches, and they released sheepshorts, a 17-inch black drum, a 17-inch redfish, and ten crevalle jacks.

                                  I finally got offshore on Saturday morning, 12/29, but thebite was slow, even at some of my most productive snapper holes. WojciechLewndowski and five of his buddies fished in several spots out to 25 miles westof New Pass, using squid and cut-bait. The guys did box twenty grunts and akeeper-sized lane snapper to take home for meals, but the only other catcheswere ten red grouper shorts, which we released. The other boats around usseemed to be having no better luck. Perhaps the recent winds and rough seas hadthe gulf stirred up. In any case, we were glad to get some fish in the cooler,but we’d have liked some better action.

                                  The first trip of the New Year was an offshore one onWednesday, 1/2/19, with Brian and Tracy Matlock, their young sons, Graham andIman, and friend John Royer and his young son, Eli. The group used squid andcut bait eighteen miles west of New Pass to catch three mangrove snapper,including one keeper at 15 inches. They added ten good-sized grunts to the fishbox, and they released five red grouper shorts, a 14-inch mutton snapper short,and a 17-inch bluefish.

                                  I fished 18 to 23 miles offshore from New Pass withlong-time, seasonal customer Ron Musick, for his first trip of the season onThursday morning, 1/3. Fishing was still a bit slow, but we boxed a dozengrunts and released a half-dozen red grouper shorts, all of which bit on squid.

                                  The photo shown is of Barry Cermak with a 20-inch porgy,caught on squid on a recent offshore Fishbuster Charter.
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                                  • On Monday, 1/14, I headed offshore with Bill Conklin and histwo friends, Mark and Susan. NOAA had forecast seas of two to three feet welloffshore, but even out just eighteen miles from New Pass, we encountered seasof three to four feet. We didn’t head out any further than that, due to roughconditions. The group used cut-bait and squid to box a dozen grunts, andreleased a red grouper short and a remora.

                                    Thursday, 1/17, I headed out about 22 miles from New Passwith long-time customers Ron Musick and Eddie Alfonso. The seas were calmingdown, after a few days of rough ones, but it was still a little choppy. Theguys used cut-bait and squid to box fourteen nice porgies to 14 inches, alongwith a mess of grunts. They released a few red grouper shorts, along withfifteen yellowtail snapper shorts and one short mangrove snapper.

                                    Frequent customers Mike and Clint Connealy fished welloffshore with me on Friday, 1/18, in spots ranging from 35 to 40 miles west ofNew Pass. The father-son anglers used squid and cut-bait to catch and release31 red grouper shorts, and they boxed ten porgies to 15 inches, and released anequal amount, having no need to keep that many fish. They added to the fish boxone keeper yellowtail snapper.

                                    Saturday morning, 1/19, seas began to build ahead of anothercold front due to arrive Sunday into Monday. It was choppy 19 miles west of NewPass, where I fished with Allison Kelly, her boyfriend, Dan, and her parents,Kerry and Kevin Kelly. The group used squid and cut-bait to box a dozen nicegrunts and a keeper lane snapper. They released thirteen red grouper shorts, afew sand perch, and a 13-inch triggerfish.

                                    High winds and rough seas, ushering in the next cold front tohit our area, caused Randy Mueller and his son, Coby, to exchange theiroffshore fishing plans for backwater fishing on Friday, 1/25. We fishedsouthern Estero Bay, using live shrimp, and the guys caught five sheepshead,including three keepers at 13 inches, 14 inches and 17 inches. They also boxeda 20-inch seatrout, the first seatrout I have seen in a good while (See photo below.)

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                                    After many days of rough seas, NOAA forecasted calmer seas onTuesday, 1/29. But, Joe Kovach and his dad, Paul, didn’t trust the forecast,and neither did I, after seeing that seas were very rough the previous day, andpredicted to get back to 4 feet on Wednesday. So the guys decided to fish thebackwaters instead. We fished an outgoing tide in southern Estero Bay, usinglive shrimp. The guys caught five sheepshead, including three keepers to 16inches.

                                    Steve and Beth Wilson, joined by their friends, Steve andJudy Sonda, fished southern Estero Bay‘s backwaters with me on Thursday, 1/31.The sheepshead bite was on and, using live shrimp, the group caught fourteenkeeper sheepshead to 19 inches.

