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  1. #740
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    October has offered its first weak cool front of the year, perfect. Moderate
    winds have brought a pleasant breeze and choppy seas for south
    Florida. Soon the snow birds will flock south.


    The inshore fishing is full of life, the mullet run is on and anglers can
    enjoy non stop action. Morning and evening, snook are exploding on
    top water plugs and live mullet, docks, seawalls and flats all
    holding snook right now. Night fishing is another option for anglers
    bridges and dock light provide great areas to target snook, just look
    for snook lurking in the shadow line, always present you bait in a
    natural manner.


    Tarpon fishing has been steady this past week, the bigger tarpon are active
    at sunrise and sunset. The juveniles 5 to 20 pounds are willing to
    eat all through he day. Live baits drifted with the tide gets the
    rod bent. Anglers can expect great tarpon action in back bays as bait
    schools continue to migrate through our area.


    Jacks are being caught just about anywhere you toss a live bait or lure.
    The jacks are in schools of 50 to 100 at times and the typical size
    is 5 to 8 pounds but there are many that reach 20 pounds. This action
    will continue through fall for the jacks but cooler air bring plenty
    of bruisers as well.


    The peacock bass fishing in local canals and lakes has offered drag
    screaming action for anglers. Fly fishing for the peacock bass has
    been phenomenal as peacock explode on poppers and deceivers. The
    peacock can be sight fished offering exciting fishing. Live baiting
    or using doa lures for the peacock bass produces great number for
    anglers. These beautiful fish pull hard and get anglers wanting more.


    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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    Labor Day, 9/7/15, I had a morning backwater trip scheduled with Dave Schwanke, his daughter Kaline, and Kaline’’s boyfriend, Tommy. But, when I awoke to get ready for that trip, I heard thunder rolling in the distance. Radar confirmed a mess of thunderstorms rolling in from the gulf. So we postponed our planned 8AM departure to about 10:30AM, which is when the storms finally moved far enough inland to allow us to enjoy a safe and comfortable, catch-and-release fishing trip in Estero Bay. We fished with live shrimp and pinfish, along the mangrove islands and rocks in various spots along the east wall of the bay. The group caught and released three would-be-keeper redfish, two sheepshead to 14 inches and a two-foot bonnethead shark.

    Leo Castro fished Estero Bay's backwaters on a catch-and-release trip with me Saturday morning, 9/12. We fished along the east wall of the bay, as well on the inside of the channel north of New Pass. We released seven keeper-sized mangrove snapper, a 19-inch crevalle jack, a stingray, a 23-inch sailcat, two 22-inch snook, and an over-slot redfish at 27 1/2 inches. The jack and the redfish bit pinfish, while the rest of the catches bit live shrimp.



    Joe Watton, his daughter, Elizabeth, and friend, Loren Raap, fished the west side of Estero Bay with me, between New Pass and Big Hickory Pass, on Tuesday morning, 9/15, just ahead of the rain that arrived around 1PM. They caught a keeper redfish at 21 inches, along with a keeper mangrove snapper, and released a couple of stingray, all on live shrimp.

    Saturday morning, 9/19, the first dry day we had in a good while, Connor and Hannah Beverly and friends, Kayla and Kevin Reilly, headed 22 miles offshore with me, where they fished with live shrimp and pinfish. A pinfish yielded the bigger of two keeper red grouper, a 24-inch, which bit on Hannah’s line. Kayla caught a 21-inch keeper red grouper on live shrimp. The group also caught a dozen keeper lane snapper, along with a 13-inch, keeper mangrove snapper, and a brace of 14-inch triggerfish, all on shrimp. They released a few mangrove snapper shorts, along with twenty-five red grouper shorts to 19 ½ inches.

    The photo shown is of angler Leo Castro, with a 27 ½-inch bull redfish, caught on a pinfish and released in Estero Bay on an inshore trip this month.

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  3. #738
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    Sunny days and very humid, winds and seas have been moderate but
    thunderstorms and deadly lightening have caused stormy afternoons.
    Be careful out there the sun is on the horizon.


