Sarasota to Bonita Beach

Includes Siesta Key, Venice, Englewood, Boca Grande, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, Pine Island, Cape Coral, Captiva, Sanibel and Fort Myers

Jan 12-14

An approaching cold front is once again almost upon us. Winds are going to increase on Friday and continue through the weekend. There will also be a good chance of rain until Saturday late morning and then much colder temperatures will arrive.


Sorry offshore anglers, but this is not your weekend. If you had plans to venture out on the Gulf waters it’s best you don’t.


Water temperatures have bounced back and the bite picked up in all areas. Heartier anglers can make a stab at this weekend, but as mentioned at the top of this report, the weather is going to play a big part in success.

Seatrout are biting very well in the north part of Pine Island Sound and in lower Matlacha Pass. The bigger fish seem to like the inbound tide a bit more than out. Live shrimp on circle hooks under corks has been the go-to, however lots of anglers were also rigging up with artificial plastics. The Live Target Swim Baits are apparently a huge hit in the 3-inch size.

The easy target has been sheepshead. They really don’t care about inclement weather along with cold water. As a matter of fact, they seem to like it. Some big ones are being caught in upper Estero Bay near Hendry Creek and around the Horseshoe Keys. Live shrimp on a small circle hook with a split shot sinker should get the job done.

Black drum seem to have taken the place of red drum over the past week, and with the approaching cooler weather that should stay the course. Reports from Estero Bay along mangrove shorelines were the best with the Matlacha oyster bars a close second. Live shrimp on jigs is the easiest approach, but don’t over look small fiddler crabs. They love both.

Be safe on the water and please take a kid fishing!

Capt. Rob Modys

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