Saltwater Fishing in SW Florida--Naples,Bonita, Ft. Myers Beach
Fishbuster Charters, Bonita Beach, FL
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Three-Month Fishing Report for December 6, 2013--March 6, 2014
A special note: With oil having washed up on the shores in the Florida Panhandle a few years ago, we want to say that our hearts go out to our fellow fisherman and all the residents of the Gulf coast across the states that are still feeling the impact of the BP oil spill. Although we all experienced financial losses, we feel fortunate to have escaped the acute crisis of having oil on our shores here in southwest FL. We also want all our customers to know:
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Check out this video one of our customers uploaded
to YouTube, after his trip with us in July, 2010:
Check out this video one of our customers uploaded to YouTube, after his trip with us in July, 2010:
And this goliath grouper video shot by Captain Dave on May 20, 2011
And check out more fishing videos on our fishing video page
to our three-month fishing report (hint:
if you want to see the most recent trips, scroll to the bottom of the page, and read from
the bottom up):
Ron Musick and Eddie Alfonso, who fished with me Tuesday, did so again on Friday, 12/6, in some rougher seas, in various spots between 18 and 28 miles west of New Pass. Using live shrimp, the guys caught fourteen keeper lane snapper, nine whitebone porgies to 14 inches, six grunts to 14 inches, and a 15-inch hogfish, all boxed for good table-fare. The red grouper were biting like crazy, but we didnt get any keepersthe guys released 55 red grouper shorts, all the way to 19 7/8 inches, just short of keeper size.
Monday, 12/9, I fished inshore in Estero Bay with long-time customers, Erwin and Millie Metusiak. The couple boxed six nice sheepshead to 17 inches, and released five smaller ones. They also released short black drum, a couple of stingrays, and four crevalle jacks to five pounds.
Tim and Caroline Peterson fished the backwaters with me Tuesday morning, where we used live shrimp to catch seven sheepshead, all 14 to 16 inches, a 14-inch pompano, a keeper black drum, and a brace of 11-inch mangrove snapper.
Low tide and high winds made for some tough inshore fishing Saturday morning, 12/14, when I fished with Greg Starleaf, his son Chris, and his father-in-law, Richard Johnson. The guys caught mostly sheepshead, with three keepers to 18 inches, and eight shorts released, along with a few puffer-fish and a couple or stingray.
Tuesday morning, 12/17, seas were rough at the outset, with winds having blown hard all weekend and into the early hours of Tuesday. Seas calmed down as the morning progressed, and I fished the near-shore reefs off Bonita beach with Chris Bauman and his sons, Sam and Louie. The guys used live shrimp to catch four Spanish mackerels, all in the 21-to 22-inch range, a 13-inch sheepshead, and a mess of grunts. They released lots of triggerfish to 13 inches, along with small gag grouper.
Wednesday morning, though predicted to be calmer was pretty much a carbon copy of Tuesday. Seas were sloppy, even at the near-shore reefs, where I fished a catch-and release trip with Mike Cilip, Sr, Mike Cilip, Jr., and friend, Gordon Gau. The guys used live shrimp to catch seven sheepshead to 15 inches, grunts, Spanish mackerel and gag grouper shorts.
Thursdays seas began a little sloppy, but calmed down nicely, and I was able to get out about eighteen miles, where I fished with frequent-fishers Ron Musick, Eddie Alfonso, and Bob Deering. The guys used live shrimp to catch and release yellowtail snapper and triggerfish shorts, three mutton snapper to 15 inches, and a dozen red grouper shorts to 19 ¾ inches, just short of legal size. They also released a 30-inch, out-of-season gag grouper and a 22-inch gag. They boxed some grunts, along with twenty-five whitebone porgies to 16 inches to take home for dinner.
Winds picked up again Friday, 12/20, with sloppy conditions even at the near-shore reefs, where I fished with Reiner Neumann and his three sons, Steven, Brian and Christopher. We caught a lot of fish, but only a few were keepers, including a 14-inch sheepshead, a brace of 13-inch mangrove snapper, and a half-dozen grunts. We released eight mangrove snapper shorts, eight triggerfish shorts in the 12-13-inch range, and blue runners.
