Best Bets: Hurricane Isaac put a damper on fishing but there’s a silver lining – The News

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Hurricane Isaac pretty much put the kibosh on Southwest Florida fishing efforts over the past week. But of course, you can’t stop all the fishing, even some of the time.

And then again, every cloud has a silver lining.

From H. Isaac’s Silver Lining Department comes news of snook biting at the W.P. Franklin Lock’s North Shore Park Pier, where outflows hit the 7-billion-gallons-per-day mark this week.

Runoff over weirs along Burnt Store Road in north Cape Coral also produced good fishing for snook, bass and other gamesters.

Heavy rains on Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River basin bumped Big O depths up to near normal, with prospects for improved nearshore fishing.

As mid-week weather returned to normal, reports of good fishing in the bays resumed.

And offshore anglers have an excellent weekend forecast, as small craft advisories and high seas subside.

SNOOK: Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission set science aside, and went with its gut in keeping snook season closed at least until September, 2013, in Gulf waters. But that won’t keep the linesides from biting.

Norm Zeigler’s Fly, Bait Tackle Shop reports a few snook and juvenile tarpon have been caught, post Isaac, in Sanibel’s J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Before Isaac, last Friday, Orlando angler Meghan Atwell caught a 36-inch snook in Ding Darling while fishing with Capt. Daniel Andrews.

The Bait Box on Sanibel also has gotten reports of small to slot-size snook biting at the Sanibel Pier on frozen thread herrings.

Lehr’s Economy Tackle reports snook biting well in runoff from Isaac. Anglers at the W.P. Franklin Lock North Shore Park Pier have been casting 3/4- to 1-ounce leadheads with avocado tails into the races below the dam. And north Cape Coral anglers were at it, even between Sunday and Monday downpours at the weirs separating fresh water from brackish along Burnt Store Road, where small snook, bass, jacks and ladyfish were joining the fray in the froth.

King Fisher bay boats report snook are starting to show up in the bycatch from trout fishing along Charlotte Harbor’s eastern shore, where the action has been on live herrings.

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