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REDFISH: Gavin Sword, of Naples, and brother Ryan of Vancouver, Canada, caught five redfish to 18 inches, 10 sheepshead to 2 pounds, a small snook, about 10 undersize mangrove snapper and lots of big ladyfish with shrimp fished under popping corks and on jig heads. They were fishing sheltered waters in northern Estero Bay on a SoulMate Charter with Fort Myers Capt. Rob Modys.

Bait Box customers on Sanibel have caught some oversize reds over the past week at the city pier. Customers also have reported good action on reds from the Gulf-side seawall at the Sanibel end of the restroom island on the Sanibel Causeway.

Reds also have been biting in Blind Pass, along with snook and Spanish mackerel, according to Zeigler’s.

North Fort Myers anglers Dave Puckett and Curt Tyler caught lots of redfish, from potholes and also on the flats during Thursday’s very low tides, casting white jigs, small live sardines and topwater plugs. They fished mainly on the outside of Pine Island Sound’s Wulfert Keys, but also caught reds as far north in the sound as Useppa Island, according to their guide, Cape Tool Tackle Capt. Miles Meredith.

Lehr’s Economy Tackle in North Fort Myers got a report of good numbers of low-slot-size reds around the Wulferts, and of an astounding catch of more than 75 redfish caught by a father and son fishing north of Demere Key on the east side of Pine Island Sound.

Steve Mason and Casey Canada caught reds to 26-1/2 inches last Wednesday and Thursday, fishing out of Matlacha. Wednesday’s trip at low tide also produced a few small snook in north Matlacha Pass, and Thursday was good for small reds and snook and some trout to the south, around McCardle Island.

 

TROUT: Zeigler’s customers including Paul McQuay of Pennsylvania, Bill Higgins of Cape Coral, and Joe Mahler and Jim Baldwin of Fort Myers have been catching lots of trout, plus ladyfish, Spanish mackerel and redfish from the Sanibel Causeway islands and the flats off the approach to the toll booths.

 

SNOOK: Norm Zeigler caught and released 10 small snook on his Crystal Schminnow fly, fishing Punta Blanca Creek at the juncture of the Caloosahatchee River and Matlacha Pass with Fort Myers Capt. John Stark, out of Zeigler’s outfitters.

 

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