Estero Bay

Fall is here and the fishing continues to heat up. The slight change in tempatures kicks off the fall migration to our area with Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, False Albacore and Sharks. Look for birds between one and ten miles out and the fish will be underneath them. Use small buck tails, troll spoons and of course live pilchards will work very well.


Snook will be migrating as well working their way back to their winter haunts with several stops in between to fatten up before winter. Look for them holding inside the passes and on inside islands. Use Rapala twitchin rap in chrome or small swim baits like a Hybrid Flurry. Work the inside of the passes and mangrove islands early in the morning. On recent trips we have been catching Snook from 15" to 29".


Redfish are schooled up on the grass flats. Look for the large schools pushing water to identify the schools then position your boat so the Redfish come to you. Don't chase the fish, you will only spook them and shut the bite down. Use shrimp under a popping cork, cut bait, ¼ ounce jig head and a Hybrid Flurry. We have been catching Reds from 22" to 30".

Trout bite should really turn on with the cool weather. Look for Trout over grass flats in two to four feet of water early in the morning. Use top water lures. I like the storm chug bug in chrome and chartreuse. Also one of my favorites is a Cajun thunder oval float with a Hybrid Flurry underneath it. You can cover a lot of ground and locate fish quickly with this method.

The busy season is approaching and slots are filling up. Book a trip early with your favorite guide soon.

Capt. Steve Nagy
Bonita Springs Fishing

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