Saturday morning, 12/21/13, the winds, which had been pretty much steady all week, were still blowing hard, and seas were predicted to be three-to-four feet offshore. But, with dead-low tides in the bay, Butch Haggin, his son-in-law, John Sims, and grandson, John Sims, Jr. decided theyd have a better chance catching fish as far out as conditions would allow than they would have fishing inshore. So we headed to the near-shore reefs and to a few other spots within ten or eleven miles of shore. The guys used live shrimp to catch two 13-inch keeper mangrove snapper, an 11-inch porkfish, and a mess of grunts. They released gag grouper shorts, red grouper shorts to 17 inches, short mangrove snapper and triggerfish, and blue runners, along with a brace of 16½-inch, out-of-season hogfish.Monday morning, 12/23, the winds were much calmer, though predicted to increase late in the day and into Tuesday. Frank Barry, his daughter, Becky Rivera and her two sons, Zach and Tim, joined by friend, Emily Suma, took advantage of the calmer conditions to head offshore with me, about 18 miles west of New Pass, where they fished with live shrimp. The group caught four nice sheepshead to 17 inches, three keeper porkfish, and a mess of grunts. They released a 19 ½-inch red grouper, just short of legal size, along with a 17-inch hogfish, which is out of season until January 1st. They also released a half dozen yellowtail snapper shorts, a half dozen triggerfish shorts, and four smaller porkfish.
The morning of Christmas-eve, Tuesday, 12/24, I fished in Estero Bay with George Siambones and his three sons, George Jr., David, and Matt. The boys had originally planned to fish offshore, but the weather and sea conditions prevented that, with small craft advisories issued and six-to-right feet seas offshore. I figured the bay might be a good option, since there was finally some water in it, unlike the low tides we have had over the past several days. So, we headed into Estero Bay, where the boys did well, fishing with live shrimp. They caught three 16-inch pompano, two 16-inch black drum, a 16-inch sheepshead, and a 19-inch redfish. They released a few crevalle jacks, a 24-inch ladyfish, and a couple of 5-pound sailcats.
Christmas Day and the day after were spent with family, on land :-) We hope all of you had a very happy holiday!
Friday, 12/27, I
fished inshore in Estero Bay on a windy morning, with Sven and Carrinna Petterson. The
couple used live shrimp to catch two keeper mangrove snapper and three keeper sheepshead,
one measuring 14-inches, and two at 16 inches. They released smaller sheepshead.
Friday, 12/27, I fished inshore in Estero Bay on a windy morning, with Sven and Carrinna Petterson. The couple used live shrimp to catch two keeper mangrove snapper and three keeper sheepshead, one measuring 14-inches, and two at 16 inches. They released smaller sheepshead.
Saturday morning, 12/28, with the winds still blosing and seas rough offshore, I fished inshore in Estero Bay again with Dave Carey and his son, Dan, along with friends George Siambones and his son, Matt, both of whom fished with me on Christmas Eve. The foursome used live shrimp to catch pompano and sheepshead, boxing a 16-inch pompano and two sheepshead measuring 14 and 16 inches. They released smaller catches, along with four stingray weighing two to three pounds and five sailcats weighing three-to-four pounds.
Monday morning, 12/30, Pat and Marta ONeill and their two young children, Madia, age eight, and Finley, age six, fished a catch-and-release trip in Estero Bay with me. Using live shrimp, the family caught sixteen snapper to ten inches, a 15-pound stingray and two smaller rays, three sailcats, and eight sheepshead to 12 inches.
The morning of New Years Eve, 12/31, I fished a very rough offshore trip with Chase Gustin and his dad, Tim. The winds were howling, and seas were rough, but we knew that beforehand. The guys still wanted to fish the gulf, rather than fish an outgoing tide in the bay. So we headed out to the near-shore reefs, where we fished in three-to-four foot seas with live shrimp. We had a cobia on, first line cast, but it got free before Chase could get it boated. After that, the guys caught mostly mangrove snapper, sheepshead and Spanish mackerel. The largest sheepshead was a nice one, at 18 inches, and the five Spanish mackerel were to 23 inches.
Wednesday , New Years' Day was spent with family. HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!
Thursdays planned offshore trip cancelled, due to high winds, rough seas, and lots of moisture over the gulf, in advance of a cold front, which arrived over-night Thursday.
Friday morning, 1/3/14, was windy and chilly, and the offshore plans that Bob Eckle and his two sons, Nick and Jason, had made, were revised to inshore plans, given the five-eight foot seas offshore. The guys used live shrimp in Broadway Channel to catch a brace of 15-inch pompano and a brace of 13-inch sheepshead. They released ten sheepshead shorts.
