Fishing Reports Archive

August 18, 2017

The key to finding and catching fish this past week was getting out early. The bite has been best before the summer heat kicks in, usually around 10 am. Fishing the grass near oyster bars has been producing redfish in the upper slot size. Free lined pinfish or cut ladyfish seems to work best. There are also plenty of seatrout and ladyfish over the grass in 3-5 feet f water near the passes. The water here is cooler and the fish seem to like it. There has also been a quality bite in the passes. Drifting shrimp on jg heads or under popping corks has produced trout, ladfish, mackerel, and small sharks.

July 24, 2017

There are some options for anglers this past week in and around Estero Bay. The shallow water bite is starting to heat up as the bait is starting to show up and the fish are chewing. The redfish are hanging around their summer spots and are willing to take free-lined white baits around the oyster bars and mangrove shorelines. The bite seems to be better on higher water and chumming will increase your chances. There are also plenty of seatrout on the grass flats in 3-5 feet of water. Shrimp under popping corks will work best. Snapper are everywhere along structure and shimp seems to be their bait of choice. The passes are holding good variety for anglers. Bounching shrimp tipped jig heads will produce seatrout, ladyfish, sharks, and even a few pompano.

June 1,2017

This past week has proved tough for backbay fishing in and around Estero Bay. Fish are being caught but there hasn't been much size to them. Seatrout have been cruising the grass flats in 3-5 feet of water and shrimp under popping corks will work best. Anglers will also pick up ladyfish and jacks with this set-up. There are plenty of mangrove snapper to be caught around the oyster bars and mangrove islands. Shrimp under floats or shrimp tipped jig heads will work fine. The passes are producing trout, ladyfish, jacks, and even small sharks. Bottom bouncing shrimp tipped jig heads seems to be the ticket.

May 19,2017

This past week there were plenty of options for anglers in and around Estero Bay. Redfish were feeding around the oyster bars on higher water and shrimp tipped jig heads proved the go-to-bait. Spotted seatrout were pelntiful over the grass flats in 3-5 eet of water. Shrimp under popping corks was the ticket, but the bigger trout those over 20 inches were caught using live pinfish under floats. The passes are holding ladyfish, seatrout and jacks. Shrimp under popping corks seemed to work best. There is also the occasional spanish mackerel and a cast and retreive shrimp tipped jig head worked best.

May 9, 2017

The ever changing weather has made fishing tough for anglers in and around Estero Bay, but when the winds lay down there are plenty of opportunities. There are redfish to be caught around the oyster bars and mangrove islands on good moving water. Cut ladyfish or shrimp tipped jig heads will work fine. Anglers must be patient and work an area well before moving on. The grass flats are holding seatrout in 3-5 feet of water and shrimp under popping corks will work best. This method will also pick up ladyfish which can be used for the cut bait. The passes are a great location for spanish mackerel, ladyfish, trout, and even the occasional pompano. Bottom bouncing shrimp tipped jig heads will work for most, but the mac's seem to like faster moving ait so a cast and retrieve method is what you want.

April 20, 2017

The fishing continues to be tough, but there are some options for anglers. The passes are holding seatrout, ladyfish, jacks, and spanish mackerel. Shrimp under popping corks or shrimp tipped jig heads will work fine. Drifting seems to produce the most action because anglers are covering more water. There are also some seatrout and ladyfish on the grass flats in 3-5 feet of water. Shrimp under popping corks is the best method. The redfish action has been really slow, but those who put in the time have been rewarded. Cut ladyfish is the best option although some have been caught on shrimp tipped jig heads.

March 1, 2017

The spotted seatrout bite continues to be on fire for backbay anglers in and around Estero Bay. Drifting the grass flats in 3-5 feet of water or setting anchor near deeper channels is where anglers are having the best action. Shrimp under popping corks or bouncing shrimp tipped jig heads will work best. The sheepshead are still hanging around mangrove shorelines and docks pilings and shrimp tipped jig heads are the ticket. The passes are holding pompano, seatrout, jacks, and ladyfish. Shrimp under popping corks seems to work fine, but bouncing jig heads with shrimp will also work.

January 20, 2017

The fish are starting to make their cooler winter patterns more predictable and quality catches are a result. Sheepshead are hanging out around the mangroves and oyster bars and hungry for shrimp tipped jig heads. Remember to downsize the hooks, #1 and just enough weight to hold bottom, this will increase your chances. Seatrout are all over the grass flats in 3-5 feet of water. Look for clearer water with a darker bottom as this will heat faster in the sun and the fish will move around looking for food. Shrimp under a popping corks or bounced along the bottom on 1/8 oz jig heads will work fine. Anglers will also pick up ladyfish and jacks with this set-up. The passes are teaming with bluefish and bottom bouncing shrimp on jig heads or under floats will work best. The nearshore reefs are holding some big sheepshead, pushing 5-6 lbs and anglers with smaller hooks and leader are catching them.

December 31, 2016

This past week the low tides made for few options for anglers in and around Estero Bay. The passes are holding plenty of pompano and they are willing to take shrimp tipped jig heads or shrimp under popping corks. Look for them skipping across the surface that is how you know they are there. Anglers will also pick up jacks, silver trout, and a few trout with this method. Drifting the deeper water bouncing shrimp tipped jig heads in the passes will produce snapper and the occasional sheepshead. Anglers fishing the grass flats in 3-5 feet of water will find find spotted seatrout. Shrimp under popping corks will work best. They will also get ladyfish in the same area which can be saved and used for cut bait.

December 15, 2016

The fishing this past week has really turned on in the shallows and passes. The redfish bit has been very good around the oyster bars and mangrove islands on high water. Shrimp tipped jig heads and shrimp under floats has worked best. There is also plenty of seatrout action over the grass flats in 3-5 feet of clean water. Locate the clean water and the trout will be there. Shrimp under popping corks is the ticket. Sheepshead are moving into their winter hangouts and are hungry for shrimp tipped jig heads. Remember to down-size your tackle to catch these bait thieves. Anglers will also pick up plenty of ladyfish with this method. The passes are holding pompano, ladyfish, bluefish, and jacks. Bottom bouncing shrimp tipped jig heads or under floats will work fine.

