Byron Stout's Fish Finder: Sept. 14

Posted: Sep 12, 2018 12:15 PM -04:00 Updated:
Cape Coral Tarpon Hunter Vince Parkinson switched gears, and oceans to catch this bull dolphin on vacation in Oahu, Hawaii. Cape Coral Tarpon Hunter Vince Parkinson switched gears, and oceans to catch this bull dolphin on vacation in Oahu, Hawaii.
Marilynn and Vince Parkinson were hoping for marlin or tuna, but these dolphin still brought out smiles for the vacationers. Marilynn and Vince Parkinson were hoping for marlin or tuna, but these dolphin still brought out smiles for the vacationers.
Cape Coral angler Jay Rodriguez and four friends caught two nice dolphin and nine keeper red grouper to 29 inches Sunday in 95 feet of water out of Captiva Pass. Photo courtesy Lehr's Economy Tackle. Cape Coral angler Jay Rodriguez and four friends caught two nice dolphin and nine keeper red grouper to 29 inches Sunday in 95 feet of water out of Captiva Pass. Photo courtesy Lehr's Economy Tackle.
Offshore Hunter Capt. Chris Kreis's whopper jolthead porgy was part of a catch of catch of red grouper and mangrove snapper Saturday in 140 feet of water. Offshore Hunter Capt. Chris Kreis's whopper jolthead porgy was part of a catch of catch of red grouper and mangrove snapper Saturday in 140 feet of water.
Los Angelis angler Chris caught and released this 34-inch snook, four others in the slot, and several smaller fish on Sunday and Monday trips in Estero Bay with Capt. Mike Smith. Photo courtesy Lehr's Economy Tackle. Los Angelis angler Chris caught and released this 34-inch snook, four others in the slot, and several smaller fish on Sunday and Monday trips in Estero Bay with Capt. Mike Smith. Photo courtesy Lehr's Economy Tackle.
Kevin Buttrum converted a ladyfish caught on a pompano jig into this 35-1/2-inch snook release at the pay-to-fish Bokeelia Pier. He and his dad also caught their limits of mangrove snapper and a pompano Sunday. Kevin Buttrum converted a ladyfish caught on a pompano jig into this 35-1/2-inch snook release at the pay-to-fish Bokeelia Pier. He and his dad also caught their limits of mangrove snapper and a pompano Sunday.
John Socha of Ocean Anglers reports his customer, Arlen Cagliiti, used a Vudu Shrimp to catch this snook Sunday night at the Matlacha Pass Bridge, where the linesides "were thick." John Socha of Ocean Anglers reports his customer, Arlen Cagliiti, used a Vudu Shrimp to catch this snook Sunday night at the Matlacha Pass Bridge, where the linesides "were thick."
Capt. Matt DeAngelis's scouting trips last week around Estero Bay produced oversize redfish in two different spots. Capt. Matt DeAngelis's scouting trips last week around Estero Bay produced oversize redfish in two different spots.
When Capt. DeAngelis wasn't catching redfish and snook, he was battling ferocious crevalle jacks that all hit cut mullet baits. When Capt. DeAngelis wasn't catching redfish and snook, he was battling ferocious crevalle jacks that all hit cut mullet baits.
Amanda Giroux's nice redfish was one of nine caught with her fiance, Brian Brandfass, just north of Burnt Store Marina in Charlotte Harbor last weekend. Amanda Giroux's nice redfish was one of nine caught with her fiance, Brian Brandfass, just north of Burnt Store Marina in Charlotte Harbor last weekend.
Brian Brandfass said steady chumming with small thread herrings produced these big redfish, seven snook and five trout with Amanda Giroux last weekend along the Burnt Store Bar. Brian Brandfass said steady chumming with small thread herrings produced these big redfish, seven snook and five trout with Amanda Giroux last weekend along the Burnt Store Bar.
Fish-With-a-Hero, shown here at a Captiva event, is cosponsoring an intro-to-fly-fishing event with Southwest Florida Project Healing Waters, for the benefit of veterans. See this week's Fish Tip for details. Fish-With-a-Hero, shown here at a Captiva event, is cosponsoring an intro-to-fly-fishing event with Southwest Florida Project Healing Waters, for the benefit of veterans. See this week's Fish Tip for details.
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Fishing activity has really picked up as red tide has begun clearing from local waters.

