Outgoing Tide Snooking

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Recent inshore fishing reports from the Southwest region.


Outgoing Tide Snooking

Florida Sportsman member: kmagnuss

Snooking

Ross was trying out the new Hogy 4″ paddle tail jigs that are pre-rigged. When the water slowed down he had good success with the 9″ classic eel. In about four hours, we boated eight snook ranging from 24″ to 31″. Ross definitely schooled me on casting accuracy, especially accuracy at distance. Missing your desired spot by 12″ could be the difference between that laid up 40″ snook seeing your bait or not.

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South Matlacha Topwater Action

Florida Sportsman member: offshore22

Matlacha Topwater

After the tide turned, it was party time. Trout on topwater is truly rewarding. I landed four nice keepers and lost a monster which easily could have been 24-26″. Caught about half a dozen others. My go to lure of choice is the Yo-Zuri 3db pencil. It casts far, tracks well and catches everything.

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Tarpon and Snook

Florida Sportsman member: kmagnuss

Tarpon and Snook

I went two for six with the estimated weights ranging between 12 lbs and 50 lbs. We also caught quite a few snook between the two of us. Probably six decent ones released and another eight or so lost into the pilings or with pulled hooks.

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Charlotte Harbor Bluefish

Florida Sportsman member: yank707

Charlotte Harbor Bluefish

We fished off some of the keys with shrimp on a circle hook and bobber. We found a school of bluefish and put down the power pole. They lasted a good half hour with several hookups and catch and releases.

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Wind Fishing Pine Island

Florida Sportsman member: TimGleason

Wind Fishing Pine Island

The fish were super active and pounding bait in six feet of water. Mostly smaller snook right against the shoreline. Bombed a few hundred yard square box for three redfish, one decent one of about 26″. Also nabbed two trout, both decent at 17″ or so. The snook were infinite, the biggest that was caught was about 26″.

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Matlacha Pass Snook and Reds

Florida Sportsman member: TimGleason

Matlacha Pass Snook

Fishing has been surprisingly steady. Slot size and undersized snook have been steady in the predawn and dawn time frame. The redfish bite has been steady as well. Fishing isn’t on fire but a pick bite is better than water devoid of life like in the red tide areas.

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Pine Island Ladyfish and More

Florida Sportsman member: ReelFinsFlorida

Pine Island Ladyfish

My girlfriend pulled in a monster ladyfish, the biggest I’ve seen in awhile. After that, we decide to make a move and found some good action near Cabbage Key. I was able to put my girlfriend on her first snook! Besides that, we ended up catching a ton of snappers, smaller snook and also a decent trout.

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Pine Island Snook and Redfish

Florida Sportsman member: TimGleason

pine island fishing

Snook bite has been steady on outgoing tide in the dark/grey light. Pick bite on 15″ – 32″ snook fishing dark color 5″ swimbaits rigged weedless. Getting slot fish every other day or so. On to red fishing once it gets a bit lighter. Getting some slot, as well as overslot fish daily on same baits, but white/silver.

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Inshore Family Day

Florida Sportsman member: kmagnuss

Lots of action on the water to keep the kiddos busy. I even broke down and bought some shrimp which seems to keep them occupied for longer than it should. Nothing big but a couple keeper trout and flounder were caught along with some jacks, ladies, and snapper.

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Lemon Bay Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: kmagnuss

All we did was drift and catch fish. Pretty much non-stop action for a couple hours until the tide went slack. Caught several trout, snook, jacks, and one bluefish that she couldn’t handle herself.

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Reds, Snook and More

Florida Sportsman member: Binder

We dropped the powerpole and “fired out” some baits. Within minutes we had a double hookup on a redfish and a snook. We re-baited and casted in the same spot, another red.

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A Fishing Trip to Remember

Florida Sportsman member: Gonzalezrob

Day two started slower than day one, but Capt. Ozzie Fischer was determined to put us on some quality fish. After trying a few spots and netting some live pilchards, Capt. put on a bunch of snook. There were a couple of occasions were we had doubleheader and even a triple header.