    The Inshore Fishing all through the ICW continues to offer anglers plenty
    of action. The Snook have been abundant near docks and sea walls
    ambushing bait pods. The action is outstanding early and late in the
    afternoon using live baits and artificial lures like doa bait busters
    and cal, along with heedon spook top water plugs. The average size of
    the Snook has been 2 to 20 pounds. Fly fishing for the snook has been
    great as anglers sight snook cruising down the sea wall presenting
    the fly 2 to 3 feet before them. Deceivers and clousers work great.


    Tarpon action is great in the back bays and canals using live baits or doa
    shrimp. The tarpon bite has been best during low light hours. Live
    mullet freelined causes for some explosive action for anglers. The
    tarpon are following the bait schools and can be seen rolling on the
    surface allowing anglers to make an accurate cast to them. The
    average size of the tarpon has been 5 to 50 pounds.


    The Jacks have been ferocious on the grass flats and near any structure
    were bait concentrates. The Jacks can be seen busting bait pods
    allowing anglers to locate them easily and target them live and
    artificial lures. The faster the angler moves the lure through the
    water, Jacks key in on the bait, crushing it with a vengeance. The
    Jacks are ranging in the size from 2 to 20 pounds.


    Peacock bass fishing has been explosive in the local canals anglers are
    catching many fish averaging 3 pounds but there fish reaching 6
    pounds. Light tackle rods and reel are the best fore the peacock
    bass, along with a fly rod. Peacock like to take lures that are
    bright and have plenty of movement. For anglers looking to just bend
    a rod and relax live shiners will get the job done as well. Cast out
    and watch the peacock hunt down the bait.


    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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    September has arrived and with it marks the highly anticipated mullet run for
    are local waters. This coming weekend signifies the end of summer,
    less traffic on the water but fishing both inshore and offshore will
    produce great catches as bait invade our waters and weather
    conditions start to change.


    Snook fanatics season opens on September 1st, the bite has been great
    around clean water. The mullet run is coming to our area keying up
    the fishing. Live baits worked near structure and you should find the
    snook. Top water plugs worked over flats and around docks and
    seawalls great areas to locate snook. Doa Cal baits in worked
    weedless or on a 1/8 ounce jig head great way to hook up with a snook
    as well. Early morning fishing, is great do to low water temps but
    evening will cause for some heart pounding explosions as well. The
    snook are averaging in size from 2 to 20 pounds.


    Tarpon are becoming prevalent in our Inter coastal waters, they can be seen
    exploding on mullet schools. The tarpon are ranging from 5 to 50
    pounds, many of these fish are schooled up, so once you hook one keep
    another bait out for a double header. Live mullet, Doa Bait busters
    and top water plugs will all get your drag screaming.


    The grass flats are holding plenty of bait, anglers targeting the flats
    with Doa lures like the cal on a DOA popper head or weedless will get
    the rod bent. The best colors are glow/ gold rush belly and Arkansas
    glow. The flats are teaming with snook, reds, trout, jacks, and
    tarpon. Look for bait schools and the predator fish are close by.


    Peacock bass action is prime as they are roaming docks and seawalls busting
    bait schools. Top water plugs DOA 3 inch cal and flies are the go to
    baits for anglers targeting these beauties with artificial lures.
    Live shiners will get the rod bent constantly putting kids and novice
    anglers to the test. The peacocks are active from sun up to sunset.
    Other exotic species like the Mayan cihclids offer plenty of action
    for anglers. Small flies and DOA shrimp great baits for these tough
    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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    The kids are back school and the waters less crowded, summer sure flew
    bye. Less pressure on the water and the fish are biting go figure.
    The beautiful weather will sure keep the fishing action steady, load
    the boat and go get a rod bent.


    The Inshore fishing has been full of action for anglers targeting Snook.
    The Snook continue to gather in our inlets and deep channels.
    Anglers have been reporting great catches with many of the Snook
    averaging 5 to 20 pounds. Live baits dropped to the bottom and doa
    cal jigs bounced off the bottom will get you hooked up. Snook season
    opens September 1st so if you would like to keep a snook
    be sure you have a snook stamp.


    The Tarpon action has been great on the beach and inside the ICW for
    anglers looking to tango with the silver king. Look for rolling fish
    and present a live bait or Doa Bait Buster in the area were fish are
    rolling. The Tarpon have ranged in size from 10 to 50 pounds. Always
    remember to bow down while a Tarpon is jumping to avoid the break
    offs and hooks pulling out.


