Got a chance to fish Estero Bay in Fort Myers Florida with a good buddy yesterday and the agenda, besides the obvious of a great day on the water, was to get a snook for the table. Conditions were prime first thing with flat calm waters. We loaded the livewell with snook candy, AKA scaled sardines, and headed to the first spot with an already low outgoing tide. Our baits got hammered immediately and I landed a nice big spotted sea trout to get things started. That was about the only non snook caught during the day, but not quite. My next chance was the fish we were looking for. I made the cast to a point with the current ripping across it at the base of a dock. The bite was subtle with the cork just slowly going under and moving subsurface. I saw it and set the hook and the water erupted, as the big snook took off.  Unfortunately, after a brief moment of heading away from the dock, it turned on a dime and broke the leader on the barnacle encrusted dock before I could even blink. That started one of the best snook catching days we’ve had in a while. We worked several spots and believe it or not we landed well over 50 snook for the day, with another 20-30 hooked but not landed.

Many of the fish were small with some tiny ones in the mix, but they were biting at every spot we fished. Another nice bonus for the day was one of the biggest flounder I’ve ever caught.

With the bite on we hated to get off the water, but about 1 pm we hit one last spot near the ramp.  We chummed up the water some and it immediately exploded with fish busting on the free livies we offered. We both caught a few before Scott got the one we were looking for and fought it nicely to the boat.

She measured over 30” and put big smiles on our faces to end another great day in Estero Bay!