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Catch of the day: Southwest Florida anglers show off the big ones: Oct. 20, 2011

Jayson Matthews of Estero caught and released this 32 inch snook on a greenback minnow while fishing in Naples.

Jayson Matthews of Estero caught and released this 32 inch snook on a greenback minnow while fishing in Naples.

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  • Jeff Mercer of Naples recently caught this goliath grouper in Addison Bay off Marco Island, on a live shrimp and on 10-lb test, all while snapper fishing.
  • Wayne McMath, a resident of Naples, is shown with a 41 3/4 pound Blackfin Tuna that he caught on a crab while fishing 42 miles offshore with recreational fisherman Gregg Bedell, owner/manager of Captain Ed's Charter Boats which operates out of Bonita Bay Marina.
  • Capt. Todd Geroy with angler John Suddeth of Naples with John's 95 lb tarpon released on Oct. 14 in Naples.
  • Ahoy Mates!!  Princess Pirate Julia Trowbridge and Kenny Thomas landed many snook, and safely released them aboard 'No Worries Mate' with Captain (Daddy). The little mates were fishing outside Wiggins.
  • Jayson Matthews of Estero caught and released this 32 inch snook on a greenback minnow while fishing in Naples.
  • Angler Ken Fiedler with a 16-inch hogfish, caught on shrimp in 35 feet, west of New Pass, Saturday, Oct. 15, on an offshore charter with Captain Dave Hanson. Hogfish are amog the most coveted food-fish.
  • Angler Herb Lethert with a keeper redfish, one of five keeper reds caught on shrimp in Estero Bay, on a recent inshore charter with Captain Dave Hanson, of Fishbuster Charters.
  • While fishing the first annual Southwest Florida Christian Academy Fall Slam fishing tournament, Wes Bell and Justin Schaffer landed a nice 26-inch, 5-pound, 14-oz. redfish near the mouth of the Caloosahatchee River using live pilchards.
  • Joe Shannon shows off his 24-inch snook caught while fishing with wife, Erica, in Estero Bay.
  • Marine Corps veteran Jemel Maloney of Newport RI, caught and released this 32-inch redfish, fishing at Lovers Key State Park, using a jig tipped with shrimp that he bought from Mater Bait and Tackle of Bonita Springs. Maloney moved to Naples after returning from his deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Laura lleejizki caught this nice red grouper while fishing with Captain Scott Ray aboard the Carole Ann II out of Marco Island.
  • Erica Shannon caught this 21-inch redfish while fishing in Estero Bay. Erica and husband, Joe, called it 'one of our best fishing days ever.'
  • Zack Tucker of Kentucky holds a Black tip Shark he caught in 30 ft of water off Marco Island, while fishing aboard the charter boat Carole Ann II.
  • This five-pound lady fish was caught with a casting net at Clam Pass in Naples by Lee Kamp with encouragement from brother Gale Kamp, both of North Band, Wash.
  • Brady Meer, 8, with father Derrick of Orlando, caught this snook behind grandparent's Paul and Janie Brown Casassa's house in Windstar. The snook was quickly released. The exact size is not known for sure but is estimated as long as Brady is tall.

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