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Tarpon Top Target

Capt. Ron Kowalyk
June 3, 2015
Fort Myers - Saltwater Fishing Report

Offshore; Lots of wind last few days kept teams close to shore. Tarpon were the main target and there was a hard won battle at times with the chop a factor. Poons are just off the beaches all along our region, good action off Big Carlos Pass, the Shrimp boat channel at Matanzas Pass and further north. The smart money threaded its way through the rodeo at Boca, " Too Weird, Too many Bugs". Other reports of excellent snapper bites from 3- 20 plus miles off. Grouper are in the mixed with cobia, sharks as usual. Permit are showing up, it's been a tad tough with the chop, hopefully it'll lay down. Crabs were the top permit bait and tarpon are chewing "old crusty" as well. My bait guy had crabs, call your shop before you stop, pins are just about as good or better for poons! The close marks gave up some nice messes of snapper supplying crews with some nice fry-ups, had snapper for dinner yesterday, yummy. The surf guys had a nice mixed bag bite, trout, snapper a few reds, release snook, flounder, pomps. The passes hold masses of sniper, trout, ladies, some pomps and of course sharks. Some big boat crews topped the pops with big grouper , extra fat snapper, cobia and others, Coast Guard Cutter conditions though, " Play Safe".

Inshore: Lots of action as you waddle your way through the short trout and reds. We scored in numbers but struggled to get limits, sorry! " Never stop the fight". Shrimp, shiners and cutbaits all scored, fished tight to the bottom along the "Green Monster". Ladyfish at times dominated the trout drifts but they're mighty good cut bait and the livies are top tarpon fare, "always look fro the upside"! Reds ran in year classes fish and we found mostly under slot bluetails, I guess other crews faired better but I didn't see that at the fish cleaning tables. San Carlos Bay had a decent mixed bag bite with legal snapper the high point. Snook manglers had fun tormenting the out of season liners, thank God I get mostly "ham and eggers" looking for lunch! There are poons up in the Caloosahatchee, at El Jobean, the Peace, Myakka and Imperial rivers. Snook reds and big jacks were in the river mix, easy living crews! Again there are scads of fat snappers around the docks, yakkers hit the docks in the Estero River and the crews came up with nice limits of "doggies". Gotta Run, on thee water today, wish me luck!!

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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