Last year was the first year for the Kayak. We learned that the fishing in Estero Bay is pretty good given we caught a 27" Redfish. So this year, we are better fisherman and certainly understand the tides much better. Our plan was to catch far more fish and add some variety as well. Well, this certainly was the case, read on......
We arrived late Friday night after a long day of work. If you are planning to go to Fort Myers Beach, try this trick as the traffic on Estero Blvd. is ridiculous most times of the day. After arrival, we socialized with Jane & Maynard (Mom & Dad to me) and then hit the sack, planning on a big day of fishing.
5AM wake up call from the 50' Hatteras docked behind us. They were heading out in the Gulf 30 miles to catch the "Big Ones", more on this later. Back to sleep after they slowly but eventually leave the dock. Up at 8am, the weather looks great light NE wind and low 60's. Quick breakfast and out to setup the kayak.
|Weather could not have been better for kayak fishing|
|Vivian catches the early skunk buster, a very good sign|
|Check this one out! A big 20" Sea Trout, nice catch|
|How many fishing teams get kayak side lunch service!|
|So many nice places to fish in this area....|
|Not bad for day one. Lots of fish, great variety and a few keepers for dinner|
|Lover Key, Estero Island FL. Nice kayaking trails|
|Manatee sightings in several spots along the way|
Around the bay we went, fishing a bit but not much to show for it. With the wind and waves, fishing was more challenging and the area did not seem as good as the prior day. Almost back to the entrance, we come across a nice flats boat fishing live pilchards under popping corks along the mangroves. Looking pretty interesting, we head around the island from them and cast the Rapala Skitterwalk under a few mangroves. Just like in the magazines, a small but nice Snook attacks the lure on the surface! Even though its only 17"s this baby represents my first Snook which is cool, got that one out of the way as well.
|Bad picture huh! Anyway, photo evidence of my first Snook!|
Day 3, we were planning on going to a wildlife preserve named Ding Darling on Sanibel Island. In the early AM, we decided it would be better to fish FMB one more time to try to get our Redfish and then hit the road for Miami.
A bit windier than Day 1, we headed out at low tide. Had to pass the Redfish area as there was not enough water to move along. We would be back later. On the way, tossing the topwater, a large Sea Trout slammed me. In the bag he goes. After that, a few short Sea Trout, millions of Ladyfish and way too many catfish than I care to discuss.
|Ladyfish are everywhere. They keep you occupied while searching|
|How cute is this guy! Back he went to grow up for next year.|
|Another good day of fishing leads to some cleaning.|
|Two years in a row for Vivian with Redfish! Nice job...|