Capt. Jon Fetter
March 6, 2014
Estero Bay - Saltwater Fishing Report
Consistent weather patterns brought consistent fishing this past week. The nearshore reefs were teaming with both variety and size with sheepshead, Spanish mackerel, and snapper. The bottom dwelling sheeps and snapper were willing to take shrimp tipped jig heads bounced on the bottom, while the mac's preferred a slow retrieve with the shrimp. There were also many small gag grouper caught daily using cut bait on the bottom. The passes produced good numbers of silver trout, jacks, bonnet head sharks, and Spanish mackerel. Dragging jig heads with shrimp while drifting seemed to be the best method. The afternoon bite in the backwaters produced good numbers of redfish up and around the mangrove islands and oyster bars. Shrimp tipped jig heads under floats was the go-to method. Anglers can also try soaking cut ladyfish on circle hooks in the same areas. Drifting the grass flats with shrimp under a popping cork has produced seatrout, ladyfish, and jacks. Look for clean water in the 2-5 feet depths, this is where they have been hanging out.
Catching The Cure is a Backcountry Spin and Fly Fishing Charter located in Ft. Myers Florida. Captain Jon has spent 30 years fishing with experience ranging from farm ponds in Ohio to bonefishing in the Abaco Islands of the Bahamas. He now calls Southwest Florida home where he hunts the flats and mangroves in search of monster snook, redfish, and tarpon. Captain Jon is the current Secretary of th Lee County Profesional Guides Association and a Pro Staff memeber of Bass Pro Shops.