Estero Bay Fishing Report 08.22.11

Submitted by Fishbuster Charters

Submitted on 08/22/2011

I fished mostly offshore this past couple of weeks ( report is posted in offshore forum) but I did fish the backwaters three times: Friday morning, 8/12, I fished a catch-and-release trip in the Wiggins Pass area of Estero Bay with Dan & Jackie Marshall and their eight-year-old daughter, Bethany, who are visiting from the U.K. We used live shrimp to catch and release twenty-five mangrove snapper to ten inches, crevalle jacks, three small sheepshead, a 13-inch flounder, and a pompano. Wednesday, 8/17, I fished a catch-and-release trip in Estero Bay with Matt Haylock and Emma Wilkinson. We used live shrimp to catch and release two black drum, 20-inches and 27 inches, three bonnethead sharks ranging 35 to 40 inches, half a dozen snook to 20 inches, and fifteen mangrove snapper. Friday morning, 8/19, I fished with J.T. and Diane Thompson and J.T.'s daughter, Christie, in Fish trap Bay and central Estero Bay. We used live shrimp to catch three redfish, one of which was a keeper at 19 inches. We also caught eight mangrove snapper, one of which was a keeper. We released the short reds and mangs, as well as two 20-inch snook and some big pinfish. We sighted two sharks in Fish Trap Bay, which is kind of unusual. One was a brown shark that looked like it could have been a bull, and the other was a 4 1/2 foot bonnethead shark.