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  1. #792
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    Seas were choppy Saturday morning, 1/28, when brothers, Nick, Andy, and Ken Eckle, fished with me 17 miles west of New Pass, using squid for bait. The guys decided to brave some rougher than ideal conditions offshore, rather than fish the backwater in the extreme low tide that accompanied a cold front that arrived over-night.The guys caught fifteen keeper lane snapper and a half dozen grunts, and released a few red grouper shorts.

    I was off the water for a few days, but headed 22 miles offshore in nice conditions on Friday, 2/3, to fish with Scott Matchette, his son, Aiden, and friend, Will. The guys used squid to catch fifteen lane snapper keepers, including some really nice ones at 15 inches. They also caught a mess of grunts, but chose to keep only a few of those. They released 23 red grouper shorts, and were about to give up on landing a keeper grouper but, with a bait fish rigged up, they landed a keeper at almost 24 inches.

    Mike and Mary Campbell fished 17 miles west of New Pass with me on Saturday morning, 2/4, using squid for bait. They were after some food-fish, and they achieved their goal, with fifteen keeper lane snapper and a mess of grunts. They kept a dozen of the 25 grunts they caught. We also landed a very unusual catch: An 11-inch black seas bass, which we photographed and released. That was only the second one of those I have ever caught in local waters.

    Seas were choppier than predicted Monday morning, 2/6, when I headed 17 miles offshore with Pat Cunningham and friends, Mitzy and Dave. The group used squid to box a dozen keeper lane snapper and a half dozen grunts. They released red grouper shorts.

    I fished inshore in southern Estero Bay with long-time customers, Bill and Terri Tank on a windy Friday morning, 2/10. Using live shrimp, the couple caught and released eight black drum to 20 inches, a crevalle jack, a stingray, and a sheepshead short. They kept a 20-inch redfish and an 11-inch mangrove snapper for dinner.

    The wind laid down nicely overnight Friday, and I was able to get offshore Saturday morning, 2/11, to fish with John Rabe, his son, Mike, and Mike’s son, Ryan. We fished spots from 17 to 22 miles west of New Pass, using squid, and baitfish. The guys landed two keeper red grouper on baitfish, one 22 inches and one 25 inches. Squid yielded twenty keeper lane snapper, which we added to the fish box.
    The photo shown is of young angler Ryan Rabe with a 25-inch red grouper, the larger of two keeper red grouper he and his family caught on squid 22 miles west of New Pass.
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    Monday morning, 2/13, I fished offshore 17 to 22 miles west of New Pass with long-time customers, Bill and Nicki Conklin and their friends, Mark and Julia. Using squid for bait, the group caught twenty-five keeper lane snapper to 14 inches, and released fifteen red grouper shorts.

    Seas were calm on Tuesday morning, 2/14, which allowed me to get 24 miles offshore with Ralph Marino and his friends, Bud Mulchy and Ron and Debbie. The group fished with live squid, and caught twenty-four red grouper, including one keeper at 23 inches. They also caught twenty-five keeper lane snapper to 15 inches and a half-dozen grunts to 14 inches. They released two remoras.

    The timing on a weather front predicted to bring high winds and seas for Wednesday, 2/15, was for late afternoon, so Paul Russell, his son-in-law, Jeff Hoffman, and Jeff’s two sons, Jeff, Jr., and Dillon decided to head offshore with me to fish as long as conditions would allow. It was sloppy heading out, first thing in the morning, so we tried fishing the near-shore reefs for a while, but the action was slow there. A little later, winds calmed enough that we could head out further, and we fished between 17 and 26 miles west of New Pass, using squid and cut-bait. The guys caught twenty-five lane snapper, and kept fifteen of those to 17 inches. They also caught a half dozen grunts to 14 inches, and two keeper porgies. They released twenty-six red grouper shorts, along with a 14-inch black sea bass, which is the second black sea bass I have seen caught this week.

    By Thursday morning, 2/16, winds were howling, and seas were four-to-six feet offshore. I canceled my gulf trip for that day.

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    Captain Dave Hanson
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    A strong cold front came through our area the weekend of 1/7, bringing blustery winds, cold temps, and high seas. Dave Carr and his friend, John Kinkaid, had hoped to fish offshore Monday, 1/9, but seas were high and small craft advisories were in effect. The tide in the backwaters was far from optimal, but the guys decided to try some backwater fishing, rather than cancel. We fished with live shrimp in southern Estero Bay, where the guys caught six sheepshead, including two keepers at 13 inches and 15 inches. Along with the four short sheepshead, they also released a small flounder and a stingray.


    Glenn Wright fished in southern Estero Bay’s backwaters with me on Tuesday morning, 1/10, where he used live shrimp to catch six black drum to 22 inches, along with a half dozen sheepshead shorts. He kept one 15-inch drum for his dinner, and released all the rest.

    Chad Moening took his daughter, Sydney Bonnell and her friend, Madeline Damico backwater fishing in south Estero Bay with me on Thursday, 1/12. The group used live shrimp to catch fourteen black drum, eight of which were keepers to 19 inches, along with eleven sheepshead, three of which were keepers at 16 to 17 inches each. They added to the fish box a nice 17-inch trout. The photo shown is of Madeline Damico with a 17-inch sheepshead, caught on shrimp in Estero Bay on a inshore recent trip.

