Estero Bay

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Location:
Estero, FL
United States United States
Coordinates:
26.4109, -81.8645
Distance:
0.0 Acres
Description:

Estero Bay, Florida, is an estuary located on the west coast of the state southeast of Fort Myers Beach.

The bay, an inlet of the Gulf of Mexico, is long and very shallow, and covers about 15 square miles (39 km²). Estero Bay is bordered on the west by a chain of barrier islands: Estero Island, Long Key, Lovers Key, Black Island, Big Hickory Island, and Little Hickory Island. Four outlets give access to the Gulf of Mexico: (from north to south) Matanzas Pass, Big Carlos Pass, New Pass, and Big Hickory Pass. Incorporated places on the bay include Bonita Springs and Fort Myers Beach and the unincorporated area of Estero.

In December of 1966, the northern half of Estero Bay was designated as the state's first aquatic preserve, the Estero Bay Preserve State Park. The southern half of the bay was added to the preserve during the 1983 Florida Legislature session.

Estero Bay contains several natural community types. Although overlap between the different communities often occurs, they remain distinct community types.

The dominant community type in the Estero Bay Estuary is the mangrove forest. Four different species of mangrove tree occur in the bay. Moving progressively inward, those species are the red mangrove (Rhizophora mangle), black mangrove (Avicennia germinans), white mangrove (Laguncularia racemosa), and buttonwood (Conocarpus erectus). The most common variation of the mangrove community within Estero Bay is the fringe mangrove which occurs along the shorelines of the bays, lagoons, and other waterways. All four mangrove species can be found in this variation. There are also significant areas of overwash mangrove areas, where the mangroves are standing in water with little or no associated uplands. This variation is generally dominated by red mangroves. There are a few variations that appear in more in more inland areas which usually have a high degree of mixture between the mangrove species and might include dwarf or scrub varieties.

The seagrass beds are primarily comprised of three seagrasses: turtle grass (Thalassia testudinum), manatee grass (Syringodium filiforme), and Cuban shoal grass (Halodule wrightii). In areas of low salinity, such as near the mouth of freshwater rivers and creeks, widgeon grass (Ruppia maritima) can be found. The denser grassbeds are usually found in shallow water with a fairly constant level of salinity.

Salt marshes are also present in Estero Bay, although they have been generally forced out by mangrove communities in this area of Florida. They form a transitional community between mangroves, freshwater marshes, and salt barrens. This community becomes more dominant in the brackish upper reaches of Henry and Mullock Creeks outside of the aquatic preserve boundaries. The dominant species in this community are cordgrass (Spartina alterniflora) in the lower zones, needlerush (Juncus roemarianus) in the middle zone, and salt grass (Distichlis spicata) and slender cordgrass (Spartina patens) in the uppermost reaches.

Tidal flats comprise a wide variety of habitats that share the characteristic of having only sporadic vegetation from the three previous habitat types if they have any vascular vegetation at all. They do however contain extensive algal beds and have an important (although poorly understood) role in the estuary. These areas consist of estuarine beaches, spoil areas, shoal areas, mud flats, and areas waterward of mangrove forests.

Oyster bars form a unique substrate in areas where there are no other hard substrates. They serve to decrease turbidity by trapping sediment and stabilizing erosion processes. They provide a hard substrate and habitat for many other species of invertebrates which in turn attracts predators for those species.

Ecological Importance

The combination of subtropical climate, the lagoon configuration, and vegetation make this estuarine complex one of the most productive in the state. Approximately 40% of the state's endangered and threatened species are found within this area. The estuary also indirectly supports a variety of commercial and sport fisheries by providing nursery area, which substantially adds to the local economy. The estuary is also an important home for bird nesting colonies and a valuable stopover area for migrating birds.

Estero Bay is appropriate for many recreation activities, including boating, fishing, bird-watching, kayaking / canoeing, and swimming.

Commercial:

Commercial uses for Estero Bay include tourism and fishing.

Aquatic vegetation:

The seagrass beds are primarily comprised of three seagrasses: turtle grass (Thalassia testudinum), manatee grass (Syringodium filiforme), and Cuban shoal grass (Halodule wrightii).

Four different species of mangrove tree occur in the bay. Moving progressively inward, those species are the red mangrove (Rhizophora mangle), black mangrove (Avicennia germinans), white mangrove (Laguncularia racemosa), and buttonwood (Conocarpus erectus). The most common variation of the mangrove community within Estero Bay is the fringe mangrove which occurs along the shorelines of the bays, lagoons, and other waterways. All four mangrove species can be found in this variation. There are also significant areas of overwash mangrove areas, where the mangroves are standing in water with little or no associated uplands. This variation is generally dominated by red mangroves.

Cover/Structure:

Oyster beds, reefs, submerged vegetation, ledges.

Tips/Tactics:

Take time during your first few trips to Estero to learn the waters before charging around the bay on plane, even in the shallowest-draft boat. Bring a pushpole if you own one, and pay attention to the tides. The safest bet is to navigate the bay via the marked channels, then idle, drift, or pole to your fishing spots. The bay is small enough that you won’t get an Olympic workout pushing yourself around, and the scenery is great.

While there are definite signs of development around Estero, the bay remains much the same as it looked hundreds of years ago when the Calusa Indians called the area home. Large groups of mangrove islands in the northern part of the bay can be fished all day without seeing another boat. The variety of habitat found throughout Estero Bay means good fishing for sheepshead, trout, snook and redfish. In fact, the Bay provides a year-round home for redfish, although their behavior changes with the seasons.

Estero Bay redfish are heavily influenced by tide and water temperature. To catch reds all year, anglers must vary their approach based upon the prevailing conditions. As a result, each season brings with it a different approach to redfishing to take advantage of the opportunities nature provides.

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Boat Ramp, Parking (car/truck), Parking (boat/trailer), Picnic Area, Power Boats Allowed, Swimming Area, Pier, Shore fishing access, Playground, Restrooms, Beach, Fly Fishing, Floating, Bait shop on site, Marina
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about 1 year ago (09/10/2013)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 09.08.13

The redfishing has been crazy good with double digit catches almost daily.  If artificial's are your thing not is the time to get out there and have a go.  Rapala skitterwalks, heddon spooks, gold spoons, and jerk baits are all efficitive right now.  Work the grass flats near the oyster bars on low tides.  Locate the mullet schools, the reds are mixed in.  As the tide comes in switch to sub surface plugs and spoons.  Live bait fisherman can use cut ladyfish...
about 1 year ago (09/04/2013)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 09.01.13

With the opening of snook season this week, the public boat ramps were full of anglers trying to get the first linesider of the season.  Although many fish are being caught, early reports have shown them coming up empty with slot fish.  There are plenty of 24-27 inch fish and a few over 33, but the slot fish are hard to come by.  Free lining white bait or pinfish around the floating docks near the passes has produced the vast majority of fish.  They are also located all...
over 1 year ago (08/23/2013)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 08.18.13

This past weeek the fishing just the temperature is heating up.  The backbay redfish bite is very good right now with quality numbers and good size.  The fish are starting to school up on the grass flats near the oyster bars and mangrove islands.  Anglers can look for them tailing in the shallows on low tides then move to the osyter bars and mangroves on high water.  white bait or pinfish on 2/0 circle hooks under a float will work best in these situations.  You can...

Estero Bay Fishing Report 05.08.13

Wayne and Pam Stowers, from Marietta, Georgia. We first fished together March of 2012, and had a great time. I was forced to bring them off the islands this year because of my launch situation. I thought that if things were back to normal, Estero Bay would be our best bet for getting into some great redfish action. The other places I've been fishing have had an abundance of redfish, but they just haven't been eating well enough to catch more than a handful. Wayne and Pam were good w...

Estero Bay Fishing Report 05.27.13

  Had a trip with an old friend, Ed Mahoney, this week that I hadn't seen in ten years. Me, Ed, and a couple of his friends had some serious redfish trips back in the day. One day the reds were splitting our popping corks in half, and then striking at the pieces of cork! What a day. Good memories. Ed was over from him home in Boca Raton for a week of vacation, and decided he wanted to try the kayak fishing. I believe Ed told me he'd kayaked and canoed, but had never fis...
almost 2 years ago (12/06/2012)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 12.05.12

Wednesday morning I met Chris Tagert and his brother-in-law Matt Kutta at Castaways at 6:30 AM. I had been there getting the boats ready for a while, and was painfully aware that we had a good breeze from the north. My suspicions were confirmed. We had indeed had a cold front pass through over night, but it brought no stormy weather. A front is a front is a front, though, and I wondered if it would kill the bite. It was very overcast as we made our way to the fishing grounds, and I knew...
almost 2 years ago (12/06/2012)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 12.04.12

FLORIDA KAYAK FISHING REPORT FOR THE WEEK ENDING 12/01/12 by   Capt. Butch Rickey I ran two trips this week, and I'm here to tell ya that the fishing out of Castaways has finally busted loose. Gone are the dead floaters and the nasty water, as well as the stench that hangs on the red tide air. Tuesday, I fished for the second time this month with my friend Don Marano. We had a good tide, a good weather forecast, and all the rotting fish were...
about 2 years ago (08/30/2012)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 08.30.12

  The fishing this past week was spot on, no pun intended. The redfish bite is very good right now and tailing fish are the target. Fly fishing with clousers or shrimp pattern has been the key to getting them. Getting out and wading in the shallows has produced the best chance. They are tailing in about 1 1/2 feet of water following the mullet schools. Find the bait and start casting. If artificial are your idea of a good time try gold spoons, jerk shads, and top water plugs they h...
about 2 years ago (08/30/2012)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 08.30.12

  Yesterday my crew made a recon in Estero Bay and hooked up a few small snook in the creeks and wayback bays. These areas weren't quite as mudded up as the open bay but still not in a full tilt recovery mode. By the weekend condition will be back on track. The bay waters have cooled a bit, 6 degrees or so in some areas and that’s a promising. Book early for the Labor Day Weekend, don't get stuck on shore.  Capt. Ron Kowalyk, 239-267-9312   &nb...
over 2 years ago (08/22/2012)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 08.22.12

The fishing this past week was spot on, no pun intended. The redfish bite is very good right now and tailing fish are the target. Fly fishing with clousers or shrimp pattern has been the key to getting them. Getting out and wading in the shallows has produced the best chance. They are tailing in about 1 1/2 feet of water folloing the mullet schools. Find the bait and start casting. If artificials are your idea of a good time try gold spoons, jerk shads, and top water plugs they have aslo be...
over 2 years ago (08/20/2012)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 08.20.12

Monday, 8/6, I headed out to 35 feet to fish with Brian Woeste, Adam Bodkin and Tim Powers. The guys wanted to experience the thrill of big game, but also wanted some food fish. We started out catching blue runners and Spanish mackerel for goliath grouper bait. The guys caught and released a 70-pound goliath grouper, which bit a blue runner. They lost a bigger one that broke the line before they could reel him to the surface. Next, we set about catching dinner-fish, using live shrimp for ba...
over 2 years ago (08/15/2012)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 08.15.12

  The Fishing on the nearshore reef has been crazy good. Shrimp on 1/8 oz jig heads has produced quality fish including mackerel, trout, pompano, jacks, snapper, ladyfish, and even sharks. The key is locating structure and the bait pods. The structure is holding the bottom feeders and the bait pods are holding the mac's, ladyfish, and jacks. The backbay bite is good first thing in the a.m. before it gets too hot. Shrimp tipped jig heads have produced good catches of snook a...
over 2 years ago (08/15/2012)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 08.15.12

The fishing on the nearshore reef has been crazy good. Shrimp on 1/8 oz jig heads have been producing quality fish including mackerel, trout, ladyfish, pompano, flounder, jacks, anapper, and even sharks. The key is locating the structure and the bait pods. The structure is holding the bottom feeders while the bait balls are attracting the mac's, ladyfish, and jacks. The backbay bite is good fisrt thing in the a.m. before it gets too hot. Shrimp tipped jig heads have produced good catche...
over 2 years ago (07/17/2012)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 07.17.12