December 8, 2016

The bite this past week in and around Estero Bay was really good with both quality and quantity. The redfish were chewing great near the oyster bars on higher water and shrimp under floats seemed to work best. Drifting the grass flats in 3-5 feet of water produced spotted seatrout, ladyfish, jacks, and the occasional pompano. The mangrove edges and oyster bars on high water were full of snapper and sheepshead willing to take shrimp tipped jig heads. The passes were loaded with pompano in 3-6 feet of water and bottom bouncing shrimp tipped jig heads was the ticket. Anglers will also pick up seatrout, silver trout, ladyfish, and jacks with this method.

November 15, 2016

The backbay fishing has really started to turn on. The fish are starting to make their fall movements as the water cools and are becoming more predictable. Redfish can be found on or near the oyster bars and mangrove islands on higher water. Free lining pinfish or shrimp tipped jig heads will work best. Anglers should fish the edges as the tide moves, as this is where the reds are feeding. Seatrout are all over the grass flats in 3-5 feet of water and shrimp under popping corks will work best. Drift the grass with the wind at your back to make longer casts and cover more water. Once you managed to catch a few, anchor your boat and keep reeling them in. They tend to school up so once you find a few the rest will follow. There are also plenty of mangrove snapper and sheepshead around the oysters and mangrove islands. Shrimp pieces on smaller 1/0 circle hooks will work best.

October 27, 2016

Despite the strong winds this past week there were plenty of fish to be caught. The redfish are really starting to move into their fall pattern and feeding. Work the grass flats near oysters bars for your best chances. They seem to be moving on and off the oysters as the tide changes. Shrimp tipped jig heads or free lined pinfish will work fine. Anglers will also pick up snook with this set-up. Spotted seatrout are all over the grass flats in 3-5 feet of water and shrimp under popping corks is the go-to setup. There are also plenty of ladyfish and jacks to keep anglers busy while fishing the grass flats. Sheepshead are starting to feed along the mangrove islands and floating docks on higher water. Shrimp tipped jig heads will work best. The passes are holding ladyfish, jacks, silver trout, and even pompano. Bottom bouncing shrimp tipped jig heads will work as will shrimp under popping corks.

October 10, 2016

This past week's poor tides made it difficult for anglers in the mornings. The best bite was later in the morning as the water levels increased allowing fishing around the oyster bars and mangrove islands. The water was also pretty muddy so cut baits like ladyfish and pinfish seemed to work best due to the smell. These cut baits on 2/0 circle hooks fished around the transition zones between the grass and oysters produced the best catches of redfish. There were also a few snook mixed in although most were well under slot fish. There has also been a good mixed bag in the passes of spanish mackerel, ladyfish, and jacks. The best set-up seems to be the shrimp under popping corks. This is also a good time to throw artificials if you are looking for action so break out the jerkshads, rapala, xraps, or even chuggers as these will work fine.

September 27, 2016

This past week the bite on Estero Bay provided anglers with plenty of options. Redfish have been hanging around the oyster bars and mangroves on higher water and moving onto the nearby grass flats as the tide recedes. Free lined pinfish seem to be the ticket although cut ladyfish will also work. Cut bait seems to take longer so anglers need to be patient if this is the bait of choice. There have been plenty of spanishmackerel, ladyfish, and jacks chasing small baits around inside the passes and they will take shrimp under popping corks all day long.

September 7, 2016

The fishing conditions have changed quite a bit following tropical storm Hermine. The water was really churned up and the fish somewhat shut down. Anglers seemed to have better luck on outgoing tide because there was cleaner water coming out of the bay compared to that in the gulf. That being said there were many small tarpon along the east wall of Estero Bay because of all the run-off. Free-lining whitebaits under floats worked best. There was a decent redfish bite around the oyster bars and mangrove islands. The best bite came on shrimp and cut bait probably due to the scent. Chumming the water help considerably. Mangrove snapper continue to be a staple in the shallows and shrimp tipped jig heads will work.

September 4, 2016

The fishing is going to change in the upcoming days with the storm churning in the gulf. The winds will pick up, the tides will be considerably higher, and the fish will respond. The days before the pressure drop will see some great fishing with the reds chewing. Try fishing the oyster bars on the last hour of tidal change with free lined pinfish or handpicked jumbo shrimp. The snook will be feeding around the floating docks near the passes. There is plenty of bait on the grass flats waiting to be netted. Free lined white baits on 3/0 circle hooks will be your best bet. There are also plenty of mangrove snapper all over so downsize your hooks to 1/0 circle and tip with enough shrimp to cover the hook. They are great bait stealers and if you give too much they will take it all.

August 20, 2016

Summer is here and the water is heating up and so too is the fishing. If options are what you are looking for then the time is now. Bait is plentiful and anybody who can throw a net will get enough to do whatever they want. Redfish are moving around in the shallows near the oyster bars and mangrove islands near the passes. As the tide moves it brings in cooler water and they are loving it. They are feeding on whitebaits or pinfish on 2/0 circle hooks either free lined or under floats. There are also plenty of snook around who will take these offerings as well. If snook is your thing, hit the flaoting docks on good tides and you will catch them. Free lined whitebaits on 3/0 circle hooks will work best. Seatrout are starting to feed over the grass flats in 3-5 feet of water. They will take shrimp under popping corks or whitebaits on circle hooks. Snapper continue to be everywhere, oyster bars, mangroves, docks, you name it and they are hungry. Shrimp or whitebaits will work fine.

August 7, 2016

The fishing in and around Estero Bay is getting really interesting with plenty of options for anglers. Bait is everywhere on the beaches and on the grass flats and the fish are very happy. There are juvanile tarpon all over the shallows and free lining live bait on 3/0 circle hooks under floats works best. It is a good time for anglers to throw top water plugs if artificial's is what you like. Snook are feeding great around the floating docks and mangrove islands near the passes. Free-lining baits seems to work best. Anlgers might want to beef up their tackle, there have been some big girls mixed in pushing 40 inches. Snapper have also been tacking the live bait and some are around 12 inches, great for tablefare.

July 15, 2016

The bite in the Backbay has been tough for anlgers the past week. There are plenty of snapper aroung the mangroves and oyster bars and those that stick with it can put some really nice fillets on the table. Shrimp tipped jig heads work best and down-sizing your hooks isn't a bad idea either. Redfish are out there, but getting a slot fish has been really difficult. Cut bait or pinfish on 2/0 circle hooks is the ticket. There are a few trout on the grass flats and shrimp under popping corks is the best method. The nearshore reefs have been decent for snapper, spanish makcerel, and ladyfish. Free-lining shrimp for the mac's and bottom bouncing shrimp tipped jig heads works for the ladys and snapper.

