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Just Moved To Ft. Myers

BasstarBasstar Posts: 540 Officer
As I’ve mentioned here in the past a Ft. Myers move has been in the works for some time and now we’re officially here. 

First I do not want any secret spots or honey holes but the inshore wade fishing, although I’ve only gone a couple of times, has kicked my tail. 

I normally cast paddle tails, soft plastics, Bucktail jigs, etc. wade fishing both from the beach and in some of the back bay areas of Estero Bay.

I have fished twice now from daylight up until around noon with almost 0 success.

Any tips or insights would be tremendously appreciated. 

My instincts are telling me that perhaps the water is just too warm this time of year and the fish may have pulled off into some deeper cooler spots. Of course I could be totally wrong.

As of now I know that I'm totally off either with my location, my tactics and tackle, or all three.

The only thing that makes me think I haven't totally lost any and all fishing ability is that I'm not seeing a lot of fish caught by anyone else while I'm fishing so i'm hoping it is the water temp or I'm simply in the wrong location.

 Thanks so much and I hope to see some of you on the water. 


  • GavGav Ft MyersPosts: 13 Deckhand
    Where have you fished and what are you fishing for? It helps to target specific species.
  • BasstarBasstar Posts: 540 Officer
    Gav said:
    Where have you fished and what are you fishing for? It helps to target specific species.
    So far I've fished the grass flats at Punta Rassa and Ft. Myers Beach at Big Carlos Pass with paddle tails on jig heads and DOA pre-rigged shrimp and also wade fished some of the backwater across the road from Lovers Key SP hoping to catch Reds, Snook, etc.

    I also used Bucktail Jigs from the beach areas.

    Either my location, my lure choice, or my technique are 100% off because so far I'm a lost ball in high weeds.

    I've fished here in the late fall and winter months with good success but this summer fishing is totally new and I know I have a learning curve ahead of me.
  • Cabowabo72Cabowabo72 Posts: 36 Deckhand
    Drive around to local boat ramps and wade-able grass flats. Throw a cast net to find live mullet, pinfish, or white bait.  Freeline or fish them under popping cork in all the spots you mentioned so far.  Stick to sunrise and sunset---skip the heat of the day fishing. 
  • BasstarBasstar Posts: 540 Officer
    Inch by inch. I’ve been tweaking my locations, tackle, and techniques and am finally having a bit of success. 

    I still have a long way to go but I’ll figure out a pathway to work towards.

    My PB Red to date caught this Saturday.  

    No fish were harmed during my adventure as this beauty was released immediately to enjoy another day. 😎🎣

  • gruntkinggruntking Posts: 844 Officer
    Give it a month……….
  • larrywittlarrywitt Posts: 2,904 Moderator
    WE all had a learning curve when we arrived here. We were given a helping hand by other forum members and reading every bit of printed material we could get our hands on.
    Good luck enjoy the journey.
  • BasstarBasstar Posts: 540 Officer
    edited August 25 #8
    Thanks everyone.

    Perhaps I'm overthinking this but in researching our current water temps and the preferred temp ranges for fish it appears we are at the high range for most fish species I'm wanting to catch.

    Any insight is appreciated.

  • BasstarBasstar Posts: 540 Officer
    gruntking said:
    Give it a month……….
    Here’s your daily chuckle gruntking. 

    Whe I read this I immediately thought it sounded direct and coming from someone with experience. 

    I actually shared your comment with a few friends and told them I assumed it was right on. 

    It was. 

    Either I’m learning a bit more about this summer time fishing or the fishing has improved or hopefully a bit of both because I beginning to catch more fish. 

    In fact I caught my PB Spanish yesterday. 

    The water feels cooler now and looks much better than a month or so ago.

     Thanks again for sharing your wisdom. 

  • nhkevnhkev Posts: 124 Deckhand
     you have baby feet or that's a great catch
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