• Marv Kanne of Chesterfield, Mo., caught this 42-inch snook last Tuesday in Pine Island Sound with Captiva Capt. Ozzie Fischer.

    Byron Stout's Fish Finder: Oct. 19

    Even Sanibel's beaches are coming alive with tarpon, snook and more; bay waters are bounteous north to south; and relatively scant reports from offshore have been of good grouper and snapper catches.

  • Travis Harrison's 24-inch bass took the big fish category in last Friday evening's inaugural Birdies and Bass Tournament at Eastwood Golf Course.

    Byron Stout's Fish Finder: Oct. 12

    At least, according to reports, Gulf waters are clearing of red tide and getting back to good old green. Thankfully not blue-green, as in algae, which also is clearing from Caloosahatchee canals.
  • James Stout and Jonah Kluch tag-teamed this 11-foot Lake Trafford gator, starting with 30-pound spinning gear, and adding a 65-pound outfit by snatch-hooking the beast Saturday morning.

    Byron Stout's Fish Finder: Oct. 5

    The good news is state biologists are reporting some improvement in red tide conditions along the southwest coast. The bad news is, that's only relative.

  • FGCU Student Mackenzie Hammett caught her nice red in the Hell Peckney Bay area of Estero Bay, while fishing with Estero River pro-staffer Conner Thompson.

    Byron Stout's Fish Finder: Sept. 28

    Yet another plague -- apparently anoxic conditions in nearshore waters -- is killing even crabs in huge numbers along Bonita and Barefoot beaches in south Lee County.
  • Spirit Fly Charters Capt. Alex Moran used a chrome Zara Spook to catch this big girl in Pine Island Sound, where he said not only snook, but redfish and trout have been on fire.

    Byron Stout's Fish Finder: Sept. 21

    Red tide continues to be a problem in Lee County's coastal zone and some offshore waters.
  • Cape Coral Tarpon Hunter Vince Parkinson switched gears, and oceans to catch this bull dolphin on vacation in Oahu, Hawaii.

    Byron Stout's Fish Finder: Sept. 14

    Fishing activity has really picked up as red tide has begun clearing from local waters.

  • Mason Lamb's 26-inch redfish would have been a perfect keeper, if not for the emergency ban on redfish and snook harvest.  He caught it in Matlacha Pass with Get Hooked Charter Capt. Matt DeAngelis.

    Byron Stout's Fish Finder: Sept. 7

    Between the busy start of the school year and the post-Labor-Day lull, the fishing doldrums always hit Southwest Florida in early September.
  • Andrew Dolwick's whopper snook slurped a topwater plug Saturday near Pine Island Sound's Cabbage Key, on his charter with Capt. John Stark.

    Byron Stout's Fish Finder: Aug. 31

    Snook season won't open Sept. 1, and state fishery managers also have suspended harvesting redfish in areas affected by red tide in Southwest Florida.
  • Bob Brooks' dandy spoitted seatrout was part of Sunday's Pine Island Sound catch that included snook, snapper and even a permit on fly in Pine Island Sound.

    Byron Stout's Fish Finder: Aug. 24

    Sanibel shop owner Norm Zeigler sums up the situation nicely when he says, "Despite all the bad water, red tide, and blue-green algae, there are still fish to catch."

  • Terry Gibson's nice snook hit a white jerkbait under the mangroves at the mouth of the Caloosahatchee River, just after sunrise with his friend, John McDaniel.

    Byron Stout's Fish Finder: Aug. 17

    Red tide continues to plague angling efforts along most of Lee County's coastlines, well into the larger bays including Pine Island Sound, San Carlos Bay and Estero Bay.
  • This snook was buried right in the mangroves before Phil Harper's white baitfish fly lured it out, on his recent Wildfly Charter in northern Pine Island Sound with Matlacha Capt. Gregg McKee.

    Byron Stout's Fish Finder: Aug. 10

    Red tide, bad as it is, may be getting better.
  • Mark Brennan used a Yo-Zuri 3D Inshore Twitchbait to catch and release this juvenile tarpon Wednesday morning in a Matlacha canal. Photo courtesy Lehr's Economy Tackle.

    Byron Stout's Fish Finder: Aug. 3

    In the Caloosahatchee and surrounds, there's stinky, toxic blue-green algae that renders fish bad to eat. But it may be only whetting snook appetites.