July 1, 2016

The summer heat is here and the fishing patterns have changed making early mornings best for a good bite. Spotted seatrout action is best over the grass flats in 3-5 feet of water near the passes. Good moving, cleaner water seems to be the ticket to finding and catching them. The passes have been good for ladyfish, seatrout, spanish mackerel, and jacks. Bouncing shrimp tipped jig heads or shrimp under popping corks works best. Save the ladyfish for cut bait and chunk them up on 2/0 circle hooks for reds around the oyster bars and mangrove islands on high water. The nearshore reefs are teaming with mackerel. Free lining shrimp or casting jig heads with a slow retrieve will get them feeding.

June 21, 2016

The fishing has been tough due to water quality issues, but there is a bite is anglers can locate clean moving water. The redfish bite has been best on good moving water around the mangrove islands and oyster bars. Cut bait like pinfish or ladyfish along with shrimp tipped 1/8 oz jig heads is the go-to set-up. The passes have been loaded with mackerel, ladyfish, and jacks. Casting shrimp tipped jig heads or shrimp under popping corks will work best. Grass flats in 3-5 feet of water have been producing a decent seatrout bite. Anglers should fish the flats near the passes because this had been the best water for holding fish.

June 14, 2016

The summer weather pattern is here and the fishing has really started to pick up. There are plenty of tarpon to be caught off the northern end of Captiva Island, and those anglers willing to travel up there have been rewarded with some quality fish. Drifting free lined threadfin herrings or crabs seems to be the method of choice for most. The backbay redfish bite has been really good early on in the morning before 11 am, before it get's too hot. Shrimp tipped jig heads or cut bait is the way to go! Be patient, work an area pretty good before moving and chum to increase your chances. Spotted seatrout have been feeding in 3-5 feet of water. They seem to be located on the grass flats near good moving water. Shrimp under popping corks is the best way to locate and catch these tasty fish. The passes are loaded with variety including mackerel, ladyfish, jacks, trout, and whiting. Casting shrimp tipped jig heads and bouncing them off the bottom is the go-to method.

June 1, 2016

The afternoon rains have really turned the fishing on for anglers in and around Estero Bay. The redfish bite has definitely changed for the better and they are eating. Cut bait on the bottom, pinfish on floats, or shrimp under popping corks will work fine. fishing the higher water around the oyster bars and mangrove islands with moving water is the key. Anglers can find plenty of seatrout on the grass flats in 3-5 feet of water and shrimp under popping corks will work best. Here they will also get plenty of ladyfish which can be used for cut bait. The passes are loaded with fish from mackerel, ladyfish, trout, whiting, jacks, and even a few pompano. Bouncing shrimp tipped jig heads or shrimp under popping corks seems to be the best method.

May 17, 2016

I know this must sound like a broken record, but the fishing remains very tough for anglers. The water is heating up, the tides have been slow, and no rain in sight has made for tough conditions. The rains should start their normal summer pattern and so too should the fish. Anlgers can look for trout in the 3-5 foot of water near passes and throw shrimp under a popping cork to locate and catch them. There are plenty of snapper around the oyster bars and mangrove islands, but you just have to pick through the smaller ones to get a few keepers. Dragging shrimp tipped jig heads along the bottom seems to be the ticket for them. Just rememebr to downsize your tackle if you want a chance against these great bait stealers. The redfish bite is spotty at best, but working the oyster bars on higher water is the ticket. Cut bait or shrimp tipped jig heads will work. The tarpon bite is starting to heat up off the beaches and the barrier islands. Free lining threadfin herrings or crabs is the way to go for them, but don't sleep on cut ladyfish or catfish tails on the bottom. If they are feeding they will eat just about anything.

April 28, 2016

The backbay fishing continues to be tough for anglers. The best redfish opportunities are still on higher water around oyster bars and mangrove islands using cut bait like ladyfish or crabs. Live bait is still a challenge, but no worries as shrimp on jig heads or under floats will also work. Snook fishing is really tough due to the lack of live bait around the beaches and backbays. Anglers looking for snook can try artificial's like zoom flukes or gulp jerk shads around the floating docks and dock lights at night. There has been a decent seatrout bite, but most have been around 14 inches. Working shrimp under popping corks in 3-5 feet of water over grass flats is the best way to locate and catch these great tasting fish. Most anglers are chasing tarpon, the silver king, along the beaches of northern sanibel and Captiva island. Free-lining threadfin herrings or floating crabs is the ticket to getting one of these fish of a lifetime.

April 5, 2016

This past week the fishing was tough for anglers. The poor tides coupled with the winds made it difficult to locate fish. There was some decent seatrout action on the grass flats in 3-5 feet of water near deeper channels. Shrimp under popping corks worked best. The passes provided anglers with some variety in terms of seatrout, ladyfish, sharks, and mackerel. Dragging shrimp tipped jig heads was the best method. The redfish bite continues to be difficult, but persistent anglers could find a few on the oyster bars and around the mangrove islands on high water. Shrimp on jig heads or cut ladyfish seemed to work best.

March 10, 2016

The bite this past week was pretty tough for anglers in and around Estero Bay.Fish were caught just not much in size. The passes were producing pompano, whiting, silver trout, spotted seatrout, sharks, mackerel, and jacks. Bouncing shrimp tipped jig heads seemed to work best although shrimp under popping corks worked as well. There was a decent seatrout bite over the grass flats near deeper water. Shrimp under popping corks was the ticket. Anglers managed a few keepers, but most were in the 13-14 inch range. There were also plenty of ladyfish picked up with this method. Redfish action has been really slow this past week, but hopefully the warmer weather and water temps will get them eating again. Look to the oyster bars and mangroves islands on high water and throw 1/8 oz jigheads tipped with shrimp.

March 2, 2016

There were both nearshore and back bay options for anglers this past week. The nearshore reefs provided a quality sheepshead bite with plenty of keeper size fish caught. Knocker rig set-up's with #1 or 1/0 circle hooks tipped with shrimp worked best. Anglers will also pick up snapper and small grouper with this method. There have also been some spanish mackerel out there and free lined shrimp seems to work for them. Spotted seatrout seems to be the target species in the back bay area's. Anglers are finding and catching them on the grass flats near deeper water working shrimp under popping corks or dragging shrimp tipped jig heads along the bottom. There are plenty of ladyfish mixed in providing plenty of rod bending action and a good source of cut bait for redfish. Sheepshead and snapper are plentiful around the oyster bars and mangrove islands as well as the floating docks and any structure. Small circle hooks in the #1 size with #3 split shot seems to work best. Anglers should also downsize the amount of bait they put on the hooks to increase there chances of hook up.