If you want action the place to go is the nearshore reef.  Shrimp on 1/8 oz jig heads continues to produce Spanish mackerel, jacks, ladyfish, trout, snapper, grunts, and even over slot redfish.  Just locate the bottom structure and the schools of threadfin herrings and that is where you will find fish.  Sabiki some threads cut them and put a few on the bottom, you might just get a grouper or two.  Cast and slow retrieve has been the method for mackerel. The backbay bite...
over 2 years ago (07/11/2012)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 07.11.12

Captain Jon Fetter Catching The Cure Fishing Charters Fishing Estero bay, Florida The word for the past  week was reef, more specific nearshore reef.  The bite was on fire and the variety was some of the best of the year. Pompano, ladyfish, redfish, grouper, Spanish mackerel, sharks, sea trout, jacks, snapper, and grunts to name a few were on the menu. Shrimp tipped 1/8 oz long shank jig heads worked fine for most, but 2/0 circle hooks with cut pinfish or threadfin her...
over 2 years ago (07/02/2012)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 07.02.12

Estero Bay Report, week of Tropical Storm Debbie   When you have a tropical storm going through and there is no fishing happening it gives anglers time to soul search and think about their favorite lure, set-up, or go-to tactic. Well mine is the popping cork. These cork’s  mimic feeding fish and work  great for locating and catching fish.  I never leave home without a few rods with this set-up.  They come in many shapes and sizes, but I prefer the ones...
over 2 years ago (06/21/2012)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 06.21.12

This week in Estero Bay. Captain Jon Fetter Catching The Cure Backwater Fishing Charters   The word for last week was reef.  As in the nearshore reef.  The bite was very good with both quantity and quality.   Snook, snapper, flounder, grouper, trout, Spanish mackerel, pompano, and sharks. Shrimp on a jig head bounced off the bottom worked best. The Spanish were hanging around the surface and often took baits on the drop or reel up.  Cut baits se...
over 2 years ago (06/12/2012)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 06.12.12

The word for last week was tarpon.  They have really started to move in closer and are feeding on both bottom baits and free lined live baits. Catfish tails seem to work best on 7/0 circle hooks while anchored.  Drifting free lined threads on 7/0 circles with a split shot was a close second.  Look for them in 18- 30 feet of water and use your depth sounder to locate them in the water column. If sharks is your thing you will also pick up plenty of sharks drifting these live ba...
over 2 years ago (06/10/2012)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 06.10.12

The word for last week was tarpon.  They have really started to move in closer and are feeding on both bottom baits and free lined live baits. Catfish tails seem to work best on 7/0 circle hooks while anchored.  Drifting free lined threads on 7/0 circles with a split shot was a close second.  Look for them in 18- 30 feet of water and use your depth sounder to locate them in the water column. If sharks is your thing you will also pick up plenty of sharks drifting these live ba...
over 2 years ago (05/09/2012)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 05.09.12

 Estero Bay was holding its own and you had to be on your toes to keep up with the floodout or wait until the outgoing. My guys got fairly early starts and with the mud skipper managed to follow the tides into the wayback lagoon and kept into the redfish and snook bite. Trout action has picked up and some real chubby specks in the 20 plus inch range came to the cutting table, good stuff for the drifters. There are some hog reds being hooked up in New Pass and Big Carlos with pins the t...
over 2 years ago (05/08/2012)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 05.08.12

  The wind at the beginning of last week made fishing really difficult, but as the weather broke the fishing returned to normal.  The shark fishing off the beaches has been easy and extremely rewarding.  Cut bait on the bottom in 14-18 feet of water produced bonnet heads, spinners, dusky’s, blacktip, and even a few hammerheads.  Be patient, it might take 15-2o minutes for them to show up, but when they do it will be a constant borage of sharkin. In the backbay&...
over 2 years ago (05/02/2012)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 05.02.12

Here is my report . Captain Jon Fetter Estero Bay, Fl  Report   This past week the fishing was pretty tough in the backbay’s with the poor tides.  The only high point of the week was the shark fishing.  Just find 14-18 feet of water off the beach and start chumming.  Use cut frozen threadfin herrings on 7/0 circle hooks with a small steal leader and just wait.  It might take 15-30 minutes for them to show, but when they do it is on. ...
over 2 years ago (04/23/2012)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 04.23.12

Monday, 4/9, seas had calmed at last, and I headed out to fish in spots between 22 and 28 miles west of New Pass with Bill Conklin, his son, Eric Conklin, and friend, Rick Weigand. Bill caught a keeper red grouper at 21 inches, and we released lots of red grouper just short of keeper size. The group also caught fourteen keeper lane snapper. They released gag grouper and mangrove snapper shorts, along with two sandbar sharks, one at 38 inches and the other at 40 inches. We used live shrimp f...
over 2 years ago (04/18/2012)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 04.18.12

Captain Jon Fetter Estero Bay Florida Report April 16th   This past week the high tides in the afternoon provided some quality redfish action. The key to locating and catching the fish was attacking the wind driven sides of the mangrove islands.  Shrimp tipped 1/8 oz jig heads worked best. Fish the pockets and edges of the islands on the high water. There was also some good trout action around the grass flats and the  deeper water, in 3-5 feet seemed to be where t...
over 2 years ago (04/10/2012)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 04.10.12

Capt. Jon Fetter   Estero Bay, Florida   This past week the fishing on the nearshore reef was the hot item.  Snapper, sheepshead, pompano, flounder, mackerel, trout, and ladyfish were daily catches.  Shrimp tipped circle jig heads was the go to method.  Anchor near the structure and drop the jig head down to the bottom.  Casting with a slow retrieve will get the mackerel going.  The passes have provided some good trout, ladyfish, and shark...
over 2 years ago (04/09/2012)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 04.09.12

Monday morning, 3/26, I fished over hard bottom in 35 feet, with Chris Ernberger, his dad, Jerry, and Chris's son, Carter. There was about a 3-foot roller left over from the windy Sunday that preceeded our trip, so we didn't venture too far offshore. The guys used live-shrimp to catch six keeper mangrove snapper to 15 inches, a keeper lane snapper, a keeper triggerfish, and some whitebone porgies. They released additional mangrove snapper that were shorts, along with six additional...
over 2 years ago (03/29/2012)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 03.29.12

Tuesday morning, winds were quite a bit calmer than they were the day before, but seas were still kind of sloppy, so I returned to the near-shore reefs, this time with long-time customers, Lee Larsen and Tom Batchlor, joined by friends, Rich Alick and John Egeland. Using live shrimp, the guys caught eleven keeper sheepshead to 17 ½ inches, and released nine smaller ones. They also caught seven Spanish mackerel, all around 22 inches, and chose to keep three of those. The gag grouper w...
over 2 years ago (03/20/2012)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 03.20.12

As the winds started to slow down the fishing started to really pick up.  The backbay redfish bite has been really goo on high tide. Shrimp tipped 1/8 oz jig heads throw up into the mangrove pockets produced slot sized fish daily.  Also try adding a float to this set-up to hold the bait in place.  Cut ladyfish has also been working for the red's.  The trout bite is also getting better around the shallow grass flats.  Shrimp under a popping cork seemed to be the...
over 2 years ago (03/19/2012)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 03.19.12

Ft. Myers- Sanibel- Naples: Pine Island Sound, Estero Bay kept my crews busy as we ran around searching for moving, cleaner fishable water. We found some nice mixed bag biters on the features near the passes and in the wayback winterover lagoons. My crews and others found hungry redfish, snapper, flounder, black drum and sheepies on the Eastern Wall, Rocky Bay, Henry Creek and Hell Peckney Bay. Skinny running was the order much of the day as crew skimmed over the shallows to get into the de...
over 2 years ago (03/15/2012)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 03.15.12

Spent a couple of days fishing with the Dicienzo family and friends. Those folks know how to fish! Caught lots of big trout, macs, sheepshead and flounder on day 1 and finished up yesterday with a nice snook and 9 redfish. Veronica's was biggest and matched the pink fingernail polish. What a redfish day! Louie, Mark and Jim racked up 26 redfish on my afternoon trip with most of them in the slot and the biggest going 29 inches. That was fun. You can reach Capt. Rob anyt...
over 2 years ago (03/14/2012)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 03.14.12

  A combination of great tides and weather made for great fishing over the past week.  The tides will slow a bit this weekend, but the continued good weather and moderate breezes will keep the bite going and also allow greater access to the nearshore and offshore waters.   The redfish bite was the best it’s been in Estero Bay.  Using live shrimp on jigs and under corks, we scored on multiple reds on each day with the best day being 26 of them in one aft...
over 2 years ago (03/13/2012)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 03.13.12

Estero Bay Florida Report Estero Bay Fort Myers, FL   Last week the fishing remained status quo with a good nearshore and backbay bite.  The nearshore reefs produced Spanish mackerel, trout, flounder, sheepshead, and even a few gag grouper.  Shrimp on a circle jig head seemed to be the best bet for the bottom dwellers while a cast and retrieve method worked best for the mackerel.  The backbay continues to produce good numbers of trout, ladyfish, sheepshead, a...
over 2 years ago (03/12/2012)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 03.12.12

Although, after a windy, rough weekend, seas were calming to two-to-four feet on Monday, my planned gulf-trip canceled, as they thought seas would still be too rough. So I missed that day on the water. But, I got back offshore on Tuesday, 2/28, with Kari Vilamaa, George Dyer, Paul Kikendall, and Don Holsinger. We headed out of New Pass to fish in 45 feet, using live shrimp. Another one of the big sandbar sharks that have been abundant lately provided us with a fun battle; this one was about...
over 2 years ago (03/02/2012)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 03.02.12

The fishing this past week was very consistent with both the nearshore and backbay bite. The nearshore reef when you could get out was hot with daily catches of trout, sheepshead, Spanish mackerel, and the occasional gag grouper. Shrimp on a jig head seemed to work best. Anchor up from the structure and sink your baits to the bottom. The Spanish we hitting the jig head on a slow retrieve. The backbay bite was good for trout, ladyfish, sheepshead, and redfish. Shrimp under a popping cork wor...
over 2 years ago (02/28/2012)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 02.28.12

This past week the fishing was up and down kind of like the weather.  On the days when the wind was down the nearshore bite was on fire.  Sheepshead, Spanish mackerel, trout, grouper, flounder, and even a few pompano were on the menu.  Shrimp on a jighead fished on or near the bottom produced the best action.  Look for the mackerel chasing bait on the surface and throw silver spoons or freelined shrimp at them with a steady retrieve.  It will be hard for them to res...
over 2 years ago (02/27/2012)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 02.27.12

After a couple days off the water, due to a cold front that brought frigid temps, high winds, low tides and rough seas, I headed to the near-shore reefs Tuesday, 2/14/12, to fish a catch-and-release trip with Richard and Trish Burdow. Seas had calmed to two-to-three feet near-shore, and the sheepshead bite was strong. We released a dozen of those all large, to 20 inches. We also released two 20-inch Spanish mackerel and some ladyfish, all caught on live shrimp.   Wednesday, I h...
almost 3 years ago (02/14/2012)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 02.14.12

I had planned offshore trips Monday and Tuesday, but another weather-front came through, bringing high winds and seas and small-craft advisories, causing me to cancel those two trips. Wednesday morning began a little rough offshore, but quickly calmed down and was flat by afternoon. I fished about 20 miles west of New Pass with Kari Vilamaa, Gary Wilson, Paul Kikendall, and George Dyer. The group caught two keeper hogfish, 14 inches and 17 inches, along with five nice mangrove-snapper k...
almost 3 years ago (02/13/2012)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 02.13.12

Estero Bay, Pine Island Sound, Ft.Myers, Sanibel, Naples: The chilly weather slowed the bite which was very active. The weather is warming up again and the tides are on our side. The redfish bite has been very good in Estero Bay and Pine Island Sound. My crews came up with nice limits of upper slot reds, trout and a mix of black drum, snapper and flounder. Fly fisherman had a ball catching smallish snook in the creeks and canals with the occasional hog tearing up gear, good w...
almost 3 years ago (02/10/2012)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 02.10.12