Ron Donahue, Glen Morrow, and Ekin Sahin spent a drizzly, chilly Saturday morning with me fishing the oyster bars in lower Hickory Bay on 1/4/14, on a catch-and-release trip. The guys used live shrimp to catch eleven sheepshead, four of them nice ones ranging from 16 ½ inches to 19 ½ inches. They also caught and released two black drum to 20 inches.
The week of January 5th was pretty much a loss for fishing. We had near-freezing temps for a couple of days, thanks to a strong cold front that made it this far south, which is unusual. That front also brought high winds and rough seas, and the wind direction was such that it sucked most of the water out of the back-bays, causing very low-tide conditions that were not optimum for fishing. I wasnt able to take any of my trips out until Saturday morning, 1/11/14, when it was still too rough offshore, but we did, at least, have a decent tide in the backwaters. I fished in lower Hickory Bay, Broadway channel and central Estero Bay with Tom Ricker, Doug Woog, Tom Butcher and Bill Hocking. The guys caught a trio of 17 ½-inch sheepshead, along with another one measuring 16 inches. They also caught a nice trout, just short of 18 inches.
Monday morning, 1/13, with winds still blowing pretty strong, Elliot Russell and friends Kurt and Greg Bowman (father and son) had to decide whether to brave what could be some sloppy seas offshore, or to opt for fishing the backwaters. They decided to fish the backwaters, given the decent tide we had that morning. The guys did very well, fishing with live shrimp in lower Big Hickory Bay, just north of Hogue Channel. They caught ten keeper black drum, four of which were over 20 inches. They also caught a 15-inch sheepshead and a keeper sand bream. They released ten smaller sheepshead and two crevalle jacks.
The drum and sheepshead were biting well again on Tuesday, 1/14, when I fished in lower Hickory Bay with Robin Latham and Chris Welch. The guys used shrimp to catch eight keeper black drum to 19 ½ inches, along with a trio of 14-inch sheepshead and one keeper mangrove snapper.
Wednesday morning, 1/15, I again fished in lower Hickory Bays backwaters, as the next windy, cold-front was approaching our area, with predictions for over-night lows back into the forties again. But it was still fairly warm, though cloudy and windy, when I fished with frequent customer Mike Connealy and his friends, Chris Meyer, Kevin Christianson, and Greg Eaton. We fished an out-going tide with live shrimp, and the guys caught four keeper black drum, all between 18 and 19 ½ inches. They released two smaller drum. Added to the box were seven keeper sheepshead to 15 inches, and one keeper mangrove snapper.
Thursday was not a good day to fish anywhere. Winds were gusting to 25 knots, the tide was low and going out, and the wind-chills were in the 3os. I remained in port.
1/17, had a chilly start at 39 degrees but, with winds much lighter than they were the day
before, it actually felt a little warmer. I fished in lower Hickory Bay and in Broadway
Channel with Chris Baumgartner and his dad, Larry Baumgartner. The guys used live shrimp
to catch six keeper sheepshead, all in the 15 to 17 inch range, and one keeper black drum
at 17 inches. They released shorter sheepshead.
Friday morning, 1/17, had a chilly start at 39 degrees but, with winds much lighter than they were the day before, it actually felt a little warmer. I fished in lower Hickory Bay and in Broadway Channel with Chris Baumgartner and his dad, Larry Baumgartner. The guys used live shrimp to catch six keeper sheepshead, all in the 15 to 17 inch range, and one keeper black drum at 17 inches. They released shorter sheepshead.
Monday, 1/20/14, was the first day in about two weeks that was suitable for offshore fishing. Successive, relentless weather fronts had forced me off the water for about a week, then into the backwaters for the next week or so. Another front, predicted to bring high winds and seas again was on the horizon, but Monday presented a brief window of opportunity. I headed out about twenty miles west of New Pass to fish with long-time customer, Tom Batcheller and his friends, Duncan Keirnes, Dave Curry, and Garry Jacobson. The guys had a very productive tripusing live shrimp for bait, they caught and released five gag grouper, four of which would have been keepers, had they been in season. Those four measured 22, 25, 26 and 29 inches. The guys also released four red grouper shorts that were all about 18 inches, along with a 15-inch mutton snapper, an 18-inch Spanish mackerel, a few short triggerfish, and a half-dozen short porkfish. As for fish to take home, they landed four keeper hogfish, two at 14 inches and two at 17 inches, along with three keeper porkfish, a dozen nice mangrove snapper to 16 inches, and a half-dozen whitebone porgies to 14 inches. On our way back to shore, we saw some of the pilot whales that were stranded off Lovers' Key beach, and took a few photos of that sad sight.
