Upon telling my good friend Scott about the previous day’s excellent charter and the fact that I thought about calling him to meet me, he said that’s it let’s go now. It took about 30 seconds for me to think about the snook bite we could find and I said OK, let’s do it. I had the boat loaded and met at the ramp in less than an hour at the bright and early hour of about 10:30am. The wind was up more than we had hoped as we sped across Estero Bay to the bait spot on the gulf side of Fort Myers Beach. The bait was there and with a couple of throws of the castnet we were loaded with nice big whitebait, aka scaled sardines. With the wind making a too choppy to look for the near shore bite of sharks, mackerel, trout, and tarpon, we headed right to where the snook were biting the day before. The fishing started a little slow with just a few small snook being caught and smacking our large baits. Scott then got a decent fish somewhere over 20”, and then he got the one we were looking for. We got to see the big snook crush the bait and make a screaming run before a nice jump and head shake.

Scott did a great job battling the big snook and got her to the boat for a quick picture and rough measure of over 30”.  We also saw a huge redfish where we were catching the snook, but spooked it before we saw it as we left the spot.

A couple of other areas also got the captain a good snook close to the slot, and a beautiful golden redfish to end another great day on Estero Bay.