The weather has been perfect the past two weeks to get offshore and fish some structure. The action has been hot and were catching a mixed bag of nice trout,sheepshead,snapper,flounder,mackeral and grouper. The choice of bait has been live pilchards and for the sheepies were using cut shrimp on a jighead. The cobia should show up early with this warm weather and south winds. The inshore fishing has been hit or miss. A few trout and smaller slot redfish with sheepshead mixed in. All you ne...
Catching The Cure Capt. Jon Fetter
almost 3 years ago (02/03/2012)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 02.03.12

Wow, now is the time to get out and fish Estero Bay.  Whether you are a fly fisherman or light spin, the bite is on and the variety is quality. The fly fishing is some of the best it can get right now with the trout, redfish,  and ladyfish bite going crazy.   Mix in some good snook fly action and there you have it.  Green/white, black/red, and black/flash clousers will work great for trout and lady’s.  Nice long casts over the grass flats will produce the...
Capt. Scott Theis/Entice Charters
almost 3 years ago (01/31/2012)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 01.31.12

Still can't believe how mild this winter has been. It's made the fishing a lot easier. The warm temps has been keeping the fish out in the bays. All you need is shrimp and a jighead. Fish the mid and high tides along the shorelines for the redfish and sheepshead. The reds have been between 22"-25". The nearshore wreck fishing has been amazing. The sheepshead are on all the wrecks with nice mangrove snapper,flounder and keeper grouper mixed in. Remember gag grouper is close...
Fishbuster Charters, Inc.
almost 3 years ago (01/31/2012)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 01.31.12

Monday, 1/16, after a weekend of rough offshore conditions, seas were calming down, with a forecast for two-to-three foot seas out to twenty miles. It was rougher than that, but it was calm enough for my hardy anglers, Bud Glanzer, Lee Larsen, and Alan and Wendell Bronson, all long-time customers. We headed out of new Pass to about twelve miles, where we fished with live shrimp. We caught twenty-two sheepshead, twelve of which were nice keepers to 20 inches. We also caught eight keeper lane...
Capt. Jon Fetter
almost 3 years ago (01/20/2012)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 01.20.12

Even with the chilly weather this past week the fishing in Estero Bay was pretty good. The seatrout bite remained strong near the grass flats and oyster bars. Shrimp under a popping cork was the go-to set up for them. Look for slightly deeper water near these locations and that is where you will find them. The sheepshead bite is getting stronger as the water cools. Shrimp on a 1/0 circle hook with a split shot seemed to work best for them. Fish around the dock pilings, mangroves roots, and...
Capt. Rob Modys/ SoulMate Charters
almost 3 years ago (01/19/2012)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 01.19.12

Rising air temperatures will help warm the waters of Estero Bay and the Gulf over the next week. That, combined with a lay down in the winds, should make the fish hungry and the anglers happy! The bonnethead sharks have taken up residence on the backcountry flats in about 4 to 5 feet of water. Live shrimp under popping corks works best to get their attention and then it's off to to races once hooked up. Tons of fun on light tackle. Trout have continued to bite well in the backco...
Captain Ron Kowalyk, Back Bay Fishing
almost 3 years ago (01/10/2012)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 01.10.12

Estero Bay held up well in the chilly wind and sluggish tides. Reds were thick throughout the bay, mixed size with scads of rats. Snook were mixed in with the reds and other critters under the bushes around the meanders and bigger creek mouths. Shrimp whitebait and scented plastics all scored when fish slow and tight to the bottom. There were lots of sheepies, reds, snapper and fat black drum around the docks, shrimp, shrimp and more shrimp! Whiting were thick in Matanzas Pass and at Big Ca...
Catching The Cure Capt. Jon Fetter
almost 3 years ago (01/05/2012)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 01.05.12

This past week was the calm before the storm. The temperatures were still very warm and the fish responded well. The seatrout bite was great over the grass flats in about 4 feet of water hanging around the grass to sand bottom transitions. Shrimp under a popping cork worked best. The redfish bite remained strong around the mangroves on high water. Shrimp on a jig head seemed to work fine. The sheepshead are also starting to move around in the back waters around structure. Shrimp on a #1 cir...
Fishbuster Charters-Captain Dave Hanson
almost 3 years ago (01/03/2012)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 01.03.12

Monday morning, 12/19, I fished in the backwaters of Estero Bay with Larry Baumgartner, his son Chris, granddaughter, Madeline, and family friend, Walt Barney. The tide was a little on the low side, but we made the most of it, and were able to catch a 19 ½ inch pompano and three keeper sheepshead to 15 inches. The group released seventeen smaller sheepshead, a few crevalle jacks, a 24-inch snook, and a six-pound stingray. We used live shrimp for everything. It was still choppy we...
Catching The Cure Capt. Jon Fetter
almost 3 years ago (12/22/2011)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 12.22.11

This past week the fishing continued to be pretty good with a decent variety boated daily. Shrimp on a jig head around the mangroves on high water produced some good numbers of redfish with some in the slot. You really need to work an area well before moving on. Give each location a chance and try chumming it just might help your chances. You can also try this method along the oyster bars on high water. You will also start to pick up sheepshead as they begin to make their way into the backb...
Fishbuster Charters-Captain Dave Hanson
almost 3 years ago (12/19/2011)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 12.19.11

Just was busy season was gearing up, this past week brought not only high winds and rough seas, but also red tide conditions in the gulf and up into Estero Bay. The good news is that this weekend's wind direction helped push the red tide out to sea...how far out, I don't yet know. But the backwaters , at least the spots I fished on Monday, 12/5, held no trace of red tide, and the fishing was good.   I fished with long-time customers Erwin and Mille Metusiak. U...
Catching The Cure Capt. Jon Fetter
almost 3 years ago (12/08/2011)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 12.08.11

Despite the blowing winds the fishing was extremely good this past week. The redfish were still chewing on shrimp on a jig head thrown up under the mangroves on high tides. They were also caught with shrimp and a float combination around the oyster bars where there was good moving water. The sheepshead are starting to make their move to the backbay areas and are eating shrimp on jig heads around the oyster bars and mangrove islands. The trout bite is on fire with many bigger fish being caug...
almost 3 years ago (12/07/2011)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 12.07.11

This weeks fishing was top notch despite some windy weather early in the week and continued reports of red tide. I'm not sure where this red tide is suppose to be but I can tell you first hand, it's not along the beaches of Fort Myers or anywhere near Estero Bay. The backcountry of Estero Bay is still giving up a lot of nice redfish. Working the mangroves on the higher tides with live shrimp on jigs has been the go-to as well as using artificial lures around the oyster bars in...
Fishbuster Charters-Captain Dave Hanson
almost 3 years ago (11/29/2011)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 11.29.11

With rough seas persisting into the weekend, my Saturday charter was deferred to Monday, 11/14/11, when seas calmed to two-to-three feet. I headed about 22 miles offshore, out of New Pass, with Bob and Stephanie Rose. We caught a bunch of grouper, but no keepers. Using shrimp and pinfish, we caught and released fifteen red grouper to 18 1/2 inches and three gag grouper to 18 inches. We used shrimp to catch five mangrove snapper to 16 inches, seven keeper lane snapper, and ten porgies....
about 3 years ago (11/15/2011)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 11.15.11

I spent three days on the water this week with friends who go way back in my guiding history. They were for the most part great days with lots of fish. The week began last Saturday, with my old friends Ron and Pat (Texas Waders) Hunter, from Palmetto. They came in Saturday afternoon, and spent Saturday and Sunday nights with me, and we fished on Monday. We had a great time visiting and partying, and rehashing old times. We decided to fish out of Castaways at Blind Pass, and were there...
Fishbuster Charters-Captain Dave Hanson
about 3 years ago (11/15/2011)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 11.15.11

Winds have been blowing hard and seas have been rough for several days. Those conditions tend to curtail offshore fishing. But on Wednesday, 10/26/11, I had a group of guys who wanted to fish the bay. We timed our trip to coincide with the best tide conditions, and it paid off. Don Kalmey, Karl Russ, Terry Thomas and Kent Gregory caught seven redfish, five of them keepers at 19 to 21 inches. The group also caught ten sheepshead, two of which were keepers at 14 inches. They also re...
about 3 years ago (10/17/2011)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 10.17.11

Tuesday, 10/11/11, I fished Estero Bay on an incoming tide with Jim Jambor, Jim Burton, Jerry Klukas and Herb Lethert. We did well with live shrimp, fishing around the islands for reds. We caught five keeper redfish, one 18 1/2 inches, three 19 1/2 inches, and one 20 1/2 inches. We released two 16-inch red pups, as well as a three-pound crevalle jack and a 21-inch snook. The group also caught two keeper sheepshead, 12 1/2 and 14 1/2 inches, and a keeper mangrove snapper....
about 3 years ago (10/14/2011)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 10.14.11

I had two trips scheduled in Estero Bay for this week; Monday and Tuesday. But, a strong early season cold front got in the way of the Monday trip for Celia Longfellow and me. The radar was lit up with rain and storm laying just offshore all along the coast, and well into the gulf. But, sometimes it will fall apart before it makes landfall. I decided to head to the ramp and make the call based on what was happening at daylight.     As I rode down Estero Island toward Lovers Key...
about 3 years ago (10/13/2011)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 10.13.11

Ft. Myers: Pine Island Sound is putting out some very nice mixed bag action with reds the top target and plenty of hungry trout second on the list. There are reports of schooling fish on the northern end of the Sound. They?re skittish so tread lightly around crews poling to the pods. Jerkbaits, spoons and topwater plugs are effective with a freelined pin, a stone killer offering. Trout are hot for flies, shiners and Scent plastic shrimp or bass assassins. Make the hatch to the water color, dar...
about 3 years ago (10/11/2011)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 10.11.11

Now is a great time to get out and enjoy a very good variety of fishing both in the backbay’s and nearshore waters of SW Florida.     The redfish action is starting to heat up as the colder weather approaches. This has a habit of schooling these fish together around the flats. Topwater plugs early in the a.m. will provide mindblowing strikes from these bottom feeders. As the sun heats the water, switch over to zoom flukes or gulp jerkshads for continued action. Don’t forget a...
about 3 years ago (09/26/2011)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 09.26.11

Estero Bay gave my crews up some nice reds on topwater as we hunted down the schoolers at low tide early in the morning. Bites remained strong under the bushes on the Eastern Wall, shrimp and pins the top baits. Snook ate well too under the bushes and were susceptible to gold spoons and topwater plugs. Trout bites are still improving but aren’t yet on par for this time of year. Water and air temps are more comfortable in the mornings making fro better times on the water and an increase in fis...
about 3 years ago (09/26/2011)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 09.26.11

After a long time off the water, nearly a month, due to our very slow slow-season, along with a couple weeks of consistent rains, I finally got out fishing again on Monday, September 12th. I fished with live shrimp in central Estero Bay with long-time customers Steve Spitzer and Jalissa Reever. We caught three redfish, including one keeper at 19 ½ inches, and two we released at 17 ½ and 16 inches. We also caught seven sheepshead, including one 14-inch keeper, and thirteen mangrove sn...
about 3 years ago (09/15/2011)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 09.15.11

Estero Bay was home to mid-slot and upper slot reds. My crews caught their fill of reds each trip and had a few liners to boot. Snapper are still hanging around the structure near the passes and creeks and there are good numbers of legal fish for a nice fry up. Baits coming back strong with scads of pinfish and shiners on the beaches. Trout are still poky but they are starting to rebound with the glut of glass minnows in the bay. My fly guys got a real bang out of the jacks slashing and crashi...
Back Bay Fishing Capt. Ron Kowalyk
about 3 years ago (09/08/2011)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 09.08.11

The Estero Bay bite was turned up a click or two with cooler water and air temps and calmer weather all helping serve up a decent morning tide. Crews all reported good redfish action on cutstuff, pins and shrimp. My crews came up shooting with nice braces of slot reds and enough to keep them busy releasing fish. Good stuff, the weather is supposed to cooperate this weekend. Snook are coming into the backbay and fly guys reported fish in the creeks and on the Gulf beaches.     &...
about 3 years ago (09/07/2011)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 09.07.11