    The Docks and seawalls have provided great action for anglers using jigs
    and live baits. The Jacks, Snapper, trout and a few red fish have
    been the main predators being caught. These fish have been biting
    when the tide is flowing ambushing bait schools as they look for
    shelter. Early morning and late afternoon has provided the best bite
    as water temperatures are cooler.


    Local freshwater canals and lakes are presenting great action for peacock
    bass using fly and Doa cal baits. Live shiners used for the peacock
    bass offers non stop action for anglers. The peacock bass are very
    aggressive and sight fishing for them along with using popper flies
    or top water plugs offers explosive action. Other exotics species can
    be targeted, Mayan cichlid, oscars, and knife fish all great catches
    on light tackle.


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

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    Monday morning, 8/3/15, I headed twenty-two miles offshore with Ron Sticha and his son, Noah. They had planned to go last Thursday, but that day was rained out, so we rescheduled, hoping to beat the PM showers predicted for Monday. Seas would have been calm, but some squalls kicked up in the late morning, making seas rougher, and prompting us to return to the dock a little bit earlier than planned. Still, the guys did well with snapper and grouper. They caught thirty lane snapper on shrimp, ten of which were keepers to 11 inches. They also caught thirteen red grouper, including one keeper at nearly 21 inches. We made it back in ahead of any big rains, but the winds and seas were definitely on the increase.

    David and Melanie Yoder fished Estero Bay’s backwaters with me on a catch-and-release trip Tuesday morning, 8/4, which yielded two mangrove snapper, a 17-inch snook, and a 3-pound stingray, caught in spots from Mound Key south to the Imperial River. The recent heavy rains have greatly reduced the salinity in the bay.

    Thursday morning, 8/6, I fished the backwaters again, this time with Steve Lynch, on a catch-and-release trip, using live shrimp in lower Hickory Bay. Steve caught a would-be-keeper redfish at 21 inches, and lost one bigger red that pulled off on an oyster bar. He also released a 25-inch black drum, twenty mangrove snapper, including ten would-be-keepers, a 17-inch permit, and a 15-inch crevalle jack.




    Mark Aldridge, his two sons, George and Alfie, and his business partner, John, fished 22 miles west of New Pass with me on Monday morning, 8/10. The group used live shrimp to catch a dozen keeper lane snapper and a few grunts, along with twenty-five throw-back red groupers to 18 ½ inches. They did catch one 22-inch keeper red grouper also, which bit a pinfish.

    Wednesday morning, 8/12, I fished 22 miles offshore with Paul Fenwick, his young daughter, Emma, and friends, Susan Carlisle, John Priddy, John’s daughter, Jordan Priddy, and her boyfriend, Zack. The group used live shrimp to catch twenty keeper lane snapper and four nice-sized grunts. They released twenty-five red grouper shorts to 18 inches.

    An early rain pattern offshore began on Friday. Also, the dog days of summer have brought their usual slow-down in bookings, so I will likely be fishing a bit less frequently over the next month or two. But I will be sure to report on whatever trips I take. Tight lines, everyone!

    The photo shown is of angler Steve Lynch, with a 25-inch black drum, caught on shrimp in Estero Bay on a recent inshore trip.

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    Bonita Beach, FL
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    Been trying to fish around the rain lately…

    Monday morning, 7/20, I headed offshore, 22 miles west of New Pass, with Patrick and Jessica Goodman and friends Ally Janson and Blake Cissell. The group used live shrimp and bait-fish to catch a nice variety of fish, including twenty-five red grouper shorts to 19 inches, which we released, along with a short yellowtail snapper and seven mangrove snapper shorts to 11 ½ inches. As for keepers, we boxed a 14-inch yellowtail snapper, a 15-inch porgy, six keeper lane snapper, a dozen grunts, and a nice, 17-inch hogfish.

    Thursday morning, 7/23, Jeff Blanton and his son, Joel, fished Estero Bay’s shoreline by the water tower with me. The guys used live shrimp to catch seven keeper mangrove snapper to 11 ½ inches and one 15-inch permit.

