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  1. #808
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    Mr. and Mrs. Rick Ogata fished a catch-and-release trip with me in southern Estero Bay on Monday morning, 7/24. They used live shrimp and sardines to catch fourteen snook to 22 inches, two sheepshead, and a sand bream.

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


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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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

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    Augustis closing in and the past week offered great conditions for anglers.The afternoon thunderstorms have been abundant at times, but afterthese storms diminish water temperatures cool down and oxygen leversrise triggering a great bite.


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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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





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




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    TheJuly heat is on and with it brings thunderstorms. Morning and eveningfishing sessions the best way to beat the heat and hook up with yournext trophy.


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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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    Monday, 5/15, I headed out to spots fifteen and seventeen miles west of New Pass with Dave and Debra Brinkmann and family. Using both squid and cut-bait, the family boxed twenty-one keeper fish, consisting of lane snapper and grunts. They released fifteen red grouper shorts, along with a 30-inch sharpnose shark.

    Brian Hale and friends, Julie and Emily, fished south Estero Bay with me on Tuesday morning, 5/16. They used live shrimp to catch and release several stingray, the largest of which was 15 pounds. They also released six sheepshead shorts and one mangrove snapper short. They kept one 12-inch mangrove snapper and two sand bream. Julie had a big snook hooked, which looked about 25 inches when it jumped, but it threw the hook and got away.

    Wednesday, 5/17, winds picked up and so did the seas. I fished offshore with Vince Rosetti and his son, Mike. The guys did well, especially considering we were only 17 miles out, and in rough conditions. They boxed a 24-inch red grouper, ten keeper lane snapper, and a few good-sized grunts. They released twenty red grouper shorts to 18 inches, along with three sharpnose sharks, all of which were in the 30 to 35 inch range.

    Friday, 5/19, winds were steady at 15 knots, with gusts to 25 knots. Clint Malikowski and his wife, Ashley, weren’t intimidated by choppy seas, and we made it out 15 miles from New Pass. The catch of the day was Ashley’s 36-inch cobia, which bit on cut bait. She also had a large shark hooked at one point, but it popped the line. The couple used squid to catch keeper lane snapper, grunts, and a soapfish.

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    The departure of our winter residents, paired with some rough and windy conditions the week of 5/22 made for some time in port. I got out again on Friday, 5/26, after several days of big winds, heavy surf, and some much needed rain. Seas were just beginning to calm down, but were still 3 feet, when I headed offshore 17 miles with John Cory and family. Using squid and cut-bait, the group boxed twenty keeper lane snapper to 15 inches and some grunts. They battled and released three sharpnose sharks, which were all around 35 inches long. They also released a few red grouper shorts.

    Monday, 5/29, I fished in spots 22 to 25 miles west of New Pass with long- time customers, Doug Shepherd and his son, Wade. The guys used squid, cut-bait and baitfish for a productive day of fishing. They boxed a 24-inch red grouper, and released twenty-five red grouper shorts. They added to the box thirty keeper lane snapper, the largest of which were 17 ½ inches. They also caught a few grunts, as well as four porgies that included whitebone, jolthead, and silver varieties. They had fun battling and releasing five sharpnose sharks to 40 inches.

    Steve Cooke, his son Kolhan, and Kolhan’s girlfriend, Lauren, along with friends Phil and his son, Mason, fished with me Tuesday, 5/30, in various spots 17 to 22 miles west of New Pass, using squid and cut-bait. They caught a total of twenty-six keeper lane snapper and nine grunts. They released fifteen red grouper shorts to 19 inches.

    Seas were calm on Thursday, 6/1, when I headed out to fish in spots 20 to 25 miles west of New Pass with long-time customers, Brian and Julie Clark, accompanied by their friend, Rob. The group used cut-bait and squid to box twenty-five keeper lane snapper to 16 inches, along with a half-dozen nice sized grunts. The red grouper were biting, but the twenty that we caught and released were short of keeper size, some by just 1/8 of an inch—ouch! The group also fought and released three sharpnose sharks that were all about 40 inches long.

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    Monday morning, 4/24/17, winds were howling, as they had been for several days and, with small craft advisories offshore, the Stevens family, Mike & Michelle and young sons, Ryan and Jonah, traded offshore plans for a backwater trip in southern Estero Bay. The family used live shrimp to catch six sheepshead to 18 inches, along with a spadefish, two puffer fish (a southern spiny puffer and an oyster-cruncher puffer), and a 3-pound stingray.

    Wednesday, 4/26, seas were choppier than predicted heading out of New Pass, but they did calm down later in the morning. Bruce Debuke treated his son and three grandsons to an excursion 17 miles offshore, where the family used cut-bait and squid to box two dozen keeper lane snapper and a few grunts. They released eleven red grouper shorts to 18 inches, and experienced two sharpnose shark battles before releasing one 35-inch and one 40-inch.

    Friday, 4/28, though NOAA had predicted two-foot seas out to 60 miles, seas were much rougher than that at spots 22 and 24 miles west of New Pass, where I fished with Roland Roth and his friend, Doug. The lane snappers bit well on squid until the dolphin showed up, so we boxed a dozen lanes and moved on. The guys added a few 13-inch grunts to the box, and released five red grouper shorts, before calling it a morning.

    After rough seas and gusty winds over the weekend and into Monday and Tuesday, I finally got to take an offshore trip on Wednesday, 5/3, and seas were pretty calm even 26 miles west of New Pass, where I fished with Mark Vale and his friend, Dave. The guys limited out on keeper lane snapper to 16 inches, keeping forty of the largest and releasing lots more. They also released twenty-five red grouper shorts to 19 inches, along with a four-foot barracuda, caught on the big pole, and a 40-inch sharpnose shark, caught on a light spinning rod. Everything bit on squid and cut-bait.

    Randy and Beth Bartz and their friend, Rick Barstow, had planned to fish offshore with me a week ago, but they had to reschedule for Monday, 5/8, since the previous Monday’s winds and seas were prohibitive. We were able to head out 29 miles from New Pass, and used cut-bait and squid for bait. The group caught a keeper red grouper at 21 inches and released thirty-five red grouper shorts to 18 inches. They added to the fish box thirty lane snapper keepers to 15 inches, a 15-inch mangrove snapper, and three grunts. They also released a 35-inch blacknose shark, and battled a big hammerhead that bit on light tackle until he broke off.

    Seas were calm on Tuesday, 5/9, when I headed out 25 miles from New Pass with long-time customer, Dick Wilson, and our mutual friend, Captain John Vest. We used pinfish, squid, shrimp and cut-bait for a nice mess of fish that included a keeper 21-inch red grouper, twenty keeper lane snapper, two yellowtail snapper keepers, and a few nice sized grunts that were about 14 inches. We released lots of red grouper shorts to 19 inches, thirteen yellowtail shorts, and three sharpnose sharks that were all around three foot long.


    You can check out all of our shark and goliath grouper action videos at the following link:
    http://fishbustercharters.com/fishingvideos.html



    The photo shown below is of Nate Binder, with a 24-inch redfish, caught on shrimp on a recent inshore trip.

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    The photo shown below is of Turner Holthaus, with a 21-inch red grouper, caught on squid on a recent offshore trip.
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    Captain Dave Hanson
    Fishbuster Charters, Inc.
    Bonita Beach, FL
    239 947-1688
    fishbuster@comcast.net
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