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Estero Bay Report

Capt. Jon Fetter
May 22, 2016
Estero Bay - Saltwater Fishing Report

I know this must sound like a broken record, but the fishing remains very tough for anglers. The water is heating up, the tides have been slow, and no rain in sight has made for tough conditions. The rains should start their normal summer pattern and so too should the fish. Anglers can look for trout in the 3-5 foot of water near passes and throw shrimp under a popping cork to locate and catch them. There are plenty of snapper around the oyster bars and mangrove islands, but you just have to pick through the smaller ones to get a few keepers. Dragging shrimp tipped jig heads along the bottom seems to be the ticket for them. Just rememeber to downsize your tackle if you want a chance against these great bait stealers. The redfish bite is spotty at best, but working the oyster bars on higher water is the ticket. Cut bait or shrimp tipped jig heads will work. The tarpon bite is starting to heat up off the beaches and the barrier islands. Free lining threadfin herrings or crabs is the way to go for them, but don't sleep on cut ladyfish or catfish tails on the bottom. If they are feeding they will eat just about anything.

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Catching The Cure is a Backcountry Spin and Fly Fishing Charter located in Ft. Myers Florida. Captain Jon has spent 30 years fishing with experience ranging from farm ponds in Ohio to bonefishing in the Abaco Islands of the Bahamas. He now calls Southwest Florida home where he hunts the flats and mangroves in search of monster snook, redfish, and tarpon. Captain Jon is the newest member of the Mako Boats Pro Staff and a Pro Staff memeber of Bass Pro Shops.

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Catching The Cure
17550 Stepping Stone Dr
Fort Myers, FL 33967
Phone: 239-229-4705
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