First I’d like to reach out to all our followers and fellow bloggers to wish them good health and safety. My husband and I have found ourselves hunkered down the last few months in our winter home in southwest Florida.
Grouper Cheek Bites 1/4 lb grouper cheek salt & fresh ground pepper extra virgin olive oil butter pinko crumbs grated Parmesan cheese Creamy Chipotle Ranch Dressing Mayonnaise Dip the grouper cheeks into the Pinko crumbs and place into heated olive oil/butter in the pan.
Meanwhile, whisk 1-2 tablespoons of chipotle ranch dressing in the mayonnaise in a small bowl. Serve the Grouper Cheek Bites with the side sauce of Chipotle Aioli.
Base Van Her AA’s smile was for his clients, who caught this 40-pound “smoker” king mackerel on the All In, out of Naples Gordon Pass. Tom Sutlers raised his rod in victory after decking this hefty red grouper, 40 miles off Naples with ASB Charters Capt.
Chase Conley’s invading long (cobra) gobbled a live thread herring in 90 feet of water on a slicked off Saturday. Ant Fantasize and Jason Stretch scored big with permit and cobra, speared in 180 feet of water, 70 miles off the Daniel Light.
Allen Bismuth’s dandy African pompano was a bonus for the five anglers who caught limits of red snapper, 80 miles into the Gulf with Tom Fowler. Bob Brooks hosted wildlife photographer Andre Nieuwenhuizen on his first false albacore quest, and the mission was accomplished with his own fly, a Sq whitey pattern.
John Gerard’s 17-incher was one of three keepers among 15 sheepsheads he and his soon-to-be son-in-law caught Monday during the prefrontal bite with Fish buster Charters Capt. Matt Ever’s 19-inch red also joined the catch-and-release frenzy Monday morning, on his Fish buster trip in southern Estero Bay.
George Grosselfinger targets shook, but he’s been catching more and more nice trout on his daily outings in eastern Pine Island Sound. Cape Coral Tarpon Hunter switched gears, and coasts, to catch this 34-inch Atlantic subspecies shook in Sebastian Inlet.
This 6-1/2-pound bass was only part of the hot shiner bite Fort Lauderdale anglers Randy Washburn and his grandson, Seth, got into on the Bit O, with Roland Martin Marina Capt. Big cobra were newcomers on the hit parade, the last weekend of red snapper season produced lots of limits, and sleepyhead took their winter run up a notch.
Base Van Her AA’s smile was for his clients, who caught this 40-pound “smoker” king mackerel on the All In, out of Naples Gordon Pass. And half days, out to 45 feet of water, have produced Spanish and smoker king mackerel, plus a big cobra taken 12 miles offshore by Ryan Folk, with Capt.
Vito Mira and Jason Stretch scored with big permit and cobra, respectively, while spearfishing in 180 feet of water off the Daniel Light with H2O Offshore Adventures Capt. Lear’s Economy Tackle reports Fort Myers skipper Nick Smith and some six friends ran 100 miles offshore to get their limits of “American” red snapper plus other bottom dwellers, and they also trolled up a whopper Yahoo that provided steaks for all.
Allen Bismuth’s dandy African pompano was a bonus for the five anglers who caught limits of red snapper, 80 miles into the Gulf with Tom Fowler. Tom Fowler and four friends including Allen Bismuth and Dennis DeWitt rounded up their limits of large red snapper from 10 to 15 pounds, plus some big porgies, a small king, a nice gag grouper, and a dandy African pompano that fell for a mix of cut squid, sardines, or metal butterfly jigs, 80 miles offshore.
Also, from Lear’s is a shot of a jumbo cobra caught on a live thread herring in about 90 feet of water by Chase Conley. Matt Angeles reports clients focused on points with strong current to catch trout, pompano, and jacks.
Dave Hanson was keeping busy Monday morning, unhooking 15 sheepsheads and a couple of low-slot redfish caught in southern Estero Bay by John Gerard and Matt. Hanson and his wife, Martin, replenished their taco supplies with four keeper sheepsheads and a 15-inch black drum that also bit on live shrimp.
CALOOSAHATCHEE RIVER: Fort Myers Shores angler Justin Chilly caught a dozens nook from 27 to 36 inches on both Saturday and Sunday mornings, casting 3/4- and 1-ounce white-and-red Gulf stream Flair hawk jigs at the Wilson Pilot (SR 31) Bridge and the Seaboard Coastline trestle, according to Lear’s. George Grosselfinger targets shook, but he’s been catching more and more nice trout on his daily outings in eastern Pine Island Sound.
He released two slot-size line sides Monday on top water baits, and he caught his biggest shook of the week casting quarter-ounce jigs with a 5-inch tail on Tuesday, along with several big spotted sea trout he said are getting more and more numerous. King Fisher bay boat captains out of Fishermen’s Village in Junta Golda also report Spanish mackerel and sleepyhead biting at the Charlotte Harbor Reef, with more Spanish feeding on schools of glass minnows (bay anchovies) along the outside of the eastern bar, and more sleepyhead along rip rapped PGI canal mouths.
This 6-1/2-pound bass was only part of the hot shiner bite Fort Lauderdale anglers Randy Washburn and his grandson, Seth, got into on the Bit O, with Roland Martin Marina Capt. BO White reports, “The shiner bite has been great anywhere you find clean water and a hard edge of cattails or joint grass (Kissimmee grass).” He’s been having good luck on Lewiston’s West Wall, the east side of Rita Island, the Bay Bottom area, and in the back of Pelican Bay.
Flipping black-and-blue creature baits with 1-1/2 or 2-ounce tungsten weights also has been a good way to target tournament fish underwater lettuce clumps. Chase Conley’s invading long (cobra) gobbled a live thread herring in 90 feet of water on a slicked off Saturday.
Photo courtesy Lear’s Economy Tackle. It takes two hands to handle a whopper cobra like Chase Conley’s. Cape Coral Tarpon Hunter switched gears, and coasts, to catch this 34-inch Atlantic subspecies shook in Sebastian Inlet.