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  1. #847
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Spring weather has taken over the palm beaches, sunshine, moderate winds and longer days on the water.


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


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


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


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


    Well that is the fishing report for the past week hope you all enjoyed. Remember you can’t catch them from the couch, so get out there and get hooked up. Tight
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    The weather has been superb, plenty of sunshine, happy fish and smiling anglers.


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Dr. Meir Daller, his wife, Rie, their two sons, Julian andBrenden, and a friend of the boys’, Joey, fished 33 miles west of New Pass withme on Saturday. They used frozen shrimp and squid to catch a brace of 15-inchporgies, a 13-inch mangrove snapper, and a dozen good-size grunts. The winningcatch was a 50-inch, 60 pound cobia, which bit on a small grunt. There werethree cobia around the boat, and Meir managed to land the largest of the three(see photo below.) We also released an 8-foot sandbar shark.
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    Captain Dave Hanson
    Fishbuster Charters, Inc.
    Bonita Beach, FL
    239 947-1688
    fishbuster@comcast.net
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