Finally getting a chance to post this report. A teacher workday gave us a chance for a boys escape to the water. The day started with us casting artificials at some snook busting small baits in New Pass to no avail. So we headed to the beach where we loaded the forward livewell with small to medium whitebaits along with some small threadfin herrings. We all immediately caught a snook or 2 back at the pass on the livies before they stopped feeding and we moved on.

My son was casting  a lure at the next spot and bagged the first nice sheepshead of the season.

The journey to the next spot gave us one of the best dolphin encounters ever. Two mother dolphins brought their very small babies into the wake of the boat and followed and played with us almost all the way from New Pass to Big Carlos Pass. At one point there were 8 dolphins in the wake before we finally left them still playing. With flat seas and reports of tarpon, we searched along the beaches some looking for activity. There were lots of mackerel tearing through schools of small baitfish, but no sign of the larger quarry we were after. To finish out the day I wanted to find some trout, so we headed to some of the grass flats in Estero Bay. The third spot was the charm and we found an awesome bite.

We caught trout up to 20”, ladyfish, and jacks until my boy called uncle saying he couldn’t fish anymore because his arms hurt from reeling them all in.