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    Four brothers, Dan, Randy, Roman and Ryan Jahnke fished 36 miles offshore with me on Thursday, 1/19, where they caught nearly 60 red grouper, but only one of them was keeper size at 22 inches. They also released six nice, but out-of-season, triggerfish to 17 inches, along with one mangrove snapper short and an 8-foot sandbar shark that showed up for battle at the end of the day. In addition to the keeper grouper, the guys boxed fifteen grunts to 16 inches and a dozen porgies in the 13-14-inch range. Everything was caught on squid and cut-bait.

    The Jahnke brothers, who had fished with me Thursday, had also reserved Friday, 1/20, initially to fish in the bay. But, after having such a good time fishing the gulf the day before, they decided to head offshore again. This time, we fished closer in, about 22 miles west of New Pass, hunting for lane snapper. We found them! The guys caught twenty-five keeper lanes, along with one keeper red grouper at 21 inches and a half-dozen grunts, all on cut-bait and squid.

    The nasty weather that swept through the south over the weekend arrived here overnight Sunday into Monday, 1/23. Gusty winds and seas of 12-18 feet offshore were good reasons to remain in port. It was still too rough on Tuesday, 1/24, to get my scheduled offshore trip out.

    By Thursday, 1/26, the day began with calmer seas, but they began to pick up pretty quickly, ahead of another weather front arriving. So I only went as far as 17 miles west of New Pass with frequent customers, Mike Connealy and his daughter, Paige. They had their sights set on a fish-fry, and they managed to catch the makings for that, with fifteen keeper lane snapper and a half dozen grunts, caught on squid. They released six red grouper shorts.

    Joe Evans and three of his friends braved some rougher than ideal seas Friday morning, 1/27 to fish 17 miles west of New Pass with me. The group caught twenty-one keeper lane snapper, along with ta brace of 14-inch mangrove snapper and a half dozen grunts, all on squid. They released two shorter mangrove snapper, along with some red grouper shorts.

    The photo shown below is of John Rankin with a 17-inch lane snapper, caught on squid on a recent offshore trip.

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    You can check out all of our shark and goliath grouper action videos at the following link:
    http://fishbustercharters.com/fishingvideos.html
    Captain Dave Hanson
    Fishbuster Charters, Inc.
    Bonita Beach, FL
    239 947-1688
    fishbuster@comcast.net
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    Monday, 12/19, seas were calm, and I fished in spots between 17 and 28 miles west of New Pass with Josh and Mikelle Schmitt and their friends, Laura and Evan Kemp. Using squid, the group caught fifty-four lane snapper in all, twenty-five of which were nice keepers at 13 to 14 inches, and went into the fish box. They added a 16-inch whitebone porgy and a few grunts. They released, ten yellowtail snapper shorts, one 12-inch triggerfish, thirty red grouper shorts, and two 45-inch sandbar sharks.

    Tuesday morning, 12/20, was foggy until around 11AM, but that didn’t stop me from getting 17 miles offshore with Shannon McGee and his thirteen-year-old son, Nicholas, who had never fished offshore before. Using squid, the guys released fifteen red grouper shorts to 18 inches, along with all but six of a mess of grunts they caught. Added to the grunts they kept were seven keeper lane snapper, the makings of a pretty good fish dinner!

    Although temperatures were predicted to be unseasonably warm all week, Wednesday morning, 12/21, arrived with total cloud cover and some wind and, without the sun to warm things up, it remained chilly in southern Estero Bay, where I fished with Joe Watton, his sister-in-law, Regina Theobald, and Regina’s daughter, Emily Hansard. Using live shrimp, the trio caught six black drum ranging in size from 16 inches to 22 inches. They kept a couple of the smaller ones, which are good to eat (the big ones are prone to worms) and released the rest, along with a couple of small sheepshead and two crevalle jacks.

    Thursday, 12/22, Marissa Gesell, her parents, Lily and Rick Gesell, and her fiancé, Simon, fished 20 miles offshore with me using squid and cut-bait. Marissa landed a keeper red grouper at 22 inches, and the group added ten keeper lane snapper to the fish box. They released a few grunts.

    Friday morning, 12/23, was a windy one in southern Estero Bay, where I fished the backwaters with Claire Reilly, her mom and dad, Mary Pat and Paul, and her sister, Nora. The black drum bite wasn’t as active as it was the last time I fished there, but the family caught two of those, including one keeper, along with some sheepshead and crevalle jacks, all on live shrimp. They lost two larger fish when the hook pulled free, most likely drum.

    I was off the water for a few days, with family visiting for the Christmas holiday, but I returned to fish offshore on Tuesday, 12/27, with Bob and Martha Graham, their daughter Jennifer Ness, and their twelve-year-old granddaughter, Katie Ness. The group caught eleven red grouper, including one keeper at 21 inches, along with a dozen keeper lane snapper to 11 inches and a few grunts. Everything bit on squid or cut-bait, 18 miles west of New Pass.