Great inshore reports have come from Charlotte Harbor and Estero Bay.

Offshore anglers getting out to depths of at least 60 feet have reported good catches, including a few nice dolphin and a big blackfin tuna.

Freshwater anglers caught some nice bags of bass in Lake Trafford last weekend, and bluegills just about anywhere they tried.

OFFSHORE: A&B Capt. Allen Walburn reports a Saturday catch by Brian Silverio and family that included several red grouper to 14 pounds, numerous snapper, and five amberjacks to 50 pounds in 80 feet of water, 210 degrees out of Gordon Pass in Naples. Half-day trips also have been good for mangrove snapper, small grouper and grunts.

Offshore Hunter captains Chris and Veiko Kreis report no bites on nearshore bait spots, but they managed to sabiki cigar minnows from offshore schools before catching a few red grouper to 10 pounds, six mangrove snapper and a dandy 27-inch jolthead porgy Saturday in 140 feet of water.

Jay Rodriguez and four friends caught nine keeper red grouper to 29 inches, plus a couple of nice dolphin that hit squid in 95 feet of water Sunday out of Captiva Pass, according to Lehr's Economy Tackle in North Fort Myers.

Cape Coral angler Jay Rodriguez and four friends caught two nice dolphin and nine keeper red grouper to 29 inches Sunday in 95 feet of water out of Captiva Pass. Photo courtesy Lehr's Economy Tackle.

 

Lehr's also reports a 15-pound dolphin caught in 90 feet of water, and a 28-pound blackfin tuna caught in about 70 feet of water by John Trujillo.

The farthest anyone went to catch dolphin was reported by Cape Coral Tarpon Hunter Vince Parkinson, who caught some beauties on vacation with his wife, Marilynn, in Oahu, Hawaii.

Sunday King Fisher trip to depths of 60 to 70 feet out of Boca Grande Pass was good for a box of lane, vermilion and mangrove snappers, grunts and porgies.

CHARLOTTE HARBOR: Brian Brandfass reports he and Amanda Giroux "stumbled upon a nice mess of fish in Charlotte Harbor, just north of Burnt Store Marina" along the bar. Steady chumming with small thread herrings produced nine redfish from 16 to 30 inches, seven snook and five trout. Bait was plentiful, and they also saw a nice size cobia and "a bunch of pompano."

King Fisher trips out of Fishermen's Village in Punta Gorda with Capt. Matt Lee produced a catch of trout, snapper and two snook releases Friday along northeastern Charlotte Harbor flats. And another trip with the Gartiser party of New York was good for five three-foot bull sharks that gobbled cut ladyfish baits in one of the harbor's 20-foot holes.

Gary Buttrum and his son, Kevin, caught their limits of mangrove snapper and a pompano Sunday, at the $8-per-person Bokeelia Pier, where schools of pompano appeared four times over the day. Kevin also used a ladyfish caught on a pompano jig to tempt a 35-1/2-inch snook from under the pier.

MATLACHA: Mike Chilton of Fort Myers used an Unfair Lures Rip-N-Slash to catch a 40-inch snook, several slot-size redfish and a 24-inch tarpon on flats in Matlacha Pass, according to Lehr's.

John Socha of Ocean Anglers in south Fort Myers reports Arlen Cagliiti used Vudu Shrimp to catch snook Sunday night at the Matlacha Pass Bridge, where the snook were thick.

