After getting skunked yesterday for the first time in this trip in Hell's Gate (water was dirty dirty dirty there) I decided to stay close to where I'm staying in Fort Myers Beach and fish Estero Bay. I hadn't fished it yet because it's red tide zone catch and release but I was tired of driving far to fish the unknown. I launched at Big Hickory and headed across the bay to fish the shallow water seeking redfish. I did see some good-sized reds but they spooked when I cast to them. Fished around a bit and caught a few trout but moved on since I don't target trout for catch and release.
Headed into the creek mouths but they yielded only a dink snook. Considered heading up the creek but decided against it with the tide coming in strong now. Decided to hit a mangrove line and right away got a 20" snook. Then another, and another. Turned around when I hit the channel to fish that line of mangroves again and gor another snook. Decided to head across the bay to hit more mangroves, and wow! Snook after snook after snook, all between 20" and 24" but lots of fun. Caught a bonus 25" red in the middle of all the snook action. This was easily my best snook day ever, I stopped counting but I must have caught 15 or 20 of them. I couldn't make 5 casts between them
Everything today caught on the same 3" red and gold paddletail that I've had so much success with before.
All in all a great day after a slow start. Snook don't care about the pandemic!
Back at the launch there were half a dozen or so people on lawn chairs making the best they could with the beach being closed lol.
Now where's that "no fish in Estero Bay" graphic?
So I left 87 degree sunny weather yesterday afternoon, and after a few naps along the way arrived back in Chicago this afternoon to falling snow and freezing temps and no sun in sight... I'll be back next year!