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Groupers and Redfish

Capt. Ron Kowalyk
November 10, 2015
Fort Myers - Saltwater Fishing Report

Offshore: Good stuff reported this week with fair weather letting crews run the deeper marks. Scads of red grouper but the closure rained on the parade. Other grouper took up the slack with gags at the head of the list. Plenty of snapper again from 5-20 plus miles out, bring Spanish sardines and chum. Kings made an appearance with scads of Spanish, some bonito and cobia on the marks at 9 plus miles out. Ground fish filled out the catches with smalls filling the coolers at 3 plus miles out. Cobia are a favored target on the close bumps if you're lucky, pinfish are the bait of choice e for ling. Tripletail are scattered on the pot lines with bigger trips out about 4 plus miles out and on points south. We'll give it a try this week. Weather could get a tad rough this weekend with rain in the forecast and winds at about 12 plus knots outa the east by mid-morning. Keep the faith, no secrets here, watch the weather, run and gun!

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Inshore: Redfish are the big story here with best of the year bites reported all along the region. The northern best reports with over-slot fish from mid Pine Island Sound through Charlotte very catchable, give me a slots fish for dinner any day. Points south in Estero were generous with lots of mid slot reds eating pins, shrimp and scented plastics on the high water periods. Mud skippers, kayakers poled and paddle the flats at low water periods and found reds in groups around the oyster bars and in the sand patches. Fly guys had shots at reds with spoon and shrimp flies, wadding was productive around the east shore of the Ding. Weedless spoons, Gulps and topwater plug drew some nice blows, stealth is the secret to success. Snook remain very active on livies and are spreading out from the Gulf beaches into the winter-over areas. Crews reported a mixed bag of reds and snook on the mangrove edges. Trout are bouncing back in Estero on the mid to north ranges in 3-4 ft. of water, shrimp, Gulps and flies all took a share. The specks are thick in the mid-zones of P. I. and of course in Charlotte Harbor.

That's All Folks, Gotta Run!

Capt. Ron Kowalyk

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Back bay and flats fishing for redfish, snook, sea trout, tarpon and others aboard our 23' Fish Master Flats and Bay or our 16' Mud Skipper Poling Skiff. Fly fishing, live bait and plug casting the flats, passes and salt creeks of Southwest Florida is our specialty. Fish the shallow, clear flats of Charlotte Harbor, Pine Island Sound, The Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Goodland, Everglades, 10,000 Islands and Estero Bay. We provide all fishing support, licenses, bait and tackle.

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