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  • Fishbuster
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    Frequent fisher, Mike Conneally, joined by his sister and brother-in-law, Rod and Cass Bromm, fished 35 miles west of New Pass with me on Wednesday, 3/18. The family used squid and cut-bait to box nine nice porgies to 15 inches and grunts to 13 inches.. They released thirty-two red grouper shorts to 18 inches, five scamp grouper shorts to 14 inches, two 13-inch triggerfish shorts, five mangrove snapper shorts (all ¼ to ½ inch short of keeper size), one yellowtail short just under 12 inches, and two bluefish. Bill and Terri Tank fished Estero Bay’s southern waters with me on a windy morning Friday, 3/20. They used live shrimp to catch eight sheepshead, including two keepers at 13 inches and 15 inches. They released three crevalle jacks, along with a 25-inch redfish. Fishing was kind of slow Saturday morning, when I fished 18 miles west of New Pass with Don and Kathy Leesman and their daughter and son-in-law, Tom and Kristen McGuire. Using squid and cut-bait, the family released three red grouper shorts to 18 inches, a few bluefish, a half dozen crevalle jacks, a grunt, and a triggerfish short. We have taken a slew of calls from folks needing to cancel advance bookings that spanned from the last two weeks of March through mid-May, due to the outbreak of Covid 19. Some people had to leave FL early to return home, and some cancelled vacation plans to fly into FL. With a state-wide shut-down order now in effect in FL, we won’t be taking customers out fishing for a while. We look forward to resuming business as soon as it is safe to do so, and we wish all of our customers all the best in staying safe and healthy. On Thursday, 3/26, me and my wife took some down-time to get out on the bay, where we used shrimp to catch and release three sheepshead and an 18-inch redfish. On another busman’s holiday Saturday, 4/4, me and my wife fished in southern Estero Bay for a couple of hours, using live shrimp. We did pretty well, boxing two drum 15 inches and 19 inches, along with a 12-inch mangrove snapper. We released an 18-inch redfish and a 23-inch sailcat. With outside business still on hold, we did another family bay outing for a couple of hours on Friday, 4/10. My wife and I used live shrimp to release five mangrove snapper shorts, a sailcat, and a sheepshead. On Sunday, 5/3, we made an offshore excursion out to 30 miles west of New Pass with our friends, Craig and Jan. We used cut-bait and squid to box two keeper mangrove snapper to 16 inches, along with ten keeper lane snapper, two keeper yellowtail snapper, two nice grunts to 14 inches, and four porgies to 14 inches. We released twenty-two red grouper shorts to 19 and 3/4 inches, a scamp grouper short, and a few blue runners, along with two sharpnose sharks and three remoras.
    With things beginning to re-open, we are cautiously proceeding with a few charters, but are temporarily limiting total passengers to two on the bay boat and a max of four on the offshore boat, in order to maintain social distancing. Mask use is also encouraged. Everyone stay safe!

    You can view our fishing action videos a tfishbustercharters.com/fishingvideos.html

    The photo shown is of Ed Adams with a 25-inch bonito, caught on cut-bait and released 32 miles west of New Pass on an offshore Fishbuster Charter.



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  • Fishbuster
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    Ed Thompson and his family fished offshore with me on Tuesday morning, 2/11/20, 18 to 20 miles west of New Pass. The family used squid and cut-bait to catch and release five red grouper shorts to 18 inches, along with a bunch of blue runners and sand perch. They boxed four grunts and a porgy for dinner.

    Long-time customers Craig and Jan Royal, joined by Craig’s dad, Ron, fished offshore with me on Wednesday, 2/12, in various spots 30 to 36 miles west of New Pass, using squid and cut-bait. They released forty-eight red grouper shorts to 18 inches, along with a dozen small scamp grouper. The family boxed fifteen porgies to 14 inches, two keeper mangrove snapper to 13 inches, and two keeper lane snapper.

    Roy Mittman and Richard Borghatti fished Estero Bay’s southern backwaters with me on Thursday, 2/13, where they used live shrimp to catch six keeper sheepshead to 18 inches. They released an 18-inch redfish and a crevalle jack.

    Jeff and Beth Heimlich, with their son, Tanner, and daughter, Maddie, fished 30 miles west of New Pass with me on an offshore trip Friday, February 14th. The family used squid and cut-bait to catch and release thirty-four red grouper shorts to 18 inches, a gag grouper short, and two triggerfish at 15 and 16 inches. They boxed a nice mangrove snapper at 16 inches, along with four keeper lane snapper and three grunts. They also got a good look at a big tiger shark that ate our free-lined bait right down to the hook, before he cut off and swam away.

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    Joe Hahn, Mike Jansen, Mike Reichart, David Jahner, and George Vanderlinden braved five-foot seas heading offshore with me Saturday morning, 2/15. The forecast was for winds and seas to subside later in the morning, so they decided to tolerate the slow ride out and make a day of it. We fished in several spots 30 to 36 miles west of New Pass, using squid and cut-bait. Red grouper were everywhere but, as has been the case recently, they were all just undersized. We released over a hundred of those to 19 inches. The guys boxed eight nice porgies to 17 inches, a keeper yellowtail snapper at 13 inches, a keeper mangrove snapper at 13 inches, eight keeper lane snapper, and eight nice-sized grunts to 14 inches.

    Drew VanWerden and his son, Gabe, fished 19 miles west of New Pass with me on Sunday morning, 2/16. It was a little choppy heading out again, but it calmed down shortly after we got anchored. The guys used squid and cut-bait to release a dozen red grouper shorts to 18 inches, along with five triggerfish to just short of 15 inches. Triggerfish are out of season until March so, even if they had met the 15-inch legal size, they would have had to have been released. Boxed fish included five grunts and a 14-inch mangrove snapper.

    Mike Bochman and his friends, Jay and Kevin, fished 36 miles west of New Pass with me in calm seas on Monday, 2/17. Once again, the red grouper were everywhere, and the guys used squid and cut-bait to catch and release seventy-five of those to 19 inches. They also released a dozen scamp grouper shorts, all 14 and 15 inches, along with three 14-inch triggerfish and forty-eight bluefish. We also hooked and released an eight-foot sandbar shark, was kept things exciting for a while! As for food-fish, the guys boxed six porgies and two mangrove snapper, 13 and 14 inches.

    Mike Bochman, who fished with me offshore Monday, left his buddies home on Tuesday morning, 2/18, and fished solo in southern Estero Bay’s backwaters. The bite was a little slow, despite a decent tide. Using live shrimp, he caught five sheepshead, including a pair of 13-inch keepers, and released a crevalle jack. He nearly had a pompano, but that skittish fish escaped before it could be boated.

    Young angler, Jimmy Cox, had fun fishing a catch-and-release trip in southern Estero Bay’s backwaters with his dad, Pat, and his grandpa, Jim, on Wednesday morning, 2/19. The family used live shrimp to catch three keeper-sized sheepshead to 15 inches and a 17-inch pompano.