    Friday, 7/24, through Monday, 7/27 were complete wash-outs, as a low pressure system stalled over our area, producing lots of rain, heavy thunderstorms an rough conditions. I had planned to fish twice over those days, but had to cancel both trips.

    Wednesday morning, 7/29, we were still dodging a few scattered showers, when I fished in Estero Bay’s backwaters, north of Broadway Channel, with Bill Parks, son, Eric, and seven-year-old granddaughter, Olivia. The family had a good time using live shrimp top catch twenty mangrove snapper, including five keepers to 11 inches.

    Thursday morning brought more AM-rains, some in the form of heavy squalls, and the offshore trip planned for that day rescheduled for the following week.

    On Friday, 7/31, we finished out the month with some drier conditions, but with heavy surf and rip currents, and conditions not safe or pleasant for heading offshore with the family of six that had planned to go. We cancelled that trip also.

    The photo shown is of angler Ally Jansen, with a 17-inch hogfish, caught on shrimp on a recent offshore trip.





    You can check out all of our shark and goliath grouper action videos at the following link.

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    Fishbuster Charters, Inc.
    Bonita Beach, FL
    239 947-1688
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    August is closing in and the tropics are getting active, I am keeping my
    fingers crossed as everybody else should that we don’t receive any
    storm in our area. Hopefully mother nature will cooperate and we
    continue to receive beautiful summer weather for our local area.


    The Inshore 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 10
    to 25 pounds. Live baits worked on the bottom will produce strikes
    but catching snook on artificial lures is more gratifying and takes
    much more skills set. DOA Lures like DOA cal 4 inch jerk and DOA Cal
    5.5 jerk on a jig 3/8 ounce jig head in bayou tiger or gold and glow
    produce big fish and steady action. Snook action is great around
    mangrove shorelines on the falling tide, top water plugs and DOA
    shrimp or DOA cal weedless produces great results.


    The Tarpon action has been great on the beach and inside the ICW for
    anglers looking to tango with the silver king. Look for rolling fish
    and present a live bait or jig in the area were fish are rolling. The
    Tarpon have ranged in size from 10 to 70 pounds. Always remember to
    bow down while a Tarpon is jumping to avoid the break offs and hooks
    pulling out. Live baits free lined along channel edges and along
    docks and mangrove edges also great tactics to hook the silver king.
    Top water plugs and DOA 4 Inch Jerk baits in pearl or holographic
    entice many tarpon to feed.


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


    Peacock mania, well that's what anglers are calling it. Peacock action has
    been outstanding and anglers are enjoying not stop action whether
    using shiners, artificial lures or fly. The peacocks are very
    aggressive from sun up to sun down and the sight fishing for these
    colorful beauties, will get your heart pounding. Sight casing to
    peacock bass on beds and along shorelines gets anglers very excited
    and becomes an addiction once they feel and see the power of these
    vibrant species.


    Freshwater action for large mouth is great in local lakes and lake Okeechobee.
    Anglers can expect great action for the large mouth during low light
    hours once the sun gets over head the large mouth move out to deeper
    water making them hard to target at times. On down time Mayan
    chiclids, and other exotic species along with pan fish offer anglers
    great rod bending action. Whether live baiting or throwing fly these
    small but strong fish offer plenty of action.


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





















    August
    is closing in and the tropics are getting active, I am keeping my
    fingers crossed as everybody else should that we don’t receive any
    storm in our area. Hopefully mother nature will cooperate and we
    continue to receive beautiful summer weather for our local area.








    The
    Inshore 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 10
    to 25 pounds. Live baits worked on the bottom will produce strikes
    but catching snook on artificial lures is more gratifying and takes
    much more skills set. DOA Lures like DOA cal 4 inch jerk and DOA Cal
    5.5 jerk on a jig 3/8 ounce jig head in bayou tiger or gold and glow
    produce big fish and steady action. Snook action is great around
    mangrove shorelines on the falling tide, top water plugs and DOA
    shrimp or DOA cal weedless produces great results.