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Pine Island Solo Action

Florida Sportsman member: TimGleason

The one evening I did manage to get out on the low tides, I also found a number of tailers that didn’t want to bite. Poling home, I saw a wad of fish about 400 yards away. Got to stalk them and lay a lure into them for a 31-incher. Biggest of the season so far. Good to see a nice school of 15 or 20 big fish happily tailing.

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Sarasota Bay Drum

Florida Sportsman member: former bluefishinny

We hit an area, and after a few little trout pops, Mark gets a nice boil on his Super Spook. Fish rolls, we can see its a red – “fire at him, see if he will eat you” Mark says. I present a smaller bait, different color. Swirl, and I am on to this just shy 28 inch red.

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A Red Morning

Florida Sportsman member: GatorInPISound

At this point we were hoping the incoming tide would really trigger a bite but the only thing we conjured up was a small shark. We continued on for a bit and picked up a couple more reds including a tiny reddish looking shark and a 22 inch snook.

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Recent Outings

Florida Sportsman member: Bassin Assassin

Cast out my mullet in mullet color and it got crushed at 1:35pm. Set the hook and felt good weight. She stayed down and I knew it was a red. She made a number of drag-screaming runs and used the boat for cover when that didn’t work. Finally got her in the net and she came in at healthy 27 3/4 inches.

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Starting the Morning Right

Florida Sportsman member: Snookaddict91

Hit the river Monday morning wasn’t there 10 minutes and landed a 41 inch snook, can’t complain about that kind of start to the week! Caught another shortly after that was 32 inches and quite a few small snook.

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Low Water in Estero

Florida Sportsman member: Grey Beard

The wind was blowing a bit and not quite sure when water would be deep enough to navigate the oyster bar. Second cast got smacked and the fish turned right at the boat. By the time I could turn the boat around she was into my backing knot.

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Fishy Weekend

Florida Sportsman member: former bluefishinny

Rising tide yielded a topwater redfish for Mark pretty quick. The wind picked up, and we decided to hit East Bay. I was rewarded with a topwater red as well. And a few minutes later, a snook to complete the slam.

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September Reds

Florida Sportsman member: GatorInPISound

Bait has been very good with ballyhoo, shiners, and pinfish being plentiful, to the north has been easier than south for me in that regard. I’ve been focusing on redfish more than anything else, looking for the fish to school.

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Breaking in the New Skiff

Florida Sportsman member: JoshW

I picked up a new to me Dolphin Renegade Pro last week. I fished some skinny stuff on Saturday and Sunday morning for the falling tide. The morning snook bite was great in the mangroves and the reds bit well on the low. All fish were caught on artificials and my son got his first slam on artificial this weekend.

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Tarpon and More

Florida Sportsman member: kmagnuss

Forum member kmagnuss got into some solid fish recently, including 7 landed tarpon and snook.

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Southwest Redfish Bite

Florida Sportsman member: GatorInPISound

The rain slowed things up just a little and changed the bite from actively aggressive to timid and lethargic but the fish did cooperate. I thank the lord for enabling us to catch fish and have safe passage on the water, it was a great three weeks of fishing.

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New Personal Best

Florida Sportsman member: red_magnet

We fished late afternoon yesterday till about 10:00pm. Caught a 20 inch snook, 29 inch snook , big black drum and a bigger black drum. Second Drum was all of 25 pounds and fought like a vw bug and felt like a medium size dog when you picked him up.

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Night Time Artificial Bite

Florida Sportsman member: flsnookhunter

this past week I was staying at South Seas and fishing Redfish Pass from shore. There was a solid bite almost every night. Ended up catching around 15 snook, a small tarpon, and a few trout. All of these fish were caught on the Spooltek 6 inch Fatty in electric ladyfish except for 3 on pinfish.