Tuesday, 1/21, I fished just ahaead of the next weather front. Winds and seas were calm until about 2PM, when they started kicking up in advance of a strong cold front due to hit our area in the evening. Ron Musick, Eddie Alfonso, and Dick Arnett, all frequent and long-time customers, fished 18 miles west of New Pass with me, using live shrimp. The group caught and released six gag grouper to 23 inches, along with a 30-pound goliath grouper that Eddie battled and caught on light tackle. For food-fish, the guys boxed two mangrove snapper, 16 inches and 17 inches, a 15-inch hogfish, six keeper porkfish, eight whitebone porgies, and a mess of grunts.
On Wednesday, 1/22, the chilly temperatures scared my planned inshore charter off, and they cancelled their trip. I must admit, it would have been cold on the water that morning, with lows of 38 degrees, and not much warming throughout the day. By Thursday, things werent much better temperature-wise, and they were decidedly worse as for conditions, with strong winds and rough seas offshore, and super shallow water in the bay. My planned offshore trip cancelled, as did Fridays, when winds howled all day and seas were eight feet offshore.
So Monday, 1/27, after several days of cancelled offshore trips and only a couple of tide-worthy inshore trips, we finally saw some nice offshore conditions. Winds were calm, seas were smooth, and temps were climbing back into our normal range. I headed out eighteen miles west of New Pass with Tim Brunkhorst, Todd Darland, Jeff Danner, and Jeff Holiday. The guys used live shrimp to catch five keeper sheepshead to 19 inches, a 15-inch hogfish, and a 17 1/2-inch mangrove snapper, and whitebone porgies to 15 inches. They released seven gag grouper to 21 inches and half a dozen red grouper to 18 inches.
Tuesday morning, 1/28, offshore conditions remained favorable, so I headed out 19 miles from New Pass with Brett and Mandy Ewig. We did have heavy fog for the first part of the morning, with visibility about 50 feet during our trip out (thank goodness for radar!) and about 150 foot visibility on either side of the boat, once anchored. Eventually, the sun burned the fog off, and it turned into a nice, mild morning. The couple caught a keeper red grouper at 20 ½ inches, four keeper sheepshead between 14 and 15 inches, a brace of 16-inch mangrove snappers, a brace of 16-inch whitebone porgies, and several grunts. They also caught and released two red grouper shorts, two 21-inch gag grouper, a hogfish that was ½ inch short of keeper-size, and five triggerfish shorts.
Wednesday morning, just ahead of yet another weather front, which brought rain and wind and cooler temperatures that afternoon, I fished inshore in the Hogue Channel area with Richard Pyper and Ronald Dupont. The guys used live shrimp to catch a 21-inch black drum, four keeper sheepshead to 14 inches, and three keeper mangrove snapper in the 11-to-12-inch range. They released ladyfish.
Thursday, 1/30, was a complete wash-out. It rained from the wee hours of Thursday morning into early Friday morning. I remained in port until Friday, 1/31, when I fished inshore with Mike Connealy, his son-in-law, Brett Ewig, who had fished with me earlier in the week, and Rick Rosen. We had planned to head offshore, but with rain over the gulf from Naples to Port Charlotte, we changed plans and opted to fish inshore. We had good luck with sheepshead, using live shrimp in lower Hickory Bay. The guys caught a dozen of them, six of which were keepers to 17 ½ inches. They released the shorts, along with a 13-inch black drum and a pair of ladyfish.
Alejandro Miranda-Sousa, George Mestas, Orlando Fernandez, Pedro Martin, and Nate Swan had planned to fish offshore with me all day Saturday, but NOAAs predictions for more moisture over the gulf, with rain and heavy fog on Saturday caused them to make alternate plans. As it turned out, Saturday morning was minimally foggy, and the rain was scattered and light, so it was disappointing to have canceled a trip that day. I offered to take the guys on Super Bowl Sunday, and we settled on a little more than a half-day trip offshore, which allowed us to get out about 27 miles. The guys caught two keeper red grouper, one 22-inch on a squirrel-fish, and one 20 ½ inches on a live shrimp. They used shrimp to catch lots more red grouper, all of which were throw-backs. They added to the fish box one keeper lane snapper and twenty whitebone porgies to 16 inches.