    Wednesday morning, 12/28, Bob Eckle, his sons, Nick and Jason, and their friend, Clayton Sekel, fished southern Estero Bay’s backwaters with me, using shrimp for bait. Nick landed a beauty of a redfish at just under 30 inches. The group also caught three black drum, including one keeper at 17 inches. They released four sheepshead shorts, two crevalle jacks, and a five-pound stingray.

    Rich Driscoll, his son, Jack, and friends, Steve, Emma, and Sadie Calhoun fished 22 miles west of New Pass with me Thursday morning, 12/29, using squid for bait. The group caught a mess of 25 keeper lane snapper, of which they kept a dozen to 16 inches. They chose to release the rest of those, along with a dozen red grouper shorts to 18 inches.

    Ten-year-old Owen Grimes had a good time catching and releasing in southern Estero Bay, where he fished with his dad, Gavin, and his grandpa, Gary, on a windy, chilly morning Friday, 12/30. Using live shrimp, the family released eight black drum, ranging from a pair that were 18 inches to the largest, at 29 inches. Owen reeled in a 28-inch drum himself, which was a lot of fun for him. We also released four sheepshead shorts, as well as puffer-fish.
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    The photo shown is of Gary Grimes with a 29-inch black drum, caught on shrimp in Estero Bay on a recent inshore trip.


    Winds and seas were decreasing Saturday, but there were residual seas of up to four feet offshore, so Vicki Dilane, her son, Malcolm, and her daughter, Rachel, decided to fish inshore in southern Estero Bay with me on the final day of 2016. The family spent the morning catching black drum and sheepshead, mostly, all on live shrimp. They caught five drum, ranging 17 inches to 23 inches. They kept the smaller drum for dinner and released the large ones, along with four sheepshead shorts and a 13-inch mutton snapper.

    Jim Madsen, his daughter, Stacy, and his son and daughter-in-law, Nick and Hillary, were the first party of the new year to fish with me. We fished 22 miles west of New Pass on Monday, 1/2/17, using live squid. The family boxed twenty-five keeper lane snapper to 13 inches, along with a dozen grunts. They released twelve red grouper shorts.

    Edward and Lorrie Tritt and their daughter, Sarah, fished in calm seas with me twenty miles west of New Pass on Tuesday morning, 1/3. The lane snapper bite was good on squid, and the family caught thirty keeper lanes to 13 inches, and released twenty smaller ones. They also caught sixteen red grouper, including a very nice keeper at 26 inches, which bit on a baitfish. We also had an 8-foot hammerhead shark on for a while, until it snapped the line, so there was plenty of action, excitement, sore arms, and food-fish in the box!
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    The photo shown is of Edward Tritt with a 26-inch red grouper, caught on a baitfish20 miles west of New Pass on a recent offshore trip.


    Leo Walsh, his son-in-law, Bob, and his grandson, Sam, fished near-shore with me on Wednesday morning, 1/4. We had planned to head out further in what was predicted to be calm seas, but a small weather-front came through, bringing some wind, drizzles and rougher seas, so we ended up fishing about seven miles off Naples Beach, where the guys used squid to box a mess of grunts and a keeper porgy. They released quite a few, out-of-season gag grouper shorts to 20 inches. They headed home with plans for a dinner of fish tacos!

    John Fuglsang, his grandchildren, Julia and Jimmy Novy, and two of their friends, Lindsay and Kevin, fished 20 miles west of New Pass with me on Thursday morning, 1/5, using squid and cut-bait. The group had great success with lane snapper, catching twenty-five keeper-sized lanes to 13 inches, but choosing to release ten of those. They also caught a mess of twenty-five grunts to 12 inches, and also released ten of those. They released two out-of-season triggerfish, one at 15 inches, and the other a short, at 12 inches. They also released twenty-eight red grouper shorts to 18 inches. The kids were keeping count of all the fish caught, and were proud of their total of eighty!

    Friday, 1/6, I spent the day fishing in spots from 20 to 28 miles west of New Pass with John Rankin, Norm Grieves, and brothers, Peter and Tommy Tan. Seas were a little choppy early on, but calmed down nicely later. The fog was a different story—it was pretty dense until mid-morning. Despite all that, the guys caught a bunch of fish, including thirty lane snapper keepers to 17 inches, twenty-six red grouper, including one keeper at 22 inches, a keeper, 13-inch mangrove snapper, and a dozen grunts, all around 13 inches. The grouper bit on pinfish, and everything else was caught on squid and cut-bait.

    Saturday, 1/7, brought a rainy, windy day, ahead of a cold front that would plunge temps into the 40's. I remained in port.

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    Friday morning, 12/2, predictions were for two-to-four foot seas offshore. Bob Eckle and friend, Ken weren’t fazed by that, since they are both hardy, avid anglers. It was pretty rough out there for the first half of the morning, then calmed a bit after the wind shifted. The guys had a good time using squid to catch twenty-five red grouper shorts, twenty-five grunts, and four porgies. They kept four grunts and one porgy for dinner, and released the rest.