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Sliming up the New Boat

Florida Sportsman member: jvanpelt

I traded in the paddles for an outboard and got myself an Action Craft Flyfisher. Yesterday was the first of many road trips. This was a short one down to Chokoloskee to do some exploring.

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Southwest Inshore Bite

Florida Sportsman member: TimGleason

Been doing well on Redfish and Snook on Pine Island east side. Topwater and White Berkley 5″ Grass Pigs working over mullet schools. Not lighting it up but a steady fish or two every time I go out.

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Epic Month of Tarpon Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Ross

The past few weeks have really turned around my tarpon season. Between trips with friends, we’ve managed to jump well over 100 tarpon on soft baits during the month of May. Lost track of how many landed, but it’s around 45%.

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Sarasota Snook

Florida Sportsman member: SRQSkinnywater

We followed it for a ways throwing lures at it and i ended up hooking up on it with a 7 inch mullet that it inhaled. All in all it was a great day with my personal best snook at 40 inches even!

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Charlotte Harbor Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Real V

Went out at about noon to see if I could find some trout and reds. What a day, started off with two 18 inch trout and then hooked 4 cobia. The biggest I landed was 30 inches. I saw about 30 cobia in all. then hit the west wall and got a 25 inch red.

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Charlotte Harbor Night Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Real V

Took my friend Doug from Wisconsin out. He caught his first snook ever and some black drum. We got one keeper and I got a 38 inch snook. I don’t know why the black drum have moved in so early, but saturday night I got a 45 inch blackdrum.

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Sanibel Trout Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Grey Beard

It was noon and the bumpy northeast winds of the early morning were gone and it was now flat calm. I put on a chartreuse Zara Spook Jr. and missed a decent bite. Then a big whoosh and a nice battle, thinking I had another red, it turned out to be my biggest trout ever at 25 inches and 5 pounds, a real gator.

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East Wall Redfish

Florida Sportsman member: Ryanlee

I waited until the tide wasn’t negative to go out and saw a lot of reds on the east wall. Water temps were around 74 degrees. Got a nice 30 inch fish on a zman shrimp. I’m able to cover a lot of ground with my trolling motor looking for them.

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Taking the Kids Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Tight Loops

The bite never really turned on but was steady all afternoon. Mostly shorts and “fun” fishing but we got to see mangrove snapper, a grunt, a lane snapper, tomtates, spanish mackerel, one flounder, sand perch, blue runners, whiting, baby grouper and a puffer that was a big hit as it inflated.

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Pine Island Flats

Florida Sportsman member: CoTroutGuy

Forum member CoTroutGuy got out recently and chased some fish in the shallow water. Spotting tailing redfish in the overcast conditions at hand was tough, but he was able to land a nice red and a nice snook!

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Pine Island Inshore

Florida Sportsman member: GatorInPISound

At this point we looked at some potholes and sandy bare bottom zones to see if the fish might be hanging around waiting on the incoming, and a few were.

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A Pleasant Surprise

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Ross

We went out last night fishing the incoming tide. Hoping to find some big snook and tarpon, but had a hard time getting our baits through…COBIA? Wound up landing 3 up to 30 pounds and broke off another pig. The cobia bit best on slack tide using Hogy HDUV Black/Purple Flake Paddle Tails on 1 ounce Jig Heads.

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Bumping the Bridges

Florida Sportsman member: Real V

Forum member Real V got into some nice Charlotte Harbor snook recently. The tactic used for these linesider was hopping D.O.A. Terroreyz along the bottom around bridge structure.

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Southwest Inshore Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Binder

We moved to a stretch of groves and landed 16 snook, 3 reds, 4 mangrove snapper, 3 jacks and a trout. We moved one last time to another section of groves and caught 6 more snook and 2 jacks. Back by 2 and they were happy!

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Tarpon, Tripletail and More

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Ross

We’ve still been plugging away at tarpon at night, it was a bit inconsistent around the last full moon. One night we jumped six, the next night four, then the two following trips we jumped a big fat zero.