    Mike Connealy and Rob Young fished 36 miles west of New Pass with me on Thursday, 2/20, on a slow tide. They boxed four 13-inch grunts and six nice porgies, and released four 14-inch triggerfish and a dozen red grouper shorts to 18 inches. They battled a goliath for a while, until it cut the line and broke off.

    Paul Stanek, who fished with me earlier this month, fished southern Estero Bay’s backwaters, along with his brother, Rich, on Friday morning, 2/21. It was a windy day, with a cold front moving in, but the wind was blowing the right direction for a good tide, and the guys had a productive morning for their catch-and-release trip. Using live shrimp, they caught nine sheepshead, including two keeper-sized at 14 inches, along with a couple of mangrove snapper shorts, and three redfish to 19 inches.

    Winds howled all week, and seas offshore were too rough to go out. Friday morning, 2/28, with winds still strong, and temps beginning in the forties, Mike Connealy, joined by friend, Bob Walz and Bob’s son, Bobby, fished southern Estero Bay’s backwaters with me, using live shrimp. The sheepshead were biting well, and we boxed seven of those that ranged from 13 inches to 17 inches, and released five shorts. We also released a short mangrove snapper and a puffer-fish.

    Chuck Collins and his dad, Steve, were weathered out of a planned offshore trip last month, and rescheduled for Monday, 3/2. The winds were blowing hard, and seas were rough, but they opted to fish near-shore in the Gulf, rather than in the backwaters, since they had not fished offshore before. Using shrimp and squid at the near-shore reefs, the guys boxed ten Spanish mackerel between 22 and 24 inches, along with a lone grunt. They released a small gag grouper, a dozen crevalle jacks, and a dozen blue runners.

    Lee Larsen, with friends, John and Mark, decided to fish the backwaters Tuesday morning, 3/3, since winds were still strong, and we expected rough conditions offshore. The guys used shrimp in southern Estero Bay to catch and release twelve sheepshead to 14 inches, two ladyfish, one short mangrove snapper, and three crevalle jacks.

    I spent a windy Friday morning, 3/6, fishing with Mike and Bethany Lischer in southern Estero Bay, on a catch-and-release trip, using live shrimp for bait. The tide was good, but the water was muddy, following the weather-front that moved through the area overnight. The couple released twelve sheepshead, a ladyfish, a few puffers, and an 18-inch redfish.

    With winds continuing to howl all weekend, I fished the backwaters of southern Estero Bay again on Monday, 3/9. Bill Urban and three of his buddies used live shrimp to box five keeper sheepshead to 14 inches, and they released eight shorts. They also released four mangrove snapper shorts, two ladyfish, and a crevalle jack.

    Wednesday morning, 3/11, I fished southern Estero Bay with repeat customers, brothers Paul and Rich Stanek, joined by Rich’s wife, Jill. The family caught fifteen sheepshead, including three keepers at 14 inches, 18 inches, and 19 inches. The group also released a 17-inch redfish, two pufferfish, and a crevalle jack.

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    Rick Marginault and two of his friends fished offshore with me18 miles west of New Pass, on a catch-and-release trip Friday morning, 3/13. The group released five red grouper, all in the 18 to 19-inch range, two 14-inch triggerfish, and a few nice-sized grunts, all caught on squid and cut-bait.

    Jeff and Kristen Easter fished a catch-and-release backwater trip with me on Monday morning, 3/16. They used live shrimp in southern Estero Bay to release thirteen sheepshead to 13 inches and an 18-inch seatrout. They had a couple of big fish o their lines, but they pulled off before they could be identified.

    Linda Latham, her son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Ann, and their three young children, Courtney, Morgan, and Will, fished fifteen miles west of New Pass with me on Tuesday, 3/17, using squid for bait. We started out at the near-shore reefs, but there were mostly dolphin there, which kept the kids from catching much of anything. So we went a little further out, and the family boxed seven grunts that were to find their way into fish tacos for dinner. They released two red grouper shorts and several blue runners.

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  • Fishbuster
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    Saturday morning, 1/4/20, was a windy one, but the tide was good in Estero Bay’s backwaters, where I fished a catch & release trip with David Dunbar and his girlfriend, Emily Eiteljorg. The couple used live shrimp to catch a dozen sheepshead, four of which would have been keepers in the 13 to 14 inch range. They also released a crevalle jack, a 26-inch sail-cat, as well as two redfish at 17 inches and 19 inches.

    We had a lot of wind, rough seas, and low tides, due to cold fronts, the week of 1/6/20, and I canceled a couple of offshore trips.

    Long-time customer, Mike Connealy, fished spots 23 to 35 miles west of New Pass with me on Wednesday, 1/15, using squid and cut-bait. We released forty-one red grouper shorts to 18 inches, along with eight scamp grouper shorts, all of which were about 14 inches. Mangrove snapper were abundant, but the two dozen of those we caught were all around 11 to 11 ½ inches, short of the 12-inch keeper size. Mike boxed five 14-inch porgies and eleven keeper lane snapper that were all around 12 inches. He released six additional lanes that were shorts.

    John Abernathy, joined by his son, Ryan, and by Becky Vogrin, fished southern Estero Bay’s backwaters with me on a very windy Saturday morning, 1/18. They used live shrimp to catch fourteen sheepshead, including four keepers between 13 and 15 inches. They released a 17-inch redfish and eight small snook.

    High winds and seas and cold temps converged upon us the week of 1/20, and I had to cancel a couple of offshore trips. The winds and the cold even made it a little tough fishing Estero Bay’s backwaters, which I did on Wednesday, 1/22, with Tim Gustin and his son, Chase. But we had an incoming tide, which helped, and the guys used live shrimp to catch four keeper sheepshead, two at 13 inches and two that were between 15 and 16 inches. They released two redfish shorts to 18 inches and two small snook.

    Seas finally calmed down enough by Friday, 1/24, to allow me to go offshore, where I fished in spots 28 to 35 miles west of New Pass with Tony Mengwasser and Mark Harrington. Using cut-bait and squid, the guys released twenty-five red grouper shorts to 19 inches, fourteen scamp grouper, all in the 14 to 15-inch range, two bluefish, two yellowtail snapper shorts and one mangrove snapper short. Keepers included a dozen lane snapper, a 13-inch mangrove snapper, and three porgies.

    Winds and seas were on the rise again by Saturday morning, 1/25. I fished inshore, at the south end of Estero Bay, with Jim Pizzo and his daughter, Maria. They used live shrimp to catch thirteen sheepshead, including two keepers at 13 inches and 14 inches. The eleven shorts they released were mostly just under legal keeper size. They hooked a couple of redfish, but lost those before they could get them to the boat. Maria also caught and released a 20-inch snook.