    Steve Tippman, his sons, Adam and Josh, and his grandson, Liam, had planned to spend a full-day fishing offshore to celebrate Liam’s eleventh birthday on Saturday, 12/3. With winds howling over-night, we awoke to a small-craft caution, with seas of two-to-four within 20 miles of shore, and rougher beyond 20 miles. So the boys decided to do a half-day of fishing as far out as we could get without getting into the roughest of seas. We settled on a spot about 17 miles west of New Pass, where the guys used squid to catch and release twenty red grouper shorts, two 13-inch out-of-season, short triggerfish, and a puffer-fish. They also caught twenty-five grunts to 13 inches, and kept the fifteen largest of those, along with three 13-inch porgies, the largest of the five porgies they caught. So, all-in-all, it was a fun day of fishing, a nice birthday celebration for Liam, and a fish dinner in the planning!

    Monday morning, 12/5, winds blew pretty hard and it was choppy heading out to twenty miles west of New Pass. But my long-time customers and hardy anglers, Mike Connealy and his son, Clint, didn’t mind a little chop. They used squid to catch sixteen red grouper, including a keeper at 23 inches, along with thirty grunts to 14 inches, of which they kept six, and five porgies to 13 inches, of which they kept two. They also caught a 13-inch margate.

    Tuesday, 12/6, I had planned an offshore trip with four guys who were looking forward to it. But Mother Nature threw us a loop, as a front came through, bringing high winds and seas and small craft advisories. The water was pretty much sucked out of the bay with the approach of that front, so fishing good options were pretty much nil, and we cancelled the trip.

    By Wednesday morning, 12/7, winds had died down and, though there was a residual swell when I headed offshore that morning, seas were pretty calm, even 27 miles out. Mike Connealy, who had fished with me Monday, fished again, this time with friend, Sherri Scharff. Using baitfish, Sherri landed two keeper red grouper at 21 inches and 23 inches. The anglers also used squid to catch and release 25 additional red grouper that fell short of keeper size, to 18 inches, along with twenty grunts to 14 inches that they chose to release, and one out-of-season triggerfish that measured 14 ½ inches. As for the fish box, along with the two keeper grouper, they added brace of 11-inch keeper lane snapper. We were cut off by big sharks a couple of times, but couldn’t make out what kind they were.

    Thursday morning, 12/8, was a drizzly, windy one. I fished the backwaters of south Estero Bay with Paul Farrell and his cousin, Brian. Using live shrimp, the guys caught and released a 28-inch black drum, along with a couple of sheepshead shorts and a mangrove snapper short. There were lots of drum around the boat, but most were being finicky and not biting.

    Friday morning, 12/9, another windy one, I fished a catch-and-release trip with Joe Hahn in south Estero Bay, where we released a total of thirty-two fish, including lots of sheepshead, three spade fish, a brace of 18-inch black drum, a mangrove snapper, a 13-inch mutton snapper, a few pufferfish, and a couple of ladyfish. Everything bit on live shrimp.

    Monday morning, 12/12, I was glad to see calm seas in the forecast and light winds out the window, after a pretty blustery weekend had passed. I headed offshore with long-time customers, brothers Robin and Irv Latham. Using squid, the guys caught twenty grunts to 13 inches and kept the largest ten of those. They also caught four keeper lane snapper and might have caught more of those in that spot, had the barracuda not shown up. At our next spot, we released eight red grouper shorts to 19 ½ inches, just a bit shy of keeper size, before the goliath grouper showed up there. By that time it was time to head in, so we surrendered to the big sea predators, having enough fish in the box to meet the Latham family’s needs.

    Tom Rylander, joined by his son and two family friends, Rich and Bob, fished 20 miles west of New Pass with me on Tuesday morning, 12/13/16, using squid for bait. The guys caught a 23-inch keeper red grouper, and released a half-dozen red grouper shorts. They added to the fish box fifteen of the thirty grunts they caught, to 14 inches, along with six keeper lane snapper. They released two out-of-season triggerfish at 12 inches and 15 inches.

    You can check out all of our shark and goliath grouper action videos at the following link:
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    The photo shown is of Jeff Ralson with a 25-inch red grouper, caught on squid on a recent offshore trip.
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    The photo shown is of Sean O’Malley with a 22-inch black drum caught on shrimp on a recent inshore trip.
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    Captain Dave Hanson
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    The cool fronts are starting to reach south Florida , water temperature
    are slowly declining. The key to inshore fishing now is work baits
    slow and fish mid day when temperatures are at its warmest.


    Snook season comes to a close December 15. The snook seem to know this, as they stack up
    along docks and mangrove shorelines. Live baits and DOA shrimp and
    C.A.L 3 inch shad entice strikes. The back country is full of life,
    snook can be found in deep holes schooled up as cool fronts pass. Fat
    snook and common snook both are being caught as anglers work the
    bottom. Double digit numbers of fish are being caught during half day
    trips. Four species of snook are being caught, making for the perfect
    snook slam.