February 20, 2016

There have been a few options for anglers in and around Estero Bay this past week. When the weather has allowed nearshore ventures, the sheepshead are biting like crazy and with size. 1/4 oz jig heads or #1 circle hooks with egg sinker for weight are working best. Tip each with just enough shrimp to cover the hook for your best chance. There have also been spanish mackerel out there willing to take free lined shrimp on circle hooks. The seatrout are finally turning on in the shallow flats throughout the bay. Locate shallow grass flats near deeper water and this is where you will find them. Shrimp under popping corks will work best although bouncing shrimp tipped 1/8 oz jig heads will also work. The redfish bite is best on high water around the oyster bars and mangrove islands. Shrimp tipped 1/8 oz jig heads or 2/0 circle hooks will work fine. Be patient and work an area before moving, they are sluggish and might take a while to show themselves.

February 10, 2016

The dirty water in addition to the cold windy weather has made for tough conditions for anglers the past week. The key to locating and catching fish has been to find cleaner water. Here anglers will find spotted seatrout willing to take shrimp under popping corks or jigheads tipped with shrimp bouncing along the bottom. Remember to work your baits slow through the water and low in the water column. This cooler water makes the fish sluggish and they won't chase anything moving too fast. You can also try artificial baits like curly tail grubs or paddle tail grubs on 1/6 oz jig heads. Rootbeer, chartreuse, and watermelon red are colors of choice. There are also plenty of sheepshead out there, but anglers might have to go through a few shorts to find the keepers. Fishing jigheads tipped with shrimp around the mangroves, oyster bars, and dock pilings will work best for getting some pretty tasty table fare.

January 20, 2016

The strong winds we had last week made it tough for anglers to get out, but the few days the weather allowed the fishing wasn't too bad. The sheeshead bite really started to get into full swing around docks, oyster bars, and mangrove islands. Downsizing your tackle to 1/0 or even #1 circle hooks with #3 split shot seemed to work best. Remember to tip the hook with just enough shrimp to cover it, any more and they will just take the entire offering. Trout are biting along the deeper cuts and grass flats in 3-5 feet of water. Anglers must remember if they are fishing the deeper water to work the baits slow and low. Low in the water column along the bottom and a slow retrieve since the water temps are cooling rapidly. They don't seem to want to chase anything when the water cools this much this fast. The key to redfish right now is patience. Stay in one place for longer than you would when the water is warmer. Chum the area really good and allow the scent to work. Cut baits or shrimp tipped jig heads will work best.

January 13, 2016

Well the winter sheepshead bite is here in full swing and anglers should be taking advantage of this tasty table fare. They can be found around the oyster bars, mangrove islands, and dock and bridge pilings. Remember to downsize your hooks to #1 or 1/0 circle hooks and use 15 lb leader to increase your chances against these great bait stealers. Tip your hooks with just enough shrimp to cover the hooks, too much and they will just pull it off. Spotted seatrout have been holding over the grass flats in 3-5 feet of water and will take shrimp under popping corks. Find the clean water and you will find the fish. Anglers will also pick up ladyfish, jacks, and small sharks with this set-up. The redfish bite has been difficult, but your best chances are on high water around the mangrove islands and oyster bars on higher water. Cut bait or shrimp tipped jig heads will work best.

January 5, 2016

There were plenty of options this past week for anglers, the backbay searout bite was very good over the grass flats in 3-5 feet of water. Drifting shrimp under popping corks seemed to be the best way to locate and catch them. In addition to the trout, ladyfish, jacks, small bonnethead sharks, and even pompano were caught using this set-up. The ladyfish were useful as cut bait for redfish around the mangroves and oyster bars on high water. The scent pulls them in so anglers must be patient and wait. The passes are full of variety for anglers. Snapper, ladyfish, silver trout, sharks, spanish mackerel, and even pompano are daily catches. Drifting shrimp tipped jig heads provided the most action, but shrimp with popping corks worked fine in the shallower water.

December 25, 2015

Variety was the spice of life this past week as anglers were able to fish for many different species. The seatrout are in full swing, making their presence known over the grass flats in 3-5 feet of water. Shrimp under popping corks was the go-to method, but anglers looking to throw artificial's had a chance to do just that. Jerk shads, or gulp shrimp on 1/8 oz jig head worked fine. The redfish bite was decent on the higher water up along the oyster and mangrove islands. Cut ladyfish or shrimp tipped jig heads worked best. There were also plenty of snapper and smaller sheepshead caught using this method. Anglers could drift the passes for snapper, sliver trout, ladyfish, and jacks bouncing shrimp tipped jig heads. along the bottom.

December 15, 2015

This past week offered anglers variety in the backbay. There were redfish around the oyster bars and were taking shrimp tipped jig heads or shrimp under floats. Sheepshead and snapper were found here as well and just as hungry for jig heads tipped with shrimp. The flats in 3-5 feet of water provided spotted seatrout, ladyfish, jacks, and eve a few sharks with good old shrimp under a popping cork the best set-up. There were even a few pompano caught this past week on the flats near oyster bars. Bouncing jig heads with shrimp seemed to work best.

December 9, 2015

The seatrout are starting to make their move to the deeper water, so anglers looking for them should focus on the deeper cuts and grass flats in 3-5 feet of water. Bouncing shrimp tipped jig heads through the deeper water will work fine and shrimp under popping corks works best for the grass. Anglers will also pick up ladyfish with this method which can be used for cut bait around the oyster bars and mangrove islands for redfish. Remember to allow time for the scent to attract the reds before moving to another location. Patience is the key as the water cools. There are also plenty of sheepshead around any structure, anglers should downsize your hooks and leader to better your odds. Anglers are finding plenty of action in the passes with spanish macs, whiting, silvertrout, jacks, ladyfish, and the occasional shark. Bouncing shrimp tipped 1/8 or 1/4 jig heads will work best.