    Tuesday morning, 1/28, I fished southern Estero Bay’s backwaters with Paul Olef, Sandy Mintz, and their friend, Howard. The guys used shrimp to catch ten sheepshead, including two keepers to 18 inches. They released a redfish short and a half-dozen mangrove snapper shorts.

    John and Holly Lischer, along with Cruz Holt, traded in their offshore plans for a morning of fishing southern Estero Bay’s backwaters on Friday, 1/31, since seas offshore were in excess of three feet. The group used live shrimp to catch seventeen sheepshead, including two keepers at 14 inches and nearly 17 inches. They also caught and released a 20-inch ladyfish, five mangrove snapper shorts, and a 16-inch snook.

    Paul Stanek, joined by his sister, Rose, and her husband, Frank, fished a catch-and-release trip in southern Estero Bay with me on Wednesday, 2/5/20. They used live shrimp to catch eleven sheepshead and one small Spanish mackerel.

    Mike Wickman and Tom Weinstein fished the southern end of Estero Bay’s backwaters with me on a very windy Friday morning, 2/7. The guys used live shrimp to catch ten sheepshead, including two keepers at 16 inches and 14 inches. They also released a 21-inch seatrout, due to the current moratorium on harvesting trout.

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    Ed Adamezyk and Brian Runevitch fished offshore with me on Monday, 2/10, in various spots out to 35 miles west of New Pass, using squid and cut-bait. We moved several times because of sharks intruding on our fishing spots, but the guys caught lot of fish. We lost count of the red groupers we released, but those numbered somewhere between 40 and 55, to 19 inches. The guys boxed five keeper lane snapper, all about 12 inches, one keeper mangrove snapper at 13 inches, three Spanish mackerel all around 20 inches, and one 14-inch porgy. They released five short mangs, along with one yellowtail short and a 25-inch bonito.

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  • phlats
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    The past week anglers have enjoyed great snook fishing action, in back bays and canals. Cooler weather has the snook schooled up seeking muddy bottom for heat.

    The mangrove shorelines, docks and deep channels have all offer great snook fishing for angler. Live baits and DOA Terror Eyz have been working great. Small baits have been key as cool water temperatures have the snook lurking near the bottom. The average size of the snook has ranged from 20 to 35 inches.

    Tarpon fishing has been great on low tide and the first of two hours of outgoing tide. Live baits or DOA Terror Eyz I’m in Pearl color have created many strikes for anglers. The tarpon are in schools ranging in size form 5 to 30 pounds in the back country and 25 to 80 near inlets.

    Freshwater fishing has been stellar, largemouth bass and sunshine bass have been abundant near channel edges. Live baits or small crank baits get the drag screaming. The clown knife fish and peacock bass are staging near seawalls and bridge pilings. Jigs and twitch baits Entice strikes, mid day do to cooler weather best time to target the peacock bass.

    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 Lines! PhlatsInshoreFishing.com, 561-644-4371. Visit us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

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  • phlats
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    Cool weather had infiltrated south Florida this past week. Cool air and cooler water temperatures had the snook piled up in deep holes and along channel edges.


    The snook were schooled up holding tight to the muddy bottom and structures. DOA Terror Eyz on light leader got the snook chewing as well as live baits. This past week we caught all four different species of snook making the trips more gratifying.

    The tarpon have been active along channel edges on the outgoing tide, live baits freelined and DOA C.A.L. 3” shad tail in green back get the rods bent.

    Drum, jacks, snapper, moonfish and a few pompano have also been caught this week by anglers. Always nice to have a plethora of species to target.

    Freshwater the cool weather had the peacock bass deep, holes and feeders were the area to locate the peacocks. Clown knifefish and Florida sunshine bass were abundant along shorelines and bridge pilings. Bait school were a good sign fish were in the area.

    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! PhlatsInshoreFishing.com 5616444371. Visit us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

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  • Fishbuster
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    The day after Thanksgiving, 11/29, I fished the backwaters of southern Estero Bay with Dianne Hogler and her seventeen-year-old son, Ryan. They used live shrimp to catch twenty sheepshead, including four keepers that were all around 13 inches. They released four redfish to 17 inches and five snook to15 inches.

    Long-time seasonal customers, Erwin and Millie Metusiak, fished the backwaters of southern Estero Bay with me on Wednesday, 12/4, using live shrimp for bait. The couple caught twenty-six sheepshead, including six keepers, all measuring around 13 inches. They released two snook to 25 inches.

    Wednesday, 12/11, I fished 6 miles west of New Pass with Engle Merz and his sons, Matt and Max. The family used squid and cut-bait to catch and release thirty-one red grouper to 18 inches, an18-inch gag grouper, and two 15-inch scamp grouper. They boxed six keeper lane snapper to 12 inches, a keeper yellowtail snapper at 13 inches, ten porgies of mixed varieties that all measured 13 to 14 inches, and a half dozen grunts, all around 14 inches. They released fifteen yellowtail snapper shorts and an equal number of mangrove snapper shorts.

    Engle Merz and sons Max and Matt, who fished with me last Wednesday well offshore, decided to do a near-shore trip on Monday, 12/16, in search of some Spanish mackerel. We fished in spots that were between three and five miles west of New Pass, using cut-bait and squid. The family caught three Spanish mackerel that were all around 22 inches. They released two 14-inch bluefish, and then they got into the real fun with sharks! They released nine blacktip sharks, all over 3-foot long, the largest measuring 43 inches (photo below.) They also released two blacknose sharks, both over three foot long.
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    Dan Gregory and his young son, James, fished the backwaters of southern Estero Bay with me on a windy Wednesday morning, 12/19/19. Using live shrimp, the father-son team caught a dozen sheepshead, including three keepers at 14 inches, 15 inches, and 18 inches. James also caught and released a 24-inch barracuda, which was an unusual catch in the backwaters.

    There were several days of high winds and seas as the Christmas holiday neared, and conditions weren’t too good for fishing anywhere. Mitchell Manz and family had to reschedule their gulf trip from 12/23 to 12/27, in order to get out fishing. Even on Friday, 12/27, it was still a little sloppy offshore, and we fished close-in at the reefs off Bonita Beach, using cut-bait and squid. It wasn’t as great day of fishing, but the family caught a few lanes and grunts, and released five small gag grouper, half-dozen crevalle jacks, and a bunch of squirrel-fish.

    Dale Cruzan and his grandson and wife, Cody and Kate Cruzan, fished 19 miles west of New Pass with me on Saturday morning, 12/28, and used cut-bait and squid to catch a variety of fish. They caught fourteen lane snappers, including two keepers at 12 inches, along with a 13-inch keeper mangrove snapper, and a couple of grunts. They released two yellowtail snapper shorts and six triggerfish, the largest triggerfish being just a quarter-inch below legal keeper size at 14 ¾ inches. They also released twenty-one red grouper shorts to 18 inches. They got a bit of big-game experience when they hooked a big shark that they battled for 45 minutes on light tackle before it finally cut the line, before we could identify what kind it was.

