Byron Stout's Fish Finder
You don't have to be in a boat to catch fish, including big snook, redfish and tarpon, as attested in our Caloosahatchee report. And weekend tides look promising.
Snook experts have been seeing some really big fish that didn't get that way by biting everything thrown their way. Offshore reports have been pretty much so-so.
This week's weather was picture postcard perfect, with calm winds, brisk tides and warming waters. But for reasons known only to the fish, they weren't always biting.
Some exceptional sight fishing opportunities have been reported from protected backcountry waters that have remained clear, and sometimes infested with tailing redfish.
Even Sanibel's beaches are coming alive with tarpon, snook and more; bay waters are bounteous north to south; and relatively scant reports from offshore have been of good grouper and snapper catches.
At least, according to reports, Gulf waters are clearing of red tide and getting back to good old green. Thankfully not blue-green, as in algae, which also is clearing from Caloosahatchee canals.
Yet another plague -- apparently anoxic conditions in nearshore waters -- is killing even crabs in huge numbers along Bonita and Barefoot beaches in south Lee County.
Sanibel shop owner Norm Zeigler sums up the situation nicely when he says, "Despite all the bad water, red tide, and blue-green algae, there are still fish to catch."