Strong winds hampered fishing again last week, but inshore trips yielded good numbers of trout, redfish, snook and sheepshead.
Fishbuster Charters' Capt. Dave Hanson said last Monday's seas were supposed to be calm, with a cold front not due to rough things up until late at night. Fishing with Larry and Linda Nelson in 30 feet out of New Pass, he had mostly 3-foot seas all morning. They caught four keeper sheepshead to 16 inches, a large triggerfish and grunts, so the couple had plenty of pan fish for dinner.
With rough seas offshore Tuesday, Andrew Tassopoulos and Robbie Ginnenbaugh changed their offshore plans to fish the east side of Estero Bay with Hanson. They fished the current eddies at the corners of the oyster bars, mostly free-lining live shrimp. They caught 20 sheepshead, 10 of which were keepers, to 17 inches. They released jacks and ladyfish.
Fishing Estero Bay on Wednesday with spring-breakers Jenn Baumgartner and friends Carla, Emily and Laura, Hanson reported a strong wind that had blown the water out of the bay. They fished the edges along the channel, wherever the water was deep enough, with live shrimp. The bite was slow, but they managed keeper sheepshead, a keeper trout, and released a 17-inch redfish.
Fishing the east side of Este ro Bay again Thursday, with John Neese and Forrest Fernung, Hanson fought a stiff wind all morning. They released two snook to 20 inches, small snapper and sheepshead.
Friday, Hanson returned to Estero Bay's east side with Andy Ungar and friends Jim, John and Dave. They traded our offshore plans for the bay, with gusty winds kicking up seas to 3 to 5 feet offshore.
They caught 10 keeper sheepshead, and an 18-inch trout, using live shrimp.
Saturday's offshore trip canceled, due to rough seas.
Capt. David A Dean of Family Tradition Guide Service fished Wednesday with Cindy Whitney of Burlington, Wis., in North Pine Island with Bass Assassin baits. The color was Electric Chicken and the fish caught were 30 trout, four reds, two snook, one flounder, eight ladyfish, and one cobia.
Friday, Dean fished with Terry and Denise Grabowsk of Monroe, Mich., and Harry Haskin of Pine Island. They caught four reds, two snook, 24 trout, two flounder, and six ladyfish.
Jack Meyer of New Jersey joined Capt. Rob Modys of SoulMate Charters for a day of fishing in Pine Island Sound near the McKeever Keys. They got two snook — 26 and 27 inches — four reds to 24 inches and several nice sheepshead using bucktail jigs tipped with shrimp.
Modys guided Rick and Diana Creech of Indiana to what turned out to be Diana's first ever snook and redfish.
Both measured 27 inches and were caught using live, free-lined white bait near Buck Key. Rick also caught a 24-inch redfish and several sheepshead to 18 inches on jig heads tipped with shrimp.
Jake Cross of Cape Coral celebrated his 10th birthday, along with his 8-year-old brother, Josh and his dad, Mike on a charter with Modys.
The goal was to best Jake's current biggest snook, which was 22 inches. Jake did just that by catching two snook at 25 inches and one at 23 inches using live white bait under corks. Josh also picked up a very nice 4 pound sheepshead.