    Monday, 12/30, I fished 18 to 20 miles west of New Pass with Teresa Schmidt, her boyfriend, Tim Garling, Tim’s son, Carter, Teresa’s parents, Mark and Elizabeth Venturin, and family friend, Braden Welleral. The group used cut-bait and squid to catch a nice variety of fish. They boxed three keeper lane snapper, four of the largest grunts they caught, and a 16-inch triggerfish. They released nineteen additional triggerfish, some just shy of keeper size, along with eighteen grunts, four gag grouper shorts, a 23-inch goliath grouper, and twenty-five red grouper shorts to 19 ¾ inches, just short of the 20-inch legal size.

    Ian McKinnon and his family had planned to fish offshore on Tuesday, 12/31, but with strong winds and seas upwards of four feet in the gulf, he traded those plans for a morning of inshore fishing in southern Estero Bay’s backwaters. He, along with his daughter, Michelle Nichols, and her two children, Jack and Mark, used live shrimp to catch two redfish that would have been keepers, had it not been for the current moratorium on reds. Those measured 18 inches and 21 inches. Jack was very proud of the 19-inch seatrout he caught, but was disappointed to learn that also had to be released, due to the same moratorium. The family also caught a half-dozen sheepshead, including one that was keeper size.

    Mark and Elizabeth Venturin and their daughter, Michelle Nichols, all of whom fished offshore with me on Monday, 12/30, fished the backwaters of Estero Bay with me on Thursday morning, 1/2/20 , joined by Michelle’s husband, Scott Nichols. The family used live shrimp to catch thirteen sheepshead, including three keepers to 17 inches. They also released two redfish at 17 inches and 21 inches, along with two mangrove snapper shorts.

    Dale Cruzan, along with his son, Cody Cruzan and his wife, Kate, had fished offshore with me on 12/28/19. They wanted to try a backwater trip also, so we fished southern Estero Bay on Friday morning, 1/3/20, using live shrimp for bait. The family caught seventeen sheepshead, including nine keepers to 15 inches. They released two small snook.

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  • phlats
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    Happy New Year! New year new adventures, the inshore fishing has been stellar for snook and tarpon the past week.

    Snook fishing has been great around structure docks, seawalls, bridges and mangrove shorelines. Artificial lures like DOA C.A.L. 3” shad tail and rapala top water and twitch baits great lures to provoke strikes. Live baits like mullet and pilchards alps great choice for anglers who prefer live bait fishing.

    Tarpon action has been great in back bays and canals, that on can be seen rolling on the surface making for excitement as anglers pitch lures and live baits in there vicinity. Average size of the tarpon range from 5 to 30 pounds in back country.

    The grass flats and channel edges a great areas to take kids and novice anglers as the action is non stop for a plethora of species like jacks, drum, snapper mackeral, snook, pompano and many others. DOA C.A.L. 3” shad tail and by tail jigstopped with shrimp will get the rods bent.



    Well that is the fishing report for the Palm Beach, Jupiter area. I hope you all enjoyed so get out there and get hooked up. Tight Lines! Capt. Craig Korczynski. PhlatsInshoreFishing.com, 561-644-4371 visit us on Facebook and Intsagram.

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  • Fishbuster
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    I was off the water for all of September, but fished in southern Estero Bay on a windy morning Tuesday, October 1, with Roy and Derek Brown. The guys used live shrimp to catch and release three redfish to 19 inches. The 19-inch red would have been a keeper, if not for the current moratorium on harvesting reds. The guys boxed four black drum to 20 inches, along with three keeper mangrove snapper, out of ten mangs that they caught.

    On Friday morning, October 18, I fished the backwaters of southern Estero Bay with Doug and Jane Lane, joined by their daughter and son-in-law, Kim and Robert Renzi. The family did well, using live shrimp. They caught six sheepshead, including two keepers at 15 inches and 14 inches, a dozen mangrove snapper, including three eleven-inch keepers, and a 16-inch black drum. They released two redfish, one short at 12 inches, and the other a nice, 24-inch, which also had to be released, due to the current moratorium on harvesting reds. They also released two 14-inch mutton snapper.

    Business has been slow to start this season, and intermittent bouts of red tide and reports of those in the press haven’t helped. Though the red tide is perceptible along the beaches at times, it has NOT affected fishing productivity. I fished in southern Estero Bay Friday morning, November 8, with Jim Kelley and his seven-year-old son, Jimmy. They used live shrimp to catch five sheepshead, three of which were keepers between 13 and 15 inches. They released four mangrove snapper shorts and five redfish to 18 inches, along with a small gag grouper that little Jimmy pulled out from the mangrove shoreline.

    Mike Connealy, a long-time, seasonal customer, fished his first trip of this season with me on Tuesday, November 12th. We headed out 35 miles from New Pass, where we fished mostly with squid, but also a few shrimp. We had good action the entire trip. We caught fifteen yellowtail snapper, including three keepers, six keeper lane snapper to 12 inches, an 11-inch schoolmaster snapper, and four keeper porgies. The red grouper were biting well, and we came within a half inch of legal keeper size on several of the fifty-some we caught and released.

    I headed offshore again on Monday, 11/18, this time with Bruce Epstein, David Polsky, Kent Kurzer, and Howie Siegal, to fish about 20 miles west of New Pass, using squid and cut-bait. The guys had good action all morning, and released twenty-five red grouper shorts to 17 inches, along with a 4-inch scamp grouper, a 15-inch mutton snapper, five lane snapper shorts, a puffer-fish and a scorpion fish. They boxed four keeper lane snapper and four grunts to take home for dinner.

    Mike Conneally, who fished offshore with me last week, fished a catch-and-release trip in the backwaters of southern Estero Bay with me on Friday morning, 11/22/19. He used live shrimp to catch five redfish to 17 inches, twenty sheepshead to 12 inches, a crevalle jack, and three mangrove snapper.

    The photo shown below is of angler Engle Merz with a 33-inch cobia, caught on cut-bait and released on a recent offshore trip.
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    The photo shown below is of angler Mark Kostner with a 24-inch redfish,caught on shrimp and released on a recent inshore trip.
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  • phlats
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    South Florida weather continues to stay warm, and keeping the fishing red hot. The cool fronts continue to push our way driving more species to our area.

    The snook fishing has been excellent inside the intercoastal waterway’s, back bays and canals. Docks, sea walls, channel edges and mangrove shorelines all great areas to locate linesiders. Live bait, artificial lures, and top water lures all great tactics to get you hooked up with a snook.

    Tarpon action has been phenomenal the past week, the silver kings have been very active on the first of the incoming and last of the outgoing tide’s. Live bait freelined with the tide great tactic, but a Doa C.A.L. 3” shad in mole, a great bait to get your rod bent. The tarpon have been averaging 10 to 60 pounds.

