In my last Fort Myers Fishing report I encouraged everyone to get out and take advantage of the great top water bite both inshore and off the beaches. My light tackle fishing charter clients yesterday Brian and Katie are experienced top water anglers but had never fished top water for saltwater fish. After four hours of non-stop catching they can’t wait for a re-match, especially with the huge schools of ladyfish.
If you want to get out and try some top water action, arrive at your favorite flat at first light and be looking for schools of busting fish. Yesterday the fish didn’t really start busting until about 8 AM, but they were biting well before the busts started. Right now I don’t believe there’s a place you can go where there isn’t something biting. Yesterday my clients caught ladyfish, spec trout, redfish, jacks and one big gaff top cat all on a Savage Gear Mud Minnow 4″ size. I have seen the larger gaff tops cats hit water before and they are usually fish over 25 inches that really fight. Water temperatures have stabilized in the mid to upper 70s which is ideal for just about everything that swims.
Here’s a photo of Katie with her first spec trout, and first saltwater fish on a top water. Her Trout was carefully released after the photo, I encourage everyone to practice CPR (Catch-Photograph-Release) to preserve the quality of our fisheries. So if you’re looking to do a lot of catching instead of fishing don’t wait a minute longer get out on the water any chance you can in the next week or so. We all know that that first big cold front of the winter can’t be far away, so get while the getting is good.
Good Fishing and Tight Lines!
Capt Eric Anderson
What A Hawg Fishing Charters – Ft Myers, FL