John Socha of Ocean Anglers reports his customer, Arlen Cagliiti, used a Vudu Shrimp to catch this snook Sunday night at the Matlacha Pass Bridge, where the linesides

SANIBEL: The only reports of fish biting around Sanibel have been of young tarpon and snook in the back country of the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, according to Norm Zeigler's Fly, Bait & Tackle.

ESTERO BAY: Get Hooked Charter Capt. Matt DeAngelis reports scouting trips in Estero Bay produced an oversize redfish and several nice jacks Friday at Black Island, and oversize redfish, a slot-size snook and some "monster jacks" that hit cut mullet Tuesday at Jack's Bar, an oyster bar south of Mound Key.

Los Angeles angler Chris Stellern caught and released a 34-inch snook, two 32s, a 31- and a 29-incher, plus several smaller snook, and redfish from slot-size to 32 inches on Monday and Tuesday trips in Estero Bay with Capt. Mike Smith of Lehr's. Everything hit white bait (live scaled sardines).

FRESH WATER

PUNTA GORDA: King Fisher Capt. Ralph Allen reports a good day Sunday on the Shell Creek Reservoir behind his home, where he caught a dozen bluegill and stumpknockers (spotted sunfish) on Beetlespin lures, and also happened upon a late-season patch of bedding bluegill that he left unmolested.

LAKE TRAFFORD: Last weekend's U Bass Club tournament on the Immokalee lake produced five-bass sacks of 15.5, 15.39 and 14.37 for first, second and third-place teams of Ronnie and Billy, Joe and Zane, and Barry and Harold, respectively. Zoom Flukes and Bruiser Baits junebug craws were the top lures.

Tony Louden of Fort Myers used minnows to catch his limit of crappie last Thursday, and anglers fishing from the shorelines and pier at Ann Olesky Park have been catching bluegill and a few buttercats (yellow bullheads), according to Lake Trafford Marina.

LAKE OKEECHOBEE: Bobby Jones of Roland Martin's Marine Center reports the best bass bite has been in Pelican Bay, with a trickle of reports also coming from the West Wall out of Clewiston. Most anglers have been fishing worms as slowly as patience allows in the lake's warm waters.

Shore based fishing for bluegills continues to be productive for anglers on the Miami Canal at John Stretch Park in South Bay, and for fishermen dunking crickets and worms below the Moore Haven Lock on the Okeechobee Waterway.

PIC OF THE WEEK

Redfish like Amanda Giroux's beauty were biting in all sizes, north to south this week.

Amanda Giroux's nice redfish was one of nine caught with her fiance, Brian Brandfass, just north of Burnt Store Marina in Charlotte Harbor last weekend.

 

FISH TIP

Fly fishing arts including casting, fly tying and rod building demonstrations will be open to all comers, and especially veterans who could benefit from dealing with the effects of PTSD, traumatic brain injury and other disabilities and wounds of war, Wednesday, Sept. 19 at the Southwest Florida Project Healing Waters. The project is sponsored by Fish With a Hero, Inc., and Southwest Florida Project Healing Waters, and will be staffed by local fly fishing professionals. The event will run from 3 to 5 p.m., 4820 Leonard St., Cape Coral, FL 33904. Contact Ronnie Friedl, 239-944-7562, email ronnie.friedl@projecthealingwaters.org. More info: fishwithahero.org and projecthealingwaters.org

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HOT SPOTS

No. 1: Burnt Store Bar for redfish, snook and pompano

No. 2: Bokeelia Pier for snapper and pompano.

No. 3: Matlacha Pass Bridge for catch-and-release snook.

No. 4: Matlacha Pass for reds and more.

No. 5: Estero Bay for redfish, snook and crevalle jacks

No. 6: Well offshore for red grouper, and maybe a dolphin.

No. 7: Lake Trafford for panfish.

 

LAKE OKEECHOBEE

No. 1: Moore Haven lock for bluegill.

No. 2: West Wall for bass.

No. 3: John Stretch Park for bluegill.

No. 4: Pelican Bay for bass.

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