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Peace River Snook

Florida Sportsman member: Snookaddict91

Forum member Snookaddict91 got into some nice snook while fishing the peace river. Fishing the shorelines for these fish, it can be a blast pulling them out of the sticks on spinning tackle. Nice fish!

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Fighting the Heat, Catching Fish

Florida Sportsman member: GatorInPISound

As the tide finally reached the branches of the mangroves, we decided to start working the bushes. It turned out to be a good idea and the fish cooperated. They got fired up, eating both under and off of the bushes. When the sun went behind a cloud the fish came out very far off the shadow line, and when it was sunny they retreated to the sanctuary of the roots.

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Snook and Tarpon Action In July

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Ross

Most tarpon have been in the 40 to 80 pound range and we’ve been averaging 2 to 5 tarpon in the air per night for our effort. While it’s not the out of control excitement that late April, May and June offered, one can’t simply give up on tarpon fishing when it gets a bit more difficult.

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Pine Island Inshore

Florida Sportsman member: RichieUF

About 11am we found a nice school of about 40 fish in a location about 10 miles from where we had seen the other schools. We managed to pull 3 out of it before we lost it. 2 of the 3 were well over the slot, but one would have been close enough to take a ride to the scales and let the measure man decide.

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Pine Island Inshore

Florida Sportsman member: RichieUF

About 11am we found a nice school of about 40 fish in a location about 10 miles from where we had seen the other schools. We managed to pull 3 out of it before we lost it. 2 of the 3 were well over the slot, but one would have been close enough to take a ride to the scales and let the measure man decide.

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Southwest Inshore Bite

Florida Sportsman member: gumgator

Forum member gumgator shared some pictures of recent trips with a nice variety of inshore fish.

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Early Morning Inshore Bite

Florida Sportsman member: cptjoshua420

I took my grandfather out last week before the super moon. we had pretty good luck early in the morning on the incoming tides. the whitebait was all over the mouth of the Caloosahatchee, and if you could find any island sheltering the bait from the strong tides you’ll more than likely hook up.

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Tearin’ Up the Reds

Florida Sportsman member: GatorInPISound

This week we decided to return to the flats and see what we could do for a few hours. At the end of the outgoing we had a tremendous school of reds absolutely smash a pinfish and rip the leader off. I have no idea how big those fish were but they had to be well over 30 inches.

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Little Girl, Big Snook

Florida Sportsman member: kmagnuss

Next one on was bigger, but didn’t feel like anything special as I was handing the rod to her. As soon as she started to reel it was like the switch went off in the fish’s head that he was hooked and he started pulling drag. I held the pole while she struggled to reel. It took a few minutes but we got it in the boat and it went 31 inches!

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Tarpon Time!

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Ross

It’s no secret tarpon fishing is excellent right now. Big groups of tarpon are moving along the beaches and through the sound. I still don’t have much time to fish during the day, but night fishing is becoming very productive.

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Fort Myers Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Bill Curtis

After the first 2 baits got stolen, the third was the charm when the large threadfin got hammered and a giant snook broke the water when the circle hook came tight. My angler did a stellar job of leaning on the fish, with the 20 pound braid, as it raced to the mangrove roots hoping to escape. The slob snook barely fit in the net, and we gently cradled her for a couple of pictures before I spent the time to revive her, and she swam away strong.

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Bull Red and More

Florida Sportsman member: Flats Blue 96

On Sunday we went to Estero Bay. We were fishing along the edges of the mangroves catching a lot of sheepshead and a couple small snook. Then out of no where a huge red cruised by, so I tossed my greenie off the back of the boat and put out some slack line. I started to reel it in thinking he had swam by when my drag started screaming. Got my personal best red in the boat after a couple minutes and he measured 38 inches.

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Night Time Tarpon

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Ross

It was a special fish for the angler, his first tarpon and largest fish to date. It’s also the smallest one landed so far this season, right around 60 pounds. It made for a short, exciting fish full of leaps and head shakes. A perfect, manageable show for our angler.

