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Fort Myers Fishing Report - The Bite is Tough Right Now

Capt. Eric Anderson
November 23, 2017
Fort Myers - Saltwater Fishing Report

Fishing the past few days is as tough as it gets. While there has been no "official" testing done in Estero Bay its obvious that the same Med levels of red tide found in all of Pine Island Sound seem to be present in Estero Bay. I did see some dead mullet on top of some oyster bars and the Bald Eagles were enjoying them!

Regardless of where I tried there was a complete lack of fish activity, even the hard head cats were not biting. This is typical of a medium red tide event, the fish are stressed but they are not dying as they would be in a high level event. There was bait on the surface by the 1000's with huge flocks of birds having a great time eating all they could. Just inside of New Pass the birds were so thick it was quite a sight, and we did not see not a single fish busting the bait anywhere. This is often the case with a medium bloom. The bait is stressed and it seem like they try to avoid the R/T by staying close to the surface.

Great Fishing Is Coming Soon!
The bloom won't last long and I would anticipate that with the change in wind directions to the NE and some rain in the forecast for 11-24-17 that all should return to normal quickly. All of those fish that have been inactive will be on a major chomp as soon as conditions improve. So enjoy your turkey day and get out there this weekend and give it a try. Remember that by the time you read about a hot bite in a fishing report you can bet its over. Go fishing anytime you can, and you are bound to hit the right days in the next week and have an epic day on the water.

You Need To Know
I am a firm believer in giving you an honest report on what you can expect on your next fishing trip. After all that's why you read these reports. If the fishing is tough you need to know,so you can plan accordingly.

Good Luck and Remember to get out there when ever you can!

Capt Eric Anderson
What A Hawg Charters
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We specialize in offering light tackle and fly fishing charters on the flats and in the back bays of Ft Myers and Fort Myers Beach. Just south of Fort Myers is Estero Bay which has an extensive network of lagoons, mangrove islands, tidal creeks and rivers. Fish with one of the Fort Myers Areas most experienced light tackle and fly fishing guides for Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, Trout and more. Be sure to ask us about night fishing, it is great for big Snook.

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13650 Fiddlesticks Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33912
Phone: 239-330-2427
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