Estero Bay Fishing Report 03.07.11

Submitted by Fishbuster Charters

Submitted on 03/07/2011
“No oil—No spoil Our Beaches are Clean—Our Waters Pristine” I suspected that Tuesday, 3/8, would be the last day this week for calm seas, as rain ushered in a windy cool-front late Tuesday. Sure enough, there were small-craft cautions issued for Wednesday morning, and seas were building to three-to-five feet offshore. Ross McDonald, his son Gary, his eight-year-old grandson, Evan, and his ten-year-old grandson, Ethan, had planned a morning of offshore fishing. Once advised of conditions, we changed that plan and, instead, fished in Estero Bay. The boys caught a lot of sheepshead, most of them released, but we did get two keepers at 14 ¾ inches and 15 ½ inches. We also got a 15-inch flounder, which we kept, and we released a five-pound crevalle jack. Jim McGrath and Bill Crockett, who fished offshore with me a couple times over the past several weeks, also had to trade their offshore plans for backwater fishing on Thursday, with strong winds and rough seas keeping us inshore. We used live shrimp to catch two keeper trout at 19 inches and a6 inches, and we released sheepshead-shorts and ladyfish…oh, and Bill wanted to be sure I gave him credit for his “back-bay, garbage-can slam,” which included a catfish, a stingray, a ladyfish and a crevalle jack!