Just one trip again this week, as the dog days of summer and the heat continue.     My trip was on Friday, and was with a great E. R. doctor, John Cunha, who comes over from the east coast of Florida to decompress on a regular basis. John had kayaked before, but never fished from a kayak. He was eager to try it out to see if he'd like it, and was eager to learn. Although hurricane Irene was now just to our north off the east coast, there was still a possibility of unexpected we...
about 3 years ago (08/25/2011)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 08.25.11

Action picked up with the more favorable weather conditions and the redfish bite kept pace. There were good reports from the northern of Pine Island Sound and on the western wall of PI. The Ding reported good numbers of mixed size mostly smallish reds, snook and trout. San Carlos Bay is starting to recover with better trout bites and reds around the Sanibel Causeway. The docks on the Sanibel side are holding some legal snapper, whiting and a few upper slot reds all eating shrimp and whitebait....
over 3 years ago (08/22/2011)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 08.22.11

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...
over 3 years ago (08/15/2011)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 08.15.11

Only one trip again this week, but considering the tide and conditions, it was a good one.     My trip was on Friday, 8/5, with a great young man, Danial Veitia, from Miami. We had a horrid outgoing tide all morning long. I had warned Daniel that the fishing would be great, but the fishing very likely tough. On the plus side we had a nice little breeze going that kept us cool for most of the day. Dan was fishing from his own boat, a 14 ft. Hobe. He's a very experience kayak ang...
over 3 years ago (07/28/2011)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 07.28.11

Estero Bay gave up some nice redfish under the bushes on the Eastern Wall and at Rocky Bay. The best bite was on the outgoing tides but storms made it wet and spooky with lots of lighting. My crews did well with shrimp and jig rigs and we managed some reds on the flooded out bars of the central bay on jerkbaits. Other crews found some juvie snook in Rocky bay, mixed size reds and big jacks eating whitebait, shrimp and jerkbaits. There are baby tarpon in the imperial River and Henry Creek, fly...
over 3 years ago (07/22/2011)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 07.22.11

This past week the fishing in and around Estero Bay has picked up. The bait is starting to show up of the beaches in the form of white bait and menhaden. Just make sure to throw a ¼ mess to prevent gill netters. The snook bite around the floating docks and mangroves shorelines has been really good. Free lined baits on 1/0 or 2/0 circle hooks will work best. Fish these areas on the strongest part of the tides, this will increase the bite. You also might want o chum the area pretty well to...
Back Bay Fishing Capt. Ron Kowalyk
over 3 years ago (07/22/2011)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 07.22.11

Estero Bay had a nice redfish bite all along the Eastern Wall on the early morning incoming tides. My crews got their lunch meats and were able to sort through a nice mess of mi-slot spotails, good stuff. There are snook on the bars at Rocky Bay that ate cutbait, shrimp and jerkbaits. Baby tarpon are in the feeder creeks and rivers leading into the bay, kayakers scored up the Estero with shiners and plugs. Trout action remained slow in the warm waters of the central bay. The passes had baby ta...
over 3 years ago (07/14/2011)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 07.14.11

I ran four trips this week. All were good, but one didn't produce much in the way of fish.     The week began with Mike Burkee, who is the guy who bought my Talon. He's an awesome guy, and there couldn't have been a better, more qualified or caring owner than Mike. I'm happy to say we've become friends, and he and his girlfriend Lindee treat me like family. It's wonderful.   Well, Lindee called me a couple of weeks earlier, and wanted to know if she could hire me to ta...
over 3 years ago (07/07/2011)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 07.07.11

The fishing this past week in Estero Bay remained very consistent. There is plenty of bait on the nearshore reefs in the form of threadfin herrings and the snook are willing to take it. Free lined thread’s on2/0 circle hooks around floating docks and mangrove shorelines will work best. Remember to make sure you have a very good tidal flow, snook seem to favor good water movement. The redfish bite continues to be strong near the oyster bars and mangrove shorelines on high water. Shrimp on a ji...
over 3 years ago (05/30/2011)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 05.30.11

After a few days off the water, with high winds and seas persisting into mid-week, I got back offshore on Friday morning, 5/20, and fished offshore Saturday, 5/21 also. Those reports are posted in the offshore forum. I fished several days in the backwaters of Estero Bay, as reported below:   Thursday, 5/26, I fished with Bob Granger, in central Estero Bay. Our plan was to catch redfish and anything but catfish. We started out at a small point, with the tide flowing into it, baited w...
over 3 years ago (04/24/2011)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 04.24.11

The word for the past week is snook, snook, snook. Did I mention that the snook bite is on fire? The bait is here off the beaches and around the bridges and the fish are eating like crazy. Fre-lined whitebait or threadfin herrins on 2/0 circle hooks will work fine. Fish the floating docks and around the mangroves shorelines for these linsiders. Just remember that it is still catch and release so take your pictures and get them back to the water quickly. Now is a great time to get out and enjoy...
over 3 years ago (04/19/2011)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 04.19.11

Monday morning, 4/4, I fished the near-shore reefs off Bonita Beach with Tim and Stephanie Cobb and their two children, Spencer and Sydney. We were fishing just ahead of a weather-front predicted to kick winds up to 25 knots by early afternoon, and to bring some rain to the area the next day. Even close-in, it was beginning to get rough, but we did well using live shrimp. The group caught two keeper flounder, two 24-inch Spanish mackerel, three keeper mangrove snapper and a 22-inch black drum....
Fishbuster Charters Cap't. Dave Hanson
over 3 years ago (04/05/2011)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 04.05.11

Monday, 3/21, I fished central Estero Bay with long-time customers Joe Goodall and his son, Alex. Eleven-year-old Alex has been fishing with me every year since he was just over two years old. This time, the father-son team also brought a couple of other family members, Fred and Dave. We used live shrimp to catch and release whitings, sheeshead and crevalle jacks. But Alex showed the adults how to do it when he landed a nice 25-inch redfish--that one went home with them!     Tu...
over 3 years ago (04/04/2011)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 04.04.11

I fished mostly offshore the past couple of weeks, but the few inshore trips I took were productive. “No oil—No spoil Our Beaches are Clean—Our Waters Pristine” Monday, 3/21, I fished central Estero Bay with long-time customers Joe Goodall and his son, Alex. Eleven-year-old Alex has been fishing with me every year since he was just over two years old. This time, the father-son team also brought a couple of other family members, Fred and Dave. We used live shrimp to catch and r...
Back Bay Fishing Capt. Ron Kowalyk
over 3 years ago (03/29/2011)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 03.29.11

Estero Bay: Crews found some nice snook action on the bars and eventually under the bushes on the afternoon high tides. My guys found decent numbers of reds but we had to keep looking for moving water under the bushes. Sheepies, black drum and reds were around the docks of Matanzas Pass and Big Carlos. New Pass held reds, snook and snapper but it was crowded with spring breakers and families so be careful.     Crews and reported a pick up in the trout bite but the wind made dri...
over 3 years ago (03/21/2011)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 03.21.11

“No oil—No spoil Our Beaches are Clean—Our Waters Pristine” Monday, 3/7, I fished with (I kid you not) Dave Hanson! After we laughed about captain and client having exactly the same name, Dave introduced me to the rest of his angling party, which included his son-in-law, Ryan Seipp and friend, Wayne Courtney. We fished central Estero Bay with live shrimp and had a good morning there. We caught a half-dozen sheepshead and kept the two largest of those, each 14 inches....
over 3 years ago (03/11/2011)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 03.11.11

Fishing report for the week ending 3/6/2011     Spring like weather is still with us, were getting maybe one weak cool front a week but overall weather and fishing has been great. As in all of the March”s that I can remember we get our windy days but it sure beats the cold. I have been splitting my trips between San Carlos Bay and Estero Bay both of which have had good numbers of sea trout and plenty of slot size fish to be had. Pompano and spanish mackerel have been around...
over 3 years ago (03/07/2011)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 03.07.11

“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 condi...
over 3 years ago (02/25/2011)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 02.25.11

The fishing has been on fire lately in and around Estero Bay. the bait is starting to show up off the beaches and the fish are hungry for something other than shrimp.   The redfish bite has been getting better by the day and some good slot sized fish are around. You will get plenty of redfish in the 17-18 inch range. Whitebait unde a float around the oster bars and mangrove shorelines on hig tide will produce the best action. Shrimp on a jighead or under a float will also work. &...
almost 4 years ago (02/14/2011)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 02.14.11

Despite the daily changes in weather the past few days the fishing has been very good.   The trout bite continues over the grass flats and around the oyster bars. Shrimp under a popping cork seems to work best.   Redfish although smaller in size remain a go-to species. Shrimp around the oyster bars and mangrove islands on a 1/8-1/4 oz jig head will produce the most action.   Fish for sheepshead around the oyster bars and mangrove islands on high water. Remember to...
SoulMate Charters Captain Rob Modys
almost 4 years ago (02/10/2011)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 02.10.11

The weather has been up and down over the past week but 70 degree daytime temperatures have been the norm so the water temps have stayed fairly stable.       The uptick in the redfish bite has been the most notable change and we are starting to catch mid to upper slot fish on each outing in the back country. Snook are starting to bite as well and makes for some interesting moments. We aren’t really looking for them, this time of year, but every now and then they seem to...
almost 4 years ago (02/07/2011)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 02.07.11

“No oil—No spoil Our Beaches are Clean—Our Waters Pristine” Saturday, 1/29, I fished the backwaters with Tim Cobb and Ted Shy. Using live shrimp, we caught a 15-inch keeper sheepshead, and released a lot of smaller sheepshead. We also released a 17-inch redfish and three trout that were just short of 15 inches, along with some ladyfish. Monday morning, 1/31, I headed into Estero Bay with Bob Meyer and his brother, Ken. The guys mostly wanted to learn about fishing in the bay b...
Catching The Cure Captain Jon Fetter
almost 4 years ago (01/25/2011)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 01.25.11

The fishing over the past few weeks has been great. Daily catches of double digit redfish and trout has been the norm. Shrimp on a 1/8 or 1/4 oz jig head seems to work best. Work the deeper holes during low tide and around the mangrove islands on high tide. Switch to a poppping cork set-up as the temps heat up and work the grass flat edges. This will rpoduce good numbers of trout. The sheepshead bite around the oyster bars and dock pilngs has been really good. Remember to down size your hooks...
almost 4 years ago (01/24/2011)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 01.24.11

“No oil—No spoil Our Beaches are Clean—Our Waters Pristine” Tuesday, 1/11, I fished a catch-and-release backwater trip with Mike Hubble and Mike Richards, who had escaped the snow up north and just wanted a warm day out on the water. We released three redfish to 17 inches, fifteen trout to 17 inches, 15 sheepshead and 30 ladyfish, all caught on shrimp in central Estero Bay. Wednesday was a cold morning with brisk winds, occasionally gusty. Alene Haug and family...
Ultimate Charters Captain Gary Clark
almost 4 years ago (01/17/2011)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 01.17.11

    Sea trout, Redfish and Sheepshead, yes its january and the weekly coldfront pattern has set in.     With only one or two days a week being marginal weather the days between the fronts have been productive. Most of the higher water has been late in the day making pothole fishing the way to go, water clarity has been good on most days. Finding the deeper holes, working baits slowly and having a lot of patience pays off.   Setting your boat uptide and...
Ultimate Charters Captain Gary Clark
almost 4 years ago (01/11/2011)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 01.11.11

Fishing report for the week ending 1/9/2011     Its january and yes we are working around the weather, as I am writing this report today was almost 8o degrees with a 15 mph south wind. Tomorrow the wind will be west and the next day north 20, its been challenging but we have had our share of good days of weather and fishing. This time of year tides and water temperature are key, if you can get higher water and any water temperature above 60 the fish react good to these days. Th...
FishSkinner Fishing Charters Capt. Wes Skinner
about 4 years ago (10/20/2010)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 10.20.10

Fort Myes fishing charters     Something happened to me today that fishing guides; any angler, in fact dreams of. I have a friend who needed me to tow his boat through some very small creek cuts in the back bays of Estero. I'd mention the area, but this is my little secret now. So as I'm towing his boat in the silence of the mangroves, we start to hear fish hitting the surface of the water feeding fiercly on bait fish. I assume from a distance that they are Jack, when all of a...
FishSkinner Fishing Charters Capt. Wes Skinner
about 4 years ago (10/20/2010)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 10.20.10

