All Before the Storm
Capt. Russ Walker
September 14, 2020
Cape Coral - Saltwater Fishing Report
We had a big day on the water yesterday. My client Karl H. and I caught and released close to 40 nice Mangrove snappers behind Cabbage Key on the Grass flat edge.
Then moving on to the break at the Broken Islands, we caught and released around at least twenty 14" to 15" Speckled Sea Trout plus 15 big ones and one nice-sized 22" Breeder. Carefully, released I might add. YES !!!, the trout are back.
Now on Around to the NE corner of Pine Island where we noticed a fish school breaking at the surface. I thought they were Blue fish as we spun around and began to cast our silver spoons into the flurry. Looking down I saw an 8-foot Bull shark cruise right under the boat, SPOOKY to say the least. Then, More Monster Ladyfish hits.
Karl made a great cast where a large ladyfish immediately hit the lure. A short fight ensued then, just like on National Geographic, when the Great White shark breaches skyward, tossing it upward killing the seal, a beautiful 6-foot Bull shark launched upward hitting Karl's catch knocking it skyward. Low and behold the big single hook spoon stuck in the shark's mouth and the fight was on.
For Twenty-five minutes and 20 spins of the boat he fought the shark. Twice it was within 10' of the boat and we saw it. Beautiful. On a last-ditch effort, the shark made big a run opposite the boat's direction. The 40-pound braid held but the mono leader snapped. No spoon either. The remaining leader was terribly chaffed. Oh Well, such is life in a SHARK FIGHT!!!
Well, it was quite a day and lots of fun. The waters continue healing and tons of fish are coming back into the intercoastal. A few Atlantic Nettle Jellies are here so be careful of those tentacles.
You can still find large concentrations of bait on the shallow grass flats too. Sea Birds and Dolphins abound.
So, till the next report. Let's get out on the water and do some fishing.
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