    The channels and deep holes have been offering a plethora of species jacks, Spanish mackeral , snapper, drums, sheepshead, sharks and many others all willing to strike live bait or DOA lure presented to them.

    Well that is the fishing report for the last week. Hope you all enjoyed, remember you can’t catch them from the couch. Get out there and get hooked up. Tight Lines! PhlatsInshoreFishing.com

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    On Wednesday morning, 7/3/19, I fished miles west of New Pass with Dwayne McCoy and his family and friends. Although seas were predicted to be less than two feet, that was not the case until it was nearly time to head in from our ½-day excursion. But we made it out to 23 miles, hoping for action similar to the last time I’d fished offshore, about a week prior to this trip. Fishing was slow, though, and we didn’t get many keepers. The guys boxed three grunts and three keeper lane snapper. They released a bunch of squirrel-fish, three triggerfish (out-of-season), five red grouper shorts, and a 3-foot blacknose shark. The spot where we caught the lanes might have been good for more of those, had the dolphins not decided to invade our fishing grounds! Everything bit on cut-bait and squid.



    The bite was not much better when I returned offshore on Friday, 7/5. I fished with Peter and Christina Halunen, their son, Clayton, and Clayton’s girlfriend, Isabella. We only ventured out 17 miles from New Pass because seas were a little choppy and there was a visible threat of rain coming from further offshore. Using squid and cut-bait, the group caught and released three lane snapper shorts and three mangrove snapper shorts. We also a reeled in and released a live squid, which had grabbed a piece of cut-bait. Fishing offshore about a week ago, I was encouraged by the improved action and variety of catches, but recent trips have not yielded those results. Fishing action cycles, as all anglers know, and water temps are extremely warm right now.



    Jake Heft and five of his friends fished 19 miles west of New Pass with me on Monday, 7/15, using cut-bait and squid. The guys boxed a 14-inch whiting, a 14-inch silver trout, four keeper lane snapper, and a 14-inch grunt. They released eight red grouper shorts and a 4-foot blacknose shark.



    Ken Harrison, Jeff Norton, Rich Flaherty, and John Lovezzola fished the backwaters of southern Estero Bay with me on Saturday, 7/20, and had very good success using live shrimp for bait. The guys caught three keeper black drum at 15 inches, 16 inches, and 19 inches, released three redfish (due to a moratorium on harvesting reds) that included two at 18 inches and one at nearly 22 inches, two keeper sheepshead at 13 inches, a sand bream, and three keeper mangrove snapper to 12 inches.



    Thursday morning, 8/1, I fished southern Estero Bay’s backwaters with the Thompson family: Brian and Cynthia and their son and daughter-in-law, Tristen and Kristen. They fished a catch-and-release trip, using live shrimp, and caught a nice variety. They released a 21-inch redfish, two black drum at 15 inches and 19 inches (see photo), six sheepshead to 12 inches, a sand bream, and a 17-inch snook.






    Friday, 8/9, I fished 18 miles west of New Pass with Craig baker and three of his friends. The guys used cut-bait and squid to catch four mangrove snapper, including one keeper and six keeper lane snapper. They released a dozen juvenile red snapper and a pair of 12-inch triggerfish. We spotted two cobias, but they weren’t the least bit interested in our bait.


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  • phlats
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    Mid July fishing has not disappointed anglers. The beaches, inlets, and Icw have offered a plethora of choices for anglers to put a bend in there rod.

    The Inshore fishing has been full of action for anglers targeting Snook. The Snook continue to gather in our inlets and deep channels. The Snook are averaging 5 to 25 pounds. Live baits dropped to the bottom and DOA C.A.L. 4' jerk baits in bayou tiger rigged with a 3/8 ounce jig head bounced off the bottom will get you hooked up.


    The Tarpon action has been great on the beach and inside the ICW for anglers looking to tango with the silver king. Look for rolling fish and present a live bait or jig in the area were fish are rolling. The Tarpon have ranged in size from 10 to 70 pounds. Always remember to bow down while a Tarpon is jumping to avoid the break offs and hooks pulling out.


    The Docks and seawalls have provided great action for anglers using jigs and live baits. The Jacks, Snapper and a few Trout have been the main predators being caught. These fish have been ambushing bait schools as they look for shelter. Early morning and late afternoon has provided the best bite.


    Freshwater action has been great for peacock bass and large mouth bass.. Peacock bass have been active along shorelines and drop offs striking live bait and small twitch baits. The clown knife and have also been a striking baist along bridge pilings and channel edges.


    Well that is the 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, 561-644-4371

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    I fished offshore, about twenty miles west of New Pass, onWednesday morning, 5/29, with Paul and Belinda Parks. It was sloppy headingout, despite a seas forecast of two feet, but it calmed down towardmid-morning. The couple used squid to catch two keeper lane snapper, and theyreleased two trigger fish that were 13 inches and 14 inches. They also releasedfour red grouper shorts, all around 17 inches. Belinda made an interesting“food-chain” catch when a squirrelfish bit her squid, and a groper then bit thesquirrelfish!

    On Saturday morning, 6/8, I fished fifteen miles west of NewPass with Valoyd Glover. Seas were choppy, but tolerable, and Valoyd had hishopes up for catching something of size—He got his wish when he battled a300-pound goliath grouper that bit on cut-bait. He released that monsterboat-side, with a few photos and two sore arms to show for it! He also caught a27-inch king mackerel, which he released, along with two lane snapper, tencrevalle jacks to three pounds, and six true red snapper shorts about 11inches. The latter are usually not around so close to shore, so even thoughthey were small, it was an interesting find.

    Wednesday morning, 6/12, I fished the backwaters of southernEstero Bay on a catch-and-release trip with Adam Martin. Using shrimp andpinfish, we released two 16-inch snook, a dozen mangrove snapper to12 inches,and a two-pound crevalle jack.

    Lots and lots of rain fell over the weekend and into theearly part of this week. I headed offshore Tuesday morning, 6/18, to fish 19miles west of New Pass with Tony Costillo, his dad, Rick, and friend, Kyle. Weleft in sunny skies, but got caught in a thunderstorm mid-morning, which werode out and continued to fish. But the storm left behind some choppy seas tobattle on the way back to shore. The guys used squid to catch and release fivetriggerfish to 14 inches, six red grouper shorts to 17 inches, and a 20-inchgoliath grouper. As for food-fish, they got eight keeper grunts and one keeperlane snapper.

    Wednesday morning, 6/19, I fished the backwaters of southernEstero Bay with Michael Quinlen, Jonas Stillman, and Hunter Rohand. The guysdid well with live shrimp, and caught four keeper sheepshead, all around 14inches and four keeper mangrove snapper to 11 inches. They also got what wouldhave been two keeper redfish at 20 inches and 21 inches, if not for the currentmoratorium on harvesting reds. So they released the reds, along with an 11-inchmutton snapper.