  • Hilton Head, S.C. angler Ned Gilleland III's 8.28-pound bass was a rare summertime Florida Trophy Catch qualifier from Lake Okeechobee's Observation Shoal. He was shiner fishing with Capt. Leo Duran out of Roland and Mary Ann Martin's Marina in Clewiston.

    Byron Stout's Fish Finder: July 27

    Unusual midsummer morning rains and strong winds made for quiet times on the water over the past week.
  • Ten-year-old Dillon Carbral's 31-inch snook was a consolation prize. The big one of the day got away Saturday in Matlacha Pass,  according to Lehr's Economy Tackle.

    Byron Stout's Fish Finder: July 20

    Fishing's been OK, but nowhere near as hot as the weather.
  • Dan Carns of Gulf Coast Kayak caught this redfish, plus eight snook and a mix of mangrove snapper, ladyfish and jacks Sunday in Matlacha Pass, mostly on Gulp! baits with Cape Coral angler Dave Vickers. Photo courtesy Lehr's Economy Tackle.

    Byron Stout's Fish Finder: July 13

    With the dog days upon us, it's time for some Sirius fishing.
  • Five-year-old Christopher McKee is rightfully proud of his personal best redfish, a 24-incher that hit Monday on the first cast of the day outside  Smokehouse Bay, while fishing with his dad, Wildfly Charters Capt. Gregg McKee.

    Byron Stout's Fish Finder: July 6

    Fishing's much like the weather -- pretty dang hot.
  • Amanda Giroux's 40-1/4-inch snook release started with a live thread herring freelined along Blind Pass mangroves Saturday night, with her fiance Brian Brandfass.

    Byron Stout's Fish Finder: June 29

    Summer isn't a normal time for red tide problems, but large snook in large numbers have been reported showing up around Boca Grande, where even some tarpon have been belly up.
  • Tim Edmiston's red snapper was one of several to 20 pounds caught with friends Saturday in 178 feet of water. Photo courtesy Lehr's Economy Tackle.

    Byron Stout's Fish Finder: June 22

    Long days and calm seas around the summer solstice have made for some great offshore opportunities for snappers, groupers and greater amberjack.
  • Taylor Westra's tarpon took a live thread herring under a float, while fishing north of Chino Island Monday with her dad, Flat Top Charters Capt. Mark Westra.

    Byron Stout's Fish Finder: June 15

    The good news for the catch-and-release crowd is of lots of big snook and tarpon up and down Lee County's barrier island beaches, particularly at the north end.
  • Reel Talk Radio host Capt. Rob Modys used a Yo-Zuri Rattl’n Vibe lipless crankbait to catch this "ditch bass" in Ten Mile Canal Sunday.

    Byron Stout's Fish Finder: June 8

    Fishing has been great for the proverbial 10 percent of anglers who catch 90 percent of the fish.
  • Byron Stout's Fish Finder: June 1

    Now would be a good time to shop for a lightweight rain suit.

  • Byron Stout's Fish Finder: May 25

    We get the weather prognosis for what looks to be a l-o-o-o-n-g Memorial Day weekend.

  • Byron Stout's Fish Finder: May 18

    The rain made fishing access a soggy proposition.

  • Byron Stout's Fish Finder: May 11

    Fishing was good if you were one of the few anglers left on the water.

  • Byron Stout's Fish Finder: May 4

    The gumment giveth, and the gumment taketh away.

  • Byron Stout's Fish Finder: April 27

    What a difference a week of nice weather makes on fishing reports.

  • Byron Stout's Fish Finder: April 20

    Wild winds, red tide and the mass exodus of our snowbirds have made for slim fishing reports over the past week.

  • Byron Stout's Fish Finder: April 13

    Never mind Friday the 13th. Get out and fish while the bite is red hot.

  • Byron Stout's Fish Finder: April 6

    Everyday 80s temperatures heated up the fishing action, inshore and offshore.

  • Byron Stout's Fish Finder: March 30

    As one report noted, "Variety is the name of the game," as Southwest Florida waters swing into spring.

  • Byron Stout's Fish Finder: March 23

    Fishing's been going great offshore, inshore and in fresh water. And red tide outbreaks appear to have slowed.

  • Byron Stout's Fish Finder: March 16

    March definitely is living up to its in-like-a-lion reputation, with a lot of fishing opportunities being eaten up by high winds.