    Tarpon can be targeted day or night. Live baits
    drifted with current on outgoing tide, you will be bowing to the
    silver king. Smaller tarpon can be seen rolling in bays and local
    residential canals. The juvenile tarpon offer more acrobatic leaps,
    but if bigger fish are on your list, inlets and deep channels offer
    fish in the 50 to 100 pound class range. Jigging DOA C.A.L. 4 icnh
    jerk baits and DOA shrimp entice tarpon to strike. If fly fishing is
    your passion small deceivers and shrimp patterns get the drag
    screaming.

    The local grass flats are holding plenty of jacks,
    ladies and pompano. Jigs tipped with shrimp or a docs goofy jig and
    your are in business. Work areas were pot holes and drop offs exist.
    When fishing the flats use wind to your advantage try to use trolling
    motor as least as possible, so fish don’t spook.


    Freshwater side, large mouth bass fishing has been phenomenal, bait schools are
    holding near drop offs and grass lines. Large mouth bass are keying
    in on these schools. Use DOA C.A.L. 4 inch jerk baits, spoons, crank
    baits and flies like deceivers and clousers all get the job done.
    Anglers can expect double digit numbers of fish in just a few
    hours,working the bait schools. Peacock bass fishing still great even
    as cool weather penetrates. The larger peacocks are holding along sea
    walls and pipes. DOA 2 inch shrimp and jerk baits entice these
    beauties to strike. Live shiners will have drag screaming all day for
    anglers. Average size of the peacock is 2 to 4 pounds.

    Well that is the fishing report for the past week hope you all enjoyed. Remember you cant catch them from the couch, so get out there and get
    hooked up. Tight lines! Capt. Craig Korczynski,
    phlatsinshorefishing.com,
    561-644-4371

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    I had quite the active morning of fishing the south end of Estero Bay on Wednesday morning, 11/2, with Dave Mercer, friend Rod Knudson, and Rod’s ten-year-old grandson, Gavin Knudson. The trio, who were fishing a catch-and-release trip using live shrimp, landed ten would-be-keeper black drum: a 21-inch, 24-inch, 25-inch, 26-inch, 28-inch, three 30-inch and two 31-inch. The guys also released a 20-inch bonefish, a 12-inch mutton snapper, a short sheepshead, a sand bream, and two 11-inch mangrove snapper.

    Friday, 11/4, was the first day in several weeks that was calm enough to head offshore. With winds predicted to howl again by the following day, it was a short window of opportunity for Dick Wilson and John Vest, who fished with me 22 miles west of New Pass. The guys caught two keeper red grouper, one just over 21 inches and one just over 22 inches. They also caught a 6-pound bonito, and lost two other bonitos that broke the line. We added to the box twenty keeper lane snapper to 12 inches, and released short lanes and short red grouper. We used pinfish for the grouper; shrimp and squid for the rest.

    Brothers, Joe and Mark Shamroske fished south Estero Bay’s backwaters with me Monday morning, 11/7. The guys had an active morning of catch-and-release fishing, using live shrimp. Black drum were biting well, and the guys caught eight of those, including some big ones to 34 inches. They also caught a 15-inch sheepshead.

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    The black drum were out in force again on Wednesday morning, 11/9, when I fished Estero Bay with Ralph Percasio, his son, Sal, and Ralph’s brother, Steve. But, even though we clearly saw thirty-some drum as large as 35 inches, none of them would take a bait. The difference in the bite this day was probably due to the fact that the tide was super slow—high enough, but hardly moving. The guys did catch and release five sheepshead, a sand bream, and two mangrove snapper.

    Thursday morning, 11/10, winds calmed down quite a bit, and I was able to get 22 miles offshore with Ashton Lockhart and Joey Beach. Joey caught a 22-inch, keeper red grouper, which bit on a small grunt. Using shrimp, the guys caught eight grunts and eight keeper lane snapper. They released numerous red grouper shorts.

    Friday, 11/11, I headed offshore 27 miles from New Pass with brothers, Mike and Patrick Connealy. With squid for bait, the guys caught a keeper 25-inch red grouper, along with fifteen keeper lane snapper to 16 inches. They released ten large grunts and a 15-inch triggerfish, along with lots of red grouper shorts.

    Ronald and Audrey Secrest, their son and daughter-in-law, Craig and Sue, and their two grandsons, T.J. and Parker, fished 17 miles offshore with me Saturday morning, using squid for bait. The family caught two keeper red grouper at 21 inches and 23 inches, along with fifteen keeper lane snapper to 12 inches, and a dozen grunts to 13 inches. They chose to release twenty-six additional grunts.

    Christina Tinucci, her mom, Andrea Tinnuci, and Christina’s boyfriend, Sean O’Malley, fished the south end of Estero Bay’s backwaters with me on Wednesday morning, 11/16. The group caught eight black drum ranging in size from 15 inches to 27 inches. They kept seven of the smaller ones, which are good to eat, and released the larger ones, along with five sheepshead shorts. Christina also landed a nice, 26-inch redfish. Everything bit on live shrimp.

    Seas offshore were rougher than predicted on Thursday morning, 11/17, when I headed out 20 miles west of New Pass to fish with Chris and Debbie Ledley, Bill Conklin, and friends, Mike and Bill. It calmed down some a little later in the day, and the group used squid to catch a 21-inch, keeper red grouper, along with fifteen keeper lane snapper and a dozen grunts. A goliath grouper that was in excess of 200 pounds provided an exhausting and fun battle, when it bit on a pinfish.