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Windy Southwest Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Ross

Hit the red school and was hooked up within 2 minutes of the first cast. Hooked about 20 fish and landed 13 in an hour or so, then headed back for the ramp. An excellent day with captain Mike catching a ton of fish in a short amount of time in bad weather.

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Southwest Reds on Artificials

Florida Sportsman member: GatorInPISound

A few days ago a buddy and I decided to work some silver and gold spoons as well as some gulps on jig heads. We focused on deep sandy drop offs from bars as well as some mangrove shorelines that were flooded with the incoming tide.

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Shallow Water Trout and Pompano

Florida Sportsman member: aaron

Hit the flats after school for a bit today, and did really good. I caught 2 keeper sized trout on fly and a keeper pompano on fly. My buddy was on fire. He caught 4 trout, going 18 to 22 inches and a whopper at 25 inches! He also got a 17 inch pompano. All of his fish were caught on a mirrodine. The fly I was using was a greenback looking streamer.

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Lady Lovin’ Redfish

Florida Sportsman member: GatorInPISound

I’ve been using cut mullet but today I was able to grab a few ladyfish on a spoon first thing in the morning. I was excited to see if they would be equally effective. I tried a few spots and with a low, low tide and it seemed like forever before the tide began to fill up some places that I like to fish.

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Pine Island Redfish

Florida Sportsman member: Capt JohnZ

Finally had a chance to take the neighbor out for a trip. Fish have been biting on cut pins and shrimp. Getting a lot of oversize ones. Spend most of my time in the Pine Island Sound.

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Sanibel Sharkin’

Florida Sportsman member: Reelinrudy

After I determined it had the bait long enough I pushed the drag up into the “strike” setting and maneuvered the rod up and rested it on my shoulder. As I felt the line begin to come tight, I ran forward away from the water to take the stretch out of the springy monofilament and pumped the rod to set the hook. After 20 feet I could feel the fish on the other end and turned around and wound tight as I made my way back to the water. I Worked the fish a bit and everyone watching did not believe there was a fish on the end. I knew it was there however, not a huge fish, but there was definitely a shark there.

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Keeping The Rod Bent In Pine Island

Florida Sportsman member: nitelite08

Using live shrimp on a jighead, outgoing tide by some old pilings and a small drop off. Sorted through the usual short sheepshead, mangrove snapper, a lot of spanish mackerel and jacks. Got a good bite about 30 minutes in a few minutes later pulled in a very nice black drum.

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December Southwest Inshore

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Ross

The number of bites has decreased, but the quality is still there if you manage to hook up. Adult Tarpon have been feeding well on Hogy 10 inch Original Series Soft Baits rigged weightless and fished very slowly across the surface. Black has been the best producing color.

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You Will Always Remember Your First Redfish

Florida Sportsman member: fishdish

My 8 year can’t quite cast far enough for flats fishing yet so she casted out as far as she could and let the line go out as we drifted. It wasn’t but a minute later when I heard “Daddy, Daddy, I got one”. I thought she may have been snagged on the bottom but her screaming drag said redfish! She tried to pass the rod to me but I told her it wasn’t happening. The only help I gave her was I tightened up her drag a little and held the boat still with the pole. 5 minutes later we had a 25 inch red on board!

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Low Tide Fishing In The Southwest

Florida Sportsman member: Tight Loops

Bottom of the full moon low tide, just as it started to flood back in. I had a couple of folks I wanted to show tailing red fish to on a flat in less than a foot of water. Saturday was the better of the two days as it stayed overcast for most of the morning. We managed to find some redfish and a few nice single trout hanging out as well.

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Beach Sharkin’

Florida Sportsman member: Shore Catch Fishing

15 minutes later the first Bull hit the beach. We stayed for 4 hours and had 10 or so runs, Caught some Bt’s and Spinners as well.