December 1, 2015

The seatrout are really starting to make their way to the winter hangouts and are feeding on shrimp tipped jig heads or shrimp under popping corks. Anglers can work the deeper areas with the jig heads while the shallow grass flats in 3-5 feet can be worked with shrimp under popping corks. There are also plenty of ladyfish working the grass flats and they can be used for quality cut bait for redfish around the mangrove shorelines and oyster bars on high water. Remember to allow time for the scent to get out and attract the reds to you before moving on to another location. The passes are providing anglers with plenty of options including silver trout, whiting, jacks, small sharks, spotted seatrout, spanish mac's, and even pompano. The shallow's is where you will find the pompano and bouncing shrimp tipped jig heads or using short leaders under popping corks will work best. The remainder will be found in the deeper water and dragging jig heads with shrimp is the ticket.

November 19, 2015

The wind combined with the low water this past week made the fishing a little tougher in and around Estero Bay. The best chances for redfish were up around the oyster bars and mangroves on higher water using shrimp tipped jig heads. Cut ladyfish on 2/0 circle hooks worked pretty good as well. Spotted seatrout are starting to show up on the grass flats in 3-5 feet of water and shrimp under a popping will work best. The passes are loaded with pompano, ladyfish, whiting, silver trout, small sharks, and jacks. Bottom bouncing shirmp tipped jig heads seemed to be the go-to method for the pompano in about 5 feet of water while the silver trout, whiting, and ladyfish were all in deeper water.

November 10, 2015

Variety was the spice of fishing this past week with both the back bay and nearshore waters. The nearshore waters are teaming with spanish mackerel, ladyfish, jacks, sharks, whiting, silver trout, and even pompano. Casting spoons into the bait pods was the ticket for the spanish, ladyfish, and jacks while bottom bouncing shrimp tipped jig heads worked fine for the rest. Fishing the higher water around the mangroves and oyster bars produced redfish, snook, and even a few sheepshead. Cut ladyfish and shrimp seemed to work best for the reds and sheeps, while free lined pins or whitebait on2/0 circle hooks was the set-up for the snook. Spotted seatrout are starting to show up on the grass flats in 2-5 feet of water and shrimp under popping corks will work fine.

October 20, 2015

This past week the fishing in and around Estero Bay was very good with both size and variety. The redfish bite is steady around the oyster bars and mangrove islands on moving water. Shrimp tipped jig heads and shrimp under floats seemed to work best. Anglers should work the flats around these bars and islands on lower tides as the fish will move off and feed there. Snook are still around and will take free lined pins on 3/0 circle hooks thrown under the floating docks near the passes. Sea trout are staring to show up on the grass in 2-5 feet and good old shrimp under popping corks will work best. Anglers will also pick up plenty of ladyfish with this set-up. Sheepshead are making their presence know in the backbay around structure and will take pieces of shrimp on #1 circle hooks with split shot.

October 8, 2015

The fishing has started to get into the fall pattern and this means hungry fish. The redfish are feeding on just about anything from artificial top water plugs to cut ladyfish. Anglers looking for these spot tails should fish the oyster bars and surrounding flats with the tidal flows, they are hanging around the transition zones looking for food. Shrimp on 2/0 circle hooks with #3 split shot or shrimp under popping corks will work as well. On higher water they can be found along the mangorve edges in the shade under the overhanging limbs. Chumming helps bring them out, break up shrimp or cut ladyfish and wait. There are plenty of snapper in these areas and they will feed when the tide goes slack, so the are a perfect time waster while waiting for the reds to move. Snook have been feeding under the floating docks and nearby mangrove shorelines and will take free lined pinfish on 3/0 circle hooks.

September 22, 2015

The fishing in and around Estero Bay is starting to really heat up. The water temps are cooling a bit and the fish are feeding. The neashore bite is teaming with spanish mackerel chasing the small glass minnows and will gladly take silver spoons casted toward the bait or trolled along the edges. The passes are holding pompano, whiting, silver trout, spotted seatrout, small sharks, and snapper. Drifting shrimp tipped jig heads will work as will shrimp under popping corks. The backbay redfish bite is getting better and free lined pinfish on 2/0 circle hooks or shrimp tipped jig heads will work best. Work the mangrove shorelines and oyster bars on higher water then as the tide recedes move away and work the grass flats. Snook will take free lined pinfish on 3/0 circle hooks around the floating docks and mangrove edges near the passes on strong tides.

September 14, 2015

Anglers best bet this past week was the nearshore reefs. Trolling these rock piles produced good numbers of spanish mackerel up to 28 inches. Silver spoons seemed to work best. There were also plenty of birds which helped locate the small bait pods where they mac's were hanging out. Moving into shallow water just outside the passes produced plenty of ladyfish, whiting, and silver trout. Dragging shrimp tipped jig heads was the go-to method. The water in the passes is still dirty so the snook bite was finicky but they would take free lined pinfish on 3/0 circle hooks thrown under the floating docks on strong tides. Anglers looking for redfish with these pins had the best luck weighing them down under the docks along the bottom. There is still plenty of snapper feeding along the mangrove islands and oyster bars and shrimp tipped jig heads worked fine.

September 3, 2015

Anglers looking for the best opportunities were out early taking advantage of the cooler air temps. The redfish bite seemed to be better around the mangroves islands and oyster bars on the higher water. Cut ladyfish, pinfish under floats, or even shimp on circle hooks with split shot worked fine. There was also a decent topwater artificial bite with flukes, zara spooks, or rapala skitterwalks. The nearshore reefs are teaming with baitfish and the spanish mackerel are feeding like crazy. Silver spoons or free lined shrimp on 2/0 circle hooks provided anglers with plenty of rod bending action. Don't be surprised if there are some "silver kings" mixed in feeding on all those bait balls. Throwing topwater will be your best chance for hooking one.

August 11, 2015

We had some tough tides this past week which made the fishing a little tougher for anglers. The redfish that were caught seemed to be around the oyster bars and mangroves on higher water. Free lined pinfish on 2/0 circle hooks or shrimp under popping corks will work best. Chumming with cut bait and shrimp seemed to help get things going. Snook fishing proved troublesome, but there were a few around the floating docks and mangrove shorelines inside the passes. Free lined pins seemed to be the ticket and there were a few surprise jacks cruising these areas. Mangrove snapper are plentiful around the oyster bars and any structure up against the mangroves and they are willing to take shrimp tipped jig heads. Down size your hooks and leader to increase your chances for some tasty tablefare.