    I returned to southern Estero Bay on Friday morning, 6/21, tofish inshore with Brady McFarland, his dad, Lee, and Brady’s son, Jaiden. Thefamily did well using live shrimp. They released two redfish at 19 inches and22 inches, and had a couple more of them hooked, but they cut the lineboat-side. They also caught seven keeper mangrove snapper to 12 inches, andboxed the four largest of those, along with a 15-inch black drum. They alsocaught six sheepshead to 14 inches, including two that were legal size, butthey chose to release them all, along with a 1 ½-pound crevalle jack.

    Saturday morning, 6/22, I fished 22 miles west of New pass onan offshore trip with Charlie Tobler, his twin sons, and three of theirfriends. The guys used squid and cut-bait to box a half-dozen grunts and fourkeeper lane snapper. They released six red grouper shorts and an 8-foot nurseshark.

    Gary Hourselt and Melissa Sawin fished 36 miles offshore withme on Monday, 6/24. Using cut-bait and squid, they caught six keeper grunts, sixkeeper lane snapper all around 11 inches, ten porgies to 24 inches, sixteenyellowtail snapper, including one keeper, a 14-inch keeper mangrove snapper,twenty red grouper shorts to 19 inches, and a 37-inch cobia (photo below.) They also releasedan 8-foot tiger shark, after a 45 minute battle.
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  • phlats
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    The summer heat has arrived and the fishing is red hot. Inlets, beaches, ICW, offering a plethora of species for anglers to target.


    The snook fishing has been fantastic, the past full moon of June has triggered the snook to Gather in the inlets and along the beaches. Live bates like mullet, croakers, pinfish and artificial lures like a DOA C.A.L. 3” shad tail, excellent choices to get the strike. The snooK bite will continue to get better and better as we go through summer.


    The tarpon are also another fish anglers can target, beaches offer the best shot at bigger fish 80 to 125 pounds. Inlets also a great spot to target Tarpon in the 30 to 90 pound range. Live mullet or live thread fan great Bates to use also DOA Bait busters and DOA Terror Eyz great artificial lures to get the tarpon chewing.


    The inter coastal offers a plethora of species for anglers to target snook, drum, Tarpon, jacks, mackerel and sharks are willing to put a bend in the rod.


    Gather up the family come enjoy great rod bending action in the Palm Beaches, freshwater trips for peacock bass and largemouth bass also available. Book your trip today!


    Well that is a 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 lines! PhlatsInshoreFishing.com. Visit us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

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  • phlats
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    The fishing in the Palm Beaches this past week offered a plethora of species for anglers. The weather has been beautiful plenty of sunshine, light winds and clean water. Hopefully our summer days will mimic what we’ve had.


    The snook fishing has really fired up this past week. Docks, Seawalls, bridges and channels all holding plenty of fish. The snook will begin to spawn starting in June continuing through the summer. The beaches will hold plenty of fish anglers can target them using live bait and artificial lures like DOA C.A.L. 3” shad tail and twitch baits.


    The Back Bay’s and deeper channels are all holding great numbers of Tarpon. The Tarpon fishing has been great early in the morning and late in the afternoon using live bait and DOA C.A.L. 3” shad tail in pearl. The bigger tarp and are holding in the inlets and along the beaches. Live crabs and Bullet will get the silver kings attention.


    Freshwater fishing, the peacock bass bite is on fire the warm weather and warm water temperatures have the peacocks chewing live bait and artificial Lures. The peacocks are very aggressive striking top water plugs and for flyfisherman popper flies a great way to get explosive surface strikes.


    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 lines! PhlatsInshoreFishing.com 5616444371. Visit us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

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  • phlats
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    The past week has provided aid fishing and weather for anglers. The afternoon thunderstorms have been strong and provide plenty of rain. The rain has the fish fired up as the water temperatures cool and the oxygen levels rise.


    Snook have been the main target, and anglers have enjoyed a great bite along docks and sea walls. Live greenies and DOA C.A.L. 3” shad tail have been the bait of choice for linesiders. The snook are schooling up at times offering not stop action for anglers. The big snook are also on the move, they can be seen cruising shorelines and sea walls.


    Tarpon have been plentiful in my area but the bite has been hit and miss for the silver king. Live baits like greenies and mullet provoke strikes and DOA bait busters also another great bait to present. The bite has been best on outgoing tide and the first of the incoming tide.


    The freshwater lakes and canals are providing great action for peacock bass and largemouth bass. Live shad and shiners are primarily used artificial lures and flies get the bite as well. Shorelines and sea walls provide the best action for consistent hook ups.


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


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  • phlats
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    Spring into action the bite is on! Inshore fishing salt and freshwater in the palm beaches offering plenty of drag screaming action.


    The snook fishing is fantastic around docks, seawalls and mangrove shorelines. Live mullet and pinfish great live baits to use. Artificial lures like DOA C.A.L. 3” shad tail on a 1/4oz jig head great choice to provoke strikes. The snook are active from sunrise to sunset, so anglers gear up and get your rod bent.


    Tarpon fishing continues to offer angles consistent action in back bays and near inlets. Free lined live baits or DOA Terror Eyz worked alone drop offs and channel edges get the bite.


    Big jacks are active along sea walls and deep channels. DOA bait buster and DOA C.A.L. 4” jerk bait on a jig head provoke strikes. Top water enthusiasts Heddon spooks great life to provoke these drag screaming bullies.


    Freshwater action is great for for peacock bass. Anglers can target docks, bridges and sea walls for explosive action. Live shiners or small twitch baits great tactics for these beautiful fish. Large mouth bass can be found on deeper edges and holes, DOA C.A.L. 8” black and blue trick work great choice for successful hook ups.


    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! PhlatsInshoreFishing.com 5616444371, visit us on Facebook,Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

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    Saturday morning, 3/23, I fished southern Estero Bay’sbackwaters with Tom Weid and his son, John. The guys caught thirteen sheepsheadon live shrimp, including eight keepers from 13 inches to 18 inches.

    Seas were a little sloppy heading offshore Monday, 3/25, fora catch-and-release trip with Craig Javanovich, his two sons, and his dad. Butit calmed down a little while into the morning fishing 19 miles west of NewPass. The family used squid to catch forty grunts, three red grouper shorts,five lane snapper shorts, and some blue runners.

    Calm seas were a welcome change on Tuesday, morning, 3/26,when I headed out 18 miles west of New Pass with Frank Partee, his son, Mike,and Mike’s daughter, Katie. All the family wanted was some fish for a meal offish tacos, and they achieved that with the seven grunts they boxed. Theyreleased lots of blue runners, along with a half dozen red grouper shorts.Everything bit on squid.

