Sarasota to Bonita Beach
Includes Siesta Key, Venice, Englewood, Boca Grande, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, Pine Island, Cape Coral, Captiva, Sanibel and Fort Myers
There’s been good action, if you could dodge the thunderstorms. Crews found hungry grouper, snappers and others from 5-to 20-plus-miles out. There’s good bait to be found on the beaches and scads of threads on the close reefs, easy sabiki stuff. My crews caught palm-sized pinfish and squirrelfish on the reefs. We hooked smaller grouper, goliaths and Spanish on our cobia hunts, no cobia though. There are oversized redfish and lunker snook on some of the close reefs. Tarpon are on the northern of our region from Knapp’s Point to Redfish Pass and further north. There’s plenty of action, just watch out for the lightening!
Plenty of reds all along the region! Pins, whitebait and live shrimp were the top picks for live baits with frozen shrimp and Spanish sardines close seconds. My crews had mini slams in both Estero Bay and Pine Island Sound. The slot reds were the highlight of the trips. We caught snook but we really weren’t targeting them. Other snook hunters battled some bruisers in the Cape Canals, Peace River and so on, good stuff!
Weirdness of the week: Guys caught some BONEFISH in Big Carlos Pass and Hickory Pass off Estero. CLIMATE CHANGE, FISH FROM MARS! Your guess is as good as mine.