  • Byron Stout's Fish Finder: March 9

    It's hard to say what effect the current cold front will have on fish appetites, but if it helps blow away what has been problematic red tide in Lee County's outer bays, that will be a plus.

  • Byron Stout's Fish Finder: March 2

    Given our record breaking February for warmth, it's safe to say spring has sprung in Southwest Florida.

  • Byron Stout's Fish Finder: Feb. 23

    Lots of snook catches, including slot-size fish, bode well for the season opener on Thursday.

  • Byron Stout's Fish Finder: Feb. 16

    Given unseasonably hot weather, anglers still complained about a sometimes lukewarm bite.

  • Byron Stout's Fish Finder: Feb. 9

    Purty weather, purty fish. Pent-up anglers wasted no time getting after their faves last week, offshore, inshore and on inland lakes.

  • Byron Stout's Fish Finder: Feb. 2

    As one local captain put it, January may not have been the coldest on record, but it gets a lot of style points for consistently nasty cold, wind, and even rain.

  • Byron Stout's Fish Finder: Jan. 26

    With freezing winds temporarily in the rearview mirror, Southwest Florida anglers put the metal to a fine kettle o' fish over the past week.

  • Byron Stout's Fish Finder: Jan. 19

    When the weather gets cold in Southwest Florida, the sheepshead bite gets hot. Specks and black crappie in lakes also can be good.

  • Byron Stout's Fish Finder: Jan. 12

    Most of the biting over the past week has been by Jack Frost, nipping at local noses. That said, some of the exceptions have been spectacular.

  • Byron Stout's Fish Finder: Jan. 5

    Fishing's been good, even unbelievably good, given recent conditions.

  • Byron Stout's Fish Finder: Dec. 29

    Offshore anglers have been racking up good numbers of snappers and some nice grouper, with amberjack and gray triggerfish opening for a short time with the new year.

  • Byron Stout's Fish Finder: Dec. 22

    Fair weather predicted for the weekend should produce some pretty fair catches.

  • Byron Stout's Fish Finder: Dec. 15

    Between holiday chores and last weekend's cold front that blew out lots of fishin' ambition, not a lot of angling has gone down. Unless you count going down the proverbial tube.

  • Byron Stout's Fish Finder: Dec. 1

    Given reports of the fish-killing strength of the red tide in the Gulf off Sanibel, fishing hasn't been too bad!

  • Byron Stout's Fish Finder: Nov. 24

    Give Southwest Florida anglers a few days of fair weather, and they're going to fare well. Offshore anglers scored with grouper and snapper, tripletail and false albacore.

  • Byron Stout's Fish Finder: Nov. 17

    Given the universal distaste for saltwater splashing in one's face, fishing efforts were significantly reduced over the past breezy week. Happily, relief should arrive by Saturday.

  • Byron Stout's Fish Finder: Nov. 10

    Summer and winter fishing patterns are in transition, during what passes for fall in Southwest Florida.

  • Byron Stout's Fish Finder: Nov. 3

    The first significant cold front of the season will put a little chill in the water, which always spurs fishing.

  • Byron Stout's Fish Finder: Oct. 27

    The first significant cold front of the season will put a little chill in the water, which always spurs fishing.

  • Byron Stout's Fish Finder: Oct. 20

    The fishing action is heating up as local waters begin cooling, and pelagic species begin their fall trek down the coast. Recent offshore catches include some hefty cobia and several locally rare mutton snapper.

  • Byron Stout's Fish Finder: Oct. 13

    Friday the 13th notwithstanding, this is a great time to go fishing. There's plenty of room on the water, given the paucity of tourists and snowbirds at this time of year. And the fish are biting.

  • Byron Stout's Fish Finder: Oct. 6

    Now that folks finally are finding time for fishing, it's safe to say that post-Irma action has been little short of fantastic. The water may not be as clear and pretty as the tourism bureaus might like, but the fish just don't give a flip.

  • Byron Stout's Fish Finder: Sept. 29

    Fishing activity since Irma blew through has been at all-time lows. Happily, no fish were reported drowned or otherwise impaired by the storm, which left them hungry and in good spirits.

  • Byron Stout's Fish Finder: Sept. 22

    To no one's surprise, fishing activity has been minimal since Irma had her way with us. But that's not to say prospects are abysmal, or even bad for the angler who plays the hurricane card.

