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Snook still at beaches, structures

September 19, 2014
By Capt. GEORGE TUNISON (captgeorget3@aol.com) , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Calm mornings make the offshore ride comfortable out to your favorite numbers to find great fishing by simply getting bait near bottom.

It's a grab bag of species and don't be surprised to pull up a jumbo offshore snook, redfish or feisty cobia swimming in the mix.

Before heading off, cast net or sabiki a well full of plentiful bait. Don't overload as the water is still hot as blazes. Novice bait gatherers find sabiki rigs prepackaged at your local bait store.

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Tip each hook with a tiny piece of shrimp for max results. Two or three anglers can fill a well in short order with these rigs and are the choice when not cast net savvy.

Tarpon reports coming from along the beaches from anglers casting pinfish on small floats. Reported action this past week near and in Redfish Pass. They can show up anywhere so try to get up-to-date info before planning a trip.

Never hurts to make friends with your local bait/lure vendor. Wal-Mart has cheaper gear prices, but try and get an up-to-date report or advice on tying a knot. Often a call to your local bait dealer/guide can make or break a day's fishing and save you tons of time and money as they have the newest reports. Paying a few bucks more at your local dealer is money well spent.

Snook are in their usual summer locations at the beaches and structures in and around the passes. Many are starting the transition to inshore areas in preparation for the cold water period so expect to find them anywhere.

Learning to fish the Caloosahatchee will pay big dividends as it's a major snook transition highway so expect snook on nearly every structure starting at the Sanibel Causeway all the way up to the I-75 Bridge and beyond. All docks, islands (points), and all bridges, from now throughout the fall.

Flip or pitch a weighted DOA Shrimp into the structure and let fall on a semi-taunt line. Be a line watcher and react instantly at the slightest tick or jump in the line which means a 30-pound brute just sucked in your shrimp and is turning to head back undercover with his prize. If you don't cross his eyes and put the rod's power to the fish to clear him from the structure out to open water your snook of a lifetime will be history.

Do the same with large live baits and heavy gear for mega results. Put in your time and pay your dues and you will score. Serious trophy snook addicts have a better shot at catching a true giant by fishing at night.

With schooling redfish time quickly approaching it's a great time to try out new lures as these fish are super competitive when they are in feeding mode and will inhale chunk dead bait to bass style buzzbaits.

Most of us got our start largemouth fishing so watching a 12-pound red slam a slow gurgling prop bait is a real treat. Yes buzzbaits and spinnerbaits, which are standard lure for fishing in the redfish capitol of the world Louisiana, are hardly seen in our waters. Spinnerbaits are a versatile lure that combine flash, loud vibration, a large profile, and good hooking ability. They can be fished deep just along bottom, burned through the shallows, or buzzed along the top like a buzzbait.

Bass hit spinnerbaits very aggressively, but redfish try to flat out destroy them. A double digit redfish in the shallows will hit a spinnerbait so hard many bass nuts stop freshwater fishing.

When using spinners I never catch rat-sized red,s only bigger guys which is fine by me.

Strike King sells their Redfish Magic gold spinner bait locally. I take off their jig head and add a gold sparkle one and DOA's gold grub to make my deadly Gold Roller Spinnerbait.

Capt. George Tunison is a Cape Coral resident fishing guide. Contact him at 239-282-9434 or captgeorget3@aol.com, or www.flyingfinssportfishing.com.

 
 
 

 

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