Byron Stout's Fish Finder: July 6

Posted: Jul 04, 2018 4:00 PM Updated:
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. 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.
Jay Cabral told his son, 6-year-old Lane, that he should kiss his 37-inch snook before releasing it. The boy opted for a hug, instead, according to Lehr's Economy Tackle. Jay Cabral told his son, 6-year-old Lane, that he should kiss his 37-inch snook before releasing it. The boy opted for a hug, instead, according to Lehr's Economy Tackle.
FGCU Student Mackenzie Hammett landed this 36-inch over-slot snook on a live freelined threadfin near Coon Key in Estero Bay last Thursday. Photo by Conner Thompson FGCU Student Mackenzie Hammett landed this 36-inch over-slot snook on a live freelined threadfin near Coon Key in Estero Bay last Thursday. Photo by Conner Thompson
Jim Brown and crew hoisted a limit of red snapper to 15 pounds, with a kicker red grouper Sunday, after fishing in 127 feet of water off Boca Grande. Photo courtesy Lehr's Economy Tackle. Jim Brown and crew hoisted a limit of red snapper to 15 pounds, with a kicker red grouper Sunday, after fishing in 127 feet of water off Boca Grande. Photo courtesy Lehr's Economy Tackle.
George Bowling's 26-inch redfish hit a live pinfish Sunday in north Matlacha Pass, where CJ Bowling also caught his limit with a 23-incher. George Bowling's 26-inch redfish hit a live pinfish Sunday in north Matlacha Pass, where CJ Bowling also caught his limit with a 23-incher.
FGCU angler Jake Dorn had his pinfish near the mangroves of Mound Key when this upper-slot redfish found it, on his trip last Thursday with Get Hooked Charters Capt. Matt DeAngelis. FGCU angler Jake Dorn had his pinfish near the mangroves of Mound Key when this upper-slot redfish found it, on his trip last Thursday with Get Hooked Charters Capt. Matt DeAngelis.
Justin Byford and his sibs all caught nice trout on pinfish Sunday on their Get Hooked Charter with Capt. Matt DeAngelis. Justin Byford and his sibs all caught nice trout on pinfish Sunday on their Get Hooked Charter with Capt. Matt DeAngelis.
Lou Byford's big trout hit a pinfish on the bottom Sunday, on her Illinois family's charter to Big Carlos Pass with Get Hooked Charters Capt. Matt DeAngelis. Lou Byford's big trout hit a pinfish on the bottom Sunday, on her Illinois family's charter to Big Carlos Pass with Get Hooked Charters Capt. Matt DeAngelis.
Parker Byford's trout was part of his family's limit caught with Get Hooked Charters Capt. Matt DeAngelis. Parker Byford's trout was part of his family's limit caught with Get Hooked Charters Capt. Matt DeAngelis.
Lane Kemp's 19-inch red grouper was one of fifteen he and his family released Wednesday, 22 miles west of New Pass on their offshore Fishbuster Charter. Lane Kemp's 19-inch red grouper was one of fifteen he and his family released Wednesday, 22 miles west of New Pass on their offshore Fishbuster Charter.
Nigel Hollidge's 24-inch Spanish mackerel was one of seven his group caught and released on cut bait and squid Wednesday, 20 miles west of New Pass on their offshore Fishbuster Charter. Nigel Hollidge's 24-inch Spanish mackerel was one of seven his group caught and released on cut bait and squid Wednesday, 20 miles west of New Pass on their offshore Fishbuster Charter.
Alan Chud's 18-inch red grouper was two inches short of legal, one of fifteen shorts he anda friend caught on cut bait,20 miles west of New Pass Wedmesdau on an offshore Fishbuster Charter. Alan Chud's 18-inch red grouper was two inches short of legal, one of fifteen shorts he anda friend caught on cut bait,20 miles west of New Pass Wedmesdau on an offshore Fishbuster Charter.
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Fishing's much like the weather -- pretty dang hot.

Redfish definitely have taken it up a notch, as is their summertime wont.

Big snook, trout and snapper also have been biting in the bays.

Red tide that was reported last week by state researchers in concentrations has high as medium in Lee County's northern passes -- Boca Grande, Captiva and Redfish -- was undetectable by anglers Monday in Captiva Pass.

Lake Trafford Marina reports rising waters have made launching boats to 20 feet "no problem" in the Immokalee lake.

Lake Okeechobee bass have been biting for flippers, with bluegill best in moving water.

RED TIDE: Nate and Byron Stout culled their limits from about 18 snapper caught drifting dinky shrimp Monday morning along the bottom of Captiva Pass. Baitfish were abundant throughout northern Pine Island Sound, south to Bird Key, where there was no sign of red tide.

Matlacha Capt. Gregg McKee  reports red tide never made it as far inland as Matlacha Pass, and the few dead fish he was seeing east of Cayo Costa have disappeared, "with more baitfish than ever" -- acres of thread herrings and small mullet -- "just north of marker 79 in southeastern Charlotte Harbor."

OFFSHORE: Fishbuster Charters Capt. Dave Hanson reports two trips from 18 to 22 miles west of New Pass, where Sherri Kemp, her son, Lane, and his girlfriend Haley boxed 20 lane snapper on Saturday morning, and Alan Chud and Nigel Hollidge kept 10 lanes, while releasing eight others and seven Spanish mackerel last Wednesday. Both groups caught and released 15 undersize red grouper on cut bait and squid.

Jim Brown and his crew of four caught their limits of red snapper to 15 pounds and red grouper to 14, plus a couple of yellowtail snapper and a 13-pound king mackerel Sunday on frozen sardines and squid Sunday, in 127 feet of water out of Boca Grande Pass, according to Lehr's Economy Tackle.