    Denis Delor, his two sons, Mason and Jake, and his dad,Barry, had planned to fish offshore on Wednesday morning, 3/27, but small craftadvisories were in effect offshore, due to seas of three-to-five feet. Wefished southern Estero Bay’s backwaters instead, using live shrimp for bait. Thefamily caught five keeper sheepshead to 17 inches, a keeper black drum at 15inches, and two sand bream. They released a crevalle jack.

    Thursday and Friday, 3/28 and 3/29 were both windy days withrough seas offshore that prompted a small craft advisory. Both of my plannedoffshore trips for those days canceled. On Saturday, 3/30, I fished southernEstero Bay’s backwaters with Roger Henderson, his son, Steve, and friend, JackBrennen. The guys used live shrimp to catch eight sheepshead, including four keepersto 17 inches. Jack caught and released a 19-inch redfish, which would have beena keeper if not for the current redfish moratorium.

    Monday, April 1st, I fished offshore with frequentcustomer, Mike Connealy and his son-in-law, Brett Ewig. We headed out 33 mileswest of New Pass, with shrimp and squid. There were some goliath grouper andsharks harassing some of our would-be catches, but we did well in spite ofthem. The guys caught five keeper mangrove snapper to 14 inches and released nineshort mangs, along with a short yellowtail snapper. They added to the box twokeeper lane snapper and ten nice keeper porgies to 23 inches. They released adozen red grouper shorts to 18 inches, and also had a three-foot kingfish onthe line for a bit, but it cut the line right at the boat.

    George Sloan wanted to take his son and young grandchildrenoffshore Tuesday morning, 4/2, to fish for whatever the kids could catch.George, his son Rob, and grandchildren Logan, Lara and Max, used squid 19 mileswest of New Pass to catch and box four good-sized grunts to 14 inches, and theyreleased lots of blue runners, a 14-inch triggerfish, a red grouper short, andsome tomtates and squirrelfish.

    A weather front arrived overnight Tuesday, and winds werehowling Wednesday morning, 4/3. The bay wasn’t a very good option, since thefront caused dead low tides there, so Mike Gambino and his three friendsdecided to try the gulf. NOAA had forecast seas of two to three feet, but itwas way rougher than that, with steady 4-footers and occasionally worse thanthat. We ventured no further than the local reefs off Bonita Beach. Fishing wastough, but the guys managed to catch eight grunts on squid—enough for fishtacos—and they released lots of blue runners.

    Dr. Meir Daller and his son, Brenden, fished 34 miles west ofNew Pass with me on Saturday, 4/6. Fishing was kind of slow, at least forkeepers, but the guys caught and released plenty of red grouper shorts to 18inches—twenty of those. They did catch a nice keeper mangrove snapper at 16inches, and one keeper lane snapper that was nearly 13 inches, along with four12-inch grunts, all on squid.

    High winds and rough seas were again a problem the week of4/8. I had to cancel several offshore trips. I fished inshore on Fridaymorning, 4/12, in southern Estero Bay with John Abernathy and his son, Ryan.The tide was slow, and the action wasn’t great. The guys caught and releasedthree sheepshead to 12 inches, using live shrimp for bait.

    Southern Estero Bay’s action was about the same on Saturdaymorning, 4/13, as it had been on Friday. Phil and Jill Binotti and Jill’sdaughter, Kristen, used live shrimp to catch and release five sheepshead shortsto 11 inches, along with five juvenile mutton snappers. One big redfish was hooked,but was lost under the trees.

    After high winds and seas for several consecutive days, I gotback out offshore on Wednesday, 4/17, and fished 20 miles west of New Pass withTroy Reazin and his three sons. The guys used squid and cut-bait to catch fifteengrunts, ten of which they boxed for fish tacos. They released five red groupershorts and lots of blue runners.

    Thursday, 4/18, was windy again, and I fished inshore insouthern Estero Bay with Ed Knapp and his thirteen-year-old grandson, Austin.They used live shrimp to catch five sheepshead, including a 13-inch keeper, andtwo 11-inch keeper mangrove snapper. They released two crevalle jack, about 12inches each, a 17-inch redfish, and two 18-inch sail-cats.

    Weather was a problem again on Friday morning, 4/19. PeytonAmato, his dad, and his two cousins had planned to fish offshore, but roughseas prevented that, so they decided to cut their planned full-day, gulf tripto a half-day, and fish in the bay instead. We managed to catch an incomingtide, and the guys used live shrimp to catch a few keepers, including two16-inch black drum and a 12-inch mangrove snapper. They caught a half dozensheepshead too, but all of those were just short of keeper size and werereleased. About an hour sooner than we’d planned to head in, the rains, whichhad been light and scattered grew heavy, and we headed back to safe harbor.

    The photo shown is of Richard Arnett with a 24-inch porgy,caught on squid on a recent offshore trip.

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  • phlats
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    April has arrived, the past week has offered plenty of sunshine, but super high tides and dirty water made fishing tough at times.


    The snook bite has been great targeting mangrove shorelines, channels and docks. Live mullet and pinfish work great as well as DOA C.A.L. 3” shad tail in Arkansas Glow. Snook are schooled up at times making for nonstop action. The bigger snook have been located around dock pilings and channel edges DOA Terror Eyz and Bait Busters great lures to target big line siders.


    Tarpon action has been hit and miss due to the sporadic weather we have received. The silver kings can be found in channels near inlets and along mangrove shorelines. Live mullet or shrimp free lined on the outgoing tide provides great success.


    The black drum fishing continues to thrive, anglers can expect great action using live shrimp on channel edges and near structure. The drum school up at times many of the fish range from 3 to 10 pounds.


    Freshwater fishing the largemouth bass bite has been great in local canals and lakes using a DOA C.A.L. 8” finesse worm’s and a DOA C.A.L. 4” jerk baits rigged seedless. The peacock bass are thriving along bridge pilings, sea walls and dock pilings. DOA Terror Eyz or live shiners provoke the strike.


    Well that is the inshore fishing report for the past week. Hope you all enjoyed, remember can’t catch them from the couch. Get out there and get hooked up. Tight lines! PhlatsInshoreFishing.com, Visit us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube.

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  • phlats
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    March comes to an end, the fishing has been non-stop producing great catches for anglers.


    Snook fishing has produced great action for anglers along mangrove shorelines, docks, seawalls and flats. We have had a some cool fronts come through and drop water temperatures making fishing challenging at times, but snook fishing has still thrived as we target Sewalls and structure for great action. Live bait, artificial lures and flyfishing have all been great tactics to to hook up a line siders.


    Tarpon action has been hit miss at times ,deep channels and inlets have been the best areas to target the silver king. Live baits like pinfish, mullet and live shrimp drifted with the current have been the best method to produce rod bending action.


    The black drum bite has been phenomenal targeting Sewalls and structured areas. Live shrimp and small jigs have produce rod bending action.