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Whitebaiting The Redfish

Florida Sportsman member: Inshoreslam

Bite was slow at first but quickly fired up and stayed pretty consistent for a few hours. As soon as the wind picked up and the bite died we headed in. Wound up with around 15 reds for the day ranging from 22 to 27 inch all looking thick and healthy.

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Captiva Snook

Florida Sportsman member: Snookslayer772

Traveled over to Captiva Island this weekend from Stuart for the Floridians for clean water rally to stop the dumping from lake O. I Wanted to try to squeeze in some fishing while over there. Talked to some local guides and asked them what they thought about some good wading spots and a few tipped me off. Woke up sunday morning at 6:30 to hit the first light bite and it paid off. Found a beautiful Mangrove pocket and decided to give it a shot. No more than 10 casts later did this healthy 36 inch snook come up and smash my top water. In less than a foot of water which made it an awesome visual bite and a great fight on a 2000 sized reel. I ended up catching seven snook and one nice trout to end the morning.

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August Reds

Florida Sportsman member: GatorInPISound

August has been a pretty nice month so far. My boat was down for a bit but I have been able to run a few trips as of late. Ive been getting out with family, church brethren, and friends. The pot holes are holding fish at the bottom of the tide and the oyster bars and bushes have been good on the high water. The fishing looks like it will be just fine out there and the bait is looking like it is getting better. The shiners are almost full grown now. The reds are eating both of em and pinfish are nothing to sneeze at, they get it done as well.

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Another One for the Records

Florida Sportsman member: former bluefishinny

Tonight I slipped out with forum member Fatsnook. We entered the water around 4:30, only to be greeting with a good thunder boomer. We took shelter in the sticks, waited 10 minutes and the storm passed over. Bait everywhere, just a lack of predators. End result was not too bad, just not as good as I had anticipated. We caught 6 snook with 2 going over 28 inches, 1 fat bluefish, 1 flounder, and a few trout. Tonight (I try to keep records) was my 75th snook on artificial this year at this particular location (76th according to record keeping).

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Rough Weather Reds & More

Florida Sportsman member: GatorInPISound

Yes, I have been crazy enough to venture out into the weather the past few days. I started out trying to catch bait and had what has been consistently a tough time doing it. Pinfish just swarm my chum but I have not been able to get a net on them. I ended up getting a good couple of dozen over sized pins and a ton of them about the size of your thumb. I never get too caught up in bait and just use what I catch. So, with that in mind we continued on through a storm with lightening and thunder and bee sting like rain in the face to our first destination…..

The fish were ready from the get go and I think we ended up catching around 20 drum. The mullet were swarming the shorelines and it always seems like the reds are not far behind, just gotta be patient. There were bites when we had to wait em out and then there were some that hit like we threw it into their mouth[…]

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Fresh and Salt Water Success

Florida Sportsman member:RollerToaster

My buddy Ben came into town from England to do some fishing, he was an avid fisherman so we went out in search of some snook. The day started out slow, when we got to one of my favorite creeks on the Caloosahatchee but due to weak tides it was too risky to go in all the way. As we worked some new shorelines Ben managed this nice 20 inch flounder on live shrimp. After that the fishing died down again until a man with a boat wrap for Lobster Lady Seafood in Cape Coral gave us some extremely nice whitebait. After that it was game on with the snook, we managed a 31 inch, a 33 inch and a 36 inch snook in the span of about 30 minutes before it died down again. Once the snook bite died down the wind picked up, so we decided with his limited time here we should go try and catch him a nice largemouth bass, so we were off to the North Cape Canals with a bucket of live shiners. We caught at least 15 bass Ben managed quite a few small-medium sized bass and I managed to pick up this nice bucket mouth. All in all it was an awesome day, it’s not everywhere you can catch huge snook and bass all in one day. It makes me glad I’ve gotten to grow up and live down here in SWFL…

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Tarpon Beach Snook

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