    The
    Tarpon action has been great on the beach and inside the ICW for
    anglers looking to tango with the silver king. Look for rolling fish
    and present a live bait or jig in the area were fish are rolling. The
    Tarpon have ranged in size from 10 to 70 pounds. Always remember to
    bow down while a Tarpon is jumping to avoid the break offs and hooks
    pulling out. Live baits free lined along channel edges and along
    docks and mangrove edges also great tactics to hook the silver king.
    Top water plugs and DOA 4 Inch Jerk baits in pearl or holographic
    entice many tarpon to feed.








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








    Peacock
    mania, well that's what anglers are calling it. Peacock action has
    been outstanding and anglers are enjoying not stop action whether
    using shiners, artificial lures or fly. The peacocks are very
    aggressive from sun up to sun down and the sight fishing for these
    colorful beauties, will get your heart pounding. Sight casing to
    peacock bass on beds and along shorelines gets anglers very excited
    and becomes an addiction once they feel and see the power of these
    vibrant species.








    Freshwater
    action for large mouth is great in local lakes and lake Okeechobee.
    Anglers can expect great action for the large mouth during low light
    hours once the sun gets over head the large mouth move out to deeper
    water making them hard to target at times. On down time Mayan
    chiclids, and other exotic species along with pan fish offer anglers
    great rod bending action. Whether live baiting or throwing fly these
    small but strong fish offer plenty of action.








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

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    Joe George and his two sons, Eric and Brad, fished 23 miles west of New Pass with me on Monday morning, 7/6. The catch-of-the-morning was a 27-inch red grouper, which bit a baitfish. The guys also caught a dozen keeper-sized lane snapper, which they chose to release, along with yellowtail and mangrove snapper shorts and eight red grouper shorts.

    Wednesday morning’s tide in the backwaters wasn’t optimal, when I fished in lower Hickory Bay, Fish Trap Bay, and central Estero Bay with John and Dauma Glennon, but the couple did catch a 14-inch permit to keep, along with a 12-inch keeper mangrove snapper, on shrimp. They released a dozen mangrove snapper shorts, along with three stingray.

    Thursday morning, 7/9, though NOAA had predicted seas less than two feet, it was a little sloppy heading offshore, probably due to the strong thunderstorms of the previous night. So, I stayed 10-12 miles from shore with Jack Carey, his fourteen-year-old grandson, Jack, and Jack's fourteen-year-old friend, Beck. The boys used live shrimp to catch and release red grouper shorts and grunts. As for keepers, they landed fourteen lane snapper to 13 inches, and planned to have those for dinner.

    Larry Jack, who usually fishes with me a couple days each summer, was joined by friend, Ernie Morrison on Monday morning, 7/13, when we fished the east wall of Estero Bay. I netted a bunch of whitebaits on the way out, and we caught everything on those. The guys caught two limits of keeper mangrove snapper to 12 inches. They released two crevalle jacks, each about two pounds, along with a redfish short. They both got a chance to catch and release the same big snook—first it bit Ernie’s bait, ran with that, then bit Larry’s bait, and both hooks in its mouth! It was a fun battle for both guys, over slot at 39 inches, and out of season anyway.





    Larry and Ernie had planned to fish offshore with me on Tuesday, but with scattered storms across the gulf, they decided to do another morning in the backwaters. They used shrimp and whitebaits to fish lower Hickory Bay, where they caught a keeper mangrove snapper, released a few short mangs, and caught two redfish to 18 ½ inches.

    Wednesday morning, 7/15, Dennis Blais and friends fished offshore with me. NOAA had predicted two-foot seas, but there were a lot of storms over the gulf, kicking up seas and making for pretty rough conditions. We managed to get out only about seven miles, and came in just a bit early, due to rain. But the group brought home a mess of keeper mangrove snapper to 15 inches and grunts, which bit live shrimp. They released five red grouper shorts.

    After a night of heavy thunderstorms, Thursday morning, 7/16, the rains quit in our area around 8AM, and I headed out shortly afterwards to fish Estero Bay’s backwaters with Mark and Pam Solloway and their two sons, Jared and Shane. The family used live shrimp to catch ten keeper mangrove snapper to 11 inches.

    The photo shown is of anglers Larry Jack and Ernie Morrison, with a 39-inch snook, caught on a whitebait and released in Estero Bay on a recent inshore trip. This snook bit Ernie’s hook first, ran with it, then came back and bit Larry’s bait, so they both caught the same fish!

