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Smoker Kings within Reach

Capt. Ron Kowalyk
January 4, 2016
Fort Myers - Saltwater Fishing Report

Offshore: Gear up anglers the smoker king are in reach of small boaters from 1-9 miles off the beach. Crews scored with trolled spoons, shallow runner plugs and big lipped divers in the 15-25 foot range. You could soak a big live bait under a float cast to the boils and hold on for a mega tussle. Big Spanish and bonito also hacked their way through the fray. If you're up to it no bait is to big, crews dragged whole Spanish through the bait mobs and hooked up "mobbies" to 40 lbs.; cheap thrills, I like it! Sharks were the big tooth interlopers and made for even more craziness, gotta love it !! Snapper are mauling shiners, cut bait and shrimp from the close marks at 3 mile off to Mexico. Grouper action is good even in the windy conditions. Draggers felt less effects of the rolling seas, it was hard to hold the hook in place at times. Keep an eye on the weather, get out early and "spy hop" for boiling bait and birds!

Backbay: We had some fun trips with the blue tail blitzes keeping everybody busy cranking and rebaiting on the mangrove island throughout San Carlos Bay and Pine Island Sound. Nothing fancy gut busting acting with simple shrimp and cork rigs, I like it! We didn't get many shots at big fish as baits were immediately inhale if not sound. Rule number 1 A, don't leave fish to find em, at least not with 4 man guest crews. Happy-Happy-Happy!! Trout action was fast but also on the small side, life's tough here in "fishy paradise", I'll take it as it comes ! No worries mate1 Snookers continue to whack big fish up in the Caloosahatchee, El Jobean, the Imperial and along the passes, whitebait the best offering. Mini tarpon are up the creeks as well, my crews hooked up with fun baby poons and buster jacks of 10 plus lbs., cheap thrills, just add silly stuff to your bucket list.

Bass addicts had their fill whipping the ponds, canals and wayback feeder creeks, reporting some nice catches of bucket mouth "Coon ass green Trout ", " I caught em me! " as they say. Cichlids seem to be on a lifelong chew, bring wiggler worms, shrimp bits and sponge rubber spider flies, their everywhere, they are everywhere. " Don't curse the bridges that carried you over " , any fish in a storm!! RIGHT!!

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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19225 Murcott Dr. West
Ft. Myers, FL 33967
Phone: 239-267-9312
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