    I had a gulf trip planned for Monday, 11/21, but the cold-front that came through kicked up seas offshore, and foiled those plans.

    By Tuesday morning, 11/22, seas had begun to calm down, and I was able to get offshore 20 miles to fish with Donald Rokas and his son-in-law, Jeff Ralson. It was still windy, and it was sloppy heading out, but it calmed down nicely about mid-morning. The guys caught fourteen red grouper, including two keepers at 21 inches and 25 inches, which bit on small grunts. They added to the fish box a dozen keeper lane snapper to 14 inches, along with twenty grunts, and released an equal number of grunts. The snapper and grunts bit on squid.

    Wednesday morning, 11/23, I headed back out to 20 miles offshore with Jerry Farina and his family, including two young children. The family caught and released sixteen red grouper shorts to 19 7/8 inches, just 1/8 inch below legal keeper size. But the group got to box plenty of fish, including half a dozen lane snapper keepers and ten grunts. They released thirty additional grunts, having no need for that many fish. We had four cobia around the boat, only one of which bit on our squid bait. It measured 27 inches, and we released it.

    After a day off for Thanksgiving, I headed offshore on Friday morning, 11/25 to fish 19 miles west of New Pass with Jake Widner and his dad, Mike. Using squid, the guys caught and released seven red grouper shorts to 19 ½ inches. They boxed four keeper lane snapper, fifteen of the twenty-five grunts they caught to 13 inches, a 12-inch porgy, and a 13-inch porkfish.

    Saturday morning, 11/26, I fished 22 miles west of New Pass with Jim Jensen, and his son and daughter, Eric and Stephanie. The family used live shrimp and frozen squid to catch and release ten red grouper shorts to 18 inches, and to box ten of the twenty-five grunts they caught, along with three keeper lane snapper.

    Monday morning, 11/28, was windy, but I had an inshore trip planned, so we managed okay fishing in south Estero Bay, using live shrimp. Dave and Wendy Boehm caught four keeper sheepshead to 14 inches, and released nine short ones. They also released two puffer-fish and one crevalle jack.

    Long-time winter customers, Ernie and Millie Metusiak, fished south Estero Bay with me on Tuesday morning, 11/29, where they used live shrimp to box five keeper sheepshead to 14 inches. They released a dozen sheepshead shorts, along with one ladyfish.


    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 is of Joe Shamroske with a 34-inch black drum, one of many drum caught on shrimp in Estero Bay this month.
    Captain Dave Hanson
    Fishbuster Charters, Inc.
    Bonita Beach, FL
    239 947-1688
    fishbuster@comcast.net
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    Seasonableweather and east winds prevail in south Florida, humidity has been
    low making for excellent fishing weather. Hopefully fall keeps this
    trend and the fish keep putting a bend in the anglers rods.


    The Snook fishing great in the back bays and canals, using live baits
    like greenies and mullet on circle hooks free lined near structure
    and and channel edges. Artificial lures like DOA C.A.L. 4 inch jerk
    baits in pearl and Holographic glow rigged on a 5/0 hooked rigged
    Texas style excellent for working shallow water and mangrove edges.
    Jig heads in 1/8 ounce great tactic for deeper holes and drop offs
    for snook. The Snook are active early morning and evening fro best
    results. The average size of the Snook has been 2 to 15 pounds.


    The Tarpon fishing is another option for anglers looking for drag
    screaming action. The Palm Beach inlet and back bays are full of
    Tarpon willing to take a live shrimp free lined with the tide. DOA
    C.A.L. 3 inch shad in pearl and glow gold rush belly rigged on a 3/8
    ounce jig head excellent weapon for the silver king. When targeting
    the Tarpon fish the outgoing tide for best results. The average size
    of the Tarpon has been 5 to 50 pounds.



    The Jacks are also prevalent in the local area, these fish are very
    aggressive and will take just about anything you have to offer them.
    Sheepshead, Snapper, Gag Grouper, black drum and Lady fish will also
    put a bend in your rod, the key is to find bait and you will find the
    fish.


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

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    Hannah Merter, her parents, John and Tammy, and her boyfriend, Lance, fished near-shore with me on Thursday morning, 9/29. We dodged rainstorms most of the morning, running about fifteen miles to various close-in spots. The group used squid to catch fourteen keeper lane snapper and a half-dozen grunts. They released ten smaller grunts, along with two bonnethead sharks, one 30 inches and one 40 inches.

    Jamie Fishbeck spent a morning fishing the backwaters with me on Friday, 9/30, with live shrimp for bait. He landed two keeper redfish, one at 20 inches and one especially nice one at nearly 27 inches. He released five sheepshead shorts, one just-keeper mangrove snapper, a pair of two-pound stingrays, and a 2 ½-pound crevalle jack.