  • Byron Stout's Fish Finder: Sept. 8

    First things first: Don't be a fool and go fishing in dangerous weather.

  • Byron Stout's Fish Finder: September 1

    Whew boy! Ain't it great to be back to our normal, steamy, late summer weather?

  • Byron Stout's Fish Finder: August 25

    Anglers report fish have been a little slow to take a bait of late. But who could blame them in this Dog Days heat? Or, maybe, they have retinal damage from staring at the sun with phony protective eyewear.

  • Byron Stout's Fish Finder: August 18

    Fishing guides are finding business, as usual this time of year, is a lot slower than the fishing.

  • Byron Stout's Fish Finder: August 11

    Fishing's pretty good given recent inconvenient winds and near 90-degree water temperatures.

  • Byron Stout's Fish Finder: August 4

    Tropical Storm Emily only brought bad weather, but not bad fishing.

  • Byron Stout's Fish Finder: July 28

    Fishing's like the weather -- on fire.

  • Byron Stout's Fish Finder: July 21

    Between scalloping along Florida's Big Bend, the annual local exodus to the Keys for lobsters and mahi - a post-Fourth lull in tourism - the onset of Dog Days heat, and the ever present threat of summer thunderstorms, fishing efforts have been kinda slow.

  • Byron Stout's Fish Finder: July 14

    Water temperatures as high as 90 degrees can be a wet blanket on fish appetites, in salt water or fresh. Thank goodness the fish haven't fully realized that.

  • Byron Stout's Fish Finder: July 7

    It's hot and those afternoon thunderstorms are scary, but hey! The fish are biting!

  • Byron Stout's Fish Finder: June 30

    Pick a spot. Any spot. Fishing's been hot as the proverbial firecracker, all over, and should stay that way through the holiday weekend.

  • Byron Stout's Fish Finder: June 23

    The going stayed tough over the past rain-filled week. But the tough go going with fish of all stripes.

  • Byron Stout's Fish Finder: June 16

    Here's the Fish Tip for the week: Get yourself a nice rain suit.

  • Byron Stout's Fish Finder: June 9

    What do Southwest Florida anglers and Winnie the Pooh have in common? Neither have a lot of luck on blustery days.

  • Byron Stout's Fish Finder: June 2

    The long holiday weekend saw lots of fishing, if not so much catching.

  • Byron Stout's Fish Finder: May 26

    From the what-a-difference-a-place-makes department, reports from the same days ranged from awsome to awful. South winds were the key.

  • Byron Stout's Fish Finder: May 19

    Fishing's been wonderful when it hasn't been too windy. Unfortunately, that was only on Monday.

  • Byron Stout's Fish Finder: May 12

    Fishing reports over the past week have ranged from gosh awful, to unbelievably good. Sometimes from the same angler.

  • Byron Stout's Fish Finder: May 5

    May may be the best month for tarpon in Southwest Florida, the best spot for tarpon in the Fishing Capital of the World.

  • Byron Stout's Fish Finder: April 28

    First the bad news: snook have been biting like they know they're fair (fare?) game, as we enter the last 10 days of the open season. And redfish catches haven't been much better.

  • Grouper season opens in Atlantic, Monroe Co. May 1

    Florida Fish and Wildlife announced anglers going after grouper will be able to take home some of their catch starting May 1.

  • Byron Stout's Fish Finder: April 21

    First the bad news: snook have been biting like they know they're fair (fare?) game, as we enter the last 10 days of the open season. And redfish catches haven't been much better.

  • Byron Stout's Fish Finder: April 14

    Warming spring waters would be ideal for fishing, if they weren't so often covered with whitecaps, more of which are predicted for the weekend.

  • Byron Stout's Fish Finder: April 7th

    Warming spring waters would be ideal for fishing, if they weren't so often covered with whitecaps, more of which are predicted for the weekend.

  • Byron Stout's Fish Finder: March 31st

    Lots of anglers reported finicky fish last week. Then again, lots of anglers made some very nice catches.

  • Byron Stout's Fish Finder: March 24th

    Predicted breezy conditions will continue vexing boaters through the weekend. But strong tides bode well for fish appetites (and those with an appetite for fish) for the next full week.

  • Byron Stout's Fish Finder: March 17th

    Fishing was great over the past week. The wind, not so much....

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