    You can check out all of our shark and goliath grouper action videos at the following link.

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    Fishbuster Charters, Inc.
    Bonita Beach, FL
    239 947-1688
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    Evan Hamilton, Arly Smart, and Arly’s son, Justice, fished 22 miles west of New Pass with me in calm seas on Monday morning, 6/22/15. The guys used live shrimp to catch a 24-inch keeper red grouper, along with twenty keeper lane snapper, a keeper mangrove snapper, and three 13-inch porgies. They released a dozen red grouper shorts, four mangrove snapper shorts, and a few yellowtail shorts.

    Tuesday, 6/23, Long-time customer Russ Maavich and his three sons, Alex, Brett and Ryan fished in spots from 28 to 35 miles west of New Pass. They used pinfish to land three keeper red grouper, two at 20 ½ inches and one at 21 1/2 inches. Using live shrimp, they added six yellowtail snapper to 15 inches, a 14-inch mangrove snapper, fifteen keeper lane snapper 11-13 inches, and three porgies to the fish box. They released two dozen red grouper shorts to 18 inches, two dozen lane snapper shorts, a dozen yellowtail shorts, and five sharpnose sharks between 35 and 38 inches.

    Mike and Carol Lee fished 20 miles offshore with me on Thursday morning, 6/25. They had no interest in keeping fish—only in catching them--so it was a catch-and-release trip. Catches included two red grouper at 22 inches and 22 ½ inches, along with two dozen red grouper shorts. The larger of the two legal sized red grouper bit a pinfish, while the other bit on shrimp. Also caught on shrimp were thirty would-be-keeper lane snapper to 12 inches, yellowtail and mangrove snapper shorts, grunts, and a 35-inch sharpnose shark.

    Saturday morning, 6/27, I dodged a few rain showers offshore, 20 to 22 miles west of New Pass, with Karen Droke, her 12-year-old granddaughter, Riley, and friend, Joe Simeone. They caught two keeper red grouper at 22 ½ inches and 23 inches, which bit on pinfish. Using live shrimp, the group caught thirty keeper-sized lane snapper, but chose to keep only the largest two of those, at 14 inches. They also released a 15-inch triggerfish, a 20-inch Spanish mackerel, some mangrove snapper shorts, and lots of red grouper shorts.

    Bob Schaefer and son Nick with friends, John Lunden and son, Michael fished with live shrimp 20 to 28 miles offshore with me on Monday, 6/29. The guys did well with lane snapper, catching twenty-eight keepers to 15 inches. They also caught two keeper 13-inch mangrove snapper, grunts and porgies. They released four mangrove snapper shorts, lots of red grouper shorts to just under legal size, and four sharks--four sharpnose and one bonnethead--all around 40 inches.

    Bud Baker and three friends fished Estero Bay's backwaters with me, along the east wall, south of Mound Key, on Tuesday morning, 6/30. The guys caught two redfish, including one keeper at 21 inches and one 17 1/2 inches, which we released. They also caught five keeper mangrove snapper to 11 1/2 inches, all on live shrimp.

    Rich Mohr took three young anglers on a catch-and-release backwater trip with me on Wednesday morning, 7/1/15. The boys had fun catching and releasing two 14-inch permit, a sand bream, a small snook, and 40 undersized mangrove snapper, all on live shrimp in central Estero Bay.

    J. Weigle and son, J. Weigle, Jr., fished the west wall of Estero Bay with me, south of New Pass, on Thursday morning, 7/2. Using live shrimp, they caught a 25-inch redfish, four keeper mangrove snapper to 12 inches, and a 15-inch sheepshead. They released two four-pound stingrays and fifteen mangrove snapper shorts.

    Friday morning, 7/3, Jim & Dawn Jenkins and their two daughters fished near-shore with me, nine miles west of New Pass over hard bottom. They used live shrimp to catch five keeper lane snapper to 12 inches and some grunts. They released thirty lane shorts, along with fifteen red grouper shorts to 19 3/4 inches, just short of keeper size.

    The photo shown is of angler Betty Bergland, with a 35-inch blacknose shark, caught on shrimp and released on a recent offshore trip.


    You can check out all of our shark and goliath grouper action videos at the following link.

    fishing videos

    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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