August 4, 2015

All the rain has cooled the water temps in the bay and the bite has been very good. The best action seems to be early in the mourning around the oyster bars and mangroves on higher water. Free lining pinfish, shrimp tipped jig heads, or even cut pins has been working for redfish around the oyster bars and mangroves. Anglers will also pick up snook with this live bait offering. There are plenty of mangrove snapper around the oyster bars and shrimp tipped jig heads will work best. Snook can be found around the floating docks and mangroves near the passes and free lining baits is the ticket. There are some very large females out there so beef up you tackle to have a chance.

July 7, 2015

The passes and nearshore waters continue to be the place for anglers to go looking for action. Drifting shrimp tipped jig heads in the deeper water is producing snapper, whiting, and silver trout. The spotted seatrout, ladyfish, pompano, and small sharks are hanging in the 5-7 foot depths and will take jig heads with shrimp or shrimp under popping corks. Anchoring in the 15-20 foot range will produce whiting and silver trout, and is a great place for shark fishing. Put out a good chum slick, cast out some chunk baits on 7/0 circle hooks and wait. Blacktips, spinners, dusky's, and the occasional hammer will start showing. The bite in the backbay has been tough, but there has been some bait starting to show on the beach so that should get the fish going. Free lining these baits on 2/0 circle hooks around the mangroves and floating docks on higher water and strong tides is the ticket.

June 29, 2015

Fishing the passes and nearshore water proved the best for anglers this past week. Drifting shrimp tipped jig heads provided hours of action with snapper, whiting, silver trout, ladyfish, and even bonnethead sharks. The snapper and whiting were caught in the deeper water while the shallower water held the trout, lady's, and sharks. Anchoring in 12-18 feet of water proved the ticket for large sharks. Chum the area and throw out chunk baits like ladyfish, then wait. It won't take long for them to show up. Snook fishing around the floating docks and beaches was pretty good when anglers can find quality bait. Free lined whitebaits on 3/0 circle hooks will work best. They are also cruising the beaches near the passes and can be sight fished with artificial's or flies.

June 10, 2015.

This past week the letter was "S", for snapper, snook, and shark. The mangrove snapper bite is oon fire all over the bay and nearshore waters. Mangrove islands, oyster bars, passes and the reefs are teaming with snapper willing to take shrimp tipped jig heads. Anglers remember to downsize your gear to 1/0 circle hooks with split shots in order to better your chances on these bait stealers. The beaches and floating docks are holding snook in large numbers, and they are feeding on free-lined white baits or threadfin herrings on 3/0 circle hooks. There have been some really big females seen among the smaller males so beef up your tackle and take your chances. The sharks are cruising the nearshore waters in 12-20 feet of water. Anchor up get your chum going and throw out some cut ladyfish, frozen threads, or any other bleeding bait and be patient. Once the first few show up it is game on. They are ranging in size from 4-10 feet.

June 4, 2015

Anglers looking for action should focus on the passes and nearshore reefs. Small seatrout, whiting, jacks, small sharks, ladyfish, and silver trout will take shrimp tipped jig heads along the bottom. In the deeper areas of the passes, mangrove snapper are hitting jig heads tipped with small amounts of shrimp. There have been some 12 inchers mixed in, but most are in the 9-10 inch range. If you can find whitebait or threadfin herrings the snook are feeding along the floating docks and mangrove islands near the open water. Free-lining these baits on 3/0 circle hooks during the stronger tides has produced a better bite. The redfish bite has been tough, but persistent angers might pick one up along the mangroves or oyster bars during high tides. Chucking cut baits on the bottom or free lined shrimp seem to work best.

May 28, 2015

The fishing continues to be tough for anglers in and around Esteto Bay this past week. Most seem to be chasing tarpon off north Sanible island all the way to Bica Grande, drifting white baits or free lining crabs under floats. Those looking for tablefare the snapper are everywhere along the mangroves and oyster bars. Downsizing to 1/0 circle hooks with small pieces of shrimp will work fine. The bait along the beach is spotty at best, but if you can find it the snook are crazy along the floating docks and off the beaches near the passes. Free-lining baits in 3/0 circle hooks will work best.

May 14, 2015

The fishing continues to be tough for anglers in and around Estero Bay, possibly due to lack of bait, super clear water, or just lock jaw. There is a quality snapper bite around the mangroves and oyster bars using shrimp tipped jig heads. Free lining small whitebaits around the floating docks will also produce some table sized mangrove snapper. Anglers can also pick up some decent snook action using those small whitebaits around the mangroves and docks on strong tides. The redfish bite is few and far between but there have been some caught around the oyster bars on higher water using shrimp tipped jig heads or pinfish under floats. The best action seems to be sharking in 12-18 feet of water off the beaches. Cut ladyfish seems to work best, but frozen threadfin herrings will also work. It might take a while to get them to show up but once they do you will have plenty of action.

May 5, 2015

With all the wind this past week the water has muddied up and the fishing has been really tough. Anglers can however manage snapper on the oyster bars and mangrove islands on high water using shrimp tipped jig heads. Fishing in the passes have produced silver trout, whiting, sharks, pompano, and even a few spotted seatrout. Dragging shrimp tipped jig heads seems to work best. On a positive note, the freshwater fishing in the retention ponds and neighborhood ponds has been really good for bass. Bouncing black or purple worms is the ticket as well as sinko's.

April 23, 2015

The fishing in and around Estero Bay continues to be tough, but there are some positive things happening. The bait is starting to show up on the nearshore reefs and along the bridges and with it are pods of tarpon. Free lining whitebaits or threadfin herrings will work best or anglers can try using floats while drifting in 12-25 feet of water. There are also plenty of hammerheads, blacktips, spinners, and duskys willing to take these baits as well. The snook are hanging around the floating docks and free lining whitebaits on 3/0 circle hooks will provide plenty of rod bending action. There have been a few overslot fish so beef up your tackle and get ready. Keeper mangrove snapper have also been taking these baits and make very good table fare. There have also been spotted seatrout in the passes ready to take whitebaits or free lined shrimp. The bite on the oyster bars and mangrove islands has been really slow, but your best bet is on high water using shrimp or cut ladyfish.

