Byron Stout Oct 1 Fishing Report


Cooler morning temperatures have resulted in warmer bites at the freshwater and saltwater fishing grounds of southwest Florida. Small tunas have appeared en masse offshore, redfish have put their food bags in the bays and the much-vaunted crappie fishery on Lake Trafford has got off to a good start.


New Jersey fisherman Kenny Miguel’s heavy redfish was one of five he caught Wednesday at Jack’s Bar on live pinfish, along with Get Hooked Charter’s Captain Matt DeAngelis.

ESTERO BAY: Get Hooked Charter Captain Matt DeAngelis reports that strong ebb tides have produced limits of spotted siege trout for guests over the past week, and redfish have started to cluster around schools of mullet churning oyster bars from the bay. Laura and Aaron Kolosvsky won their boat limit of six beautiful trout caught on popping cork combos on a center dish, and Aaron also pulled out a red top slit on a live pinfish on Monday. Also at Jack’s Bar on Wednesday, New Jersey angler Kenny Miguel pulled out five high-slit reds on live pins.

Rick Mercer sent in his weekly photo of his wife Char with a snook caught on a live shrimp in the bay’s southernmost tributary, the Imperial River.

Jackson Callen’s beautiful trout struck a live sardine under a cork in Sanibel’s McIntyre Creek, while he was fishing with his father, Greg.

SANIBEL: Greg and Jackson Callen, 9, report having caught redfish and trout in the past two weeks in the McIntyre Creek area of ​​the JN “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Underexploded corks from live sardines did the trick.

Julie Walsh sent in the photo depicting this week’s Fish Tip segment, the impressive bill of a 12ft sawfish caught and released with a sailcat tail, inside the quarter mile buoys along from the island beach. The big elasmobranch, more ray than shark, had a remora hitchhiker, a cobia escort and a school of sardines around.

PIN ISLAND: St. James City Captain George “Artificials Only” Grosselfinger reports that his charter on Tuesday drew 14 snook shots, none big, between his home port and the Panther Keys along the island’s west coast. These fish were scattered around, but on Sunday’s best tides he found a concentration of snooks near Big Panther Key, releasing several over 30 inches.

Ryan Poklemba’s son Zayden paid close attention to his father’s fishing exploits in the Matlacha Pass.

Across the island, Ryan and Zayden Poklemba had a great day on the rockfish along the eastern mangroves of Matlacha Pass. Check out the photo of the week, the oversized red Zayden released after a 10-minute “battle he’ll never forget”.

Captain Gregg McKee of Wildfly Charters reports that schools of rolling tarpons feed on baitfish north and south of the Matlacha Bridge and on the shores of the Pineland region in Pine Island Strait. It reports “effortless” trout action on almost any flat grass in three feet of water. Big spots have become harder to find, but flies and artificial baits, especially Gulps! He also transmits reports of redfish buddies hitting better on paddletail jigs along the shores of Matlacha.

PORT CHARLOTTE: King Fisher Bay boat guides out of the fishing village of Punta Gorda report that trips to the western harbor wall were good for trips of 10 to 15 reds per half day, as well as a few guardian mangrove snappers among most shorts. Everything was caught on live shrimp.

OFFSHORE: King Fisher’s offshore fishery has been very good for snapper at depths of 65 to 70 feet out of the Boca Grande Pass. The bad news is that the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Board announced the closure of the lane snapper harvest on October 18, until January 1, 2022, for all commercial and recreational fishermen in federal waters, and all federally licensed chartered vessels in Florida waters. This will make the task doubly difficult for offshore rental boats and anglers, who are already suffering a surprise closure of the red grouper harvest.

The Goliath grouper also cannot be fished, but some anglers have had a thrill and a lot of exercise trying to catch and release the super groupers. Captain King Fisher’s Wednesday clients, Captain John Baines, managed to get two “adult” goliaths onto the boat. The captain also reports that “tons of bonito” feed on large baitfish, which makes it easier to hook onto trolling lures, including spoons.

Al Vittum’s 12-1 / 2 pound “bonito” (small tuna) was his first. But judging by his smile, it won’t be the last.

Bonita Springs angler Al Vittum reports catching a 12-1 / 2 pound dandy skipjack about four miles off Big Hickory Island. He slammed a # 4 crocodile spoon and organized “a big fight!” Small tunas deploy atomic energy, and their bright red upper kidneys sear beautifully in garlic olive oil.


LAKE TRAFFORD: The Lake Trafford Marina in Immokalee reports that this week’s chilly mornings woke up the spots, which struck live minnows drifting to depths of 6-1 / 2 to 7 feet. Mr. Jackson of Naples bagged 17 from 10 to 14 inches, and another boat on Wednesday arrived with 25, plus a 10-pound canal cat.

Angler Stuart Jan Coton used a live wild minnow to tempt this Big O Bass, on his trip out of the Marina & Resort of Roland Martin Capt. Bo White.

LAKE OKEECHOBEE: Roland Martin Marina & Resort Capt. Bo White reports a slight increase in action on wild minnows. The key was to approach the vegetation along Shoal Observation and find “a good hard edge”. Anglers using fake baits must search for isolated clumps of vegetables, turn the creature baits “and hang on”.


Zayden’s well-learned craftsmanship allowed him to whip up this 37-inch redfish in just 10 minutes.

It takes two hands to handle a big fish like Zayden Poklemba’s oversized rockfish.


Frank Walsh’s 12-foot sawfish release began with a sailcat tail in just six feet of water, inside the quarter-mile buoys off Sanibel, according to his wife, Julie.

Attention Anglers / Scientists: Julie Walsh reports sawfish estimated 12 feet from her husband Frank is now part of the National Endangered Species Database, duly reported to the US Sawfish Research website and Conservation. Anglers can also report (mandatory) sawfish releases by e-mail to [email protected], and the Florida Museum of Natural History, at [email protected].

The Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in Florida is now trying to improve its fisheries management science by collecting catch and release data on snook, rockfish, and spotted sea trout in areas that are not are currently taken and released only due to the effects of the red tide. The tool for this is the Angler Action Foundation iAngler app at

“Fishermen who fish in these areas have their finger on the pulse of what is going on there,” said Luiz Barbieri, FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute Program Administrator. “By using the iAngler app, people fishing these species can give us a better idea of ​​participation while annual season closures and temporary catch and release measures are in place, which can help us help get a better idea of ​​how these fisheries are doing. “


# 1: the west wall of Charlotte Harbor for redfish and mangrove snapper.

N ° 2: Juvenile tarpon, redfish and trout north and south of Matlacha.

# 3: Snook the eastern shores of Pine Island Strait.

N ° 4: Offshore for snappers. Note: The hall snapper is about to be harvested on October 18 in federal waters.

N ° 5: Redfish and trout in Estero Bay.

# 6: Lake Trafford for crappie.

Lake Okeechobee

# 1: Uncle Joe’s (Mayaca) Cut to Whidden Pass for bass.

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