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    Doug Duncan and friends, Eric and Randy, would have liked to battle some goliath grouper on Monday, 10/3. Usually, goliaths are fairly easy to locate, but there were no bites at any of my favorite goliath spots. We finally gave up on goliaths, and fished for snapper, and the guys caught four keeper lanes, along with a few grunts, which all bit on squid. It was a tough day on the water, with lots of wind and waves, and with lots of small dead fish on the surface about six to seven miles offshore. Fortunately, the wind direction is such that any red tide would be blowing out to sea. There had been an outbreak of red tide to our north, around Englewood, and it was thought to be moving toward us.

    Kim Fischer took her mother, Shirley Tyson, on an inshore, catch-and-release fishing trip with me on Tuesday, 10/11. Kim and Shirley had originally planned to fish offshore on Monday, but seas were too rough, and I was available Tuesday, so we awaited a possible calming then. That calming never came, however, so we decided to fish inshore on Tuesday. Baited with live shrimp, we fished the south end of Estero Bay, where the ladies caught a 21-inch redfish, three sheepshead to 17 inches, two mangrove snapper, and four stingray that were all about two pounds.

    Tony Stinson and friends, Brad and Jackie had planned to fish offshore with me on Wednesday, 10/12, but with winds still howling and small-craft advisories in effect offshore, they traded those plans for some inshore fishing at the south end of Estero Bay. The group used live shrimp to attract an active sheepshead bite. They caught seven keeper sheepshead to 15 inches, and released a half-dozen shorts.

    Friday morning, 10/14, Darwin Brown took his young grandson, Trey, fishing in south Estero Bay with me, where live shrimp yielded seven sheepshead including a keeper, along with a keeper mangrove snapper, two short snook, a spadefish, and one short redfish. Something big bit at one point—most likely a black drum—but it cut the knot right at the hook, and got away.

    Friday, 10/21, I spent the morning fishing the backwaters of south Estero Bay with Keith Foreman and his friends, Ken and Kirsten Bailey. Using live shrimp, the group caught four keeper sheepshead ranging 13 to 16 inches, a 13-inch sand bream, and a 22-inch Spanish mackerel. Spanish mackerel are not typically caught in the bay, but this one must have wandered in. The group also released lots of short mangrove snapper—there was a school of about 150 of those under a tree on one of the mangrove islands. They released three crevalle jacks, all of which were about two pounds, along with a couple of 3-pound stingray.

    My planned offshore trip for Saturday was blown out by small craft advisories and four-to-six-foot seas

    Tuesday morning, 10/25, Jeff and Nicole Krajewski fished south Estero Bay’s backwaters with me, using live shrimp. The couple caught seven keeper sheepshead to 15 inches, and release five shorts. They also caught a keeper mangrove snapper at 12 inches, along with a 16-inch black drum.

    I spent a windy Wednesday morning, 10/26, fishing Estero Bay with Marie and Bill McSkimming, and their family members, Rose and Michael. Using live shrimp, the group caught four keeper sheepshead to 14 inches, and released five sheepshead shorts, a 17-inch redfish, and two two-pound stingray.

    A steady 25-knot wind blew across Estero Bay Thursday morning, 10/27, when I fished the southern end of the bay in as many wind-sheltered spots as I could find, with Doug Strempek and Katherine Braun. The couple caught eighteen sheepshead in all, including eight would-be-keepers to 16 inches, though we released all of them, along with a couple of crevalle jacks. Katherine bragged that she out-fished Doug, but it was a tight contest!

    I fished another catch-and-release trip in Estero Bay on Friday morning, 10/28. Mike Henson released five sheepshead to 13 inches and a sand bream, all of which bit on shrimp.

    You can check out all of our shark and goliath grouper action videos at the following link:
    http://fishbustercharters.com/fishingvideos.html
    Captain Dave Hanson
    Fishbuster Charters, Inc.
    Bonita Beach, FL
    239 947-1688
    fishbuster@comcast.net
    http://www.fishbustercharters.com

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    September comes to and end but the end triggered the start, of an excellent
    mullet run in south Florida.


    The Inshore fishing is fantastic all through the Icw, do to the abundance
    of mullet that has migrated to our area. The Snook fishing is
    fantastic along sea walls, mangrove shorelines and bridges. Early
    morning and late afternoon is the best time for great Snook action.
    DOA bait busters in green back and mullet color patterns, provide
    anglers with explosive reaction strikes as lures are worked near bait
    pods. Live baits will also keep your rod bent, but the trick is to
    make you bait stand out form the others by using weight or altering
    the mullet by cutting the tail or different hook sets on the bait.
    The Snook have been averaging 2 to 20 pounds.


    The Tarpon fishing is excellent, along mangrove shorelines and channel
    drop offs. The Tarpon can be located as they roll on the surface and
    bust bait pods with a vengeance. Top water heddon spook jr in bone or
    okee shad color and DOA C.A.L. 4 inch jerk bait in pearl or glow and
    gold rush belly excellent artificial baits for the silver king. A
    live mullet free lined near rolling fish will definitely get the drag
    screaming. The Tarpon are averaging 5 to 50 pounds.


    The seawalls and docks are great areas for locating Jacks for those
    anglers in search of a tug a war. The Jacks are schooled up,
    ambushing bait schools as they migrate down shorelines. The Jacks
    will hammer any live bait and DOA C.A.L. 4 inch jerk bait in pearl
    that crosses there path. The average size of the Jacks has been 1 to
    20 pounds.


