Good snook action on the barrier island bridges and in the feeder creeks and in the canals. Redfish, big trout, sheepies and small tarpon were also reported in the same areas. Trout, ladys and jacks made a play for surface plugs, flies and shrimp tipped jigs throughout the bays. Tarpon, snook and reds were actively feeding at the pass mouths. Beach bites were strong with whiting, pompano, trout, a few nice reds and gangs of shark and jacks rounding out the action.
Offshore action was strong this week as weather allowed trips out to the deeper marks. Bottom fishing was good this week with loads of snapper, grouper and other critters on a chew. Bites on the ledges from 11 to 35 miles out were good. Masses of Spanish with some kings mixed in ripped the bait pods. Permit were taken on the towers at 26 miles off Sanibel and an even strong bite was reported on the towers off Wiggins and down South to Marco. The closer marks had good snapper action and the Goliath grouper made their presents known as usual and ate fish and baits. Snook and redfish were reported on some of the close marks as well as small groups of tarpon. There was some good action for Spanish, bluefish and cobia around the pass mouths up and down the beaches.