Fort Myers fishing report for January 13, 2013
Capt. Wes Skinner
January 27, 2013
Fort Myers - Saltwater Fishing Report
Fishing in the Sanibel and Fort Myers area the past few weeks have been some what predictable for this time of year. When fishing during the winter months here in SW Florida, we have to consider the fluctuating water temperatures from cold fronts and fish accordingly. The 2 days after a cold front are always more of a challenge but we always seem to get the job done. Temperatures have ranged from 70 to 86 degrees the past month with water temps being between 64 to 70. March is when the action really starts to heat up!
I have still been catching bait which is great for this time of year but it's always before the sun rises. I still bring shrimp out with me too, just to be safe.
When fishing for Redfish, I've been using a popping cork with white bait or shrimp . Incoming, low tide on the flats. Not much over slot but good numbers. Regulations 1 per person within 18"-27". Max 8 per vessel.
I've been catching Trout using white bait or shrimp with a popping cork on the flats or reeling in a small weight across the bottom of deeper cuts with a shrimp attached. Regulations 4 per person within 15"-20".
Snook have been more active lately. The bigger Snook I've caught have mostly been in the creeks, river and canals. I've been using cut lady fish or white bait with 20 lb. line, 30-40 lb. leader and 3.0 circle hooks. Catch and Release only.
Fishing has been better in the afternoons but keep the tide in mind too. Most times it levels out around 1pm this time of year before it starts to go out again. Good time to stop at the beach or grab some lunch.
We prefer to check our tides using the Nestides app. www.nestides.com/ and/or the Tide Graph app. www.tidegraph.com/. We also use the fish rules app.www.fishrulesapp.com/ if there's ever a question whether a fish is in season.
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15351 Briarcrest Cir.
Fort Myers, FL 33912
(239) 851- 9600
Redfish, Snook, Trout
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