The weather has changed here in S.W Florida and so has the fishing. I've talked to a couple other guides in the area and they, along with myself have had a tough time fishing in the Pine Island and Sanibel area since the weather has cooled off. So I decided to head South just like the snow birds. Not nearly as far, just to Estero Bay.   I had some good luck fishing there for Emma's 2nd annual fishing tournament a couple weeks ago, so I figured I'd try my luck at it again. Just like ba...
about 4 years ago (10/19/2010)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 10.19.10

“No oil—No spoil Our Beaches are Clean—Our Waters Pristine”   I fished mostly offshore last week, but I did have a couple of bay trips with a couple of very cool young anglers onboard.   Friday morning, 10/8, I fished in central Estero Bay with Bill and Jenn Beattie and their four-year-old son, Sam. Sam was excited to be on a boat fishing, and he made the most of it—he caught a dozen fish and had a great time. Catches on live shrimp included keep...
about 4 years ago (10/15/2010)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 10.15.10

    Estero Bay was kind to us this week with plenty of rat reds, a good sign for the future, and numbers of upper slot spotails. You had to wait out the late afternoon incoming tide to catch up the big fish. There were some nice schools of reds on the flats in Estero; you’re gone need a mudskipper skiff to get on em early before they spook out and run for the creeks and mangroves. Getting on the flats early on the incoming tides and poling to the mobs was the best method...
Catching the Cure
about 4 years ago (10/14/2010)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 10.14.10

The nearshore fishing around Fort Myers Beach area is on fire. There is still plenty of quality bait off the beaches and the predatory fish are ready to take it. Spanish mackerel, jacks, bonita, and even sharks are roaming the nearshore waters right now. The spanish, bonita, and jacks will take silver spoons and the sharks will take whatever is on the end of the silver spoon. Now is a great time to get out and enjoy some of the best nearshore fishing SW Florida has to offer....
about 4 years ago (10/07/2010)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 10.07.10

Estero Bay had a fair to good bite dictated by wind and tidal conditions. My crews found numbers of rat reds and enough mid to upper slot fish to make a day. Snook are moving into their winterover haunts and are willing to eat whitebait and big shrimp. Trout action was tough in the wind. Other mixed bag action was at times strong around the docks and channels if you could safely hold your position. There are good numbers of black drum, sheepies and snapper around the structure and in the deepe...
Catching the Cure
about 4 years ago (10/07/2010)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 10.07.10

Had the pleasure of following tailing redfish for over three hours this past week. There is nothing like walking in less than two feet of water watching redfish tails waving in the distance. Threw gulp jerk baits and gulp shrimp. Managed many hook-ups and landed 6 fish. All were in the 25-26 inch range and were very fat. These fish are feeding well.
Ultimate Charters Captain Gary Clark
about 4 years ago (10/06/2010)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 10.06.10

It appears that our rainy and maybe hurricaine season are coming to a close. Cooler temperatures and high peasure will dominate for the next few days. There is still plenty of bait on the beaches of all shapes and sizes. Snook and spanish mackerel can be found around the beaches and passes in good numbers. Free lined shinners and plenty of chumming works best     Sea trout were a little slower this week with the majoity being smaller schooling size, the larger ones should be sh...
about 4 years ago (10/05/2010)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 10.05.10

“No oil—No spoil Our Beaches are Clean—Our Waters Pristine”   Monday morning, 9/20, I fished central Estero Bay with Joe & Donna Corso. The trout bite was active but most were short of keeper-size. We kept a 15-inch trout and released ten others. We also got two keeper-sized mangrove snapper, out of fifteen that we caught, and we released two 23-inch snook and a 16-inch redfish. Joe pulled a bit too hard and lost two nice reds under the trees, but we'll catch them next time!...
Catching the Cure
about 4 years ago (10/04/2010)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 10.04.10

The fishing in Estero Bay continues to be really good. There is plenty of quality whitebait on the beaches and the fish are ready to eat. The snook bite has been crazy around the docks and mangrove points. Chum the area heavy and throw a free lined bait in and hold on. The redfish have been moving around the oyster bars and mangrove islands and they are hungry. Free lined white bait or pinfih under a float seem to work best. The nearshore bite is also really good right now. Spanish mack...
about 4 years ago (09/29/2010)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 09.29.10

Monday morning, 9/20, I fished central Estero Bay with Joe & Donna Corso. The trout bite was active but most were short of keeper-size. We kept a 15-inch trout and released ten others. We also got two keeper-sized mangrove snapper, out of fifteen that we caught, and we released two 23-inch snook and a 16-inch redfish. Joe pulled a bit too hard and lost two nice reds under the trees, but we'll catch them next time!...
about 4 years ago (09/27/2010)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 09.27.10

This will be my first entry for my new digs at Fish Tale Marina on south Ft. Myers beach, this area is sort of a condensed version of Pine Island Sound. It has all the same elements, passes, oysterbars, mangrove shore lines and plenty of docks where fish can hide. All within close proximity to Big Carlos pass.     There is plenty of bait on the beaches and we are setting ourselfs up for the fall feast in which every fish in the area fattens up before cooler weather arrives. &...
Catching the Cure
about 4 years ago (09/24/2010)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 09.24.10

The fishing in and around Estero Bay this week was great. there is bait evereywhere and the fish are loving it. Redfish, snook, trout, tarpon, spanish mackerel, and jacks. Freelining baits or using a small float seems to work best. Fish around the mangroves and oyster bars for reds and snook. Work the grass flats for trout. Move to the outside and fish for tarpon, spanish mackerel, ladyfish and sharks. Look for the birds working the bait and start there....
about 4 years ago (09/22/2010)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 09.22.10

I am in the final phases of standing up the kayak fishing fleet. Still waiting on one trolling motor and a special battery, but just about ready to get wet. I will continue to offer trips in the Talon for the foreseeable future, but the emphasis is going to be on kayak fishing, which has become very popular since I had my kayak fleet back in the 90's. Come join me for a kayak fishing adventure on the beautiful waters of your choice or mine, from Estero Bay to southern Tampa Bay. Have a great d...
about 4 years ago (09/08/2010)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 09.08.10

Both inshore and offshore fishing has been rock steady over the past week and the following week looks like more of the same. Good tides mixed with normal afternoon rain showers should put the fish in the mood for feeding, especially near the top of the high tides. We had a good week in the backcountry of Estero Bay with a fantastic redfish bite. The schools have moved in near the mangrove tree lines and along the edges of oyster bars. We’ve been using a lot of different cut baits bu...
about 4 years ago (09/07/2010)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 09.07.10

I fished in Estero Bay, in front of New Pass, with Steve and Jolissa Spitzer on Wednesday, the first day of September. We caught and released ladyfish and about twenty trout. We got one keeper trout at 16 inches and a keeper Spanish mackerel at 22 inches. We used live shiners for all....
about 4 years ago (09/01/2010)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 09.01.10

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Catching the Cure
about 4 years ago (08/30/2010)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 08.30.10

the fishing around Estero Bay continues to be really good. There is plenty of white bait off the beaches and pinfish on the grass flats. On the grass, chum the area and wait about 10-15 minutes to throw your net. Give the chum a chance to work. Use 2/0 or 3/0 circle hooks and free line your bait or use a float to help keep your bait off the bottom. Fish around oyster bars and mangrove points for snook and redfish. You will also pick up some jacks and ladyfish. Don't be afraid to fish th...
about 4 years ago (08/24/2010)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 08.24.10

The bite on the nearshore reefs picked up a bit over the past week or so. The big mangrove snapper have finally taken up residence there along with a good amount of keeper size gag grouper and schools of spanish mackerel. They are all chewing well on cut frozen threadfin herrings fish on the bottom. Big snook are also biting in the same area on live and cut bait fished just off the bottom in about 20 feet of water. My charter anglers are also catching a few nice flounder in the sand, jus...
Catching the Cure
over 4 years ago (08/16/2010)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 08.16.10

The fishing this week continues to be really good. The backbay snook and redfish bite has been red hot. Live thread fins and white baits seem to be the ticket. Work the mangrove edges and oyster bars, this is where you will find them.. Chum the area's and give it some time to work. Free line your baits on 2/0 circle hooks and hang on....
over 4 years ago (08/16/2010)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 08.16.10

“No oil—No spoil Our Beaches are Clean—Our Waters Pristine” Estero Bay was my fishing grounds on Tuesday morning, 7/27, when I fished with Chris Polumbo and his young daughter, Miranda, along with Miranda's two friends, Bridget and Rachel. We caught two 17-inch trout and two keeper mangrove snapper. We released lots of smaller trout and snapper, along with crevalle jack, all on live shrimp. Chris Polumbo, who fished with me Tuesday, fished with another set of kids&m...
over 4 years ago (08/11/2010)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 08.11.10

The fishing in Southwest Florida has been great the past week despite very warm air and water temperatures and the formation of Tropical Depression number 5. As a matter of fact, the formation of the low pressure system seemed to really increase the bite quite a bit. On recent outings we’ve caught 10 to 15 slot redfish using live pinfish and small white baits along with dozens of snook. The trout are still biting on the grass flats but they seem to like the artificials baits better than th...
Catching the Cure
over 4 years ago (08/04/2010)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 08.04.10

The fishing in and around Estero Bay is about as hot as the weather. There is plenty of bait of the beaches and around the nearshore reefs. te backbay bite for snook and redfish has been really good. Fish around mangroves and oyster bars with free lined thread fin herrings or pinfish under a float. Work the grass flats with shrimp under a popping cork for spotted sea trout. The nearshore bite had been producing spanish mackerel, gag grouper, goliath grouper, and sharks. Free line your bai...
over 4 years ago (08/02/2010)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 08.02.10

Even though we are coming off the full moon the tides remain very favorable for the next week. With good moving water on both the inbound and outbound tides the bite should be strong just about all day in both Estero Bay and the near shore Gulf waters. We were able to get back out in the Gulf after the passing tropical wave and were greeted with an excellent mangrove snapper bite using small live white baits on circle hooks lightly weighted with split shot. It helps to use a few of the sma...
over 4 years ago (07/27/2010)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 07.27.10

“No oil—No spoil Our Beaches are Clean—Our Waters Pristine”   Tim Reid fished near-shore with me, about ten miles off the beach Saturday morning, 7/17. Winds and seas, which were calm most of the week, had picked up quite a bit and seas were a little sloppy, so we decided to stay near-shore and do some shark fishing. We site-casted on the surface, using pinfish strips on a mackerel-rig, and we caught and released fourteen sharp-nose sharks to 40 inches.   Tuesday, Daniel...
over 4 years ago (06/30/2010)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 06.30.10

“No oil—No spoil Our Beaches are Clean—Our Waters Pristine” I fished mostly offshore this past couple of weeks (that report and picture can be seen in the Offhsore Forum/Gulf of mexico Report), but I did fish Estero Bay a few of times. Wednesday morning, Jason Dempsey fished Estero Bay with me, using live shrimp. We caught a half dozen keeper mangrove snapper to 12 inches and released a bunch of shorter ones. We also caught two keeper sheepshead, 13 and 14 inches, and two keep...
over 4 years ago (06/30/2010)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 06.30.10

The redfish bite over the past week has improved dramatically around the mangrove in the back country but you have to wait until the tide is up a bit to get them to bite. We’ve been using lead head jigs tipped with live shrimp or free lined threadfin herrings with success. We’ve also been finding a few flounder and a lot of snapper in the same locations. The trout bite has been excellent but we’ve had to get into deeper water than usual to locate them due to the up tick in water temperat...
over 4 years ago (06/16/2010)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 06.16.10

The fishing couldn’t be much better! Tarpon are still schooled up in the near shore Gulf waters and are feeding well on live threadfin herrings. We’ve been seeing them in good numbers just a couple of miles offshore and the hookup ration has been good. The water has been so clear it’s best to drift for them or work near them quietly on a trolling motor. Snook are showing up on the beaches and are eating small white bait and large threads. The near shore rock piles are producing some gr...
over 4 years ago (06/15/2010)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 06.15.10