Jim Brown and crew hoisted a limit of red snapper to 15 pounds, with a kicker red grouper Sunday, after fishing in 127 feet of water off Boca Grande. Photo courtesy Lehr's Economy Tackle.

 

Two King Fisher offshore trips to depths of 65 to 70 feet out of Boca Grande Pass were good for lots of lane snapper, a few other mixed snappers and porgies, and the odd keeper red grouper.

SLAM SPECIES: FGCU student Mackenzie Hammett used an Atlantic thread herring freelined near Estero Bay's Coon Key to catch and release a 36-inch snook last Thursday.

FGCU Student Mackenzie Hammett landed this 36-inch over-slot snook on a live freelined threadfin near Coon Key in Estero Bay last Thursday. Photo by Conner Thompson

 Get Hooked Charters Capt. Matt DeAngelis also reported limits of nice spotted seatrout caught Sunday by the Illinois Byford family, including youngsters Justin, Lou and Parker. They bottom-fished live pinfish in Big Carlos Pass on Sunday. And last Friday, FGCU student Jake Dorn fished a live pinnie near the mangroves of Mound Key in Estero Bay to catch a redfish that pushed the 27-inch upper slot size.

St. James City Capt. George Grosselfinger's last hurrah before a northern vacation was a Wednesday night trip to Blind Pass, where he released nine snook including 32- and 37-inchers that he caught by reeling jigs and hard swimbaits against the tide.

Norm Zeigler's Fly, Bait & Tackle in Sanibel reports snook slowed down after recent rains, but spotted seatrout, Spanish mackerel and crevalle jacks stayed steady for anglers fishing from Bowman's Beach and Blind Pass.

George Bowling sent in his picture with a 26-inch red he caught on a live pinfish in north Matlacha Pass, where CJ Bowling added a 23-incher on Sunday.

George Bowling's 26-inch redfish hit a live pinfish Sunday in north Matlacha Pass, where CJ Bowling also caught his limit with a 23-incher.

Jay Cabral was urging his 6-year-old son, Lane, to start casting his new penny Gulp! Shad away from the mangroves of upper Matlacha Pass, until the youngster was bowed up with a 37-inch snook that he brought to boatside by himself, according to Lehr's.

Lehr's also reports Bob Glinka used 1/4-ounce glow D.O.A. Shrimp to catch and release 11 snook in an hour-long blitz Saturday in Buzzard Bay off Matlacha Pass. And Joey Abney of North Fort Myers has been catching snook to 27 inches, plus hand-size redfish and spotted seatrout in three north Fort Myers creeks, including Powell.

Matlacha Capt. Gregg McKee reports his Wildfly Charters have produced as many as 30 snook on artificial baits and flies since the middle of June in Matlacha Pass, where juvenile tarpon also have started "coming out of the woods." He also sent in a picture of his 5-year-old, Christopher, with a 24-inch, personal best redfish that hit Monday, along with two dozen small trout and mangrove snapper, along a shoreline just outside of Smokehouse Bay.

King Fisher bay boat charters out of Fishermen's Village in Punta Gorda report good trout fishing on the flats of northeastern Charlotte Harbor, where they also have been catching a surprising number of snapper to 12 inches on small shrimp fished under popping corks.

FRESH WATER

LAKE TRAFFORD: Lake Trafford panfish specialist Tony Louden reported his chartreuse-and-black jigs with a black head had produced 14 nice crappie to 13 inches, three bluegill and two (snagged) tilapia by 11 Tuesday morning. He said fishing was much improved with the addition of a foot of depth since the previous week.

LAKE OKEECHOBEE: Koby Kreiger of Roland Martin's Marine Center in Clewiston reports flipping in heavy cover has displaced topwater fishing for tournament size bass, as summer temperatures send bass looking for shade. The North Shore/Harney Pond Canal area continues to be the best for bass, with bluegill anglers focusing on the spoil islands off Clewiston's "ship channel," and Uncle Joe's (Mayaca) Cut. Bank fishing for panfish is best downstream of the Moore Haven Lock, and in other areas where water managers are moving water.

PIC OF THE WEEK: Jay Cabral told his son, 6-year-old Lane, that he should kiss his 37-inch snook before releasing it. The boy opted for a hug, instead, according to Lehr's Economy Tackle.

Jay Cabral told his son, 6-year-old Lane, that he should kiss his 37-inch snook before releasing it. The boy opted for a hug, instead, according to Lehr's Economy Tackle.

FISH TIP: Five-year-old Christopher McKee upped his personal best redfish Monday while fishing with his dad, Capt. Gregg McKee, in Matlacha Pass, where the redfish action has been excellent. Finding reds has been the problem. Once located, they usually prove to be on a see-food diet. If you show them a live or cut baitfish, live or artificial shrimp, spoon, jig or fly, they'll often try to eat it. Adding scent to the bait equation definitely helps, as well.

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.

HOT SPOTS

 

No. 1: Trout and snapper on northeastern Charlotte Harbor Flats.

No. 2: Redfish, snook and trout in Matlacha Pass and side bays.

No. 3: Captiva Pass for snapper.

No. 4: Blind Pass for snook and trout.

No. 5: Estero Bay and passes for snook, reds and trout.

No. 6: Well offshore for red snapper and grouper.

No. 7: Lake Trafford for panfish.

LAKE OKEECHOBEE

 

No. 1: Harney Pond/North Shore area for bass.

No. 2: Moore Haven Lock for bluegill.

No. 3: Uncle Joe's spoil islands for bluegill.

No. 4: Okeechobee Waterway spoil islands for bluegill.

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