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Capt. Dave’s fishing report

By Capt. Dave Hanson - | Jun 17, 2021

Angler Jack Willis with a 21-inch redfish, caught on shrimp and released in southern Estero Bay on a recent inshore Fishbuster Charter. PHOTO PROVIDED

Jason and Eileen Whitaker, joined by their friends, Brent and Angie, fished on a drizzly Friday morning, June 4, in southern Estero Bay, using live shrimp. They boxed four keeper mangrove snapper, and released two short sheepshead.

Ian Flora and his son, Ian fished southern Estero Bay’s backwaters on Tuesday morning, June 8, using live shrimp. They caught a total of 20 mangrove snapper, including four keepers at 12 inches. They released two short sheepshead, a small snook, and two sailcats that were both about 17 inches.

Joe Namath and his son, Jonathan, fished southern Estero Bay’s backwaters on Wednesday morning, June 9. They used live shrimp to catch and release 15 mangrove snapper shorts and four short sheepshead.

Captain Dave’s Fishing Tips

Fishing tip #1: I don’t typically fish exclusively for tarpon because they are so unpredictable; however, if you do target tarpon, I would suggest you wait until the tarpon jumps — he will, as soon as he picks up the bait and feels the hook. Then, give him some slack and bow to the jumps. When the fish goes back in the water, give a few good hook-sets. I would suggest using a medium/heavy rod, which is what I use on all my tarpon trips. If you use a rod that is too light, you will not be able to maintain the pressure needed to keep the hook set: This is also not good for the fish because you will not be able to get him to the boat fast enough to prevent completely exhausting him.

Fishing tip #2: The best way to find a “secret spot” is to turn on your bottom machine and drive around in depths of 30 to 45 feet. There are small strips of ledge, and honey-holes, all over the gulf. I would suggest you start at locally known areas, then work your way away from them. Do not look for major structure, as most of the structure around here is less than 2 foot high. If you start catching small fish, that is a good sign that the bigger ones are in the area to feed.