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Grouper getting Better, Redfish still Tops

Capt. Ron Kowalyk
December 14, 2015
Fort Myers - Saltwater Fishing Report

Offshore: Same old, same old, which in this case is pretty good. Weather remains reasonable to some degree just plan accordingly. This is a strong El Nino year which means windy and volatile weather patterns, I guess. Crews reported lots of Spanish and kings at 3-9 miles out. Grouper action is getting better every day as close as 5 miles out. Tripletailers hooked up grouper around the crab pots, kings snagging pins, shrimp and small trips on the way up. Happy hookers dragged plus 10-15 lipped plugs on the bumps from 3-12 miles off and caught nice kings as well. The close marks at 3-5 miles out are holding snapper, grouper, cobia, grunt and all the usual suspects. You can Sabiki good baits around the reefs or use cut mackerel. Spoons, shallow running plugs and flies all took a share of the macks. Cobia are still a hot target with pins, carbs and bait dressed jigs all good to go offerings.

Backbay: Keep up on the tides and you'll be into the best of the year redfishing. The bite is consistent all along our region. Shrimp under a cork, shiners, cut ladies and scented softies all took a share. Fish the latter half of the incoming and the first half of the outgoing and you'll be in the game around the bars and bushes. Trout are perking up on the southern end of our waters and are red hot on the north end. Snook are thick in the creeks and live-baiters are beating them up; debarb your circle hooks sports! Crews found good numbers of pompano in the passes on either tide, shrimp tipped jigs were the easy peezy pattern. The passes also had some fun mixed bag action with sharks, macks, trout, ladyfish, snapper, black drum and reds; good easy fishing.

That's All Folks, Gotta Run!

Capt. Ron Kowalyk

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Ft. Myers, FL 33967
Phone: 239-267-9312
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