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Estero Bay bite is rebounding after storm

Capt. Brad Brown
September 6, 2016
Fort Myers - Saltwater Fishing Report

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It was all about sunset fishing before the storm arrived last week. It was a bit cooler once the afternoon showers breezed through. Luck and a giant snook showed up at about the same time, but alas, no photo. This turned out to be a wily snook and he flipped off right at the boat. But it was big, really!

After the passing of Hermine the best fishing occurred on the outgoing tide in the morning. The outbound water was clearer than the churned up inbound Gulf water and most likely had a lot to do with the better bite. I netted up some good sized pilchards along the beaches with a few pinfish mixed in.

While cruising the backwaters looking for snook we caught a small tarpon and a few nice jacks. The turn of the tide did produce a few snook with no keepers, but that turned off once the water color changed.

Some nice sized black drum have made an appearance out in the deeper water just off of the beaches. It's that time of year. Feed them shrimp on a jig if you have it as part of your bait selection. They aren't too fond of pilchards.

We are rolling though the quietest time of the year on the water. Kids are back in school, the tourist and snowbirds are still up north and the locals are back at work. It's a great time to sneak out and book a charter. The redfish have started to make their Fall push into the backcountry and all signs point to a good season for reds. Give me a call!

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Captain Brad Brown, fishing Estero Bay & Pine Island Sound. He has a wealth of experience, and a passion for being on the water, and sharing that with his clients. In-shore and near-shore fishing is Captain Brad's specialty. Estero Bay and Pine Island Sound offer a wide range of species, including shark and tarpon action. Dolphin and Manatee sightings, turtles, eagles, spoonbills, egrets and more. You never know what a day on the water will bring.

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Moonlite Charters, LLC
20643 Porthole Ct.
Estero, FL 33928
Phone: 239-777-7786
Alt. Phone: 239-450-1476
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