A special note: As oil has now washed up on the shores in the Florida Panhandle, we want to say that our hearts go out to our fellow fisherman and all the residents of the Gulf coast across the states that have been impacted by the BP oil spill. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you, and we feel fortunate to have escaped this crisis on our shores here in SW FL. We also want all our potential customers to know:     “No oil—No spoil   Our Beaches are Clean—Our...
over 4 years ago (06/15/2010)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 06.15.10

Estero Bay gave up some nice reds on the bars and under the bushes of the central bay. Again, you have to be out early with the hot water and afternoon, sluggish outgoing tides. There are poons on the flats of the central bay and in the rivers feeding into the bay. Fly guys are scoring, as are pluggers and cutbait fisherman; be up with the roosters if you want to play this game. Trout anglers have been hooking up accidentally, with poons, cobia and sharks all eating whatever on the drifts. Sno...
over 4 years ago (06/01/2010)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 06.01.10

Tarpon are in the nearshore Gulf waters and will eat if you get out there early enough. The best bet is live threadfins free lined while drifting. We’ve also been catching quite a few sharks, spanish mackerel and a few kingfish in the same area. Grouper digging has been going well on the patch reefs and rocks close to shore with each trip producing a couple of keeper gags. The golaith are there too and although you can’t keep one, they are fun to wrestle with! The snook are starting the...
over 4 years ago (05/18/2010)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 05.18.10

The tarpon bite is on! Large schools have been moving in just off of Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel Island with most in the feeding mood. Live baits seemed to work best this past week but several were caught using cut ladyfish. Look for the muddy areas and start there. You’ll also get lots of spanish mackerel, jacks and more sharks than this captain’s seen in quite a few years. We’ve hooked up with bulls, lemons, duskys, hammerheads and black tip all in the same trip! T...
over 4 years ago (05/11/2010)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 05.11.10

Wednesday morning, 4/28, I fished Estero Bay with Paul Martz and Christian LeClerc. We caught a 23-inch Spanish mackerel, released short snapper, and were bemoaning the slow action when, all of a sudden, two lines began bending, and we reeled in two keeper redfish, at 18 1/2 and 19 inches--so we ended up with our limit of reds. Thursday morning, 4/29, I fished with Ron Musick and friends, Eddie & Carolina Alfonso. We caught seven keeper mangrove snapper and five keeper porgies, and re...
over 4 years ago (05/05/2010)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 05.05.10

A good week of fishing was had despite the return of higher winds. Most trips were taken in the back country of Estero Bay with a few quick trips into the Gulf. Trout were biting well on live shrimp under popping corks and it wasn’t unusual to pick up the occasional pompano in the same area. If you dropped shrimp tipped jigs to the bottom you’d find some nice flounder along with a number of whiting. The redfish are starting to show but are still spread out a bit. They were going for cut...
over 4 years ago (04/26/2010)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 04.26.10

Tuesday, 4/13, the wind was howling through the tree-lines of Estero Bay, where I fished the backwaters with Richard Kostrcewa and his son, Stephan. We used live shrimp to catch and release nine sheepshead, a mangrove snapper and two crevalle jacks.   Wednesday was another windy morning in Estero Bay, where I fished with long-time customers Ed and Margie Bock. We caught a trio of keeper trout at 16 inches, 17 inches and 19 inches, and we released lots of crevalle jacks.   Mon...
over 4 years ago (04/21/2010)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 04.21.10

Fishing in both Estero Bay and on the Gulf of Mexico has been top notch this past week and should continue with warming water temperatures and a normal weather pattern. Tarpon season is getting closer with “silver kings” being spotted daily and there have been lots of big cobia as well. The action on the near shore wrecks and reefs has been really good with lots of spanish mackerel and grouper leading the way.  Macs are hitting just about anything thrown their way but bu...
over 4 years ago (04/13/2010)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 04.13.10

Tuesday, 3/30, seas were rough offshore and I ended up re-booking my planned gulf trip with a trio of ladies who wanted to fish the bay. Karen Taylor, son Evan Taylor, and Evan’s grandmother, Kate Collins, fished with live shrimp and caught six keeper sheepshead to 18 inches and a keeper mangrove snapper. We released lots of smaller sheepshead. Wednesday, with seas calming down, I headed offshore for a morning of fishing in 45 feet, out of New Pass with Alene Haug, daughter Amy Akerburg,...
over 4 years ago (04/07/2010)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 04.07.10

It is really amazing what warming water temperatures can do to turn the fishing on. Nice size white bait has returned to the beaches in good numbers and there are big thread fin herring near the bridges and passes. The let down in the persistent winds has allowed us to get out on the near shore reefs off of Fort Myers Beach and the bite has been off the chain. If you can’t catch fish now you should take up golf. Large schools of spanish mackerel are moving through and are easy target...
over 4 years ago (03/30/2010)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 03.30.10

Tuesday morning, 3/16, the trout bite was nothing like it had been the day before. I fished with Mark McCarthy, his father-in-law, Richie Jenkins, and friend Matt. Richie caught the only trout of the morning, measuring 15 inches. We released ladyfish and sheepshead. Wednesday morning, light rain fell until after noon time, but that didn't deter Mark Loverude, son Ben, and friends Casey Miller and Chris Church from fishing Estero Bay with me. The group used live shrimp to catch five keeper sh...
over 4 years ago (03/16/2010)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 03.16.10

Wednesday morning, 3/3, was chilly and windy but my brave party of three lady-anglers, Alene Haug, her mother, Carrie and friend, Connie, decided to give the backwaters a try anyway. We caught and released sheepshead until the ladies decided they'd had enough cold, then we headed back for shore. Thursday morning, I fished Estero Bay with John Kenney and his eight-year-old son, Anthony. We had to bundle up and try to stay out of the wind as best we could, but we had fun using live shrimp to c...
Soul Mate Charters
over 4 years ago (03/12/2010)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 03.12.10

Spring has sprung and the air and water temperatures are on the rise. There was a noticeable uptick in fishing this past week and the return of bait to the passes. The sea trout bite has been red hot with lots of nice slot sized fish being caught on live shrimp under popping corks and on soft plastic artificials. If its action you are looking for then "ladyfish" is the word. They are everywhere and running in the 2 to 3 pound range. They are so thick in the back country that if y...
over 4 years ago (03/02/2010)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 03.02.10

Tuesday morning, 2/16, after a gorgeous day offshore on Monday, seas were back to their usual for this winter—rough, with small craft advisories issued. Brad Urlaub and family traded their offshore fishing plans for a morning of bay fishing. We used live shrimp to catch lots of sheepshead, including three keepers measuring 13 inches, 15 inches and 17 inches. We also caught a 15-inch whiting and a 12-inch mangrove snapper. We released lots of ladyfish, along with the smaller sheepshead. W...
Captain Dave Hanson http://fishbustercharters.com
almost 5 years ago (02/16/2010)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 02.16.10

On Wednesday, 2/3, after watching the rain for the two preceding days, I finally got out fishing. Seas were still rough offshore so I fished Estero Bay’s backwaters with Bob Graham, daughter, Jenn Ness, her husband, Ryan Ness, and their adorable little boy, Graham Ness. Using shrimp, we caught two keeper sheepshead at 14 inches and 17 inches and a 17 inch keeper whiting. We released loads of ladyfish, which kept little graham amused—his 24-incher was almost as tall as he is! We also released...
Captain Dave Hanson, fishbustercharters.com
almost 5 years ago (01/18/2010)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 01.18.10

The cold temperatures of last weekend persisted into this week, but Alene Haug, her daughter, Emma, and family member, John, were brave enough to fish Estero Bay with me on a very cold, windy late morning trip on Tuesday. We used live shrimp to catch and release one snook and two redfish, along with a couple dozen sheepshead. We caught a few keeper -sized mangrove snapper also. My remaining scheduled trips for this week have rescheduled for hopefully warmer days. That being said, we are still...
Captain Dave Hanson, http://fishbustercharters.com
almost 5 years ago (01/02/2010)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 01.02.10

Tuesday, 12/15, I fished Estero Bay with Alene Haug, Kalee McCarthur and Jeff Sailors. We caught eighteen sheepshead, four of which were keeper-size to 18 ½ inches. Kalee released a 17-inch sheepshead, and we also released small mangrove snapper, crevalle jacks and a small permit. We used shrimp for all, fishing the tree-lines and oyster bars. On Wednesday, a weather front was predicted to move through and kick up winds and seas in the afternoon, but the morning looked like it would be decent...
Captain Dave Hanson-http://fishbustercharters.com
almost 5 years ago (12/14/2009)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 12.14.09

I had planned to fish everyday of Thanksgiving week, but by Wednesday, 11/24, it was raining in advance of a cold front that kicked up seas to 5-7 feet offshore on Friday. The next time I got to fish, after Tuesday, was on Saturday morning, 11/28, and with seas as rough as they were Friday, we decided to play it safe and fish the backwaters. I fished with Mike & Regan McIntosh and their friends, Clark & Ashley Horgan. The redfish bite was on and we released eleven of those, along with several...
Captain Dave Hanson http://fishbustercharters.com
almost 5 years ago (11/25/2009)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 11.25.09

John Landis and Bud King had one day to fish before heading back north, and they had hoped for a day offshore. But, with the remnants of the weather stirred up by Tropical Storm Ida meeting an approaching cold-front, the Gulf was out of the question Thursday, 11/12, so they traded their offshore plans for some morning fishing in Estero Bay. Using live shrimp on that catch-and-release trip, we released ladyfish, mangrove snapper, snook and sheepshead. Tuesday, 11/17, I fished Estero Bay with Bo...
Captain Dave Hanson-Fishbuster Charters, Inc. http://fishbustercharters.com
about 5 years ago (11/10/2009)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 11.10.09

Friday morning, 11/6, Mark Murphey, Tom Stefaniak and Jerry Craig fished with me in Estero Bay. We had a great morning, mostly because of the 32 1/2 inch snook Mark caught on shrimp--It was a beauty, and we were holding our breath when we measured it. Fortunately, it fell 1/2 inch below maximum size (see spot photo.) The guys also caught some nice keeper sheepshead and mangrove snapper, along with four sand bream. We released crevalle jacks, an 18-inch snook and all but ten of the 35 mangs we...
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Snapper, Trout, Shark in Estero Bay
about 5 years ago (10/21/2009)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 10.21.09

Sunday morning, 10/18, I had planned to fish offshore with Dan Wampler, son, Barry, and eleven-year-old grandson, Max. The weather, however, had other ideas, as our first real cool-front came through the area, bringing not only much cooler temperatures, but also stiff winds and rough seas offshore. Dan and family decided to brave the cold morning temps and fish in the calmer waters of the bay. We stayed as sheltered from the wind as possible, and used live shrimp along the mangrove shoreline t...
Capt.Ron Kowalyk Backbay Fishing
about 5 years ago (10/08/2009)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 10.08.09

Pine Island Sound, Estero Bay, 10,000 Islands, Sanibel, Ft. Myers, Naples We found good numbers of snook and reds hungry for whitebait on the incoming tides in Estero Bay. They were mostly lower slot fish with the bruisers still off shore. There were however legal fish taken in the passes and major feeder creeks of Estero Bay. There were reports of schooling reds fish but all we found were scads and scads of mullet with the odd redfish busting them, still a bit early I think for Estero. Plen...
Capt.Ron Kowalyk Backbay Fishing
about 5 years ago (09/29/2009)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 09.29.09

Estero Bay, PIne Island Sound, 10,000 Islands, Sanibel, Ft. Myers, Naples Report My crews struggled with the tough tide set,  the fish must have fed all night and it was a tad sluggish on the morning outgoing. We persevered and found reds and snook on the islands and features nearer to the passes. This condition seemed to hold true for Estero Bay and Pine Island Sound. Trout were slow to chew in Estero bay but if you were persistent you could round up a brace or two. The same was true...
Capt. Ron Kowalyk Backbay Fishing
about 5 years ago (09/24/2009)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 09.24.09

