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Fishing pretty good despite reports of massive freshwater runoff

Capt. Rob Modys
July 30, 2013
Fort Myers - Saltwater Fishing Report

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Despite the news about the dumping of water from the Lake Okeechobee basin, the fishing has been pretty good in the near Gulf shore waters off of Fort Myers Beach and in Estero Bay. The best catches are coming from way back in the backcountry, so that's the place to start.

We've also been getting a mixed bag of fish along the May Reef and near the outer marker off of Fort Myers Beach. Catches of whiting, silver trout, jacks and spanish mackerel have been common along with the occasional pompano.

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The shark bite is still on as well. On a recent trip my anglers landed several blacktips, sharpnose and bull sharks using cut jacks as bait. We had to chum quite a bit with cut threadfins, but it paid off.

The passes are holding sea trout and mangrove snapper but those are only biting at the top of the outbound tide. There are some sea trout on the flats but most have been on the small side.

Redfish are way up in the backcountry. It's best to target them early in the morning or late in the day. Live shrimp on a jig will work but cut bait is better.

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