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                                    • Craig and Jan Royal and their son, Dan, along with Craig’sdad, Ron, fished southern Estero Bay’s backwaters with me on Monday, 2/4/19.The family used live shrimp to catch four nice, keeper sheepshead, two at 14inches and two at 17 inches. They also caught a keeper, 12-inch mangrovesnapper.

                                      Gary Zwicky and his friend, Shocky, fished the backwaters ofsouthern Estero Bay with me on Tuesday morning, 2/5. They used live shrimp tocatch four sheepshead, two of which were 15-inch keepers, along with one keepermangrove snapper.

                                      I fished offshore for the first time in a good while onWednesday, 2/6. Scott Cooper and Gary Haugen used squid and cut-bait 36 mileswest of New Pass to catch a good variety of fish. They released thirty-eightred grouper shorts to 19 inches, along with a 20-inch gag grouper, a yellowtailsnapper short, and a brace of 15-inch triggerfish. They boxed a half dozen nicesized grunts, along with six porgies in the 14-inch to 15-inch range, and twokeeper lane snapper. They also caught and released a two-foot long remora thatwas hitchhiking on a shark that ate a fish we had on the line.

                                      Craig Kinnick and two of his friends fished 24 miles west ofNew Pass with me on Thursday morning, 2/7, using squid and cut-bait. The bitewas a little slow, but they caught enough grunts to take him for fish tacos,and they released several red grouper shorts and a lot of baitfish, such assand perch and squirrel-fish.

                                      Friday morning, 2/8, long-time customers, Robin Latham andChris Welch, fished southern Estero Bay’s backwaters with me, using liveshrimp. They caught four sheepshead, including three keepers from 13 inches to18 inches, and released a ladyfish.

                                      Neil and Jayne Muschett fished near-shore with me, thirteenmiles west of New Pass, on a windy Monday morning, 2/11. The couple used squidto box fifteen good-sized grunts, perfect for the fish tacos they had planned.They released two red grouper shorts, along with a brace of five-pound goliathgroupers.

                                      Danny and Mary Walter fished 24 miles offshore with me onTuesday morning, 2/12. They used squid to box sixteen large grunts, andreleased half a dozen red grouper shorts, before the winds and seas kicked upand we called it a day.

                                      After a rainy day on Wednesday, 2/13 that cancelled out myfishing plans for that day, friends, Daniel Prischmann, Sharon Johnson, andLyle Crider fished the backwaters of south Estero Bay with me on Valentines’day morning, 2/13. The group used live shrimp to catch eleven sheepshead,including seven keepers to 16 inches.

                                      George and Diane Van Der Linden, jointed by their son anddaughter-in-law, Drew and Amanda, fished near-shore at the reefs with me onFriday morning, 2/15. We used frozen shrimp and squid, and caught mostly smallstuff for a while, including some grunts, lane snapper, and bait-fish. We werethinking it was going to be kind of a slow morning when, all of a sudden,something big grabbed George’s shrimp. That turned out to be a 40-inch cobia,the first one I have seen in a good while, and good for many nice cobia steaks.

                                      George Sloan II, his son George III, grandson George IV, andfamily friend, Mark Sommerville, fished in southern Estero Bay with me onSaturday morning, 2/16. The guys used live shrimp to catch a dozen sheepshead,including seven keepers in the 13 to 16-inch range. They also caught a 24-inchSpanish mackerel, and released a 14-inch bluefish.

                                      Robin Latham and his seven-year-old grandson, Dylan, fishedsouthern Estero Bay with me on Monday morning, 2/18. They used live shrimp tocatch sixteen sheepshead, and kept the ten largest of those, all between 14 and18 inches. They also released four ladyfish, a crevalle jack, and a 17-inchredfish.

                                      Danny and Mary Walter, who fished offshore with me last Tuesday, decided to trysome backwater fishing on Tuesday morning, 2/19. The couple did very well usinglive shrimp to catch nine keeper sheepshead to 18 inches. They released eightsmaller ones, along with four ladyfish. They also caught two nice pompano, bothabout 17 inches.