Ft. Myers: Estero Bay was fishy but you had to fish the moving water phases very early and weather permitting on the midafternoon incoming. Reds were scattered, snook were stacked up but generally shorties. Trout were under the birds and very hungry with some gators to 8 lb. taken on plugs and flies. There are big snook, baby poons and reds around the passes and bridge structures. Up north a good general bite in Pine Island Sound and Matlacha just to mention the bigger waters. Reds were atte...
Capt. Ron Kowalyk Backbay Fishing
about 5 years ago (09/16/2009)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 09.16.09

Ft. Myers: Pine Island Sound was generous to my crews with numbers of reds from San Carlos Bay to Galt Island and points north. There were legal snook in the passes and on the piers and docks off Sanibel. Trout were thick on the flats with the best action around Regla and Chino. Estero Bay held up its end with fair trout action, numbers of mixed size reds on the outgoing tides and snook around the passes and docks. There were reds and snook in the feeder creeks and they ate pins, whitebait...
Capt. Ron Kowalyk Backbay fishing
about 5 years ago (09/09/2009)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 09.09.09

Pine Island Sound Estero Bay Report Ft. Myers: We found plenty of happy hookers out on the water over the holiday weekend but there were still plenty of quiet spots to pop a red, snook and numbers of trout. Pine Island gave-up nice braces of trout on the deeper flats; you just had to follow the birds. Matlacha was home to numbers of mixed size reds, big trout and a few legal snook. The Caloosahatchee and Mantanaz pass held the biggest inshore liners. Estero Bay was a little tougher...
Capt. Ron Kowalyk
over 5 years ago (07/23/2009)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 07.23.09

Ft.Myers, Naples Estero Bay, Pine Island Sound, Charlotte Harbor, 10,000 Islands Report We braved the heat and had good first light morning bites on the incoming tides.  We were rewarded with some nice catches of snook, reds and trout throughout our area.  We've found some baby tarpon haunts on our two man skiff and had multiple hooks with fly and plugs, fun stuff on light tackle. Off the beaches on the nearshore reefs we came up with some nice permit to 25lb. We had some fun dip...
Capt. Rob Modys/SoulMate Charters
over 5 years ago (07/13/2009)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 07.13.09

Estero Bay - Capt. Rob Modys/SoulMate Charters Report: The redfishing in Estero Bay has picked up big time over the past week. Lots of small pinfish have moved in on the grassflats and the reds seem to be keying on them. Chum the pins up on the flat, throw the net and load up! The trout bite is still on with good numbers of slot and over slot fish. The bait of choice is Gulp Shrimp on small jig heads under popping corks. On the outside the cobia and snapper are biting well. Drifting live...
Capt. Larry Regienczuk/ Spinning "REAL" Adventures
over 5 years ago (07/07/2009)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 07.07.09

Estero Bay -  Capt. Larry Regienczuk/ Spinning "REAL" Adventures Fishing Report This week I have had a couple of trips in Estero Bay where the water quality has been effected by the continuous wind that we have had for the last couple of weeks. Netting bait was difficult and the only way I got decent pilchards was by chumming the grass flats. Snook were biting ok at best, with other species making there presence known occassionaly. In those two trips we landed nine different...
Capt. Ron Kowalyk @ Backbay Fishing
over 5 years ago (07/01/2009)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 07.01.09

Pine Isalnd Sound, Charlotte Harbor, Estero Bay, Sanibel, Ft. Myers, Naples Report: Good action on the reds and especially on the snook throughout our area. Bigger fish are the rule with overslot reds available for a real light tackle tug-of-war. Fish fries are not impossible when the reds and trout cooperate. Fly guys did well on snook, trout and tarpon, There are poons in all the local ponds, mixed sized critter tha'll take a fly, plug or bait. Off the beaches there's a good mixed bagger...
Capt. Ron Kowalyk Backbay Fishing
over 5 years ago (06/23/2009)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 06.23.09

Tue, Jun 23, 2009 - Capt. Ron Kowalyk Backbay Fishing Estero Bay, Pine Island, Charlotte Harbor, Ten Thousand Islands, Ft. Myers, NaplesGood early morning and late afternoon bites with redfish, snook and trout all on a chew. Fly guys did well and had shots at snook and Spanish mackerel off the beaches. There were some fair SIGHTFISHING OPPORTUNITIES on the shallow, clear waters of the flats from Estero Bay to Pine Island Sound. There are some mixed size tarpon that'll take a fly in the creeks,...
Capt. Ron Kowalyk Backaby Fishing
over 5 years ago (06/10/2009)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 06.10.09

Wed,Jun 10, 2009- Estero Bay-Capt. Ron Kowalyk Backaby FishingGood stuff throughout our area. Plenty of big reds, snook and trout to be had on bait, arties and flies. Tarpon are active off the Gulf Beaches and in the passes. Good stuff all around, come on down! Short and sweet, gotta go fishin! Call me at Capt.Ron Kowalyk Backaby Fishing 1-239-267-9312Email: - captronkow@aol.com...
Capt. Ron Kowalyk, Backaby Fishing
over 5 years ago (05/28/2009)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 05.28.09

Estero Bay- Pine Island Sound, Ten Thousand Islands Report:Good action acrosss the board with snook, reds, trout and tarpon all on a nice steady chew. Limits are the rule as the weather calmed down and summer weather patterns set in. Early morning is offering up some fair tarpon action off the Gulf Beaches and in the passses. Fish in the hundred pound class are common. Reds are mostly upper or over slot fish, eating bait, flies and soft plastics. Release snook fishing is real hot right now wit...
Capt. Larry Regienczuk of Spinning "REAL" Adventures
over 5 years ago (05/28/2009)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 05.28.09

Fishing Report from Capt. Larry Regienczuk of Spinning "REAL" Adventures This past week I have fished in the Estero Bay area and conditions have been reasonably good. The water quality has rebounded nicely from the dirty water we had after several days of extreme quantities of rain. While the wind is a factor every day, fishing has been good. Getting bait in the morning is an early affair. Those who sleep in are not likely to end up with a well full of good baits. Speaking of bai...
Capt. Ron Kowalyk Back Bay Fishing
over 5 years ago (05/19/2009)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 05.19.09

Esterro Bay, Pine Island Sound, Charlotte Harbor, 10 thousand Islands:We've had excellant snook bites throughout our area. Redfish are on a chew in Estero Bay and Pine Island Sound. Plenty of fat sassy speckled sea trout make for some fun driftfishing. The Gulf Beaches and close reefs are holding snook, oversized redfish, cobia, sharks and grouper. Top offshore targets are the permit that have been feeding on crabs around the nearshore reefs. Spanish and king mackerel are crashing the bait pod...
Capt. Ron Kowalyk Backbay Fishing
over 5 years ago (05/05/2009)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 05.05.09

Estero Bay, Pine Island Sound, Matlacha Pass, Charlotte Harbor Report:Theres been a good all round bite through our area with snook and redfish in the upper and overslot sizes the main players. The sea trout are on a mad chew with fish to five lb. and pompano and whiting as well as Spanish and bluefish all eating flies on the open bays and deeper flats. We had some sighfishing on the low tides with fly guys pickin up snook, reds and gator trout from our little skiffs. There's plenty of group a...
Capt. Ron Kowalyk Backbay Fishing & Tarpon Time Charters
over 5 years ago (04/22/2009)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 04.22.09

Estero bay, Pine Island Sound Report:Estero Bay was generous on the afternoon tides with slot reds, mixed size snook and plenty of slot trout. Whitebait and shrimp were the hot baits. It was tad windy at times and whitebait was not always available from the Gulf Beaches or passes. We're beginning to see some big tarpon off Lovers Key and Point Ybel. If your up to a tugg of war with a silver king come on down. Pine Island and San Carlos Bay held good mixed bag biters, reds, snook, trout ect. Co...
Capt Ron Kowalyk, Backbay Fishing
over 5 years ago (03/10/2009)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 03.10.09

Estero Bay through Pine Island Sound Sw. Fl., Nearshore Gulf and Freshwater:Guys: The bites on in Estero Bay with good numbers of snook, reds and plenty of fat sea trout. We hooked up and released nice liners on whitebait, Big shrimp and Gulps. Plenty of fat, tasty sea trout to 24 plus inches on flies and Gulps. The reds and coming in the upper slot sizes and favor whitebait, pins and large shrimp. There's some tripletail fishing on the nearshore Gulf and we're picking fish from 2-6 lbs regula...
Tim Daugherty
over 5 years ago (02/25/2009)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 02.25.09

Fishing Report Tim Daugherty/ Get Hooked Fishing Charters:With sunny days and cool nights the past week, I have been locating red fish in the shallows(dark bottom) warming up. The reds have been eating a brown flats jig sauced up with lunker sauce.Also the trout bit has been picking up. With the low tides in the morning the trout have been stacked up in the deeper holes. They have been eating gulp(3in) shrimp slow jigged on the bottom. Still plenty of snook around but having to wait till the t...
Capt Rich Koncz
almost 6 years ago (01/14/2009)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 01.14.09

Catch and release snook has been good. Redfish biting ok. Sea Trout, Whiting & Sheephead bite is great. Along with many other species biting. Using live shinners, shrimp & jigs.Email: - candoo1charters@aol.com...
Capt. Ron Kowalyk
about 6 years ago (10/07/2008)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 10.07.08

Ft. Myers: We had some of the best action of the year in Estero Bay on upper slot reds, numbers of mixed size snook, fat black drum, bigger than usual snapper and some nice sheepies. There were plenty of big shrimp, mullet and whitebait so crews had it easy for a change, more fishing on the strong early incoming tides. The afternoon was very good too.We,ve been getting some nice permit to 30 lb. 5 miles of the beach from Lovers Key. Calm early morning water with dollar crabs or handpicked shri...
Capt Rich Koncz
about 6 years ago (09/30/2008)

Estero Bay Fishing Report 09.30.08

Catching Snook, Redfish, Trout, Shark, on live bait and jigs.Capt Rich KonczPhone#: - 2392164008 Email: - candoo1charters@aol.com...

Fish

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Cobia (Rachycentron canadum)

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Drum, Red (Saltwater) (Sciaenops ocellatus)

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Jack, Crevalle (Caranx hippos)

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Ladyfish (Elops saurus)

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Mackerel, King (Scomberomorous cavalla)

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Mackerel, Spanish (Scomberomorous maculatus)

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Sheepshead (Archosargus probatocephalus)

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Snook (Centropomus undecimalis)

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Tarpon (Megalops atlanticus)

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Trout, Speckled (Cynoscion nebulosus)

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Guides

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Adrenaline Fishing

We specialize in guide fishing trips. we are a complete guide service dedicated to make your trip the most memorable trip possible. we are often imitated but never duplicated. specilaizing in back b...
Cape Coral, FL, United States United States
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A Fishin Mission

Captain Phil Evans has a US Coast Guard 50 ton Master License with 30 years of fishing Florida ’s salt-waters. Phil is a member of CCA and IFGA. He has fished and scuba-dived the offshore waters of...
Fort Myers, FL, United States United States
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All Artificial Lures Only

SNOOK Fishing in Pine Island Sound in the winter!! Fishing in New York in the summer. Called 2nd Chance Charters in summer. We will be throwing a variety of artificials using jigs, swi...
Saint James City, FL, United States United States
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All-Ways Bite

We offer scenic backwater light tackle fishing charters off Marco Island,Goodland,the ten thousand Islands, and Everglades National Park . You will fish for snook, redfish, tarpon, trout, shark, s...
Naples, FL, United States United States
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Anglers Addiction Guide Service

Born and raised in Naples, I have had the luxury and pleasure to fish the finest saltwater destinations with in an hour drive of Naples. I've been fishing since the beginning from the beaches to the...
Naples, FL, United States United States
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Back Bay Fishing

WELCOME TO BACK BAY FISHING FULL-TIME FISHING GUIDE, SERVING: SANIBEL, FORT MYERS, BONITA SPRING, NAPLES We fish a minimum of 300 days a year on the water. Call: 239-267-9312 info@fishswfla.com...
Fort Myers, FL, United States United States
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BarHopp'R Kayak Guide Service