    Freshwater fishing has been great for largemouth bass in local canals and lakes targeting seawalls, docks and grassy shorelines.


    Well that is mthe 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! PhlatsInshoreFishing.com

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    Monday, 2/25, brothers Ed and Fred Armstrong had planned tofish offshore with me. A weather front came through the area over-night,however, and kicked up winds to about 25 knots, with very rough conditionsoffshore. So the guys decided to fish in Estero Bay’s backwaters instead. Eventhe bay was challenging for fishing that morning. The tide which was supposedto turn around at 9AM, never did so, and the wind was sucking the water out ofthe bay. The guys managed to catch eight sheepshead, on live shrimp, but onlyone was a keeper at 13 inches. The rest of the sheepies were about ½-inch shortof keeper-size, and had to be released. The guys also released a crevalle jack.

    It was just a little less windy on Tuesday morning, 2/26,than it had been the day before. I fished the backwaters of southern Estero Baywith Charles Vanenbossche, his brother, Brian, and their parents, Mike andSandy. The family caught eleven sheepshead, including four keepers, on liveshrimp. They lost three or four others when the hook pulled out, as theysometimes do when sheepshead are hooked in the lip.

    Wednesday morning, 2/27, I returned to the south end ofEstero Bay, this time to fish with Dennis Mascioli and his friends, Vince andGary on a catch-and-release trip. The sheepshead bite was slower than it hasbeen recently, but the guys released four sheepies to 14 inches, and lost oneredfish to a broken line.

    Long-time customers, Ron Musick, Eddie Alfonso, and RichardArnett fished 33 miles offshore with me on Thursday, 2/28. The guys used cutbait and squid to catch twenty nice porgies to 24 inches, along with threekeeper lane snapper and a few grunts.

    Dave Carr and his friends, Chuck and Wayne, fished 20 milesoffshore with me on Friday morning, March 1st. They used frozen shrimp andsquid to catch twenty-five grunts to 14 inches, and put a dozen of those in thefish box for fish tacos. They released the rest, along with several ladyfish,four red grouper shorts, two lane snapper shorts and one mangrove snappershort.

    Frequent customer, Mike Connealy, fished 33 miles west of NewPass with me on Monday, 3/4. The winds had picked up over the weekend, and wehad some hefty swells heading out, along with some choppy seas for a while. Thebig porgies were biting, but the goliath grouper were competing with us forthose, and they got the largest of them. Still, we managed to box seven niceporgies to 18 inches, and we released four smaller ones. We added a keeper lanesnapper to the box. We also released one short yellowtail snapper, a smallsheepshead, and one red grouper short.

    Fishing was really tough in Estero Bay Tuesday morning, 3/5,when I fished with Gary Hourselt and his son, Nick. The father-son team hadfished the backwaters with me before, and had done well with catching largesheepshead. They had planned to fish offshore this time, but a weather frontthat resulted in small craft advisories nixed that plan. So we headed intosouthern Estero Bay for a catch and release trip that yielded little more thansmall sheepshead in wind and tide conditions that were far from ideal.

    Wednesday and Thursday, 3/6 and 3/7, brought a cold frontwith small craft advisories offshore, dead-low tides in the bay, and frigidmornings. Both of those planned offshore trips cancelled. So, it was Fridaybefore I got back on the water. Mike and Bethany Tank fished offshore with meon Friday, 3/8, the first day in a while that has been calm enough to headoffshore. We still experienced some choppy seas at first, but it calmed downnicely in the afternoon. Using shrimp, the couple fished 33 miles west of NewPass, and had a productive day. They caught ten porgies, all 14 inches to 18inches, and three king mackerel, including two at 29 inches and one at 42inches. They released a half-dozen yellowtail snapper shorts. We also got intosome lesser amberjacks, catching and releasing five of those to 25 inches, andwe spotted a huge amberjack, about five foot long. Originally, I thought theywere almaco jacks, but I sent the photos to a fish I.D. expert, who is prettycertain they were lesser amberjacks.


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    Mike Jansen and extended family members, Chris and his youngson, Colton, and Matt and his young daughter, Lily, fished 19 miles west of NewPass with me on a pretty calm morning offshore on Monday, 3/11. The family hadfun catching grunts on shrimp, and boxed over twenty of those, around 12inches. They released a dozen red grouper shorts.

    Sandy Mintz treated his grandson, Tyler Karkowski, to a catch-and-release,backwater fishing trip in southern Estero Bay on Tuesday, 3/12.They used liveshrimp to catch and release an 18-inch snook, a crevalle jack, and fivesheepshead to nearly 15 inches.

    It was extremely windy on Wednesday, 3/13, and seas werepredicted to be two-to-three feet close to shore, but I knew they would berougher than that. Ian McKinnon and family said they didn’t mind braving roughseas, having fished many rough days on the Great Lakes. So, we headed out toseven miles over rocky bottom so the kids could have fun at least catching amess of grunts. They used squid to catch twenty-two of those, which was plentyfor fish tacos!

    Thursday, 3/14, was way too rough to head offshore with myplanned trip, and I remained in port. Friday morning, 3/15, winds were onlyslightly calmer, and there was light rain for a couple hours, but Mark Ginnardand friends decided to brave it offshore anyway. We couldn’t get out too far,due to rough seas, and our near-shore catches included grunts and blue runners—not a whole lot to brag about. Buteveryone had fun catching and releasing what was there, using squid for bait.

    A weather front moved through the area overnight Sunday,causing winds and seas to kick up again, and forcing Kristen Leesman, herparents, on and Cathy, and her fiancé, Tom McGuire to change their offshoreplans to inshore fishing instead. The family used live shrimp in southernEstero Bay to catch and release a brace of 20-inch snook, along with a crevallejack. They boxed ten keeper mangrove snapper to 12 inches.


    After a rainy, windy, chilly day on Tuesday, which caused meto cancel my scheduled fishing trip, Paul Stanek, his brother, Rich, and Rich’swife, Jill, fished southern Estero Bay’s backwaters with me on Wednesdaymorning, 3/20. The family used live shrimp to catch eight keeper sheepshead to20 inches and a 14-inch black drum. They boxed the four largest sheepshead andreleased everything else.

    Friends of long-time customer Joe Hahn, Darren, Greg andSpencer, fished on a very windy Thursday, 3/21, with me in southern Estero Bay,on a catch-and-release trip, using live shrimp. They guys released fifteensheepshead to 18 inches, along with a mangrove snapper and an 18-inch sailcat.

    Bill & Terry Tank, frequent and long-time customers,fished southern Estero Bay with me on Friday morning, 3/22, using live shrimpfor bait. They caught five sheepshead, including two keepers to 17 inches, andtwo black drum, including one keeper at 15 inches. Terry landed a 19-inchredfish, which would have been a keeper, if not for the current moratorium onharvesting redfish.

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