The day started with first time customers Eric, his wife, and father in law, all staying on Fort Myers Beach and visiting from colder locales up north. We all met for the full day trip at the Carl Johnson Boat Ramp at Lovers Key. They were in great spirits, and so was I as we left the boat ramp for what was forecasted to be the nicest and warmest day in over a week or so.

The tide was super low, but beginning to flood back in through Big Carlos Pass where we began our fishing.

We caught several species including ladyfish, lizardfish, whiting, bonnethead  sharks, and of course a few catfish as we drifted weighted shrimp well outside the channel of the pass.

We moved inside the pass next and started catching sheepshead and snapper mostly on the small side, along with a lone spotted sea trout.

With the day warming up and the tide rising, we next ventured to some of my favorite mangrove shorelines.

A light off and on drizzly rain cleared out and we began to catch some fish.

We continue catching some sheepshead, and managed a small redfish, trout, and a snooklet or 2 to make what must have been over 10 different species of fish caught for the day. 

As usual the day went by too quickly and before we knew, it was time to head back to the boat ramp where after I cleaned and bagged a couple of nice sheepshead , we said our goodbyes and hoped to meet again for another great day in Estero Bay.