April 16, 2015

The best bite for anglers is the nearshore waters out to Mays reef. The passes are holding snapper, whiting, and silver trout and are willing to take drifting shrimp tipped jig heads. Moving out to the shallower water proves best for Spanish mackerel, whiting, seatrout, and small sharks. Drifting shrimp tipped jig heads will work here too. Ladyfish will take shrimp under popping corks just fine. There have also been reports of sharks and small pods of tarpon off the beaches. Anglers looking for their chance with the silver king should free lined threadfin herrings while drifting. White bait is also starting to show up in the deeper nearshore waters and snook in the backcountry around the docks and mangroves will eat them up. They seem to work best free lined on 3/0 circle hooks. The redfish bite has been tough but some have been caught using shrimp tipped jig heads or under floats around the oyster bars on higher water.

April 2015

The best action for anglers is the pass where Spanish mackerel, whiting, seatrout, jacks, sharks, pompano, and even snapper are taking jig heads tipped with shrimp. Snapper and the seatrout are in the deeper water while the remainder are located in about 6-9 feet. Drifting seems to work best, but anchoring in about 18-20 feet will produce whiting and silver trout. The nearshore reefs are also producing variety but not much size. Bottom bouncing jig heads with shrimp will work best. There have been a few cobia and tripletail hanging around the crab pots so look for them on your way to and from the reef. The backbay bite has been rather slow, but persistent anglers can pick up a redfish or two throwing shrimp on higher tides around the mangroves and oyster bars.

March 30, 2015

If anglers are looking for action then the passes and nearshore reefs are the place to go. The passes are holding whiting, silver trout, spotted seatrout, sharks, ladyfish, and even a few Spanish mackerel. Drifting shrimp tipped jig heads will work best. The deeper sections of the pass are holding the whiting and silver trout while the shallow areas are producing the Spanish, ladyfish, and sharks. The nearshore reefs have been providing plenty of rod bending action for anglers with Spanish mackerel, ladyfish, sheepshead, small gag grouper, snapper, and some pompano. Bouncing jig heads tipped with shrimp is the ticket for the bottom dwelling species while free lining shrimp will produce the Spanish and ladyfish. The backbay bite has been really tough this past week, but persistent anglers can manage a few redfish around the mangroves and oyster bars on higher water. Shrimp tipped jig heads or shrimp under floats will work fine.

March 23, 2015

This past week the nearshore fishing really started moving into full swing into springtime patterns. Spanish mackerel are all over and will take just about anything thrown at them including bare hooks. Anchor up near any structure start chumming and they will come. After you get them around the boat the bite will continue as long as you keep feeding them. Anglers will also pick up spotted seatrout, whiting, pompano, jacks, grunts and the occasional gag grouper. Just remember season is closed for the gags so get them back to the water quickly. Moving closer to the passes will produce whiting, silver trout, bonnet head sharks, pompano, and spotted seatrout. Bouncing shrimp tipped jig heads will work best. The sharks are starting to show up as well in 12-20 feet of water. Set-up chum the water and get ready. Blacktips, spinner, and bonnet heads will show up quickly. The backbay bite has been tough with a few reds caught on higher water around the oyster bars and mangroves. Cut ladyfish or shrimp seem to work best. Anglers can either free line them or on jig heads. Snook are starting to make their presence known around the floating docks and mangroves near the passes. Moving water is the key to catching them and free lined white baits or threads will work fine.

March 9, 2015

Spring is in full swing and so too are the fishing patterns. The nearshore waters are full of Spanish mackerel, whiting, silver trout, and ladyfish. Bouncing shrimp tipped jig heads in 10-20 feet of water is your best bet. There are plenty of sharks out there as well so bring some big tackle and try your hand battling one of those. Move into shallower water near the passes and pompano are on the menu. Bouncing jig heads with shrimp or under popping corks will work best. Anglers will also pick up plenty of ladyfish and the occasional Spanish with this set-up. With the bait on the bridges and off the beaches the snook are feeding nicely around the floating docks and mangrove edges near the passes. Free lining these baits seem to work best. Redfish have been caught around the mangrove and oyster bars on higher water using shrimp tipped jig heads. Angers might want to chum the area pretty well to get the scent out and bring these spot tails to them.

March 2, 2015

With the warming air and water temperatures there was some transition this past week to more of a spring time fishing pattern. Redfish could be found along the mangrove and oyster bars on higher water and were feeding on shrimp tipped jig heads or shrimp under floats. Sheepshead are coming off their spawn and are thinning out around the mangrove bushes and oyster bars. They will still take shrimp tipped jig heads, but their meat is considerably thinner in size and consistency. Spotted seatrout are starting to show up again on the grass flats near the passes. Shrimp under popping corks will work just fine. Spanish mackerel are making their springtime run outside the passes in 10-20 feet of water. Slow retrieved jig tipped with shrimp will work best. Dragging these jigs across the bottom will also produce whiting, silver trout, and the occasional spotted seatrout.

February 23, 2015

The word for this past week was sheepshead. They could be found on all of their cooler water locations. Anglers fishing srhimp tipped jig heads around mangrove islands, oyster bars, docks, or the nearshore reef waters were catching keepers daily. Seatrout were also making their presence known near the passes in deeper water. Bouncing jig heads with shrimp or under popping corks worked fine. There were few redfish, but persestent anglers managed to get a bite around the oyster bars and mangrove islands on higher water using shrimp tipped jig heads.

February 16, 2015

The fluctuating weather and winds has made the fishing in and around Estero Bay extremely challenging. The winds have created dirty water and the up and down temps have made the fish confused. If anglers can find a bite it will be up and around the mangorve islands and oyster bars using shrimp tipped jig heads. Sheepshead have been the target with the occasional redfish with this set-up. Drift the grass flats near deeper water to find spotted seatrout. Shrimp under a popping cork sems to work best. There will also be plenty of catfish with this method. On the bright side, the fish should go crazy and begin feeding once the temperature warms and the water clears.

February 9, 2015

The ever changing weather conditions have made the fishing challenging for anglers over the past week. The winds continue to be a major problem and finding places to fish are tough. Fishing the wind drivn sides of the mangrove islands when possible seems to be the key locating and catching fish. Higher tides have produced a few redfish using shrimp tipped jig heads. Chumming he area with shrimp pieces heavily has helped getting them grouped and feeding. Anglers will also pick up sheepshead using this method. Anglers might want to downsize their hooks to 1/0 and use split shot for weight. The floating docks and oyster bars have also been producing sheepshead in decent numbers. Fish the deeper channels near grass flats for spotted seatrout using shrimp under popping corks or bouncing shrimp tipped jig heads. If the winds are down, the nearshore refs are stacking up with sheepshead, snapper, and even a few pompano. Bouncing shrimp tipped jig heads on or near the bottom is the ticket.