Tuesday, 2/4/14, I headed out 35 miles from New Pass to fish with frequent customers, Ron Musick, Eddie Alfonso, and Dick Arnett. We used live shrimp to catch four snapperone huge lane snapper at 19 inches and three mangrove snapper all 15 to 16 inchesalong with a keeper hogfish at 14 inches, and fifteen whitebone porgies to 15 inches. The guys released lots of red grouper shorts to within an eighth inch of legal size, along with three 19-inch gag grouper. An 8-foot sandbar shark provided a fun battle when he bit one of the porgies that was being reeled inwe got some pics and video of that, and released him. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAQV1Fb7BTw&feature=em-uploademail
Brothers, John and Jim Huss, accompanied by their two brothers-in-law, Mike Laine and Scott Hutchens, fished in lower Hickory Bay with me Wednesday, 2/5, and had a good, productive morning. The catch-of-the day was Jims 30-inch redfish, a beauty that we photographed and released, since slot-size maximum is 27 inches. The guys also caught nine keeper mangrove snapper, all around 11 inches, a brace of 15-inch black drum, and a 15-inch sheepshead. They release five smaller sheepshead.
Monday, 2/10, I fished between 18 and 26 miles west of New Pass with John Pound and friends, Dan and Ryan. Live shrimp worked well on red grouper to 20 inchesthe guys released twenty-five of those, along with a few triggerfish shorts. They also caught ten keeper lane snapper, all around 11 inches, a half dozen grunts and a mess of whitebone porgies.
Tuesday morning, 2/11, Justin Badger and his father-in-law, John Schlashauser, fished lower Hickory Bay with me, baited with live shrimp. The guys caught a really nice pompano, at 20 inches, along with a brace of 14-inch sheepshead and three 11-inch mangrove snapper.
Wednesday, 2/12, was kind of a strange day offshore. There was a weather front approaching, not due until the evening hours, but seas were sloppy heading out, and the tide was low, so it was slow going getting out to where we were headed, about 25 miles west of New Pass, where I fished with long-time customers Jim McGrath and Bill Crockett. Seas calmed down later in the morning, but the bite was slow, and all the red grouper we caught were shortsthe guys released about thirty of those, along with an equal number of small porgies. They ended up with enough food-fish, including a 14-inch mangrove snapper, seven keeper lane snapper all about 11 inches, and four 14-inch grunts. By the time we headed back to shore, winds were beginning to pick up, ahead of the approaching front that brought high winds and seas on Thursday, cancelling out my offshore trip for that day.
Friday morning, Valentines Day, I fished in lower Hickory Bay with Russ and Teresa Marquart. The tide was low, but the couple did well, using live shrimp to box six keeper sheepshead measuring between 14 and 17 ½ inches. They released five smaller sheepshead, along with a couple of stingray.
Saturday, 2/15, I again fished in Hickory Bay, this time with brothers Robin and Irv Latham. They used live shrimp to catch a 15-inch black drum and three keeper sheepshead at 14 inches,16½ inches, and 17 inches.
Monday, 2/17, I headed offshore from New Pass about 17 miles, with Jim Swanger and Ron Kaplan. Seas werent quite as calm as predicted early-on, but they calmed down nicely by mid-morning. The guys used live shrimp to box seven 13-inch mangrove snapper, two 14-inch porgies, a keeper porkfish, a brace of 22-inch Spanish mackerel, and a couple of grunts. They chose to release eight additional porgies and three additional grunts.
Tuesday, 2/18, I headed offshore 29 to 31 miles from New Pass with Ron Musick, Eddie Alfonso, Shawn Arnett and his son, Ben, and friend, Kay. The group wanted food-fish, and they caught their share on live shrimp, boxing fifteen 14-inch whitebone porgies, seven 13-inch mangrove snappers, and thirteen large grunts. They released twenty additional porgies, along with an equal number of red grouper shorts to 19 ½ inches.
Wednesday, 2/19, Peder Engebretson and friend, John, fished with me about 22 miles west of New Pass, using live shrimp. They caught fourteen keeper lane snapper, all measuring about 10 inches, along with two nice sheepshead at 14 inches and 16 inches, and a couple of Spanish mackerel at 20 inches and 22 inches. They released mangrove snapper shorts, along with about twenty-five red grouper shorts.
