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Fort Myers Fishing Report - Great Topwater Action Now

Capt. Eric Anderson
October 24, 2015
Fort Myers - Saltwater Fishing Report

In my last report I encouraged everyone to get out and take advantage of the great top water bite both inshore and off the beaches. My clients yesterday Brian and Katie are experienced top water anglers but had never fished top water for saltwater fish. After four hours of non-stop catching they can't wait for a re-match, especially with the huge schools of ladyfish.

If you want to get out and try some top water action, arrive at your favorite flat at first light and be looking for schools of busting fish. Yesterday the fish didn't really start busting until about 8 AM, but they were biting well before the busts started. Right now I don't believe there's a place you can go where there isn't something biting. Yesterday my clients caught ladyfish, spec trout, redfish, jacks and one big gaff top cat all on a Savage Gear Mud Minnow 4" size. I have seen the larger gaff tops cats hit water before and they are usually fish over 25 inches that really fight. Water temperatures have stabilized in the mid to upper 70s which is ideal for just about everything that swims.

Here's a photo of Katie with her first spec trout, and first saltwater fish on a top water. Her Trout was carefully released after the photo, I encourage everyone to practice CPR (Catch-Photgraph-Release) to preserve the quality of our fisheries. They had a great time catching ladyfish by the dozen for about an hour until we decided to move.

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So if you're looking to do a lot of catching instead of fishing don't wait a minute longer get out on the water any chance you can in the next week or so. We all know that that first big cold front of the winter can't be far away, so get while the getting is good.

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We specialize in offering light tackle and fly fishing charters on the flats and in the back bays of Ft Myers and Fort Myers Beach. Just south of Fort Myers is Estero Bay which has an extensive network of lagoons, mangrove islands, tidal creeks and rivers. Fish with one of the Fort Myers Areas most experienced light tackle and fly fishing guides for Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, Trout and more. Be sure to ask us about night fishing, it is great for big Snook.

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What A Hawg Fishing Charters
13650 Fiddlesticks Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33912
Phone: 239-330-2427
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