Fort Myers Fishing Report Feb 2nd 2015
After several days of more cool weather in the Fort Myers and Fort Myers Beach area, it was nice to get out on Estero Bay
with some decent weather. The first thing I always do is check the surface temperatures, at this time of the year water temperatures are
critical to what presentation may be the most effective. The water in Estero Bay is still pretty cloudy from the extreme tides we have been experiencing. The negative tides really turn over the
water in nearly the entire bay, but the visibility was acceptable. Remember that slightly off-color water warms up faster, so don’t avoid it in the afternoon. Always keep that in mind when your out fishing this time of the year. Hiring an experienced Fort Myers Fishing Guides is always a great way to learn the local waters.
Fort Myers Fishing For Sheepshead Is Good
On our Fort Myers light tackle fishing charter Monday fishing was pretty good considering we were coming cold mornings which had lowered the surface temperatures everywhere. We found lots of active Sheepshead every place we stopped. As you’ve read before there are Sheepshead on nearly every dock piling and rip-rap shore line. During the spawn they tend to school by size just like so many other fish do. So before you start fishing, spend a few minutes quietly watching to see what size the Sheepshead are. One dock will have medium to small fish and another dock 100 yards away will have much larger fish. The Sheepshead were hitting on the usual baits, I prefer using fish-bite strips in shrimp flavor over the real thing if I can get them to bite on it. We were using a small float with the hook suspended about halfway down or about 3 feet below the surface. It’s much easier to get them to bite when that bait is hanging right in front of them.
Residential Canals A Good Place To Fish For Spec Trout
Took my clients from the canals to the flats for some trout fishing in the late afternoon since the water had a warmed up quite a bit. We found some decent trout up to about 18 inches in 2 feet water or less, and they were super spooky, the slightest noise sent them running. They were readily hitting a popping cork with a gulp shrimp, and soft plastic twitch baits fished nice and slow. Even though trout are tolerant of cooler water temperatures, you still need to keep your retrieve slow especially for the larger trout. The best advice I can pass along for this report is to check water temperatures in a few areas and look for that 1° or 2° warmer water. It can make all the difference between a having marginal day and a day to remember.