February 2, 2015

The unpredictability of the weather has made the fishing tough this past week, but the fish are still out there if anglers are patient. Sheepshead are hanging around their winter spots and will take 1/0 circle hooks tipped with shrimp. Mangrove islands, oyster bars, and dock pilings are holding the fish so anglers should concentrate their efforts here. Seatrout are starting to show up in the deeper cuts near the grass flats. Bouncing shrimp tipped jig heads along the bottom will work as will shrimp under popping corks. You will alos pick up ladyfish and silver trout with this method. Drifting the passes in 10-15 feet with shrimp tipped jig heads will produce snapper, silver trout, whiting, and even a few ladyfish.

January 26, 2015

With the colder water temps it is time to start working baits slow and low tring to entice a strike. Fishing the deeper water and surrounding flats will produce seatrout by using shrimp tipped jig heads and shrimp under popping corks. Work the edges or transition zones, this is where they will be hanging out. Silver trout and ladyfish will also be caught using this method. Anglers looking for redfish can find them on higher water around the mangroves and oyster bars. Fishing shrimp tipped jig heads or cut ladyfish will work best. Make sure to work an area longer than normal because of the colder water. They are a little sluggish and might take longer for a strike. Sheepshead can be caught along mangrove islands, oyster bars, and dock pilings. Tipping 1/0 circle hooks with just enough shrimp will work best. Too much shrimp will just bring anglers headaches, as these bait stealers pull larger pices right off the hook.

January 19, 2015

Sheepshead are on the menu and anglers looking for some delicious table fars can catch their limit. Fishing mangrove islands, oyster bars, or dock pilings with shrimp tipped jig heads or #1 circle hooks with split shot will do just fine. Just remember o tipe the jigs or hooks with enough shrimp to cover the hook, anymore will just be pulled off by these convicts. Snapper and black drum will also be caught using this method. Spostted seatrout, whiting, and silver trout are starting to show up inside the passes on the grass flats in 5-7 feet of water. Bouncing shrimp tipped jig heads or shrimp under popping corks will work best. Speaking for the passes, drifting in 10-15 feet of water has been producing whiting, and silver trout while bouncing jig heads with shrimp along the bottom.

January 12, 2015

If anglers are looking for variety then the nearshore reefs are the place to go. Bouncing shrimp tipped jig heads on or near the bottom will produce sheepshead, snapper, small grouper, pompano, jacks, grunts and even some mackerel. Don't forget to put a free lined shrimp or pinfish out or a possible cobia. They have been cruising around the reefs lately. The passes are producing silver trout, whiting, small sharks, and the occasional spanish. Drifting shrimp tipped jig heads will work best. If anglers are looking for redfish, move to the oyster bars and mangorve islands on higher water and use shrimp on jig heads or under floats. Cut ladyfish will also work, but it might take longer for a bite. Be patient and work the area really well before moving on. Spotted seatrout can be caught in the channles near the grass flats bouncing shrimp tipped jig heads of shrimp under popping corks.

January 5, 2015

The fishing has been up and down lately, but patient anglers are able to bring home some pretty good table fare. Sheepshead can be caught around the mangrove islands, oyster bars, and dock pilings on higher water using shrimp tipped 1/0 circle hooks with split shot for weight. They are also plentiful on the nearshore reefs using the same shrimp tipped circle hooks or jig heads. Anglers will also pick up plenty of keeper snapper with this set-up. The redfish action is hit and miss, but your best shot at a slot fish is along the oyster bars and mangrove islands on higher water using shrimp tipped jig heads or shrimp under floats. There have been some seatrout along the deeper channles near the grass flats. Shrimp under popping corks will work best in both locating and catching a few of these spots. Drifting the passes with shrimp tipped jig heads in 13-15 feet of water will produce whiting, sand trout, and even a few sharks.

December 22, 2014

The cooler mourning's have provided anglers with some options. The spotted seatrout bite this past week was pretty good with some overslot fish being caught on the flats near the passes. Bouncing shrimp tipped jig heads or 2/0 circle hooks with split shot will work fine. Don't forget about shrimp under a popping cork, this will help locate and catch fish. There are plenty of sheepshead around the mangroves, oyster bars, and dock pilings. Anglers fishing #1 circle hooks with #3 split shots thrown near any type of structure are having success. Drifting the passes with shrimp tipped jig heads will produce snapper, silver trout, and ladyfish. Fishing the mangroves and oyster bars on higher water later in the day has been producing a few redfish using shrimp tipped jig heads or shrimp under floats. Patience is the key for anglers as they are slow to feed until the water temps rise. Fish darker bottoms as they will heat up faster.

December 15, 2014

The fishing this past week of December 15th gave anglers the opportunity to work on their cooler water techniques. Working baits slower through deeper water proved the go-to method for locating and catching fish. Sheepshead were the fish of choice right now as they are holding fast in their winter locations. Fishing shrimp tipped #1 circle hooks around dock pilings and oyster bars was the ticket for getting a fefw of these tasty fish. There wre a few redfish taking shrimp tipped jig heads worked along mangrove and oyster bars on high water. Spotted seatrout are also starting to take shrimp under popping corks or shrimp tipped jig heads worked along the bottom near deeper channels.

December 8, 2014

The fishing this past week of December 8th provided anlgers with some good variety and size. The sheepshead are definitly showing their presence in the backbays around dock pilings, oyster bars, and mangrove islands. #1 circle hooks with #3 split shot will provide anglers with their best opportunity to catch these bait stealers. Remeber to just put enough shrimp to cover the hook, too much makes for easy removal. Anchor up current if fishing dock pilings and drift your baits to them. You might need extra weight if the current is ripping to make sure your bait is on or near the bottom. There really isn't much of a hook set especially with circle hooks, but my dvice is to wait for the resistance on the end of the rod before taking any action. Anglers will also pick up snapper with this method. The redfish have been feeding pretty well along the mangroves and oyster bars on higher water. Shrimp tipped jig heads will work best. Seatrout are hanging around the deeper channels near grass and will take shrimp tipped jig heads dragged along the bottom.