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Old 12-03-2012, 07:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Smile SW FL-Bonita beach: Big Sheepshead Back in Estero Bay

Tuesday, 11/20, I fished inshore in Estero Bay with Al Tooley and his thirteen-year-old son, Aiden. The guys caught a 20-inch, keeper redfish, along with five keeper sheepshead to 15 inches, all on shrimp. They released seven smaller sheepshead and two stingrays.

Wednesday morning, I again fished central Estero Bay, using live shrimp, this time with Tim Fox, his son, Eli, and his father-in-law, Alan Zeilinger. The sheepshead were abundant and biting well, and the trio caught fifteen of those in all, including nine nice keepers to 16 inches. We had one sheepie boat-side that was about 20 inches, but it snapped the line at the last minute. The guys also released three crevalle jacks, all about 5 pounds, along with four stingrays and two puffer-fish.

Ron & Janet Farqueherson fished a catch-and-release trip with me Saturday morning, 11/24, in Estero Bay, using live shrimp. The couple caught and released a brace of 17 inch redfish, along with two keeper-sized sheepshead to 16 inches, five keeper-sized mangrove snapper, a brace of 16-inch black drum, and two puffer-fish.

Saturday morning, 12/1, I fished central Estero Bay with Rich and Nancy Honsa, using live shrimp. The sheepshead bite was hot, and the couple caught fifteen nice ones to 19 inches. They only wanted enough for a meal, so they kept the biggest one and released the rest. They also released five keeper-sized mangrove snapper to 11 inches and two puffer-fish.

The rest of my trips over the past couple of weeks have been offshore, and that report can be viewed in the offshore forum.


The photo shown is of angler, Nancy Honsa, with an 18-inch sheepshead, one of many caught on shrimp on an inshore trip 12/01/12.

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