I fished closer in on Thursday, 2/20, about eight miles off Naples beach on rocky bottom, targeting sheepshead with Jim McGrath and Bill Crockett. The guys caught eleven keeper sheepshead to16 inches. They released a crevalle jack, about fifteen mangrove snapper shorts, numerous red grouper shorts, and one short gag grouper.
Friday, 2/21, a windy morning, Robin Latham and friends, Dave and Terry, fished a catch-and-release, backwater trip with me in lower Hickory Bay, where they used live shrimp to release mangrove snapper and sheepshead.
Saturday morning, 2/22, the bite was more active in Hickory Bay than it had been the day before. Clint Trousil and son, Jeff, used live shrimp to catch a keeper, 14-inch pompano and two nice sheepshead at 19 and 20 inches. They caught and released ten smaller sheepshead.
Monday, 2/24 was
a beautiful day for fishing but, unfortunately, as happens rarely, but a couple times each
season, my fishing clients cancelled their trip at the last minute, and I was unable to
re-schedule the date with anyone on our cancellation list, at such short noice...hope the
weather holds for the rest of the week!
Jeannine Lamb and Kathy Kunce fished central Estero Bay with me on Wednesday, 2/26. They caught and released two 17-inch redfish and a stingray, and boxed a brace of 14-inch pompano, all on live shrimp.
Thursday, some rain moved through our area, with an approaching cool front, in the early morning hours. I had planned to charter a customers boat that day, but with an uncertain time-line on the weather front, he chose to cancel that trip. As it turned out, it probably would have been a decent day offshore. Sometimes, it is difficult to make the call in advance.
Friday, 2/28, I fished with Jim McGrath and Bill
Crockett, who fish with me several times each February and March. This time, Jim brought
his son, Steve, along. We fished at the near-shore reefs off Bonita Beach, using live
shrimp to catch five keeper sheepshead to 15 inches, three 20-inch Spanish mackerel, and a
16-inch pompano. The guys released lots of mangrove snapper shorts, along with a dozen
crevalle jacks, blue runners and ladyfish.
Friday, 2/28, I fished with Jim McGrath and Bill Crockett, who fish with me several times each February and March. This time, Jim brought his son, Steve, along. We fished at the near-shore reefs off Bonita Beach, using live shrimp to catch five keeper sheepshead to 15 inches, three 20-inch Spanish mackerel, and a 16-inch pompano. The guys released lots of mangrove snapper shorts, along with a dozen crevalle jacks, blue runners and ladyfish.
Leonard Kottman, nine year-old son, Jack, and brother-in-law, Mike, fished the near-shore reefs with me Saturday morning, 3/1, where they used live shrimp to catch seven keeper sheepshead to 16 inches, and released eight mangrove snapper shorts. Jack also had an interesting encounter with a remora, which he posed with for a picture.
Monday, 3/3, we had our second consecutive Monday mishap. Our offshore party had confused their travel dates and reserved the wrong day! We found that out at about 10PM Sunday night, so we were unable to re-shcedule the day for another party--too bad, since conditions were ideal.
Tuesday, 3/4, was a beautiful, calm day offshore. I spent it fishing with frequent customers, Ron Musick and Eddie Alfonso, and this time, Rons brother, Stanley Musick was in town to go with us. We headed out about 29 miles from New Pass, and had steady action all day. The red grouper bite was hot, and we caught more than fifty of those, but they were shorts to 19 inches, and had to be released. But a 44-inch king mackerel made our day, along with twenty-five keeper whitebone porgies to 16 inches.
Wednesday, 3/5, I fished along the channel toward Wiggins Pass, in the backwaters, with Roy Mittman, Bill Geronomo, and friend, Mike. The guys used live shrimp to catch five keeper-sheepshead to 15 inches and two keeper-mangrove snapper. The released smaller sheeps and mangs.
David Bloomfield and Dave Price fished with me in the central part of Hickory Bay Thursday morning, 3/6, just ahead of some threatening weather predicted to hit the area by about 3PM. I could tell those thunderstorms would be here sooner than predicted, but I figured we could get the morning in, which we did. Thunder began rolling right about noon, and we headed in. By that time, the guys had boxed a 21-inch redfish and a 15-inch mangrove snapper, caught on live shrimp. We never got a single sheepshead, which was strange, but a 15-inch mangrove was also kind of strange for the baythose bigger mangs are usually offshore.
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