                                      Roy Mittman, who usually fishes offshore with me, fishedsouthern Estero Bay’s backwaters instead, along with his friend, Rich Borgatti,on Wednesday morning, 2/20. Seas offshore were forecast to be three to fourfeet, so the bay seemed like a much better option. It proved to be fruitful:The guys used live shrimp to catch fifteen sheepshead, including six keepers to19 inches. They caught a 17-inch pompano, and they released a 19-inch redfish(due to the current moratorium on harvesting redfish.)

                                      Long-time customers, Craig and Jan Royal, joined by theirbrother-in-law and his wife, Curt and Barbara Claassen, fished 31 milesoffshore with me on Thursday, 2/21. We had a great day—the best offshore day ina while—and the group caught a nice variety of fish. Using shrimp, they caughtseven keeper mangrove snapper to 16 inches, along with fifteen yellowtailsnapper that included a 14-inch keeper. Using cut-bait, they caught a mess offifteen grunts, all around 12 inches, one keeper-sized sheepshead, and fivenice porgies—unfortunately a shark helped himself to the biggest porgy, leavingus to reel in only its head. The group also caught two keeper porkfish,including the biggest porkfish I have ever seen, at 17 ¼ inches.

                                      Gary Hourselt and his dad, Richard, fished southern EsteroBay’s backwaters with me on Friday morning, 2/22. Using live shrimp, the guyscaught a dozen keeper sheepshead, with two of the largest measuring 19 inches.They released eight smaller sheepshead, along with a nearly 19-inch redfish.

                                      Dr. Meir Daller, his wife, Rie, their two sons, Julian andBrenden, and a friend of the boys’, Joey, fished 33 miles west of New Pass withme on Saturday. They used frozen shrimp and squid to catch a brace of 15-inchporgies, a 13-inch mangrove snapper, and a dozen good-size grunts. The winningcatch was a 50-inch, 60 pound cobia, which bit on a small grunt. There werethree cobia around the boat, and Meir managed to land the largest of the three(see photo below.) We also released an 8-foot sandbar shark.
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                                      • The weather has been superb, plenty of sunshine, happy fish and smiling anglers.


                                        Snook fishing is stellar along mangrove shorelines, docks and seawalls. Top water lures, DOA C.A.L. 3” shad and live baits have been the main forage. Anglers have been catching three different species of snook, thee are four species total. The snook are also active along shorelines making for great fly fishing. The bite will stay strong as water temperatures continue to warm.


                                        Tarpon continue to gather along channel edges and back bays. The main tactic has been live bait but DOA C.A.L. 3” shad tail glow / gold rush belly also trigger strikes. The inlets are holding bigger tarpon, live mullet freelined gets the drag screaming.


                                        The intercostal waterway is teaming with big jacks, drum, snapper, mackerel, sheepshead and many other species. Jigging or live baits provide bent rods.


                                        Freshwater action is great for largemouth along drop offs and grassy edges. DOA C.A.L. 4” jerk baits rigged weedless and small top water baits both work great. The clown knife fish and crappie have been teaming along seawalls and bridges.


                                        Well that is the report for the past week hope you all enjoyed. Remember you can’t catch them from the couch, so get out there and get hooked up. Tight Lines!


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                                        • Spring weather has taken over the palm beaches, sunshine, moderate winds and longer days on the water.


                                          Snook are the main attraction offering anglers plenty of bent rods and memories to take home. Docks, sea walls, flats and mangrove shorelines all areas to find snook ambushing bait schools. Live baits, fly and DOA C.A.L. 3” shad tail on a 1/4 ounce jig head common arsenal. Snook are active from sunrise to sunset keeping anglers smiling all day.


                                          Tarpon are gathering in channels striking live baits free lined with the tide. DOA bait busters another great bait to get hooked up with the silver king. The juvenile tarpon are abundant in the back bays and canals, as the bigvtaron ranging from 60 to 110 are in inlets and deeper channels.


                                          The big jacks are active striking mullet along sea walls and shallow flats. The jacks are explosive and bigger spinning gear is a must do to the size of the jacks ranging from 15 to 30 pounds.


                                          Freshwater the water levels are low in lake okeechobee, so most of the fishing has been done in local lake and canals. DOA C.A.L 8” trick worm in watermelon red glitter rigged Texas style the go to bait. Peacock bass and clown knife fish are being caught along sea walls and bridge pilings using live baits.


                                          Well that is the fishing report for the past week hope you all enjoyed. Remember you can’t catch them from the couch, so get out there and get hooked up. Tight
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