Planning a fishing vacation or quick fishing get-away? Longing for that tropical fishing attitude? Look no further! Come and enjoy a fishing adventure on "the BarHopp'R" Web Page and the "the BarHop...
Fort Myers, FL, United States United States
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Bayside Charters

Your Captain, Captain Kelly Kaminski specializes in: Inshore Back Water Fishing, Light Tackle and Fly Fishing. The 18' Lake & Bay is an all around Backwater Light Tackle Boat. The Captain will be...
Fort Myers, FL, United States United States
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Blackwater Charters

Welcome to Blackwater Charters website. Come join me for an unforgettable fishing trip. I specialize in light tackle, and saltwater fly fishing from the backcountry of the 10,000 Islands to Charlo...
Punta Gorda, FL, United States United States
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Capt. Bill Walker's Fishing Charters

Come join me for an exciting fishing adventure with native guide, Capt. Bill Walker. Anglers of all skill levels, from the novice to the most experienced are welcome. We'll fish mangrove shoreline...
Fort Myers, FL, United States United States
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Capt. George's Fishing Center

Hello I'm George Howell, lifelong angler and outdoor enthusiast. Like many residents in southwest Florida , I came here in search of sunshine, opportunity, and yes. WORLD CLASS FISHING! Born and rai...
Pine Island, FL, United States United States
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Captiva Charter Company

Captiva Charter FIshing. Equipped with the finest Orvis fly gear including the new Orvis "Helios" rod. The best casting and lightest rod I've ever tried. Spinning rods are Quantum "Cabo" series...
Sanibel, FL, United States United States
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Capt. Jay's Fishing Charters

Welcome to Capt. Jay's Fishing Charters From Marco Island south into the Everglades National Park, the unique waters of Southwest Florida's bays, rivers and near shore habitat offer some of the be...
Goodland, FL, United States United States
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Capt. Paul Hobby's Back Country Charters

Fishing from my 18-foot EGRET flats boat with all the top quality tackle you can use in a hard day of fishing, you'll never get any pressure to make a perfect cast. The goal for the day is to catch...
Fort Myers, FL, United States United States
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Catching the Cure

Looking for the opportunity to land Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, or Shark, then you have found the right place. Welcome to Catching the Cure backcountry fishing charters. Enjoyed a fun-filled fishing ex...
Fort Myers, FL, United States United States
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Catching The Cure

Southwest Florida is known for its fantastic fishing. Whether you fish Captiva Island, Naples, Fort Myers, or Pine Island the fishing is hot most of the year. Redfish and snook thrive in the spring...
Fort Myers, FL, United States United States
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Catch Me If U Can Fishing Charters

Catch Me If You Can Fishing Charters offers a wide variety of boating adventures off the coast of Fort Myers, Sanibel Island, Captiva Island, and Fort Myers Beach. Enjoy an inshore fishing charter t...
Fort Myers, FL, United States United States
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Entice Charters

Welcome to Entice Charters. I specialize in light tackle saltwater fishing in the pristine backbays and nearshore wrecks of Southwest Florida. Whether we're targeting snook, redfish, or trout in the...
Fort Myers, FL, United States United States
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Everglades-Fishing

Saltwater light tackle fishing charters for Tarpon, Snook, and Redfish in Naples, Marco Island, Sanibel Island, and Everglades National Park
Everglades City, FL, United States United States
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Finseeker Guided Adventures FL

Welcome to Finseeker Guided Adventures. I'm a Naples, FL kayak fishing guide specializing in light tackle saltwater fishing from land or kayak, and gorgeous kayak eco tours. Create new memories in S...
Naples, FL, United States United States
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Fishbuster Charters

Our new Lodge features meeting rooms and a conference room that will accommodate 150 people making it ideal for corporate retreats, reunions, conferences, seminars as well as being the perfect weeke...
Bonita Springs, FL, United States United States
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FishSkinner Charters

Welcome to the home of FishSkinner Charters fishing guide service located in Fort Myers and serving the Sanibel Island and Fort Myers Beach Areas as well. We offer a wide range of fishing charters,...
Fort Myers, FL, United States United States
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FishSkinner Fishing Charters

I was born right here in Fort Myers, Florida on January 6th 1977. As a small child my uncle introduced me to the sport of fishing in the Sanibel and Pine Island back bays. I've been hooked ever si...
Sanibel Island, FL, United States United States
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Fish Stix Charters

Let Captain Gary be your fishing charter guide in Southwest Florida, Sanibel Island, Captiva Island, Cape Coral and Ft. Myers Beach. Southwest Florida fishing is great for Tarpon, Redfish, Snook, G...
Cape Coral, FL, United States United States
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Fish Warrior Charters

Welcome to Fish Warrior Charters a Fort Myers and Fort Myers Beach Fishing Charter Captain. I am Captain Sean A Davis with Fish Warrior Charters and I am a Fort Myers Florida fishing charter who sp...
Fort Myers, FL, United States United States
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Fly Nutt Charters

Flynutt Charters caters to the light tackle enthusiast and fly fisherman. Whether you are after redfish, snook, tarpon, speckled trout, tripletail, or jacks, Flynutt Charters can help. Capt. Rick is...
Fort Myers, FL, United States United States
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GET HOOKED FISHING CHARTERS

Come enjoy a day of light tackle fishing with Captain Tim Daugherty. We'll fish the Backcountry areas of Naples, Marco Island, Estero Bay and the world famous 10,000 islands. Whether it's...
Naples, FL, United States United States
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Giddy Up Fishing Charters

Captain Bunch is well known in the southwest Florida Gulf Coast area as an expert Fishing Guide. As media personality "Capt. GiddyUp", for many years he was Co-Host of SW FL Outdoors TV Show and now...
Fort Myers, FL, United States United States
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Gulf Coast Fishing Guide Captain Pat Burns

Fish with 5th generation Florida native Captain Pat Burns aboard his 18' 9" Back Country Pro Guide skiff. Pine Island Sound encompasses the backcountry from world-renowned Boca Grand Pass, behind th...
Fort Myers, FL, United States United States
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Gulf Coast Guide Services

Capt. William H. Faulkner has been fishing the waters of southwest Florida, the Everglades and 10,000 Islands for more than 25 years, and now he's ready to put his Everglades fishing experience to w...
Naples, FL, United States United States
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Gulf Coast Marine Excursions

Gulf Coast Marine Excursions is a private charter service. Our mission is to expose the natural beauty of Southwest Florida to visitors and locals alike. Serving Fort Myers, Sanibel Island, Cape Cor...
Fort Myers, FL, United States United States
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Hatcher's Guide Service

Hatcher's Guide Services Fishing at the Naples Marco Island area in Florida. We are a full service charter experience with the latest equipment from stem to stern. We will make your fishing experie...
Naples, FL, United States United States
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High Hopes Charters

Fish with High Hopes Charters for the best private saltwater fishing charters in Southwest Florida. Owned and operated by Master Captain Lindy Yow since 1993 and logging over 1400 successful charter...
Bonita Springs, FL, United States United States
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Island Charters

Everglades Fishing with Captain Peter Babb Treat yourself to an Everglades fishing adventure of a lifetime here in the Ten Thousand Islands and Everglades National Park I welcome everyone! If you...
Naples, FL, United States United States
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Island Fever Fishing Charters

Welcome to Island Fever Fishing Charters Make the most of your Florida vacation with Island Fever Fishing Charters sailing daily from Beautiful Fort Myers Beach. Bring the family, your closest f...
Fort Myers Beach, FL, United States United States
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Magic Hook Fishing Charters

Magic Hook Charters offers deep sea charter fishing in Southwest Florida Naples, Ft. Myers, Ft. Myer Beach and Sanibel Island, Florida. We specialize in deep sea light tackle and fly fishing. We off...
Naples, FL, United States United States
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Mangrove Madness Fishing Charters

Our goal is to catch fish. Whether we drift the grass flats for trout or something more challenging like giant tarpon off the beaches. Of course, fish are very important, but perhaps even more so...
Bonita Springs, FL, United States United States
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Mangrove Outfitters Fly Shop & Guide Service

Mangrove Outfitters can set you up for great fishing in the backcountry with some of Naples ' best-known guides. Our guides have been fishing the area for years and know just where the fish are. We...
Naples, FL, United States United States
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One More Cast Charters

Capt.Rey is one of the top fishing guides in the Sanibel Island and Captiva Island area. He has been consistent in producing, snook, redfish, giant tarpon, trout, and many other species for his an...
Fort Myers, FL, United States United States
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Reel-Ality Sportfishing Charters

From Bluefintuna stripers bluefish fluke sea bass,to freshwater trophy trout in round valley-home to many state record fish.boat has enclosed head and galley.GPS downriggers outriggers sideplaners a...
Bokeelia, FL, United States United States
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Rush Charters

The home of Southwest Florida's premiere source for fishing charter information! Whether you are a novice or an experienced angler, we can accommodate any type of fishing you desire in Southwest F...
Fort Myers, FL, United States United States
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Rz's Fishing Extremes

Rz's Fishing Extremes invites you to fish with us in South West Florida. We are very fortunate that we have great fishing year round. Fish with us on one of our professionally Rigged boats with one...
Naples, FL, United States United States

Salty Gator Charter Company

The Salty Gator Charter Co. is located in beautiful Southwest Florida. We specialize in back-country, inshore, & nearshore light tackle fishing. San Carlos Bay, Sanibel, Captiva, Pine Island So...
Fort Myers, FL, United States United States
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Snook Blaster Captain Marc Geldon

Snook Blaster charters provides everything you need for a fun day of Ft. Myers guided fishing. We provide the finest in fishing tackle and gear, as well as all necessary licenses. All bait and lures...
Cape Coral, FL, United States United States
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SoulMate Charters

The back bay waters of Estero Bay and Pine Island Sound near Fort Myers Beach and the islands of Sanibel and Captiva are legendary for anglers seeking trout, redfish, snook, tarpon, and other saltwa...
Fort Myers Beach, FL, United States United States
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South West Florida Fishing Charters-Capt. Terry Pitz

My name is Capt. Terry Pitz a year round Florida fishing guide on the world famous waters of Southwest Florida. I offer a personalized fun-filled day of fishing with light tackle or fly fishing. Th...
Sanibel Island, FL, United States United States
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Spinning "Real" Adventures

Fish the beautiful 10,000 Islands for Snook, Tarpon, Redfish, and many other species with me on my comfortable and safe flats boat. I'm licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard and insured. Skilled or unski...
Bonita Springs, FL, United States United States
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Tall Tails Charters

Welcome: To the Premier Fort Myers Fishing Charter Service. Ready for fun? A Fort Myers fishing charter service that offers world class saltwater fishing. Allow me, Capt. Larry Hendricks, the owner...
Fort Myers, FL, United States United States
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Tarpon Tamer Fishing Charters

Capt. Phil offers offshore and backwater fishing adventures for the entire family and for serious anglers. Offshore fishing excursions can be day or night trips, fishing the Gulf of Mexico for Gro...
Naples, FL, United States United States
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Tarpoons-Sanibel Island Fishing

Sanibel Island Fishing Charters for Sanibel and Captiva . Fishing Sanibel Island, Pine Island Sound, Captiva, and Boca Grande for Tarpon, Redfish, and Snook. The scenic waters of South West Flori...
Sanibel, FL, United States United States
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Ultimate Charters

Fishing Charter Services throughout Sanibel Island, Captiva Island & Pine Island Sound Florida. We specialize in light tackle fishing in the surrounding waters of Sanibel, Captiva, and Pine Islan...
Cape Coral, FL, United States United States
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Workin On It Offshore Fishing Charter

Welcome to Paradise FORT MYERS - SANIBEL - NAPLES - BONITA BEACH FISHING CHARTERS Offshore - Reef - Wreck Fishing Charters in Ft. Myers, Florida for Grouper, Snapper, Cobia, Tarpon, Sharks and mu...
Fort Myers, FL, United States United States

Lodges

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Island Inn

The Island Inn is a resort property featuring a combination of quaint "Old Florida" cottages and modern lodges sitting on 10 beautiful Gulf front acres, offering 550 feet of private beach with some...
Sanibel Island, FL, United States United States

Tournaments

There are no tournaments associated with this fishing spot.