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

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    The tropical system, Hermine, which wreaked havoc upon many areas to our north, spared us its worst, but brought high winds and torrential rains for several days, and fishing was out of the question. The ill effects of the storm were gone by Saturday morning, 9/3, but residual rough seas changed Mark Gordon’s plan to fish offshore that morning. He, joined by friends, Josh Shapiro and John Hurst, traded those offshore plans for some backwater fishing in central Estero Bay. Using live shrimp and pinfish, the guys caught five mangrove snapper, a three-pound crevalle jack, and a couple of two-pound stingrays. They had a big redfish or black drum hooked at one point, but it ran under a dock and was lost.

    Bob March was wanting to fight some big fish on Tuesday morning, 9/6, so we headed out about 17 miles to a few goliath grouper hide-outs, where Bob battled and released a 50-pound goliath and an approximate 200-pound goliath, both of which bit on blue runners. Bob also caught and released some lane and mangrove snapper, as well as crevalle jacks, all of which bit on squid.

    Ingo Merz and his two sons fished with me on Wednesday, 9/7, 23 miles west of New Pass, where they used baitfish to land two keeper red grouper at 21 inches and 22 inches. They used squid to catch a mess of keeper lane snapper—about 50 in all--but they released all but ten of those, needing only enough for a couple of family meals. They also released grunts and about thirty red grouper shorts.

    Friday, 9/9 was one of those days on the water when, although you try everything, productive catches were hard to come by. Tim Gustin and his son, Chase, have fished with me several times for various species. This time, having noted the fun goliath trip I took earlier in the week with another party, they thought they might also like to go after those big fish. I went to one of my goliath spots, but we got no bites there. I moved to another spot, and the dolphin showed up to disrupt our fishing. Finally, we gave up on goliaths, and began baiting with squid to go after snapper at a different spot. There, the guys caught twelve keeper lane snapper and a few grunts, and released blue runners. Sea conditions were different from what they had been earlier in the week, with winds having picked up and some pretty rough seas where we fished, 17 miles west of New Pass.

    Wednesday, 9/14, Jim and Liz Llewellyn fished the Gulf with me. We had planned to head out about 20 miles, based upon the NOAA report of two-foot seas. But, once we got out a way, we knew that prediction was incorrect. Seas were rough, and we ventured no further than the reefs off Naples. We were also keeping an eye on a rain storm that had been predicted to move northeast, but was instead lingering over the coastline. So we fished in the driest, least rough location to be found, using squid. The couple released three red grouper shorts, a blue runner, and a 20-inch ladyfish. At one point, a goliath grouper bit on a fish being reeled in, but it was on light tackle and snapped the line. They also caught a trio of 13-inch grunts.

    Thursday morning, 9/15, Michael Arnero and his girlfriend, Karen Tirella, fished Estero Bay’s backwaters with me, along the islands east of New Pass, using live shrimp. The couple caught two keeper redfish at 19 inches and 20 inches and three keeper mangrove snapper. One big red and one big snook got caught under the bushes and got away from Karen. But she did catch and release a 19-inch snook.
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    Joe Hogue, son Adam Hogue, and son-in-law, Dave Piper, fished 35 miles west of New Pass with me on Saturday, using squid for bait. The guys caught two keeper red grouper at 22 inches and 23 inches, and also boxed three keeper mangrove snapper to 16 inches and three yellowtail snapper to 15 inches, along with four porgies and a dozen grunts in the 13 to 14-inch range. They released lots and lots of red grouper shorts to 19 ½ inches, along with a few mangrove and yellowtail shorts. They also released a 30-inch sharpnose shark. Either goliath grouper or shark ate and ran with a couple of fish, but the guys ended up with plenty in the cooler.
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    Monday, 9/19, Michael Arnero and his girlfriend, Karen Tirella, who had fished Estero Bay with me on Thursday, decided to do the same, this time joined by Michael’s brother, Mario. We did our best to fish the best tide, but the tide was not as favorable as it had been on Thursday, when we caught keeper redfish. The group ended up with four keeper mangrove snapper, and they released a dozen mang-shorts, along with a puffer fish, all of which bit on shrimp. We ventured out a bit to fish along the beach for a while, and released two black-tip sharks, each about 3-foot long.

    Four students visiting our area fished the backwaters with me on Thursday morning, 9/22. George Wecken, Peter Havander, and friends, Paul and Jacob, used live shrimp in Little Hickory Bay and also along Bonita Beach to catch a variety of fish. Catches included a 19-inch keeper redfish, a 17-inch keeper black drum, a flounder, and a whiting. George had either a big black drum or a sheepshead hooked a couple of times, but it popped the line just short of boating it. The guys released a two-foot bonnethead shark and a 2-pound stingray.


    You can check out all of our shark and goliath grouper action videos at the following link:
    http://fishbustercharters.com/fishingvideos.html
    Captain Dave Hanson
    Fishbuster Charters, Inc.
    Bonita Beach, FL
    239 947-1688
    fishbuster@comcast.net
    http://www.fishbustercharters.com

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