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Estero Bay Producing Good Catches: Pompano, Snook & Reds

Capt. Brad Brown
July 25, 2016
Fort Myers - Saltwater Fishing Report

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Southwest Florida is in the midst of summer and the bite is on. Early mornings are best for catches of snook and redfish in the backcountry with quite a few big ones mixed in. There have also been a lot of small tarpon cruising with the snook. Live pilchards are the bait of choice but don't hesitate to put on a live shrimp or an artificial that looks like live bait. Soft plastics have worked the best.

The passes of Estero Bay have been producing pompano with some to 3 pounds. An occasional catfish, shark or ladyfish is also a possibility. A little further offshore watch for birds working over the water. They are after the bait that's being pushed up by game fish and that will usually lead to a hookup on spanish mackerel, jacks and ladyfish.

If you\'re fishing later in the day, try hitting the oyster bars with some cut bait. I use 30 pound leader and a circle hook. The cut bait provides all the weight you'll need for casting. Look for points around the bars with good current. This effort should lead to some nice surprise catches of redfish, snook and sea trout.

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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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